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11 Aug, 2022

Family camping 2022: Chutes Provincial Park

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I enjoyed camping with the kids when they were small. We built many sandcastles and collected many frogs over the years, but there’s something special about camping with kids when they turn into Young Adults. They are there to lend a hand during a hike, rub your shoulders when they’re sore, and share a beverage and conversation […]

04 Aug, 2021

Camping 2021: Two good things we did

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

One year when the girls were young teens we brought two inflatable. mattress-shaped pool floats on our camping trip and the girls used them to bob out into the middle of the lake together. They are both strong swimmers so I wasn’t *too* worried about them. It turned out to be a lovely thing, which was talked about […]

29 Jul, 2021

Camping 2021: Two great trails at Achray Campground

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

A couple of my all-time favourite hiking trails are at Achray. In a previous post I briefly mentioned High Falls. You can canoe in to High Falls, but we chose to pack a lunch and hike. The trail is called “High Falls Cheater Trail” and I don’t think it’s on the official park maps. High Falls […]

28 Jul, 2021

Camping 2021 sidebar: what we ate

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I was just hanging up the last of my laundry and found myself thinking about how long we’ve been camping. We’ve gone almost every summer since the girls were toddlers. After so many years, we have nailed it down. In terms of clothing, I pack things that I don’t mind getting ripped, dirty, burned, or splattered […]

Perhaps it’s the rainy weather but I am scattered and restless today. My morning looked a bit like this: I read a few pages of  a book, put it down, walked around the house, picked away at a few things, forgot what I was doing, watered a plant, cleaned a toilet, looked something up on […]


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