3 NIGHTS ALONE IN THE WOODS – Solo Summer season Camp
Hey guys how you doing it's an exciting morning i drove a few hours to a new spot i've never been here before and i've done some research and talked to some people turns out i can do a canoe trip here so i got a map i'm going to be out here for a few nights i'm not really too sure.
The beauty about this place is i don't have to tell anybody where i am i don't have to reserve campsites or lakes i can stay on them for as long as i want i can take as long as i want i can bust through it if i want to so yeah it's all up in the air i might do two two separate camps i'm gonna do three four who knows.
Got my fishing rod there are supposed to be splake brook trout and lakers here so i'm hoping to hook into a couple of those guys have some fish meals have some time by myself have some big long portages some rest time so here we are at the top.
End of flack lake at the lodge and we're starting off here we're going to paddle southwest to our first portage so i'll go into the route with much more detail later on but right now i got to get on that water and get over to my first portage.
so i forgot how responsive and quick this boat is i haven't paddled this one much this year i've been paddling my adirondacks uh swift boat but uh yeah people have been asking me why i haven't been using this one and.
Just the simple fact that like my other one is proven um i can get the yolk on and off easier it has a different yolk system this one has a screw in yolk into the into the gunnels the other one just pops on and off so it's quicker but i do like this one it's like it's very nimble it's quick i feel confident.
In it it's very very stable and i haven't used it i want to use it spending some good solo time oh you know what why am i not fishing why am i not trolling in here this is a big lake this is just the access lake but people fishing this all the time.
It's hot for lakers and whatnot so control that cc shot behind us and see what happens if we catch one it's just going back but who doesn't want to catch a fish man it's a nice day it's a huge break and relief from the this very sunny hot days we've been having as of late.
We got a fighter hello he's a champ dude this guy is not giving up there we go nice little bass just got him in the corner of his mouth i'm happy with that i came up on that fallen tree there and i took one cast i got him he's going back.
In it's too early i got a portage almost two kilometers to get uh into the first lake that i'm potentially camping at so there's no way i'm bringing them with me um but i got them on a deep diver a deep diver just casting it.
Right into the uh to the fallen tree cool it's a good sign again there's not gonna be bass on those back legs people people boat into this lake and have there's a couple cottages and that lodge i started on and stuff so like it's obvious that there's bass and here people like to put bass.
Into lakes where they're not originally from even if this really was originally here they're not back in there i know that i wish they were because then i could almost guarantee myself some fish the trout this year at this time of year are going to be down deep right it's hot it's it's summertime.
Today is an exception where it's not very hot so maybe maybe i'll get into the brookies today uh i think astonish lake the first one that i might be able to camp in is stock with brooke he's like stacked stacked with brooke he's not stocked um and i might camp there it's it's 10 30 now i've just been poking my way.
Along this long lake still in the same lake there's a little fire tower uh trail if the fire tower is still there if i can access it i might go hike up it bring you guys with me again i like this i like being at my own leisure and not having a commitment.
Even when i'm by myself sometimes in other parks like killarney or algonquin or something like that you still have to go where you say you're going to go you still have to get to the campsite or at least the lake that you say you're going to be at right whereas here you got freaking dante's peak here in.
The foreground pretty epic check okay well all right well i found the trailhead old baldy five clicks says it's steep and uneven and all sorts of fun stuff you know what seeing is how it's like not even 11 o'clock in the morning it's only about really a two kilometer.
Broken up two kilometers of portaging to get into that astonish um i think i might might do this might pull over go do this hike so i'll bring my camera with me bring a little bit of food maybe i'll have lunch up there but uh yeah sounds like sounds like a plan smashing.
A cliff bar i'm so glad it's cool out it sounds like there's a stream rapids or a waterfall or something to my left here i almost lost it so this is the trail that i'm on you can.
Tell that it's not often walked relatively grown over but there are these markers on the trees which is helpful so that's nice and they look relatively new funky mushroom so believe it or not this.
Tree in front of me is a birch tree it's actually a yellow birch it's really old and they get these egg plates the bark they're still super flammable it just changes the way it looks completely a lot of times it gets a little pinkish hue on it hope that'll show up but yeah right.
