Monday, February 16, 2015

Getting ready for Grey Owl's Cabin

I have written about us going to Grey Owl’s Cabin before.  Initially we thought we would go up for my birthday but it is cold in Prince Albert National Park at night.  Instead we are waiting a couple of months until the weekend of June 13th and 14th, 2015.  It will be a little warmer but still before the bugs come out.

We have bought some gear for the trip.  

  • I was going to bring my 1 person tent but I have out grown it.  We have a three person tent but I am hoping I can find something lighter to bring along.
  • I have a foam sleeping pad and it sucks.  June 14th is going to be a painful day after sleeping on during the night.
  • I packed my backpack for the first time.  Everything fits with some space for food and toilet paper left over. 
  • Dad went out and bought me some Dawgs for when we get to Northend Campground.  They will be far more comfortable then wearing hikers.
  • I am not bringing my Pentax K-x.  Instead I will bring my Fujifilm Finepix XP20.  It’s a lot lighter.
  • Dad has been putting together a First Aid kit for us.  Apparently he is planning for a worst case scenario.  If Zombies do attack, we will be prepared.

Five months from now we will back in Saskatoon.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Stranded: Summer

This is Les Stroud’s documentary Stranded: Summer.  This is what started Survivorman.

Monday, January 12, 2015

If Movable Type is uncool, what about Blogger?

Here is a cool article about using Movable Type, one of the first blogging platforms.

Regardless, it turns out that software can also be considered uncool, even if it still works. Not only is Movable Type uncool—the equivalent of ’80s hair metal, but the language it’s written in, Perl, is supremely uncool. Like, New Kids on the Block uncool. The razzing John Siracusa takes about being a Perl developer isn’t really because Perl is old, or bad, but because it’s just not what the cool kids are talking about. The world has moved on.

And yet, sometimes that old stuff still works, and is still the best tool for the job. And that’s why, at least for right now, this site is built on software that was initially released 14 years ago and given its last major update five years ago. We’ll use it until it doesn’t make sense to use it anymore.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This is why you buy a DJI Phantom 2

Amazing video of New York City.


Friday, January 09, 2015

Calgary 2015

We decided on vacations this summer.  Both will involve a lot of walking.  For my birthday we are taking a backwoods hike to Grey Owl’s Cabin.  We will leave early on May 16th, spend the night with the black bears and wild animals of Prince Albert National Park and hike out on May 17th (unless we are eaten by bears).

Then at the end of July we are heading to Calgary and Banff via a lot of scenic drives.  We are going to explore a lot of Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, and Johnston’s Canyon.

The Peace Bridge in Calgary an HDR photo

Lower falls at Johnston's Canyon

I am told the plan is to get up early and drive through Drumheller.  We had a lot of fun last year in Drumheller exploring the Atlas Coal Mine but this year we will explore a bit of the downtown while stretching our legs.  Then it will be off to Calgary where on the first night we will explore downtown Calgary with our cameras and chill out.

Saturday will see us head to Johnston’s Canyon in Banff National Park.  After that we will go up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola.  After we come back down, we will head into the mountain at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

Depending on the time, we will head to the Bow Falls.

While we were looking around online, I noticed the Banff Hot Springs and talked dad into taking us there to end the day.

The next day will by my first time at Heritage Park.

Sunday will be Calgary Zoo.  Dad promises that we will visit Mountain Equipment Co-op and The Camera Store.

I can’t wait.

Saturday, January 03, 2015


Maggi with her frisbee

We had to put Maggi down today.  Dad did a nice writeup about her on his blog.

Friday, January 02, 2015

The Grey Owl's Cabin Expedition of 2015

For my birthday, I am dragging Jordon & Wendy along with me to Grey Owl’s Cabin in Prince Albert National Park.  

The Hike to Grey Owl's Cabin

As you can see on the map, it is about a 20km hike to Grey Owl’s cabin.  We will leave early in the morning, hike to Sandy Beach campground where we will set up camp and then carry on to Grey Owl’s Cabin before heading back to Sandy Beach. 


Beavers inside Grey Owl' cabin

We will head back to the car from Sandy Beach and hopefully be in Saskatoon that night.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year's 2015

Here are my New Year’s Resolutions of 2015

  1. Get myself organized.   Dad made me purchase a paper daytimer from Staples (and I bought some sweet pens) to get organized with assignments, practices, and things that I need to do and plan for.Staples Day Planner
  2. Get in better shape.  I played 10 out of 12 positions on defence for the Bedford Road Redhawks last season.  I need to work on my arm and core strength.  I need to get quicker and faster.  BedRoad Redhawks
  3. Get my grades up.  I let my grades slip this year which brought upon me the wrath of Dad and Mom.  I need to do better in 2015.Report Card
  4. Use social media more effectively.  That means spending some more time on Flickr with my photos and posting more to my weblog.  Of course that means getting out more with a camera.  Luckily dad gave me a few new lens.Pentax K-x DSLR camera