Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Alana Bloom

Here are several photos of Alana taken on Sunday, 04-25-09, outside at the Jackson Street Roundhouse.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Candy Bilyk

Here are some photos of Candace Bilyk taken yesterday, 04-26-09 at the Strobist shoot at the Jackson Street Roundhouse.



Sunday, April 26, 2009


Here are some photos of Bonnie taken at the Jackson Street Roundhouse taken today, 04-26-09, during the Strobist shoot. I had fun today and thank you, Bonnie!


Bonnie's info: http://people.mntalent.com//bonniestevenson/index.html

Jackson Street Roundhouse: http://www.mtmuseum.org/jsrh.shtml

Today's theme was Trains and stuff.

I'll post more photos of the other models later.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Outdoor Adventure Expo

Midwest Mountaineering here in Minneapolis had there 48th Bi-Annual Adventure Expo this week-end.

There were a couple of presentations that I wanted to seethis year. One of them was to listen to Claire Quewezence, Assistant Park Superitendent, of the Woodland Caribou Provencial Park. http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/wood.html . The other one I wanted to see was Phil Cotton (Uncle Phil) and Barry Simon give their talk about “The Wabakimi Project”. http://www.wabakimi.org/project/

Claire and Barb
Back in 1997 I was going to paddle the Bloodvein River from the east side of Woodland Caribou Park to Lake Winnipeg with a group, but it was cancelled. I continued to paddled other places and race canoes; then the last few years I started thinking about paddling the park again. Last year I was planning to do a trip in June, but I decided to race the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, a 120 mile canoe race in Michigan, instead.

Well, this year it appears most of the canoe racers around here already have their partners for upcoming season so after last week-end I decided to take about a 10 day solo trip to Woodland Caribou. A couple weeks ago I put in for 12 days vacation just in case I decided to go. Well, it’s pretty much has been decided, it’s a go. I leave June 11th for 12 days.

I don’t have my exact route plotted out yet, so I have to figure that out soon. Dave Phillips from Virginia sent me a copy of his maps with the route he took on his 10 day solo trip to Woodland Caribou last year. I briefly looked at his maps and his daily narrative that I received in the mail yesterday. I may go to some of the same lakes but I probably won’t do the same route.

Anyways, that is why I wanted to see Claire speak. Her presentation was at 0915 am. Of course, I was there by 0830 am and I was in the room by myself waiting. Claire arrived by 0845 am so I got to speak to her before everyone else got in the room. I also spoke briefly with Barb who works for Ontario Parks out of Thunder Bay.

The next presentation in the same room was Barry and Uncle Phil. I met Phil last year when he was returning from the bush on the Beaver with Dave Phillips at Mattice Lake Outfitters the day before Dave, Pete, Dick and I went on our 15 day Wabakimi trip. I’ve corresponded with Barry a couple times in the past via e-mail, but never had met him.

I have no immediate plans to go out with them, but I wanted to hear their talk.

Dave and I are planning a 3 week trip back to Wabakimi starting around August 15. We have posted a message on a couple of different websites/ forums looking for a couple more experienced paddlers for the trip, but so far no takers.

Barry Simon and Phil (Uncle Phil) Cotton

Barry and Phil

Barry and Phil


I would have seen Kevin Callan speak but he was scheduled at the same time as “The Wabikim Project” presentation. I did see Kevin later but only to say hi. There was a lady telling him a story so I left and when I came back he was gone.

The two main booths I stopped at were the Woodland Caribou (Ontario Parks) and The Wabakimi Project.

I bought another waterproof map of Woodland Caribou and picked up a nice booklet about the park. Thank you, Claire, for that booklet.

I picked up another overview map of Wabakimi prior to going to Uncle Phil’s booth. When I got to The Wabakimi Project booth I found a very large Wabakimi Canoe Routes Planning Map. I paid for it ( $50) and left it at his booth with my other large map while I continued to look around.

After looking around a while I decided to buy a MSR Hubba Hubba tent and a 20 degree down sleeping bag from Western Mountaineering, Ultralite model.

I thought I better go home with some change in my pocket.

I got home and paddled for 2 hours and 40 minutes on the Mississippi River.
All the inside photos needed to be taken with a very high ISO setting. Better to get the photo than no photo!

Tomorrow is going to be a long day. I’m going to try and get a couple hour paddle in the morning , then I have a 4 hour shoot at noon with the Strobist group http://www.flickr.com/groups/mnstrobist/discuss/72157614031986190/
and at 7pm I do some night photography for about 4 hours.

This little guy was so exited to see me that he came running right up to me!