Think of those who selflessly serve us this Christmas

A Canadian Soldier’s Christmas

by Bruce Watts

This post has nothing to do with camping - just a simple poem posted in honour of the man and women whom protect us selflessly without any expectation of thanks. Please pause after your turkey dinner and think about all the good people who have made great sacrifices this year, so you could be safe and secure this Christmas!

A Canadian Soldier’s Christmas

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and cherish the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
 
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Zombies are very slow in the winter, but they are still very dangerous!

Winter Zombies

by Bruce Watts

I have camped in far-away places, in harsh climates with the strangest of camping partners, but there’s no greater challenge than winter camping during a zombie apocalypse!

And there are benefits as well to camping during nordic zomboid-apocalyptic times. 

While city slicker co-workers are becoming fast food for hungry hordes of mindless zombies, you can quietly dine on dehydrated cuisine in the great outdoors without the uninvited undead.

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Buy something special for the Campologist in your life
Buy something special for the Campologist in your life

10 Christmas Gifts for the Campologist

by Bruce Watts

MERRY CHRISTMA… no political, cultural centric, religious proselytizing intended. Just one simple Middle-Aged-Campologist-Christian-Hetero-Sexual-Euro-Canadian attempting to share some joy to whomever is willing to join me.

So if you are inclined to participate in the gift giving tradition during Christmas … we have 10 suggestions for the campologist on your shopping list.

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Bruce Hikes the Bruce Trail

by Bruce Watts

I have been thinking about the Bruce Trail for many years now, yet life prevented me from taking the first steps.

When I read Paddling North by Audrey Sutherland, that's when things changed. Audrey's words and stories inspired me. She had a zest for life, an unparallelled tenacity and strength, but it was her philosophy in life that smacked me in the face... “Go simple, go solo, go now,”

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Drinking in the backwoods - DANGER - Thelon River, NWT 2005

Backwoods Boozin'

by Bruce Watts

Drinking in the backwoods has it's challenges.

Enjoying an adult beverage at the end of a long day paddling, can be a well earned guilty pleasure. When you are 3 days from your car, and lounging on a rock overlooking a beautiful pristine lake….it is very hard to describe the cocky decadence that blankets your body as that first sip of bargain merlot warms your guts. 

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Many tents in the rain
Your tent protects you, so protect her!

Storing Your Tent

by Bruce Watts

You count on your tent for protection, so store her properly during the winter and ensure its longer life and continued performance. Take care of her, and she will take care of you!

The summer is over and the fall will quickly flash by. With much painful anguish you reluctantly realize it’s time to pack up your camping gear for the winter.  Let’s discuss the best ways to store your nylon gold for the season… that precious tent!

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Bruce showing a toad to Aubrey
Bruce showing a toad to Aubrey

Camping With Kids

by Bruce Watts

As a father I discovered something my father knew, ALL kids like nature and camping.

No matter how young,  children totally explode with joy when touching mud, splashing in ponds and absorbing the drama of a centipede crossing a leaf.

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There is a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature
a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature

Camping - Prescription to Health

by Bruce Watts

It’s not a surprise to campers… the great outdoors improves your health. More notably your mental health. Your family doctor will likely agree that your physical and mental health are connected.

The report entitled "The Nurture of Nature: Natural Settings and Their Mental Health Benefits" hosted at “Moodwalks.ca” identifies a strong connection between mental and physical health with nature.

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