Ground Control to Major Tom…

Hi Bloggers,

I went to yoga today. It was good – its normally always good, in a just-what-I-needed kind of way. I had a thought as we were getting into final resting post – savasana, or corpse pose.

I thought, fuck! I’m here, all alone. A very mild sensation of panic entered my body. Very mild, in a ‘hmmm, this is cool’ kind of way. I have no relatives in Canada. I am between jobs. I am moving to a new place, alone. I haven’t had this kind of freedom and independence since I was 17.

I talked with a close friend earlier this evening. She reminded me, I’m not alone. I have friends and acquaintances. There are people in the world who love and care for me, even if they are in another country or half a world away. In fact, I met with another good friend for a beer and a bite tonight. It was nice. Just chill.

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So I think I can relate, just a bit to what Bowie was saying in Space Oddity. That feeling of being alone. What if the capsule fails? What if I can’t make it back to earth?

 

 

Image result for Major Tom MeaningSo now it gets interesting. I bought myself a back pack, an inflatable air mattress for hike in camping and a water purifying pump today. I have a small tent and a sleeping bag already. I plan to explore some trails – alone if I have to. Camping out in the wild trails of Eastern Canada.

I’ve done a reasonable amount of trail hikes, and camping, but I’ve never done the hike in camping thing, and I’ve been itching to do it for a long time.

I read a lot, and I’ve read a lot of inspiring stories about people who travel, and hike and camp and do epic things. It’s time for me to explore some of these kind of adventures. Don’t worry, I’ll be capturing this in my blog, so you will be along for the journey too!

It won’t be quite the space oddity, but I’m willing to try something new and fun and this could turn out to be one of those things that takes me far and wide!

 

 

 

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The Story of the Good Ship ‘Lollipop’

So last week I was camping. It was pretty cool. We drove to a lake. It was several hours from Saskatoon, so by the time I picked up the package from the airport and drove north it was about 2 am when we rolled into the campsite. I had never been there before so it was a whole new experience.

The ride up was kind of nice. We were on provincial back roads. Almost no traffic at all at that time of night. We caught glimpses of northern lights – a green curtain of misty fog that dances slowly in the sky. It was also almost permanent twilight with the summer solstice just the day before. It never gets completely dark at this latitude and time of year, its as if the sun has gone down and won’t go away completely. It’s quite nice.

At the lake we did some crazy shit. Found a private dock thing to lay out in the sun. On the way back to the main camp area we traversed the lake ‘shore’ but it became a bit of a battle of sticks and wire and other obstacles because the lake water level was very high. I had found a paddle on the lake shore earlier in the day, and I scored another one up in the tangle of branches on the obstacle course getting back.

The good ship lollipop – she was a bit of a wreck. Half submerged and covered in sand and other lake debris. It looked like a hopeless case. Like us really. We tipped the crap out of it and bailed a bunch of water out. There were leaches in there and we had to scrape a shitload of what looked like fish eggs off the inside.

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She was in poor shape when we found her, with no captain or crew.

 

Once we got that done we realised, we had righted the ship, and she appeared seaworthy! We came back loaded up with towels and bags, and snacks and sunscreen. I was wearing my black man thong, because really, there’s no need to overdress for something like this. We took off and did a sort of oar paddle and peddle (because she is a paddle boat with peddles).  It was fairly efficient but she was lacking seats so my arse slid back a lot and sometimes she went in circles.

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But it did provide a fairly stable and even relaxing floating platform on which we could enjoy the lake!

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Lets go sailing!

 

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Out on the lake late at night it was so still, so serene.

 

 

Most Epic Campsite – Ever.

Hey Bloggers, here are some photos from my camping trip last week. We were looking for somewhere to pitch a tent. Wasn’t too fussy – could have been in an open field, a rail siding, or whatever. The main criteria was that it was to be away from anywhere people would come by, and cost nothing.

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So we found a spot. Its part of a village museum. Technically not supposed to camp there but, whatever. There was no one else around, except for a farmhouse on the other side of the grid road. We drove for about 20 km up a grid road off a lonely stretch of provincial highway to get to this spot. It was really out of the way.

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We debated for a while where the tent should be set up, I wanted tucked in behind the church, we settled on a spot in a kind of depression in the lawn bbq area. It was really nice. We even got a fire going and cooked some dinner.

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I got some great photos of the old church and graveyard as the sun was going down and again in the early morning as the sun rose. It was the most epic camping spot, because we took a gamble and broke a few rules! 

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“Here comes the sun, little darling…. “
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This is the basic travel/camp kit. You really don’t need any more than this, really!

 

Changing the channel….

Hi Bloggers,

So I’m changing things up. Its been a fairly interesting time with the changing situation in my domestic life. It’s just not working. I don’t need to get into details or disrespect anyone, I just need to say that my life is changing, and I’m ok with it.

There’s a ton of stuff to work through, but it will all happen in good time. Meanwhile, I am very grateful for the people who have emerged in my life in a challenging time to be there to support me, to listen, and to provide some good feedback.

This week, I’m going camping. A chance to get away from all the stuff that is going on, and to just chill. When I get back, I will be moving to another place to live. Probably a house share deal or something like that. My immediate family will be heading back to Australia in December. I will miss my kids, and I hope things work out well for my wife.

I’ll probably be out of the loop for a week or so, unless I can find a terminal or laptop or something.

And, don’t worry, I feel great!

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Camping at Bear Hole Lake, BC

So here’s a some pictures of where I went camping a few years ago. Just me and my daughter, then about 7 years old, and our dog. I had a rifle right by the tent, because, well, its bear country. It was a nice trip all round. Fond memories. The area is quite remote. We were the only people there. Just us, and a little tent, and the wilderness.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about doing the getting away from it all thing – hike in camping, that sort of thing. On this trip we drove in. Its a logging road, and can be treacherous because the conditions can change. I recall it being pretty cut up from recent rains and trucks driving on it. Its one of those situations where you hope it doesn’t rain because you might not be getting out…. Hope you enjoy.

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Rifle resting on tree stump near tent….

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