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Gear Review — Grand Trunk Hammock

I like camping in hammocks, and sleeping under the canopy of stars and leaves. In early summer, this isn’t possible with an open hammock design in the woods because of the bugs, but during the day, any hammock is just heaven.

I recently conducted a test of the Grand Trunk Single Hammock, and if you’re in the market for something to bring with you this Fourth of July weekend, you can’t go wrong with this simple little number.

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Mosquitno Products in packages

Gear Review — Mosquitno Bands and Spotz

Happy (soon-to-come) Canada Day/Fourth of July/First week of summer!

Spring is officially done, and for many people that means that summer fun can begin in earnest. More active, outdoor lifestyles means more weekends at the local park, at the cottage, biking, hiking, and, of course, camping — all of which mean mosquitos.

In the buggy times for the upper USA and Southern Canada, it’s time for me to stay along the lakes, where it’s breezy and bug-free.

You can’t always choose when you’re needed in bug country or season, so you should have a good roster of deterrents, and their relative effectiveness.

Today, I look at the Mosquitno line of products, which include their flagship wristbands (“Bands“), and a secondary product called “Spotz“. Their website seems a little light, but this is a simple, straightforward family-run company, so most people’s questions would be answered in their FAQ, and, of course, reviews like this one!

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Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” movie version, with Robert Redford

Not sure how this slipped by me, but yes, it looks like they’re making a movie version of the very entertaining and insightful tale about his adventure on the Appalachian Trail, “A Walk in the Woods”. No relation, of course, to the name of this site. :)

Looks like it will be directed by Ken Kwapis, and will star a pretty awesome cast: Emma Thompson, Robert Redford, Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson!), Mary Steenburgen, and Nick Nolte as “Katz”.

Bill Bryson is also the author of “The Lost Continent”, “Neither Here Nor There”, “Notes From a Small Island”, and “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” — arguably novels about travel, but often filled with wit and social commentary.

I’ll keep an eye on this one for sure! Check out the link on IMDB for details and updates!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178665/

Cody Lundin announces he’s “been fired by Discovery Channel”

Cody-LundinCody Lundin, “Dual Survival” television host and survival and primitive living instructor, announced on his Facebook feed yesterday (February 17, 2014) that he has been fired by Discovery Channel, citing differences over safety and health concerns.

More details have yet to be revealed. As of this posting, the Discovery Channel website still sports Cody Lundin’s bio, with no mention of the change.

Lundin’s Facebook post appears below.

2013_icestorm

Winter Power Outage Tips

 

It’s December, 2013, and although it usually means mild times in Toronto, a severe ice storm has left a good many residents without power, and by extension, heat. The temperature as I write this is -10° C (about 14° F), and will be dropping, not rising throughout the day. #icestorm2013 and #darkTO are the only things on many people’s mind. Many people have been without heat and power since Sunday morning, and will continue in the dark until after Christmas.

Not cold by Canadian winter standards, but with an urban dwelling and no alternative way to heat it, many people are left unprepared in a dangerous way. Assuming you have a half-decently stocked fridge and groceries for the week, the cold is probably going to be your most immediate challenge.

There are, of course, many things to keep in mind like turning off appliances, stockpiling water, etc., but here are some quick and dirty tips for those caught in the cold and dark: Continue reading

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