Sunday, August 28, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Then there was the bad news at work. Ok, now I'm not sure that Cameron would want me to go into the details, but my previous MSN nickname made me seem like a total jerk. It wasn't about him, but could be construed the wrong way. I apologize Cam. Our department is falling apart.
I tried to get some more sleep, but can't, so I'm just taking tons of drugs to keep me alive ... and now I have to debate about calling in sick tomorrow. I could, but there's NOBODY to cover the shift, so I kinda feel bad. But I'm sick... not much I can do.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
The day starts out realizing that the previous day wasn't a bad dream (and then seeing Todd and his naked ass). I'm trying to vote that we head back, take 2 days to do so and come back a day earlier. No takers . Jarron and Regan said the portage they found last night [but was too dark to use] should work, just it'll be tricky [like anything vs. last day would be considered tricky]. So we give it a go. Dry socks go into semi-dried shoes & within seconds they're soaked again! The first portage is a KILLER. Not as bad as the previous day, but it'll rank up there. Just swampy areas. This leads to an area that we're still unsure about, but we meet a Wisconsin who tells us we're the first to come through the way we did, and how he came through Icarus (the portage that WE couldn't find - apparently we didn't look hard enough). He also tells us that if we had been there the previous day, another set of campers might have given US a case of beer that they gave to him. BURN. We take lunch on a rock with chicken fajitas which were supposed to be last night's dinner - if we had the time. We paddle on through what seems to be endless kilometres of swampy beaver areas and small low water rapids. As we're just about to give out from exhaustion, we come out on Granite Lake. A BEAUTIFUL pristine calm lake. We find THE campsite. nice beach, log benches around the fire pit, a cooking table, plenty of tenting sites, even a place to actually sit down to crap! Just a bit of garbage and lots of quad tracks. The night is nice, we make some sausages over the fire. Have a nice swim, Rory tips over in the canoe [trying to pump water from the lake]. The bugs get SUPER insane and we make an early night of it.
Probably the best sleep of all the trip. Tho', I realized that my 'muscle shirt' (read, wife beater) was a bad call for eysterday as my shoulders are a nice shade of RED. Sleeping kinda irritated it. We head out for the best day of all. Nice amount of paddling, broken up really well with nice portages. Apparently we covered ~20km! We had some nice rapids, then some strong winds at our back. Jarron rigged up the tent fly with a pole and we SAILED pretty well for about an hour. Then a nice little rest by some rapids while Regan and Todd fish (we swim) and Regan breaks his rod. Then we get to more paddling. WE stopped for a quick lunch @ what I call "Joshua Tree Island." The wind is still strong so we go and sit side by side in canoes so that the wind pushes us better. Works sort of like a catamaran. We find some guys DRIVER'S LICENSE & then we finally land in NORTHERN LIGHT LAKES. We try to camp @ the falls but some Americans already have it. They blocked the landing with 2 canoes (one had a dead fish tied to it), and a few beer cans, and 3 more canoes on the lane up to the site. We decided to push through their site to on on the other side. We start to paddle through some rough waves. A bit leery actually, but we eventually come out to an AWESOME camp ste. Again a little dirty [coffe cups, and other litter]. There's a lean to, that helps block the wind around the fire spot, with a shelf for cooking, and they have a toilet as well! The wind really starts to pick up. Rory sets up a clothesline to dry everything out. We take a good swim and set up camp. Todd & Regan go fishing. The wind definitely helps keep the bugs away! Strong wind really starts to turn into a "storm brew," and with no sign from Todd or Regan we start getting concertned. It gets a little worse out. Heavy winds, little spots of rain. We start dinner without the 2 fishers and as we start they appear with 2 catches. It rains almost immediately thereafter. I eat my 2 sausages and head to bed (i hate getting wet). Just as I turned on my MP3 player the rain stops so we all get out and watch the storm. A bunch of huge FORKS of lightening strike pretty close by. But it looks like the storm just went all aorund the island, but nothing ON the island. Todd decides to jump out and scare Jarron [it's really dark now]. He does so, but it was Regan instead, and I thought Regan was gonna kill him. Rory & Todd decide to do a midnight naked swim, I bow out and fall asleep listening to tunes.
