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Camping – Murphy’s Point

Johnny, my daughter Sandra & her husband Morgan & I went on a spur of the moment camping trip!  We downsized our camping gear last year to nothing but a tent & sleeping bags, so I had to do some last minute scrambling to get everything we would need for a weekend away.  Once there, we realized it was going to rain for the whole 2nd night into the next day, so once again had to scramble to buy some tarps to cover up!  I love tarping campsites….not sure why, but I do – in my past life I was known as the Tarpaulin Queen (ok, perhaps self-apponted) 🙂  First group of photos here are close-ups of the wildlife we encountered along the way (excluding mosquitos and ticks)….poor Topanga being a low slung dog ended up with a belly full of ticks 😦

Murphy’s Point (website here) is only 94 km from our home, the perfect distance and a pleasant drive!  It’s just outside the quaint little town of Perth, Ontario (website here) and it’s on Big Rideau Lake which is part of the Rideau System that runs from the St. Lawrence Seaway right through to Ottawa.  It has a number of nice hiking trails, a variety of historic buildings and an abandoned Mine.  We had the very worst campsite (as we booked las tmoment) – right next to the privy and garbage – but heck, when I got up in the middle of the night I was ‘close’!!!  We ate traditional camping food, hot dogs, weiners & beans with eggs & cold cuts for breakfast!  The 4 of us went on one hike about 5 km and then Johnny & I went on a 2nd hike to the mine which was 2.5 km.

Saturday night we played Euchre (Morgan & Johnny are Euchre newbies), Sandra has some experience and I’m a Euchre shark that taught them all the aggressive Euchre playing techniques I know 🙂

I took hundreds of photos with the new camera, unfortunately, I haven’t done any of the on-line courses for it yet, so essentially, it was point & shoot on auto setting.  I hope to learn how to take better more interesting photos down the road! Morgan & Sandra left fairly early on Sunday morning, but Johnny & I hung in drinking coffee under the tarp watching the amazing fire that we had built (in spite of the rain)……of course, we discovered ‘liquid’ fire starter, which goes a long way to make the fire roar!!

Did I mention that we are the little tent campers with no mattress?  Hardy souls we are 🙂

In the past few weeks we have become obsessed with the locks along the Rideau system.  The locks are great places to stop and go to the washroom in a clean setting 🙂  They are also lovely areas for picnics, small walks/hikes & simply to watch the locks and boaters in action.  I didn’t take any photos yesterday but on the way home we stopped by Narrow Locks (click here), Newboro Locks (click here) and Poonmalie Locks (click here).  The Narrows are my favourite because they have bigger open water on both sides, lots of picnic places, a really nice blockhouse AND they have a swing bridge.  It was pouring rain, but at each lock we wandered around taking in the sights.  We ‘picniced’ in the car at Newboro and then went into the best store in the world and one you shouldn’t miss if  you are in Newboro/Westport area – click HERE to see Kilborn’s website!  Their web presence doesn’t do them justice, they have the most amazing array of clothing, shoes, furniture, jewelry and the list goes on…all latest fashion and high end.  If you’ve never been your jaw will drop as you walk through (don’t miss the upstairs)!

Yurt Camping!

Summer of 2013 we felt like being in the great outdoors, but really weren’t up for the whole tent camping thing (which we have done often).  I was surfing around the Ontario Parks page and came across a Yurt available at a nearby Provincial Park.  We booked for 3 nights and headed to Murphys Point Provincial Park on Big Rideau Lake not far from Perth, Ontario.  We camped there years ago when the girls were young.  The Yurt was amazing!  It was BRAND NEW, never been used, had a screened in porch, a huge wrap around deck, Muskoka chairs, gas BBQ, fridge, lamp, 2 double beds & a single, all that and it faced the water!  We had a great time, wandering the trails, roasting s’mores on the fire and spending as much time as possible reading (with our headlamps once it got dark).  It’s a great little park with a number of campgrounds, nice small beaches and terrific trails.  A lovely short break in the fresh air of Ontario!

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