Camping 2.0 – Small Town Famous and a Very Scenic Poop

So when I left you last we were headed back to the boatlaunch, having devastated the female patrons using the Tim Horton’s bathroom in Bobcaygeon and picked up all our forgotten supplies (including toilet paper) …

When we got back, we saw two guys and a dog leaving.  They were the ones who’d been staying on the Big Island we’d been hoping for, and they were leaving because of the huge storm that was called for that night.  The dog was awesome and I played with it for a while and then I noticed their AMAZING CANOE!!!!

Made by Darryl Van Gerven

Made by Darryl Van Gerven

I loved it so much that I had to show you guys, so I asked if I could get them to post a pic of it on Facebook and tag me, and gave them my name.

Well, wouldja believe it?  Apparently one of them already knew me as the ukulele girl from our mutual Facebook friend Jon Ker!  😀  What are the chances I’d run into someone who knows me while crown land camping in the bush of northern Ontario?!?

We talked some more about the canoe (Apparently this is the second one that Darryl’s built, the first being a 12′, this one being about 14′, and he’s already got an 18footer planned for this winter!) and the area (they’re WAY more experienced than us, and I’ll definitely be picking their brains from time to time) and let them go on their way, and headed back to break down camp at Beaver Island and move to the Big Island.

Big Island is big.  REALLY big.  You could easily have multiple groups of campers on there without anyone bothering one another, and it’s got lots of beautiful mossy spots to put down tents, and a lovely big firepit lined with stones 🙂  It even has a thunderbucket left conveniently in the v of some trees.

What’s a thunderbucket you ask?  Well, it’s basically a bucket with the bottom taken off so you can sit on it and poop into a hole you’ve dug beneath it.  Add to that a comfy foam ring for a seat and woods pooping suddenly doesn’t seem like such a problem.

My first woods-poop was, well, glorious.  There I was, not a soul around (Aric was a gentleman and stayed well away) sitting comfortably in some of the most beautiful surroundings one could ask for, ablaze with sunlight and fall colours, surrounded by the sounds of birdsong and squirrels chasing one another through the trees.  It was the most zen shit of my life.

Around dusk the clouds started moving in, so I got to test a nifty new tarp set up using sticks and paracord that kept us completely dry underneath and took less than 5 minutes to set up and less than 2 min to tear down.  If you’re interested, leave a comment or send a msg and I’ll make you guys a video to see what I mean 🙂

The rain stopped, so we baked bread on sticks (pillsbury crescent rolls, wrap them around a green stick and bake over coals not flame) and made nutella smores and sat watching more clouds roll in till bedtime.

Third and last installment comes tomorrow; including pics and vid from Big Island! 😀

Here’s some more shots of Darryl’s sweet canoe for ya till then 🙂

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4 Responses to “Camping 2.0 – Small Town Famous and a Very Scenic Poop”

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    • Carol Channelling February 24, 2017 at 9:53 am #

      Thanks for reading! <3 We've done some AMAZING food out here, I'll be sure to include more stories and pics from our camping trips this season! <3

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