Toronto Mike

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Getting the Hang of Power Outages

Friday evening, that little thunder storm knocked out our power for almost five hours.  That was less than two weeks removed from the storm that knocked out our power for almost 24-hours.  I'm starting to get the hang of these power outages. Friday, for example, wasn't inconvenient at all.  In
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Just What I Needed

So... what did I miss?  I unplugged for a few days, went camping with the kids.  It was just what I needed. The Ford Fiesta I planned to drive to The Pinery was suddenly unavailable, but the good folks at Ford let me keep the Taurus SHO an extra week.
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Father - Daughter Time

I've got a son and a daughter.  My son, who's the oldest of the two, loves playing baseball and hockey and doing "guy things".  He likes to do this stuff with his dad, so I spend a lot of time with him at baseball diamonds, at hockey rinks and messing
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White People Like Camping

Stuff White People Like has done it again.  Just like they did with The Wire, they've nailed camping. If you find yourself trapped in the middle of the woods without  electricity, running water, or a car you would likely describe that  situation as a “nightmare” or “a worse case scenario
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First Camping Trip of the Year

The first camping trip of 2009 is planned for this weekend.  My son and I are heading to the local Beaveree tonight where we'll pitch a tent and spend a couple of nights under the stars and away from the laptop. Typically, I don't schedule camping trips for May, because
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Awesome Hikers

I'm raising a couple of awesome hikers.  James is just 6 and Michelle is not yet 4 but when we hit the trails we go whole hog.  They don't tire, they don't back down and they actually prefer to lead. The official trails at Pinery aren't intense enough, so we
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Tavistock Mike

Pinery Provincial Park, where I've been camping the past few days, is right by Grand Bend, Ontario on Lake Huron.  To get there, I take the 401 West to about Kitchener and then Highway 8 toward Stratford. I like to stop in on one of the many small towns on
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Unplugged

Toronto Mike has unplugged for a few days. This is a good time to visit the archives and catch up on what you've missed these past 5.5 years. If something breaks between now and Saturday, like a big trade involving a Toronto-based franchise, a significant death or World War
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Woodland Trails Scout Camp

Camp Woodland Trails has 19 campsites which are spread out over 275 acres of breathtaking landscaping.  This weekend, my son and I stayed at Hickory Hills with his Beavers troop. I remember these trips from when I was a Cub Scout, and it was as fun as I recall.  The
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Pinery's Sandy Beaches

I've returned from a three day escape to Pinery, a Provincial Park on Lake Huron near Grand Bend, Ontario. I've camped at Pinery before, but not in 16 years.  It was even better than I remembered it.  The sandy beaches at Pinery beat the crap out of anything you'll find
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Good Time Had By All

We're back.  Did we miss anything?  I heard there was a big soccer game yesterday.  I'm sure I'll find something about it online. Last year, James and I went to my favourite camping spot.  This time, we went somewhere more suitable for four year olds.  We headed 45 minutes west
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Gone Fishing

Ok, I'm going to unplug for a few days.  Consider this an excellent opportunity to peruse the archives and catch up on what you've missed.  Feel free to leave comments, they'll go live as soon as I return and confirm you're not a nasty ol' comment spammer.  If you have
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Camping in Canada

In the early 80s, I thoroughly enjoyed "Camping in Canada".  "Camping in Canada" was a Sesame Street album that was released in 1981 and featured Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch as they attended a summer camp right here in Toronto, Canada. It was great fun with plenty of sing-a-long
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