MANIWAKI CAMPOUT

Trip Start May 28, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

WE WENT CAMPING AT MANIWAKI, QUEBEC FOR THE LONG WEEKEND - WENT ON JUNE 29/FRIDAY.

THE PLACE THAT WE GO TO IS AN ALGONQUIN INDIAN RESERVE BY THE NAME OF KITIGAN ZIBI (THE ALGONQUIN NAME) THAT IS ABOUT 200 KILOMETERS NORTH OF OTTAWA.  THERE IS A RELATIVELY LARGE UNORGANIZED GROUP (ABOUT 100 to 150) OF US THAT GO EACH YEAR AT THIS TIME - WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

THE NATIVE RESERVE PARK THAT WE GO TO DOES NOT HAVE ANY RUNNING WATER AND/OR ELECTRIC POWER -  IT IS NOT A TENT OR TRAILER TYPE OF PARK.

WE PUT UP OUR TENT IN THE RAIN  -  I FOUND IT VERY DIFFICULT PUTTING UP THE TENT IN THE POURING RAIN, WITH MY HANDS COVERED IN MUD SO THAT IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE WHAT I WAS DOING WITH MY HANDS FOR SMALL TASKS LIKE TYING KNOTS.
ALSO I FIND THAT THE POURING RAIN DEFINITELY DOES HAVE AN EFFECT ON MY ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE ON AND THINK ABOUT WHAT I AM DOING, OR SHOULD BE DOING. PUTTING UP MODERN TENTS IS RELATIVELY SIMPLE NOW  -  BUT THERE ARE STILL A FEW LITTLE TRICKS INVOLVED WHICH NEED TO BE DONE IN PUTTING UP A TENT.
ONCE THE TENT WAS UP - IT STOPPED RAINING (WHY WOULD IT RAIN ONCE THE TENT IS UP)  -  THEN THE BUGS CAME OUT  -  THEY WERE EVERYWHERE  -  AGGHHHHHH!!!!!  THE PLEASURES AND JOYS OF CAMPING.

ACTUALLY I DO ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE OF CAMPING - OVERCOMING HARDSHIPS AND ADVERSITY  -  THE FIGHT AND STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE AND EXIST IN A WILD AND DANGEROUS WILDERNESS
IT DOES GIVE ME A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND FULFILLMENT.

AND IT DOES REMIND ME OF SOME QUOTES THAT I AM FAMILIAR WITH.

""THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL ME
   WILL MAKE ME STRONGER""

""HARDSHIP AND ADVERSITY 
  ARE THE PATHWAY TO PERSONAL GROWTH""

I THINK THAT PARIS HILTON SAID WORDS TO THE SAME EFFECT AS ABOVE - AFTER SHE GOT OUT FROM DOING HARD TIME BEHIND BARS IN THE SLAMMER  -  OBVIOUSLY SHE A VERY PROFOUND PERSON. 

THE CAMPING WAS ENJOYABLE  -  WE KNOW MANY OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE THERE  -  EVEN THE PEOPLE THAT WE DO NOT KNOW ARE ALL PART OF THE SAME GROUP  -  AND THE PEOPLE THERE FEEL FREE TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES AND TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE WHEN EVER THEY FEEL LIKE DOING IT. THERE IS A NATIVE PRESENCE THERE AND THERE IS AN ELEMENT OF NATIVE SPIRITUALITY THERE ALSO - AND THERE IS AN ELEMENT OF SPIRITUALITY (NOT RELIGION) INVOLVED IN OUR GROUP ALSO. THERE WAS A FULL MOON WHILE WE WERE THERE AND SOME CEREMONIES CARRIED OUT IN THAT CONNECTION. THERE IS A VERY WARM, COMFORTABLE, CASUAL, RELAXED, ATMOSPHERE OF FELLOWSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP AT THESE CAMPOUTS THAT IS VERY ENJOYABLE AND PLEASANT.

TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SEE THIS TRAVELBLOG, AND
DO NOT KNOW ME VERY WELL 
-  LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT I AM NOT EXAGGERATING
ABOUT OUR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
TO SURVIVE
IN THE WILD AND DANGEROUS WILDERNESS.

AM GOING TO DO ANOTHER TRAVELBLOG ON THE CRUISE SHIP AND CRUISE THAT WE WERE ON. - AS A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE ASKED BOTH LISE AND ME WHETHER WE THOUGHT IT WAS WORTH IT AND WOULD WE DO IT AGAIN. 


WILDERNESS DAVE
AND
THE VERY LOVELY LISE
VIVA LA CANADIAN WILDERNESS
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lois1
lois1 on

Camping
Waiting to see pictures.

elisex
elisex on

I agree totally
I concur with David. Camping in the wild without electricity and running water, the rain, the bugs, the wild animals lurking in the bushes at night (humans perhaps). We should have brought our knives. I have lots of very long, sharp knives at home. For those of you who don't know this, my father was a great enthusiast of knives and guns (but that is another story).
Yes, and we may face more adversities soon as we plan our second camping trip of the summer for the long weekend in August. Tune in soon to find out if we survived or were attacked by bears or racoons.
Lise

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