Thursday, April 14, 2011

Off The Beaten Path - Spring Into Summer

As the days become longer and warmer, our outdoor recreational thoughts turn to camping and picnicking at area lakes.  The month of May brings us a long weekend we consider the unofficial start of summer, that being the Victoria Day weekend.
Several area campgrounds open for the season including Mississagi Provincial Park just up the line as well as KOA over in Spragge and Westview Campground right in town.  Backcountry camping is available on area lakes as soon as the snow is gone.
The weather is usually pleasant on the Victoria Day weekend and beyond, however the nights can still be chilly so bring a thick warm sleeping bag and extra clothes.  After arriving at camp, make sure to erect a good size dining tarp; there may be rain showers and you want a dry place to do your cooking and relax.  Also make sure to gather lots of firewood for when the sun goes down and it gets chilly, you would want to have a nice warm campfire to snuggle up to.
Spring is also an excellent time to do some fishing since they are quite active and you have a good chance at catching a few to cook for dinner.  Other activities for this time of year include hiking and cycling.
Once you return from your spring camping or day trip, you will feel more energetic and motivated and look forward to summer fun in the outdoors.  Club 90 usually organizes one or two camping trips.  Watch for upcoming announcements on what’s happening outdoors.