There that one too the mosquitoes have seemed to find me found me the mosquitoes have seemed to found me the mosquitoes have seemed to have found me mosquitoes found me they here oh blueberries sweet.
One at least that third one's junky tasty it's not too many it's pretty early surprise maybe these ones just got some sun all right let's look out here score they're so tasty it's all it is up here the whole ground cover is blueberry.
Oh nice wow okay this is worth it certainly worth it the hawk screaming in the distance it's pretty awesome guys pretty epic i was starting to second-guess my decision to come up here but um yeah i'm happy i did i'm gonna sit down for a little bit and have.
Something to drink and some jerky and some blueberries now that is a big old bear poop full of berries see it see how the berries are see all of the berries in there that's black bear poop for sure no doubt in my mind you couldn't convince me otherwise sharon bears berries sharon bears.
Berries anyways i um somebody sent me chad sent me a a clip of two bears grunting at each other and stuff and it sounded just like what that mysterious noise was on my last trip so probably gonna vote for bear on that one i worked up a sweat i got this breeze on the lake trying to cool me off my shirt.
Off and paddle across and get to that first portage first real portage i'm happy to see that there are portage signs here i wasn't sure because it's like uh it's a non-operating park slash crown land area that's the whole reason for the freedom.
So i didn't expect there to be signs but that is a huge bonus for me this is what i was talking about with the yolk it's not a big deal but my other yolk you know what i mean and it adds up but it's really again not a big deal my backpack has my camera and my tripod in it now.
And it also has this life jacket weighted down to the back so she's pretty heavy we'll see how it goes i've not been able to single carry this boat very well before but i think it's because i always left the seat up this time i tucked the seat down so.
Yeah this is heavy all right here we go well as you can see i don't have my backpack on i'm pretty disappointed in myself i couldn't single carry that almost 500 meter portage there's a few things i can think of be my back my backpack is.
Way too heavy it could be where i put this paddle is still obstructing where my backpack goes and it's knocking off back and forth at first it could be that i'm just not used to it yet and it could be all three of those things so i'm sweating buckets it's almost one on.
The afternoon i i'm a quarter of the way done for today so i still have like an 850 and over a thousand meter portage to go and if i have to double carry all those it's gonna take a while it's gonna take a lot of energy out of.
Me so i really i'm gonna try and get my boat situated properly for this next portage which is just a short paddle across this lake okay i may have spoken too soon about the portage signs uh i've been paddling around trying to find it i can't find a sign at all.
I can't really find any evidence of it but my gps and my my map is telling me it's right here the problem is we're about this thick and muck that i can't even step in because i'll just sink right down i won't be able to continue to walk it's like quicksand um so i'm on this little patch of land.
I'm gonna have to like skateboard my way over to the hopefully to the portage gonna pick my way along yeah i can't step in it honestly it's it's multiple feet of just just muff this isn't even that late in the year like i know it's summertime but holy.
Smokes did i make it i made it i made it i made it now to find out if this is actually the portage or not portage where are you okay i don't see anything cut and i don't see any signs of a sign.
What the heck is this it this gotta be okay well go back to the canoe grab the map and try to uh see if i'm just like running right perpendicular to it or not because i don't know what to do here this is this is where it says the.
Portage is for sure look at this not even a resemblance of a trail and just uphill uphill and rock i cannot find anything resembling a trail now my gps here is telling me that i'm directly on it i'm on the right road and everything it says the exact route i'm doing.
It says i'm half i'm smack dab in the middle of the trail there's absolutely nothing that indicates a trail like nothing i can't bushwhack up all through there like it's just too too thick and too high too much elevation i gotta find this real trail i just it might not exist.
Anymore i don't to not even have any resemblance of a trail though is it's very strange yeah this ain't it man a big old rock big old cliff this is not the way i'm feeling defeated i'm bummed out big time i don't get it the lake is tiny.
My gps is telling me exactly where to be my map is telling me exactly would be i'm there i was over it five times damn it even where the portage is where it says it is on here doesn't make any sense it's like right in the middle of a marsh next to like a huge huge outcropping.
