Monday, May 18, 2015

Exploring Prince Albert National Park

It is my birthday tomorrow (Happy Victoria Day by the way) but yesterday Dad, Mom, Oliver and I drove to Prince Albert National Park to do a day of hiking and photographs.

Dad and Mom gave me an imitation MSR Pocket Rocket stove, a fuel canister, and a mess kit.  

Imitation MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

The stuff should last me for years. It is really cool.  I will use it on our hike to Grey Owl’s Cabin in June.

The mess kit has a bowl, frying pan, and a pot to cook things in. It also has one of those cheap cups that I won’t bring with me (I’ll have my travel mug). It was a cool early birthday gift.

After that I packed up my camera gear (I took my Pentax K-x, my 70-210mm and 35mm lenses) and got into the car where we drove to Prince Albert and then Waskesiu. From there we drove to the Narrows, descended down a lot of stairs (while realizing that what goes down must also climb back up) and explored the Narrows Trail for a couple of kilometres. As Mom tweeted last night, we did hear a black bear in the trees but we mostly saw and talked to a lot of other hikers who were all having a good time.

After that we drove to the Waskesiu River trail where we walked the boardwalk and then walked for a couple of kilometres back to the trailhead. Oliver was exhausted by that time so we went back into Waskesiu, got some food, checked out Outer Limits, got some ice cream, and headed back home.

We wanted to hike the Mud Creek Trail but Oliver was tired and I don’t think it would have been any fun for him if we made him go on a “forced hike”. Plus, the trails took a toll on his body. We were 5 minutes into the Narrows trail when he fell hard the first time. He fell about 10 other times yesterday but never cried once. It was so funny because at one point he walked down a steep hill and goes to himself, “nailed it!” when he didn’t fall.

Oliver wasn’t the only one that was tired. I was tired enough that I fell asleep on the drive home until I felt Oliver giving me a “wet willy”. I wasn’t impressed in part because I think that wet willy may have been sanctioned from those in the front seat.

Not sure what the rest of my plans are for today but tomorrow I hope to play some disc golf (with mom’s discs) with Dad.

Friday, March 20, 2015

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.