Showing posts from October, 2012

Enchanted forest or haunted forest?

We're on a forest hike in Mont Tremblant National Park, the second largest national park in Quebec, Canada and Halloween is coming up.

Help me find that one scary tree.

It should be easy. Every forest trail has at least one beast. A big, old tree that storms, insects, and woodpeckers have carved into something that doesn't need any help from Hollywood makeup artists to look like a monster.

But wait. In the Mont Tremblant National Park forest trailsI keep finding enchanted forest

My favourite. A brontosaurus sitting on a big rock nibbling on tree branches.
Look outs.

Where's the scary stuff?

On the haunted forest trail 15, Gatineau Park, Quebec, Canada. 

If you're hiking these trails, enjoy!
Happy enchanted or haunted forest walks!

I think I prefer enchanted. Soon, it will all be covered in snow.

The BaffinPaddler

This is so redundant! The reds and yellows of Canada's fall

This is so redundant. But each year, it's necessary to pay tribute to the reds and yellows of fall.
They go so well together.


More of the same?
Finally a bridge.
A cement and steel ice breaker. The Madawaska's current will push you into them if you drift too close with your hands off the paddle.
This is so redundant - more red and yellow.
It's everywhere.

Red and yellow.
 Enjoy the reds and yellows of Canada's awesome fall.
But watch out for the rocks, current, and dam at Calabogie to avoid the reds to you don't want to see.
Images, paddle location, and trip details:
Madawaska River, Ontario, CanadaBurnstown Beach to Calabogie12.5 km paddle each wayCurrent flows from Calabogie towards BurnstownIf you launch from the Burnstown beach boat launch (very kayak friendly, lots of parking, and a small fee to pay), you are paddling against the current. Current strength varies depending on time of year and the upstream dam at Calabogie. From Burnstown - West-southwest …

BaffinPaddler favourite Hot and Sour Soup Recipe - Vegetarian

“Can I have your recipe for Hot and Sour Soup?”

Yes! Here it is.

This is my favourite Hot and Sour Soup recipe for its exciting, exotic taste and variety of textures. It seems to work magic for scaring away colds and making you feel all warm and happy inside. A big bowl of this spicy, steaming soup is a meal. It's soothing comfort food with a kick that people love all the more on rainy days, or during those long, cold winter months.

Serves 4-6.

1 cake silken or soft plain Tofu (300g). Cut into bite-size cubes. Don’t use the hard flakey Tofu. It’s just awful. You want a tofu that will melt in your mouth. It’s wonderful!1 small can bamboo shoots (drain off liquid, cut into ¼ inch strips)1 small can water chestnuts (drain off liquid, slice into strips or cubes)1 carrot (Julienned) See Tips below for how to Julienne a carrot2 large eggs (beaten in a bowl)Mushrooms (I use dried, chopped, Shitake mushrooms - 1 packet of 20g), or 1 cup fresh mushrooms of your choice – sliced a…

Go Somewhere - Mont Tremblant - Booyah!

This is what you get when you hike up a mountain in the rain to see the fall colours and a 40+km/h wind greets you!


Or pick a calm, sunny day!

The fall colours are awesome this year. Go somewhere to see them.

The trees are screaming, "Booyah!"

Happy fall hikes.
The BaffinPaddler

Image location: La Roche trail lookout, Lac Monroe, Mont Tremblant National Park, Quebec, Canada

BaffinPaddler favourite butternut squash soup recipe with curry and coconut milk

Fall is the beginning of soup season. It's when we celebrate a good harvest and lament the beginning of cold and flu season. Here's one of my favourite soup recipes for its exciting great taste, filling a hungry belly, and promoting good health.

The texture of this blended soup is not too thick or thin, making it fantastic to drink out of a mug or eat from a bowl with a spoon. It's just right either way! Everyone loves the beautiful velvety golden colour. It pours easily into a Thermos for a great lunch to take along on those awesome fall paddles and hikes.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk Recipe

1 large butternut squash, peeled (remove outer skin) and chopped (scoop out and discard seeds)
3 carrots peeled and chopped
2 medium size potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 tbsp Indian curry paste (Add 1 tbsp, then taste to make sure you don't make it too spicy, or serve on the side and let people a…

Find your beach in the 1000 Islands

Doesn't this make you want to get out and paddle?


Forget about work?



And more?

Me too!

I love the way this image makes me feel about paddling, my kayak, the environment, and the people we paddle with, so I submitted it to a photo contest.

Do I have a chance?

It's the desktop image on my computer so I can get lost in it for a good long while. Especially on rainy days. I hope you enjoy it too.

Fall is a great time to get out and find your dream shot.

A kayak can take you there!

Happy fall paddles!
The BaffinPaddler

Image location: 1000 Islands, St. Lawrence River, Grass Creek Park beach, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Sea Kayak: 17' long, yellow Boreal Baffin
Red cedar Greenland paddle
Launch site: Public boat launch, Grass Creek Park marsh, Kingston, Ontario, Canada