Arriving in Kingston on Thursday!

Carol and Glenn are happy to announce that on Thursday, September 19th they will be arriving at the Kingston Canoe Club!  Loving Spoonful is organizing a welcome home greeting upon their arrival!

They are so excited to be reaching their home town and to be completing their goal of raising awareness for the importance of equal access to healthy food security for all Canadians!

Loving Spoonful is an organization very close to Carol and Glenn’s hearts.  They strongly believe and share the same beliefs as Loving Spoonful does! Carol and Glenn understand and are passionate about the importance of eating healthy fresh foods; to be the best person both mentally and physically that you can be!

If you would like to donate to Carol and Glenn’s cause by contributing to their $25,000 goal for Loving Spoonful you still can!

Click on this link and support Loving Spoonful! DONATE

 

 

Last Wednesday, Carol and Glenn left Glenn’s Uncle John’s house on the Ottawa River with Petrie Island as the days goal!

3 years ago they started their journey at Petrie Island without knowing what this amazing adventure would have in store for them! At 5:30 pm they reached Petrie Island! Which completed their across Canada journey!

But are they stopping there? NO! They are still paddling all the way to Kingston, ON! Below are a few pictures of their time at Glenn’s Uncle John’s house!

 

 

 

Wednesday was a combination of portaging and paddling the Ottawa River. The portaging took place along the Trans Canada Trail all the way to downtown Ottawa and through Parliament! They jumped back into the Ottawa River at downtown Ottawa to have the wind at their backs briefly! For the last 2 hours they battled the winds all the way to Petrie Island!

 

 

When they arrived at Petrie Island, Glenn’s daughter Mallory and her husband Patrick, along with their two kids Esther and Rupert, were there to greet them!  Carol and Glenn spent the night at Carol’s daughter Rachel’s house! They were able to reorganize, regroup and refresh for the last week of paddling on the Rideau River.

 

 

Thursday morning marked the final leg of their journey home!  Carol and Glenn were joined by their friend Rob. Rob is a Meteorologist and has given them extremely helpful and invaluable advice over the last three years! He spent a few hours paddling with Carol and Glenn in his kayak. They went through 2 locks together and had a blast!

 

 

The picture above is of Rob helping Carol and Glenn load up their Canoe at the head of the Rideau River to start their paddling adventure together last Thursday!

 

 

After having a great day with Rob, Carol and Glenn continued on until they reached Black Rapids.  They were super lucky to have hydro and a real washroom to use!  Below is a picture of their campsite.

 

 

Carol and Glenn have been enjoying their journey down the Rideau River! Yesterday, they had to portage quite a bit because of the strong winds! In the picture below you can see how windy it is by looking at the corn stalks!

 

 

Yesterday, Carol and Glenn portaged their way through North Gower. Enjoying the peacefulness of the country side!

 

 

 

Carol and Glenn made it to Clowes Lockstation yesterday! Which is just 3 km before Merrickville!  They enjoyed sitting at Upper Nicholson Lock and had some great antique views along the way!

 

 

 

If you would like to join Carol and Glenn as they get closer to Kingston check out their website to see where they are located!  They love to have company along the way! Click on the link to see where they are! FOLLOW US

Keep on Paddling!

Thursday is so close!

 

 

 

 

The Ottawa River

 

A week ago today, Carol and Glenn reached the Ottawa River!  They are getting so much closer to their home of Kingston, ON.  And reaching their goal of $25,000 for Kingston’s Loving Spoonful!

If you would like to contribute to Carol and Glenn’s cause, click on the link! Every bit helps and every bit is greatly appreciated!  DONATE

Even though they are getting closer; it is not getting any easier! There are always challenges along the way to keep each day different from the next.  Which always keeps Carol and Glenn on the edge of their seats!

Carol and Glenn happily made their way past Deep River, Petawawa and Pembroke last week, but in quite a bit of fog! As you can see in the pictures below.

 

 

Even though there has been a lot of fog, it definitely adds a calming mystic sense to their journey! The picture below is of cliffs just before Petawawa, on the Ottawa River where Glenn and Carol stopped for lunch.

