Amazing Week Camping at Pinery (A True Escape)

campingFor as long as I can remember, the only time I can truly unplug is when I camp. Time ceases to matter, emails can wait and ignorance becomes bliss. All week long I've enjoyed camp fires, hikes, visits to the beautiful beach on Lake Huron and great conversations.

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A big thanks for Ford Canada for lending me a 2012 Ford Escape for the road trip. It handled beautifully, was nice and roomy and sounded great when I connected my Samsung Galaxy S via Bluetooth to play our favourite tunes.

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I can't wait for our next trip.

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Blind Dave

Glad you had a great time. Damn those kids are adorable.

Speaking of adorable, I got to have cuddles with my granddaughter today. She's a whopping 2 months and 9 days old!

August 25, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

Handsome Rob

Wasnt it a 2013 Escape Mile?

Anyway, looks like a awesome camp site. Glad you enjoyed your time with the kids.

August 25, 2012 @ 9:05 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Handsome Rob

Yes, it was a 2013 Escape.

The sticker price for the car is $33,799 and the one I drove had $6230 in options. For about $40,000 I could have kept it.

August 25, 2012 @ 11:21 PM


Were those taken with your camera phone?

August 26, 2012 @ 10:34 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Yep. Every picture I've taken the past six months has been taken with my Samsung Galaxy S phone, including all of these shots.

August 26, 2012 @ 2:08 PM

Nick F

What no kitchen tent!
I hope the Ford rep who loaned you the car doesn't see your daughter sitting on the hood.

August 26, 2012 @ 3:22 PM


Mike -> still car camping?!
Your kids are old enough to start 'real' camping - canoe camping with portages! The experience of vacant (or nearly so) lakes is vastly superior to that of car camping. The kids will love the adventure - planning, mapping it out, hiking with a (rented) canoe, picking a site. No neighbours, no radios, no late night cars driving by, no filthy latrines.
Consider it a reach goal for next summer, you won't regret it.

August 26, 2012 @ 10:06 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I had that debate this summer. Car camping vs. real camping. I went with another summer of car camping b/c my daughter is only 8. I'm thinking one more summer of car camping, too. Maybe two.

But real camping sounds awfully fun.

August 26, 2012 @ 10:12 PM

Creative Righter

Love the Pinery - great spot! Super cute kids too!

August 27, 2012 @ 10:18 AM


Well I have complete faith that your bright beautiful daughter would have absolutely no problem hiking with a smallish backpack and assisting with paddling!
Plan a trip and figure out what you need. Kids always love a weekend family shopping trip to MEC figuring out what to buy and eat (S'mores).
Canoes are so light now that even a 1km portage is doable.
To put it in "Mike" terms, car camping is like "Breaking Bad", but canoe camping is "The Wire".

August 27, 2012 @ 9:04 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Finally, an analogy I can understand.

August 27, 2012 @ 10:20 PM


Awesome. Nice way to camp.

August 30, 2012 @ 2:59 AM

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