Wilderness Adventure Camping
As some of you know, every once in a while, I leave the hustle and bustle of the city to go on random camping trips to the middle of nowhere. Up until now, these trips have never been catalogued. When I was a boy (an arguably troubled boy) I lived for trips north of La Ronge, a place where there was just the right amount of structure and freedom. Dem enriched environments did me a lot of good.
So, we got the truck packed after William drove all the way from Winnipeg to Saskatoon then sat while I drove us up north. On the way, we stopped at the Co-Op in Prince Albert, where Will bought what he thought was the lamest hat ever. Turned out to be the best.
It's about 4.5 hours from Saskatoon to the place where we go.
Fortunately, we take a couple of stops even though I'm always soooo excited to get up there.
Lots of laughs on the drive out, anticipation regarding what's to come, and also my naked hairy ass. After driving on the highway for a long enough time, the highway ends. That's definitely a good sign.
But, where are we going to go? I certainly don't know how to navigate these confusing waterways without a map (as I've tried), and hanging with the fun guys every day sort of twists my sense of direction.
Now for the trip. Day one, we got there pretty late so we decided to do only one portage. Those of you who don't know what a portage is, it's where you carry your canoe over land to get to a more secluded place, the picture of the trail mix and cider on the trail, that's from the portage and let me tell you, there are few things in this life more satisfying than completing a portage. That night, we caught so many crayfish and decided to eat them (taste just like little lobsters). Nothing too trippy.
The next few days were a blur of camping goodness. A storm rolled in on the second day of the trip, there's a picture of it there somewhere in the carousel below. It was perfect, just a little zoomed out and the wind wall, I could see it from the helm of our island ship. After it passed, the thunder was rolling in from all around us and William lost his mind (that's those pictures of his silouette). There were days of lounging, lots of fishing and on the last day we ran some rapids which went extremely well.
This is an experience you could hire helicon studios to provide for you. Space is limited, but send us an email and we'll make it happen for you as well.
On the way back, we nearly ran out of food, then we found out our vehicle was broken into. We had to make do with our available food, and since we had no way of cooking, we learned that one can simply bake potatoes on the hot engine block of a Toyota Rav4. There is a picture of our final snack in there amongst the pictures of all the fish I was so honoured to clean. Hopefully we'll see you out there one day, and you're super quiet.