Normally they would go around all that stuff you just walk a little bit farther instead of going up all that incline doesn't make sense rolls it's a rolling log okay not too bad only got one foot wet so far that's a plus.
i'm sure i'll be very wet by the end of the day okay so success i found it it just goes to show you that the gps is off and the map well the map map is whatever it's relative but the gps i was on that line it was nowhere near the trail i got out.
I struggled back to my canoe going to came down like 50 yards and there's there's the trail and i see the portage going up into it so i have to remember that that um my gps isn't directly on spot but anyway i burned a lot of energy doing that so.
I'm eating a little sandwich i have some peanut m ms somewhere and then uh i'm trying single carry this 850 wish me luck okay i don't know man i can't get this canoe to balance properly with this backpack on it was because the seat but.
It doesn't seem like it is i have to hold the nose up with my paddle it doesn't work out that great anyway we'll make do well i'm on the big last portage of the day the thousand thousand meter i can't single carry i have to leave my boat here.
I uh i think it's topping out like it's the top of my backpack is hitting the seat still regardless just because of the way that that boat is i don't i don't ever remember having good luck single carrying that boat and even when i'm when i'm carrying with.
No backpack on it still wants to tip forward a bit so and i can't adjust that's another thing i don't like about not having the adjustable yo because i can't put it forward or backward to adjust for being off balance so it looks like i'm gonna be double carrying this.
This whole trip don't get me wrong i did test it at home to try and see if it worked everything was fine at home but i didn't have my food bag in the in the backpack what i was doing because it was in my fridge and that's it's a big chunk of it so i imagine it's not the weight but i imagine this is the.
Bulk of it like the height it grows in height and uh and now it's topping out my my green canoe is fine with my orange bag i haven't tried it with this bag i think it could be the bag too as you know i've had that orange bag for years and years have used that secretary no problem.
But that bag broke and gave out now there's a new bag so it could even while it's supposed to be the same bag it could even be that the dimensions are off and uh the frame is higher i don't know but it's not working believe me it's this isn't even that much of a.
Uh incline of a portage not too much elevation on this one and i can't carry it it's not it's not the weight it just keeps pushing down nose keeps pushing down and i have to i can fight it the whole time it's no good so anyways last four times of the day.
Excited to get to camp try and catch some brook trout relax a bit oh man i cannot tell you how happy i am to be on this lake sun just came out i'm super grateful it was out it was away all day too because i did a lot of work today it's five o'clock now.
Busting my butt to get in here so let's go find a camp and if i knew that i had to double carry if i knew i had to double carry and everything i wouldn't have done that first hike up the uh the lookout trail there but anyways we're at camp we're at the lake within.
Good good time anyways five o'clock is plenty time to find firewood and cut up cut it up and you know the whole camp thing let's go find camp got a deep diver on just troll just trolling i'm in no rush to get to the camp oh i can see it actually there's the camp.
There i think there might be a couple camps on my map it shows one but i think there might be a couple camps on here because this is now crown land for sure and people would have just made camps left and right so you know what i'm seeing is um i do remember hearing in.
The research for this trip that there's a lodge on 10 mile lake which is down a few lakes south of me and they keep up the portage trails and they put up the uh the signs and stuff i completely forgot someone had said that so that's why they're there they're not.
Ontario park signs some of the portages are orange it's not the same as ontario parks but anyways they are maintained and uh and marked which is a definite plus for a non-operating slash crown land park i'm gonna trail around the lake look for.
Any campsites i can find pick the best one and uh yeah i hope you get a fish on man we have fish for dinner tonight that'd be great i'm just told there's good brook trout in here so we'll switch it up if this little deep diver doesn't work all right folks this is home sweet home.
Glad to be here it's a pretty awesome sight so i've already circumvented the lake i look for all the campsites there's only two and this one far blows away the other one the other one is rudimentary compared to this one so.
I'll put my tent back up in here i get something to eat while i'm doing that a little snack and then get food on because i'm starving 6 30. so this site has a little bit of firewood already but i noticed as i was paddling around the lake all the dead fall.
