Burning Man added to the Bucket List

I don’t always have time to read all the great things that flow into my inbox but this morning I received an update from Patrick Latter’s website http://www.hiking photo.com and since he always posts some amazing pictures I decided to invest the couple of minutes to take a look at them.  At first I didn’t know what I was looking at and thought maybe I was seeing pictures from a movie but no they were from a real event that he attended back in 2013, called Burning Man.

I was intrigued, awestruck and bewildered by what I saw.  The Burning Man is an annual event held for one week at the end of the summer where tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.  As per the web-site, all participants depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. From my initial research an individual entry ticket is $380.00 and although thousands attend there is a limit on the tickets that are sold.

Anyone who knows me would not put me at this event and would be surprised, no SHOCKED that I would even be remotely interested in attending but I am.  I don’t think this is simply a whim of interest. There was something in those photos and video clips that resonated with me to the point that I needed/wanted to find out more.  I think once my husband reads this he will wonder if I am having a mid-life crisis now that I am 40 or wonder if the ‘real-me’ has been abducted by aliens or whether I have simply lost it. Time will tell 🙂  In the mean-time I might need to find some new friends to share this adventure with, any takers?




Day #2 Back tracking to Sudbury

Temperature outside

Temperature outside

Although it was stifling hot and humid during the day (high 30’s), we found that we needed our sleeping bags as it cooled down quite a bit overnight.  I envisioned us just needing a sheet at night and the sleeping bags would simply be extra cushion underneath.

London was absolutely petrified going to sleep tonight as she was concerned about BEARS coming into the campsite.   I tried to reassure her that we are pretty safe in this campsite and that all the food was packed in the car and that bears don’t like to visit these types of campsites. I was hoping that I didn’t eat my words later.  I tried to joke that if a bear does come into this park it would visit other campers first and she duly noted that our neighbours had RV’s (i.e. hard shells that bears can’t get through).   We had the tent windows down to let the nice breeze flow through and she insisted that we close them up so that a bear couldn’t peak in. I had to  hold in my laughter.  She then insisted that she switch places with me as she was closest to the tent wall. I complied and for a few more minutes tried to calm her mind that was obviously racing with fear.  Mike and I had a good laugh about it later.

Once she was settled we tried to drift off to sleep but one  downfall with Chutes Provincial Park is that  you are pretty close to the Trans Canada Highway – less than 1km.  As a result you can’t help but hear the swoosh of the cars and trucks go by but eventually the Sandman took us away.

As expected our backs were out of sorts from sleeping on the air mattress in the morning but after getting up and moving around all was good again in no time.  We ate breakfast, packed up the car and headed to Sudbury’s Science North.  En route to Sudbury all of a sudden we smelt this bad eggish smell and Mike and I shared the same concerned look that Reilly just had a bout of nasty diarrhea and our first concern how do we deal this and of course we jumped to what does this mean for our trip. We pull over at the first safest spot and check out Reilly and to our relief it wasn’t her.  We felt bad that we assumed it was her and apologized profusely to her but it is not like we hadn’t had past terrible experiences. All good we head out again.

The Science North had a Ripley’s Believe it or Not special exhibit on display which was a lot of fun to go through.  We got to see many different marvels and interesting displays before we headed on to the rest of the Science Centers regular attractions.  London’s top 5 attractions/activities were as follows:

1. Long snake displayed in the Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibit




2. Butterfly section – Reilly almost went home with on her shoulder.


3. All the movies we saw on Level 4. I must admit I was quite taken by how much of an impact they had on me, especially the one on the Great Lakes and Climate Change.

4. The Running and Stepping up dash activity


5. Spacesuit picture

Since this trip we have become members at Calgary’s Science Centre and in the distant past have visited Toronto’s Science Centre. Although all are great places to visit, I have to say that Sudbury’s Science Centre ranks as my favourite one.  Although the girls had a great time I think Mike and I enjoyed it just as much if not more.  We spent quite a bit of time at Science North so all we had time to do was to drive to the Big Nickel and take a picture as opposed to being able to go through its centre.





Day #1 cont…

Day # 1 cont…  

chutes2After we set up camp we were longing for a swim and that is when Mike asked if the park had a swimming pool. What? I know we are both city slickers but I thought he would have known that provincial parks like this wouldn’t have such glamping resources such as a chlorinated pool.

So off we went for the park’s swimming location, not sure whether it would be a lake, river or maybe even a large pond. At that point we were ready for anything that would cool us down given the high 30’s temperature (celsius).   The best way to describe the swimming location is that it is a swimming hole with a chute/water fall in the background.  There was only one deep section and the rest was only to my mid thighs which was great for the girls.  It had a sandy bottom but lots of bark vegetation so water shoes would be recommended.



Where the deeper section (far side) was where a current flowed and if you have a floatation device you would have had a lot of fun starting in the deep end and floating downstream.   Although London is a good swimmer we put a life jacket on her just in case.  Needless to say the water was extremely refreshing and the girls had a great time.

London enjoying the water

London enjoying the water

Reilly chilling at Chutes.

Reilly chilling at Chutes.


Day #1 was a success on all fronts!  The plan for tomorrow – Day #2 – is to back track to Sudbury as it is going to be another very hot and humid day (Reilly doesn’t do well in the humid heat), so we are going to bask in an A/C environment at the Sudbury Science Centre and also visit the Big Nickel.