 

 

There is one part of the Ottawa River where Glenn and Carol were going to have to portage 60 km due to massive rapids! However,  instead of doing that they decided to take the much more exciting and fun way right through by rafting! They booked a rafting tour with Esprit Rafting in Quebec.  Check out their website.  https://whitewater.ca/

As they rafted on Saturday, Esprit transported Carol and Glenn’s gear and canoe for them!  Even more helpful, before the big rafting event, they were able to use one of Esprit’s hostel cabins, bathroom facilities and a camp kitchen!  This was especially appreciated as it began to downpour just before they got to the camp.

The picture below is of Carol and Glenn arriving at Morrison Island which is just after Pembroke! This is where the rafting began!

 

Carol and Glenn had an awesome time rafting!  They also got to pass through 2 channels of the Ottawa River, saving themselves from some very grueling portaging! (Picture to come)

This evening Carol and Glenn are camping at Glenn’s Uncle John’s house. He lives on the Ottawa River! Uncle John also sends Carol and Glenn progress reports each week that tell them the distance they have gone, advice for the future and what to expect! Tomorrow, they are heading to Petrie Island where the journey all began in the Spring of 2017!

Tomorrow evening they will be spending the night at Carol’s daughter Rachel’s house (me the author of the blog) for some delicious food, wine, beer and hot showers!

Keep on Paddling! You are almost done!

Getting Closer to the End!

It has been an exciting, challenging and rewarding past 10 days for Carol and Glenn! These last days have been full of difficult portages, bear sightings and absolutely stunning scenery!

While packing up to leave one of their incredibly beautiful campsites on the French River, Carol and Glenn spotted another black bear checking them out! Again, it was from a safe distance! But seeing a bear always raises hairs on the back of their necks. Check out the picture below!

 

 

The French River has been beautiful and challenging! Check out the pictures below!  The first photo is of one of many breath taking landscapes.  And the second photo captures a little insight as to how challenging the portages have been with all the rocks!

 

 

 

Carol and Glenn have to be extra careful while portaging as they do not want a sprained or broken ankle at this point in the journey! Especially, when they are so very close to being totally done this amazing quest across Canada! All in support of raising funds for Loving Spoonful.

While on the French River, Carol and Glenn were blessed with many picturesque morning views. Check out the pictures below of the mist on the water.  And the calmness they were able to experience. What a rewarding way to start the day!

 

 

 

After leaving the French River, Carol and Glenn entered Lake Nippissing.  They were only on it for two days as it brought them to North Bay. But what a challenging day it was!

Just before they made it to North Bay, the wind picked up and caused 3 footer waves and rain! Since Lake Nippissing is shallow (40 feet at its deepest), the wind creates much larger waves. What Carol and Glenn have learned is that the size and shape of a wave depends on how big the body of water is and its depth.  Shallow lakes tend to have waves that are steeper, closer together and break more easily. And are the MOST difficult to paddle in!

 

 

Above is a picture of a wonderful bay Carol and Glenn had lunch in!  They found refuge from the intensity of Lake Nippissing to recharge before getting to North Bay!

When they finally reached North Bay,  they had a 10 km portage through the city! And of course they stopped at a laundromat and parked their canoe to catch up on some much needed laundry.  They also stopped to get fresh local fruits and veggies!

 

 

While in North Bay, Carol and Glenn felt the welcoming and generous love of their fellow Canadian neighbours once again! They were invited into a couples home for dinner that they previously met on Lake superior! Otto and Jennifer were part of a kayaking group!  They remembered that Carol and Glenn were going to be passing through North Bay and kindly invited them over for a delicious dinner.  Jennifer and Otto also gave Carol and Glenn their weather radio to borrow as theirs had broke! This was an invaluable resource at the time! And they were extremely thankful and grateful! Check out the picture below.

 

 

Below are a few pictures of Carol and Glenn portaging through North Bay. They had a 10 km portage from Lake Nippissing to Trout Lake!

 

 

They only spent a short time on Trout Lake before reaching the Mattawa River!  The Mattawa River had some seriously technical portaging for Carol and Glenn to complete! The most technical so far! The Talon Chutes Portage was by far the most challenging yet,  Since they had to do 6 portages in one day!

 

 

But they still managed to cool off and go for a welcomed swim after!

 

 

Now Carol and Glenn are on the Ottawa River! Getting so much closer to their destination and feeling more motivated than ever!

Keep on Paddling!