Is sticking out of the lake the old cedar uh stuff is it's all cut so finding what like for firewood the finding wood might not be the easiest thing here but that's okay we will certainly get by no fish either i i caught all right i fished the whole way.
I uh i cast along the deadfall and i and i trolled the whole way back and i had no luck whatsoever not a bite there's a couple different spoons i used a jig and i used a deep diver no lakers on this like just brookies but i heard it's supposed to be pretty decent for.
Brook trout i've given up i think i'm gonna have one for supper tonight i have to eat but i'll still get out and fish after i just had to take five minutes and sit down here i've been going all day you notice things when you sit down just kind of take it all in i saw a.
Mouse run by two minutes ago just across the trail that way so i'll have to make sure i really do uh keep up on the food diligence i can't leave anything laying around those guys are more of what i'm worried about than bears to be honest with me for.
With you for food um i have my erstack my kevlar bag with me so i will make sure to tie that real tight at the top so we can't scurry down in there and nibble my goods i also noticed that there's no wind at all the bugs have died down this is a good spot.
On this peninsula for the bugs pretty exposed for a thunderstorm which we are supposed to get again we're supposed to get wednesday but maybe it'll happen tomorrow seeing how the weather has changed wasn't supposed to be like this today at all like i've been saying.
It's nice man it's nice being out here i'm so blessed i'm so lucky to be able to do this listen i only drove like two hours from home i decided i wanted to do it a couple days ago my wife's totally cool with it this is my job i'm able to come out here you go because you guys you guys watch this.
Stuff support me i'm able to make this my job throughout the summer come and canoe camp whenever i want to you know that was part of the the reason to move up north was so i didn't have to travel so far um to do videos and stuff like that and it's been doing good it's been it's.
Exactly what it is but i haven't really explored new areas too much and this is definitely a new area i love it i'm so stoked on this area near the mississauga provincial park off to the west of it and some crown man blind river ish provincial park but if anybody's from around.
It's it's certainly a place to check out there's no one here i couldn't so i tried to book i knew i wanted to go do a big trip i tried to book a trip in killarney to mimic uh the trip that ken kyle and doug and i did like i don't know i mean five six years ago right it's a pretty good trip but.
I was so green then and and i really didn't know much and i wanted to go replicate that so i booked i figured it out whatever and i called the book you couldn't get anything clary there's no way to even connect the route right now because it's so booked up right so like the.
Lakes that you have to book to stay on would be so far away from each other because those are the only ones open i looked on the online on the map online it was all red like two or three lakes had green that's a big park um there's no one here there's no one here at all.
You know what i mean if i can get into some fish this will be perfect so i'm gonna take it take it at my own pace gonna do what i want to do i have uh i eat some granola and jerky and m m peanuts when i got here but i do have something new i've never had before happy yak express mandarin beef and rice.
So it's pretty good for you got it at sale it's 16 bucks for this one because it's like good quality or whatever but uh yeah we'll cook that up in a little bit i'm gonna get the tent probably set up now may go get some firewood i just had to sit here i just had to take five you know what i mean.
Such a nice day man it's been so hot lately it's been so hot lately all right i'll go back with you guys uh shortly here we'll probably set up the tent what's up that is a good pitch nice and flat nice and tight looking good pretty happy with that enough it really starts to come down take these.
Storm ones pull them out even farther peg them down but probably not going to need to do that real quick all right that looks great got to get these boots off my feet are soaking wet and i can feel them starting to like blister up.
Trying to go lightweight on this trip so i bought the uh i brought the old neoprenes for camp shoes like i do sometimes ah mosquitoes are back unfortunately i'm gonna get some bug spray going get a little fire going oh pruney as the day is oh yeah holy smokes let these guys air out for a minute.
Before i put on the neoprene good thing is it's pretty warm weather and i assume the rest of the week is going to be way hotter than today so being wet is not that big of an issue oh yeah yeah they're in rough shape we're gonna need to take care of them i do have band-aids and whatnot but try.
To keep them from getting too messed up my feet normally don't do too bad but i think with these thicker socks last couple trips i i wore these thicker socks and i've been having problems so they'll have to go back to the thinner we're lucky to have a good pile of firewood here.
