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Thursday, February 10th, 2011 . . . . .

Over the Labour Day weekend last year, Rob Waywell and his daughter Madeline headed out from the Smoke Lake access point for four days on Ragged Lake's Parkside Bay, with a hike of the portage to Big Porcupine Lake .. Ragged Lake Canoe Trip.

"We finally got to the portage to Big Porcupine Lake around 2:30pm. By that time it was late enough that we knew we were just going to hike the portage to take a look around, eat some lunch and then head back to camp. The portage itself is nice and wide, very dry and almost all straight up hill. Out of the 590m portage, I would estimate that 50m are flat, 30m are downhill at the Big Porcupine end and the other 510m are a steep uphill climb!"

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 . . . . .

In early August of last year, Rob Waywell and his young son Peter headed out from the Shall Lake access point for four days on Booth Lake .. Booth Lake Canoe Trip.

".. the canoe insisted on weathervaning on me, so we were getting blown east as we worked our way across to the north shore. Once we were in close enough to the shore to get a break from the wind, I pushed all the weight that we had in day packs forward and got the canoe turned west. With the day packs forward and me kneeling just behind the rear thwart we were able to fight our way upwind, along the shore and back to the campsite."

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 . . . . .

The judging of Bo's Poets Contest - 2010 is completed. Bo has selected the following winners ...

1ST PLACE ...  Poem 1 - by Alex Thompson ... Prize of 3 days and 2 nights guiding service by Bo on Sec Lake
2ND PLACE ... The View from Lower Spectacle - by Mark Scarlett ... Prize of 25% discount on the next White Partridge Express
3RD PLACE ... The Wild Life - by Stewart Brownscombe ... Prize of guaranteed hot spots for speckled trout, even in summer

Sunday, December 5th, 2010 . . . . .

In early June, Jonathan Williams (along with his friends Scott, Dave and Bill) took a four day visit to Penn Lake. It was Jonathan's first backcountry camping trip. Other than a marauding racoon and a worsening head cold, he had an enjoyable time. June 4-7 2010 4 Days - Rock Pen Rock .

"We turned around to discover a rather well-fed looking raccoon (not a bear cub as the more reactionary of us initially proclaimed) attempting to best the locking mechanism. He seemed unperturbed and perhaps a little bit annoyed at our cajoling of him to get away from his mother lode. Eventually we did send him scurrying away down the beach towards the portage."

Saturday, December 4th, 2010 . . . . .

The new cohosted Algonquin Outfitters / Algonquin Adventures photo contest's theme is "My Algonquin" - Photos that illustrate what Algonquin Park means to you. It can be anything from a paddling your canoe, enjoying the campfire, watching the sun set or just being with your friends. Anything that illustrates what makes Algonquin Park "My Algonquin". Bonus points will be given for a unique story that relates to the submitted photo.

Check here for details .. www.algonquinoutfitters.com/photocontest

Tuesday, November 31st, 2010 . . . . .

In mid-August, Jeff Wilson and his friend Luc took a four day trip out of Smoke Lake, through Ragged Lake and into Big Porcupine Lake .. via the infamous "Devil's Portage" ... Algonquin Park 2010 Trip Log .

"The portage is definitely difficult. There are many giant steps on the way up the hill, not a single one of them easy while carrying weight. Once we got to the end, we headed back for the other bags. On our walk back to the rest of our gear, we both agreed that while the "Staircase" is very difficult, we both anticipated it being more difficult than it was. I'm sure this has alot to do with the nickname the portage has received."

Wednesdayday, November 24th, 2010 . . . . .

Back in 2009, Patrick Bird and Hanna from Manchester (over the pond) headed out for a 17 day canoe trip from Canoe Lake to Opeongo Lake .. by way of MacIntosh, White Trout, Big Trout, Longer, Burntroot, Robinson, Ramona, Cedar, Catfish, Hogan, Big Crow and Proulx Lakes .. Algonquin Backcountry Paddling Trip Summer 2009 .

"We start to gently drift back into sight of the moose and spend quite a while taking more pictures. This is finally met with a look of disdain from our new Canadian friend who eventually makes something close to a huff and wades quickly into the water directly in front of us and swims expertly across the river and stomps into the undergrowth once and for all. We are very over excited!"

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Announcing the completion of judging of the latest cohosted Algonquin Outfitters / Algonquin Adventures photo contest

This summer photo contest was themed "How To ... Algonquin" for photos that depicted your "How to..." do something in Algonquin (or How NOT to..)..

You can check out the Algonquin Outfitters blog for the winners and honourable mentions at http://ao-sales.blogspot.com/2010/11/summer-photo-contest-winner-2010.html and all the entries at ... http://picasaweb.google.com/AlgonquinOutfitters/AOPhotoContest#.

Barry Bridgeford (Site-editor)