7/14/09

Seeking Solitude Canoe Trip


Hey Everyone

Just wanted to let you know that our Algonquin canoe trips are in full swing and we have many exciting trips planned for the rest of the summer. Call Wendy in our Northern Edge office or check out the website for more details.

I have just returned home from a week in the park on the Seeking Solitude trip and it was a truly magical experience. The beauty of the park at this time of year is unparalled, so many shades of green in the forest. Our trip coincided with the full moon and we watched her rise above the Algonquin hills each night before going to sleep under the stars. We got the chance to see lots of the local wildlife including; moose, muskrat, beaver, great-blue herons, american bitterns, loons snapping turtles and many other species. For the two nights we spent on Biggar lake we were the only people there and had the chance to experience the solitude and serenity that comes with spending multiple days in a wilderness setting.


We shared a lot of great food, amazing stories and laughter around the camp fire at night and grew into a 'tight-knit' family by the end of the week. I'm thankful to the land and the waters that we paddled together as well as to all those who joined us on this Algonquin wilderness adventure. Until next time....
Happy paddling

Alexis

2/6/09

Wilderness Canoe Tripping Schedule 2009


Well.....Here's is the Earth Tracks Wilderness Canoe Tripping Schedule for 2009!

All of these trips I will be guiding personally. Earth Tracks has partnered with Northern Edge Algonquin in running these trips and we are excited to further this relationship. For more info please visit thier website http://www.northernedgealgonquin.com/ or the Earth Tracks site at http://www.earthtracks.ca/


Nipissing River Trip: May 2nd - 9th
Waterfalls, Watercolours and Wanderings: June 11th - 16th
Waterfalls, Watercolours and Wanderings: June 25th - 30th
Seeking Solitude: July 2nd - 8th
Morning Tea with Moose/Wilderness Awareness: July 9th - 12th
The Way of the Naturalist: July 16th - 21st
Morning Tea with Moose/Wilderness Awareness: July 23rd - 26th
Wolf Howl: July 31st - August 3rd
Tracking the Wildlife of Algonquin Park: August 27th - 31st
Wolf Howl: September 24th - 27th

Following is a list of Canoe Trips that I am organizing for Northern Edge Algonquin. These trips will be facilitated by very competant and experienced guides other than myself.

Morning Tea with Moose: July 2nd - 5th
Yoga Canoe Trip: July 9th - 12th
Morning Tea with Moose: July 16th - 19th
Yoga Canoe Trip: July 31st - August 3rd
Seeking Solitude: August 6th - 12th
Wolf Howl: August 13 - 16th
Wolf Howl: August 27th - 30th
Wolf Howl (Womens Only): September 4th - 7th
Waterfalls, Watercolours and Wanderings: September 10th - 15th
Yoga Canoe Trip (Womens Only): September 17th - 20th
Heart of Gold: September 24th - 30th
I hope to see you on one of our many Canoe Trips this season. Please give us a call or email if you are interested in any of these trips. earthtracks@gmail.com 800 953 3343

Winter Time @ The Edge


Things have been moving at ‘winters pace’ around here lately. Yesterday morning the mercury read -35 degrees and everything was laying pretty low waiting for the morning sun to break the deep freeze that has set in the last couple of days. Imagine being one of the many animals that live in the forests here, what would you be doing in these temperatures. It made me think of the Native Algonquin people who are the original habitants of this land. Traditionally this area including Algonquin Park was utilized by small family groups who would break from the larger villages and spread out across this bountiful land to hunt for the winter. Would they be ready for the winter to transition into spring? What kind of shelters would they be living in? What would thier daily routines be like? These people blended with the landscape and were a natural part of the eco-system. The original caretakers of this land. I was thankful for these people who went before us. How can we follow in thier footsteps? How thankful are we for the gifts and comforts that we have in this day and age? How can I be the most effective caretaker of this land? What gifts and visions do I have for the future? Just some of the questions that I asked myself as I walked across the frozen lake towards the Edge. Today is a beautiful day, a new day. May we walk our paths in a sacred manner for the future generations.
Alexis Burnett

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