But i imagine it's been rained on for a while well it'll still burn it might not be the greatest to start the fire with yeah it's not too bad actually um but we got this one this nice piece of dry drip wood so we'll cut this up too.
I only have my silky saw this trip for tools and i have a new uh deering sami puko i'll show it later on but it's really really a slick knife made by john jonathan deering check them out on instagram during knives and this stuff is bone dry here whenever you see me.
Putting the sawn wood up to my mouth like this i'm pressing against my lips to feel for moisture your lips are much more sensitive to it i can't feel any in that one in any of these i can't believe how much it's cooled down.
Honestly i like i'd be swimming normally right now i'm sure some of you are asking yourselves self why does joe have a plastic bottle a plastic disposable throwaway water bottle well for this reason and in case my filter fails.
As i'm sure you guys can appreciate it's hard to really get anything these days unless you're ordering it online and i don't really want to do that too much but my other filter is gone my wife and i went on a little trip the other day and she misplaced it this is my old one it has a hole in it.
Already and the filter is super slow so i'm concerned that might slow down on this trip or not work or what if i lose it so i brought drops as well uh uh aquamira type or aqua yeah akumura type drops um but uh but i need a container to put them in so.
I can i can put them in this and this is lightweight and i'll carry this around uh empty so that's that's my reason for having that as opposed to like an algae where it's much heavier and i don't really need it for drinking so this says for um it's french mode to employ.
Express or express preparation add boiling water mix well sealed bag and let stand for 15 to 18 minutes strong once or twice then it says mode to employ optimal or optimal preparation combine the cold water and the contents of the bag simmer two minutes on low heat stirring often.
Cover remove from heat and let stand for 10 to 12 minutes during once or twice so that's what we're going to try to do you don't cook these in the bag i don't think maybe you do but i'm not going to i'm going to cook it in my pot here i don't know it's foil maybe you can no i'm sure you can actually.
Hmm oh no you have to cook it you have to cook it that's what they're saying so for the fast okay that's what it is so for the fast like mode to employ express you just put boiling water right in here but there's no point man this looks good like for real like there's actual um.
Big chunks of beef real vegetables smells delicious actually pretty excited on this so no oh cool baby asian baby corn too nice no uh no packet no throwaway packet no all right perfect all right happy yak so we're going to add to add the 350 mil 375 mil that's about 375.
Cold water nice and soupy that looks really good i can't i can't believe that how good that looks happy yak man if this tastes as good as this as this looks we're gonna be doing all right 16 a meal all right.
Well i think because it says to simmer it first for a couple minutes let's just use the bush buddy right now we'll get the fire rocking after but um let's just get the bush buddy going and then do a little nice uh small fire and summer summer summer summer all right i'm just gonna let that settle.
Down a little bit and we'll throw it on for a couple of minutes all right it's time it's time mandarin right from beast time beast went up pretty easily that piece of beef was not rehydrated properly okay we got a bean we got a green bean.
There's like a citrus like an overall orange taste i guess mandarin makes the sense hasn't rehydrated properly oh this fire is cooking up some heat surprise surprise i'm gonna get the eat this up and try to get out and fish uh for too long it's just after eight.
Now imagine right now is about the golden hour eight till nine maybe well would you believe that i'm not having any luck fishing i have circumvented the lake this side of it at least with this setup fishing all shallow.
Getting snagged like crazy fishing along the shore but it's all still too it's all too shallow and getting snag like crazy so i guess i will troll on the way back um switch it out now i guess i found the portage for tomorrow it's just over there.
Um i don't know maybe i'll put a paddle tail on a soft like soft swimbait type thing on and uh weight it down and just keep paddling around the lake it's very nice out it's nine o'clock now seems to be a little bit of pink in this guy but the clouds are just taking it.
Over like crazy this is a good setup i'm surprised i didn't get anything on it i got to get some trout on this trip guys i got it for my own well-being this is my lake pretty decent hill back in there my camp is up in that way but i'm gonna go troll over there.
Wow let's go over there it looks like it's super dark red more so than the camera is showing yes let's go over there there man this is super intense don't don't you
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