Category Archives: Camping

Roughing It With Espresso

Cup of espresso, pen, and journal on a picnic blanket

We went on our third annual interior camping trip to Charleston Lake Provincial Park this past week. Last year we stayed at Hidden Cove, and this time around we returned to Buckhorn where we stayed our first summer here. Both are canoe-in sites with hiking trails behind them.

We set up our tent at 501 rather than 502 which turned out to be shadier and a direct path to the out crop of rock that serves as a landmark of Buckhorn.

canoe on a lake at sunset

This camping trip was much more laid back than usual. Normally, our days are riddled with hikes and paddles, but this time around, it was reading, writing, and napping that took place most often. We enjoyed tea and espresso made on our camp stove while away, making for a most comfortable stay. I became quite accustomed to powdered milk in my tea by the end of the trip!

cup of tea by a campfire

 

I enjoyed working on the plot line and excerpts for a creative writing project I’m starting, writing postcards, reading a David Bach book on finance planning and starting a Diana Gabaldon book Yehuda had given me after I finished reading Susanna Kearsley’s latest novel last week. The joys of summer reading!

It was lovely to sit on the rocks by the lake, listening to the lapping water and the wind in the pines. There were owls at night and loons calling across the lake. Five days away were not enough! I am eager to return next year to savour the sights, sounds, and beauty of Charleston Lake.

 

 

The Sun Setting Over Charleston Lake

We went to Charleston Lake Provincial Park for our second annual interior camping trip. Last year we stayed at Buckhorn which was beautiful, but had two campsites on location which reduced the privacy and quiet we could enjoy at times – the two main reasons why interior camping is appealing to us!

This year, we canoed into a different site: Hidden Cove. It is the one interior campsite in Charleston Lake Provincial Park where campers are entirely on their own – no neighbours! It was perfect for us! Hidden Cove is right on the lake, sheltered by rocks and trees, with a path that leads up into the forest and onto a hiking trail.

What struck me most about our camping trip were the sunsets. Every night, from any corner of our campsite, we could enjoy an amazing display of colour over the lake! One night there was even a rainbow (although it didn’t photograph well, thus its absence below). Here are 3 of my favourites sunsets from our trip:

Sunset with silhouetted trees by a lake. The sky is pink and blue with the colours reflected in the calm lake water

Down by the water at Hidden Cove.

Blue and cream clouds over a calm lake. A horizen of land, branches of a tree, and two round rocks are silhouetted against the water.

From the canoe launch and picnic table at Hidden Cove.

Pink, blue and white clouds over Charleston Lake.

View from Hidden Cove campsite.

Charleston Lake interior campsites have an outhouse, a picnic table, fire pit, and two wooden platforms to set up your tent on up off the ground (and do yoga on!), which makes interior camping easy and pleasant. I would be curious to know if readers have stayed at other interior sites with such amenities. I have yet to see this at other parks that offer backcountry camping.

There & Back Again

Mum and I just came home from our second annual interior camping trip to Charleston Lake Provincial Park. It was a birthday present from my friend Nicole which proved to be most memorable.

On our way up to Charleston Lake we stopped in a B&B in Brighton. On our way home to St. Catharines, we made stops in Cobourg for dinner and in Vineland for farm fresh produce (in addition to Kingston, Gananoque, and Port Hope). Here are some pictures from the moments bordering the end destinations:

Reflection of the moon on the water at night. A sign by wooden steps leading down to the water reads "Use at your own risk"

Brighton, ON.

Red and yellow tug boat in a marina. Blue sky and blue water bordered by white iron fencing.

Cobourg, ON.

Pile of brown farmers baskets in the grass at the end of a row of peach trees.

Vineland, ON.

Photos from Charleston Lake to follow.

View last year’s blog posts on our stop in Kingston on our way to Charleston Lake here. Last year’s posts on Charleston Lake can also be found here and here.

My First Trip to Algonquin Park

I just came back from backcountry camping on Canisbay Lake in Algonquin Park. It was my first time visiting the park and my first camping trip with Yehuda. I was amazed at how large it was in compared to the many other parks I’ve been to! We only canoed 45 minutes in from the Canisbay access point, but already found ourselves alone with just the song of the birds to listen to. It was wonderful!

Storm clouds on the horizen of Canisbay Lake

My favourite moment from the trip was making tea by candlelight. We took our little camp stove and tea lights down to the big boulder at the edge of our site on the water and made tea. It was lovely sitting there, our feet dangling over the edge with hot mugs of tea in our hands as we listened to the songbirds in the dying light of the day. It was beautiful for every one of the senses.

Blue tin bowl and cup by a smokey campfire at Canisbay Lake, Agonquin Park.

I usually eat quite simply when I go camping, but Yehuda was determined that we ate well. We had hamburgers stuffed with cheese, grilled peppers, sliced yam, marinated steak, sausages, and of course bacon – all cooked on the campfire! It was quite the camping cuisine! What is even more impressive, that Yehuda was even able to get a fire lit with all the rain we hand. He was a very determined camper.

Tiny pink and white flowers among ferns on the forest floor of Algonquin Park

I was intrigued by the unique flowers and birds we heard and saw during our trip. There were many I wasn’t familiar with. Algonquin has many interesting hiking trails too. We plan to go back later in the summer. When we return, I will pack my plant identification book and hope to be more up to snuff with my identification of bird calls. The park has lots to offer the budding naturalist!

Landcsape with tree covered hills and green bog on a rainy summer day..

The Fungi of Bon Echo Provincial Park

I’m not one to take pictures of fungi, but I was struck by the colour of the fungi in Bon Echo Provincial Park. Here are some photos of the growth that caught my eye:

Bright orange fungi growing on a dead tree stump on the edge of a forest.Yellow mushrooms grow next to a log and green moss on the forest floor.pink fungi growing on a log of birch by the beach in Bon Echo Provincial Park.

Bon Echo Provincial Park

I just came home from camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park with my friends Caitlin, Kitty, and McKinely. We went for 4 nights where we played guitar and my folk harp around the campfire every night, board games, and went for nature walks each day. We saw all sorts of delights on our walks. August is a beautiful time of year to go camping. It is the transition from summer to autumn – my two favourite seasons of the year.

Red leaves float in placid waters where rocks poke up above the surface.A monarch butterfly rests in the grass in a forest of trees. Two people are in the distance.The Bon Echo Rock is reflected in the water of the lake on a clear, calm day.

Canoeing Through Charleston Lake

Mum and I went on our first interior camping adventure this summer. We paddled into our campsite at Charleston Lake Provincial Park and spent wondrous days on land and on the water. I am not a fan of water, but I instantly fell in love with Charleston Lake. The water was beautiful ans so was the scenery around it!

Trees on an isalnd in a lake against the grey, cloudy skyShoreline of Charleston Lake during a rain stormClouds reflected on placid lake water with trees on the horizen A loon in Charleston Lake