Woke up from the worst sleep (sun burn and a MILLION bug bites can do that). We have a quick breakfast and off we go in VERY choppy weather. We were warned to wear our life jackets. Good idea. If Jarron and Regan suggest to do so, i say we do so. Nothing happened, mind you, but it was good reassurance. I can see how some people can get sea sickness. So we paddled a ton of open water. NO PORTAGES! Which made for really boring paddling. The wind was mostly @ our backs, but still some very choppy waves. A few close scrapes with some power boaters (jerks - Todd really had to wave at one of them so they wouldn't get so close). Rory was really getting concerned. And Jarron decided to use the sail trick again. Gave him the edge, beat us by ~20minutes but we were dead tired of paddling all that way, and he just sat back. The last 10 minutes it rained HARD, but we were so close & we were glad we didn't tip. To top the weekend off Regan's tire was flat! Then we headed for home - only stopping at the Stanly for a STANLEY BURGER, of course.
Well... White River. Good times. Bad drive. The whole long route up Jarron and Brian just got obliterated. Actually, Jarron held his own. It was Brian who ended up calling God on the big white porcelain phone. That was funny. Loud too. A good night none the less of just hanging out with some buds from the band. Middle part was a little 'iffy' as the bottle cap wars escalated when somebody found out that I was collecting them. I won't get into it, but I ended up hurting Erin. I'm REALLY sorry about that Erin. Almost that alone caused me to call it off. What did end it for me was the little prank/joke thing we had going rose [or fell is a better description] to outright theft. Not of my stuff, but of Jarron's too. And the manipulation to make people do the stealing too. To me that seemed really childish and that coupled with the accidental hurting of Erin caused me to just call it quits. I guess it was my lesson in maturity. For that I'm grateful, and if all it cost me was my skull [that I had since I was 8], then so be it. What else I enjoyed about the trip was that I got to use my Aztek tent again. That thing is SOO comfy [when there's only one person in it].
What else. Oh, the viewing of the DVD was today. Went pretty good, the guys seemed to enjoy it. A few weeks back I went on a canoe trip with Jarron, Regan, Todd and Rory. It was agood time. I think I might post my 'post journal' [I wrote it when i came home] on here. So I put together a DVD of all the pictures and put some music and made a whole DVD of the thing. It was a lot of fun.
Well, that's about it for now... Not much else is sticking in my head. Mandy wants me to go see off her sister at the airport.. her flight's at 7. Mandy has to be at work for 7. Which means a SUPER early wake up call for me. GRRR... seeing as it's past midnight now, not sure I'm too pumped about it. Definitely not pumped about me going to work tomorrow. Grr.. But I'm going to go see if I can get into PACI, which will be good, 'cuz it'll sorta start off my teaching career for the fall. that should help keep me in a good mood.
Ciao for now.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
What else to say... not much has happened. Dinner with the folks for our anniversary and theirs as well at the Neebing.
My DVD production is finishing up and readying for final viewing, just need ascan of the map. I should call Todd so I can get that AND I need to getfrom him stuff for the math class next semester. I can't believe I'm gonna be teaching. It's gonna be so awesome!
Monday, August 8, 2005
Monday, August 1, 2005
Started out by a LONG [or at least felt like it] car ride. Actually it was preceded by the fastest packing I had ever done. [I told Jeff I'd meet him at 11... I woke up at 11:10 and hadn't packed yet] And when we got to Washburn we couldn't get into the EMT spot because of some sort of social gathering, so we tail-gated in the parking lot for a few hours. It was fun. We got to hang out a fair bit this trip, and have some good 'bonding times'. I have a few new nicknames, a few new bruises and a few new drinking games. [Names now include: Granpa, Shark, Great White Granpa and the Albino Rhino... don't ask, you had to be there].
Now I get back LATE on Sunday evening [my anniversary] and Mandy points out that the flowers I had delivered are old looking and I should get my money back. We held our 'night' tonight [Monday] with the eating of the cake... 1 year old cake. Not so good an idea as you would think.
So now it's all kind of a gross feeling.. and I'm going to bed. Hopefully I can change my car service appointment, because they might be going on strike. Cross your fingers for me.