Archive for March, 2009

Welcome to The Northwaters and Langskib Blog

March 24, 2009

The Temagami region has long been a world renown canoe tripping destination and home to North Americas finest canoe camps. Northwaters and Langskib Wilderness Programs comprise two of these camps. Our 2 Island base camps and the 2000 kilometres of canoe routes surrounding them make it possible to offer separate boys, girls and coed canoe tripping programs from 2 to… read more »

News from Recent Staff

March 23, 2009

Brad Sablosky married the lovely Sara in a fun filled Durango wedding last Spring—complete with bonfires, a rafting trip and mountains of Colorado fun. Blake Shester married Katie Logan in Nashville, TN (where they also have a home) last August. Fellow NWL alumni staff Geoff Shester was best man, and Blake’s blue grass band, Off the Wagon, played the rehearsal dinner… read more »

Lake Temagami Water Inspires Me

March 23, 2009

By: Cynthia Knudsen In the time since Dave and I passed our paddles on to Jodi and CG, I had the privilege of participating in a year long vision quest program. The program focus was helping us discover what contribution we might offer to a world that is facing so many difficult challenges. We gathered four times over the year… read more »

The Bay Trip: 34 years of Canoeing the Harricana River to the James Bay

March 23, 2009

By: Chris Wolfe I remember being thirteen, standing on the dock at Langskib as darkness fell. There in the distance we saw the lights of torches appear. The paddle butts beating the dock echoed the beating of excited hearts. The Bay Trip! The boys who got out of those canoes were giants in my eyes. I knew that somehow what… read more »

When I say Temagami

March 12, 2009

By: Kate Kerrick, NWL Alumni & Staff In the language of the Tema-augauma-anishinabi people, Temagami means, “deep waters.” Temagami is a lake, as well as a town of the same name. To some, Temagami is a place of vacation, somewhere to run a houseboat and go fishing. To others it is a livelihood. To me, it is the place where… read more »

Temagami: Past, Present & Future

March 12, 2009

The Temagami area covers about 12,000 square kilometers from Elk Lake in the north, where the Montreal River broadens on its way south, to River Valley, west of North Bay at the confluence of the Sturgeon and Temagami Rivers, and from Lake Timiskaming and the Ottawa River in the east, westward to the Sturgeon River. In the middle sits Lake… read more »

Bannock: Everything You Need to Know

March 12, 2009

Bannock is an old English word of Celtic origin and may have been the first word used to describe bread. Many native cultures of North America have also incorporated bannock, or frybread as it is also called, into their cuisine. Bannock is a yeast-less bread that we cook every night in our convection ovens. It is a very simple recipe… read more »

What’s Cooking in Basecamp and On Trail?

March 12, 2009

By Kate Kerrick Although we are on islands, far from convenient stores and large shopping centers, we still receive a great deal of fresh food and so our meals are always extremely delicious, varied, and well balanced. It is all made from scratch – no mixes, no pre-made frozen meals. Some of my favorites are the ginger and carrot soup,… read more »

Who’s Cooking in Basecamp?

March 12, 2009

By: Kate Kerrick We are very lucky here at Northwaters and Langskib (NWL) to have three great chefs in our community. Robin Young works at our Northwaters Basecamp while Lynne Brach and Elizabeth (or 2D, as we call her) work at our Langskib Island basecamp. Our Northwaters cook, Robin Young, grew up in Toronto. Her father inspired in her an… read more »

Reaching Out From Within; A Journey to Africa

March 11, 2009

By: Deshka Foster, NWL Staff Upon returning home from leading trips at Northwaters a few summers ago, instead of commencing my junior year of college, I packed my backpack and boarded a plane for Nairobi. I had decided to take a leave of absence from Stanford University and volunteer for a small, not-for-profit organization in northern Tanzania. The organization is… read more »

Exploring the Present on a Portage Trail

March 11, 2009

By Jodi Browning, NWL Staff I’m coming to the end of the portage trail. I’ve been catching glimpses of the lake for about 200 meters—it appears as a glimmer through the trees. It’s a brief, unattainable vision. In my exhaustion, I am considering plowing through the trees ‘off trail’ to access the water, but I still hear the falls and… read more »

The Ladies of Eagle Lake

March 11, 2009

A Northern Lights Journal Day 1: The first day was cloudy. We crossed the lakes pretty quickly because we had a tail wind. Since it was raining, we brought a stove for our trip. Tonight is rice and vegetable curry. Sweet! I think that some girls including me are feeling a little homesick, which I remember quite vividly. Now we… read more »

A Collection of Northwaters and Langskib Journal Entries

March 11, 2009

Langskib Coulonge River – Day 9 We woke up and paddled a few clicks or so to eat breakfast. While eating we saw a muskrat and an osprey. We paddled through a shallow creek, did a little portage and a lift over. While paddling through the creek we say a big momma moose and it’s son or daughter (no one… read more »

Ladies of the Lady Evelyn lake Expedtion

March 11, 2009

A Northern Lights Journal Community Values: In our community we want for each other to be nice and helpful; happy, excited and not always depressed; supportive and optimistic; fun, honest, authentic, inclusive. We want for there to be no cliques, no gossip, to be fair, to use careful language , to be enthusiastic and to treat others the way you… read more »

James Bay Reflections

March 11, 2009

By: Petra Eperjesi, NWL Alumni & Staff In the summer of 2002, along with 13 other young men and women from all over North and Central America, I paddled 550 kilometers from Amos, Quebec, down the mighty Harricana River and across the James Bay. Together, we paddled through storms of bitter north winds howling in from the Arctic Ocean, and… read more »

Northwaters & Langskib Alumni News

March 11, 2009

Here is a sampling of Alumni news between March 2008 and March 2009. Stephen Kress Ashgrove, QLD: Moved to Australia (Brisbane). Trying to reach anyone who was at Langskib in 1974 or 75 Jason Farber Tenafly, NJ: 3 Children; 15, 4 and 2. Bought a new house in Tenafly, NJ in May of 2007. Just finishing up a MS in… read more »

The Langskib Impact

March 11, 2009

By: Justin Portugaise, Langskib Alumni The most important thing that you take home with you from Langskib, the most important learning, is a certain ideal. It is the ideal that you must live your life on your terms, and that you can control who you are through the strength within you. The habits formed there, those of being self-sufficient, not… read more »

My Fantastic Canoeing Adventure at Langskib

March 11, 2009

By: Michael Woo, Excalibur participant 2006 I was excited about going to summer camp for the first time. I felt a little bit nervous, too, because I’d be away from home for two weeks and I didn’t know what to expect. I had a long list of items to bring with me. Into my large duffel bag I put a… read more »

Parent Comments and Reflections from Summer 2007

March 11, 2009

We picked up our son in Ottawa yesterday all worried about how the weather had affected his stay at camp and the first words out of his mouth were “I wish I was staying longer”. On our 2 hour ride back home he did not stop talking and when we arrived I realized that he had not one complaint, not even… read more »

Parent Comments and Reflections From Summer 2008

March 11, 2009

My daughter arrived home this morning and she is positively on cloud nine.  This was such a great experience for her.  Each year she feels stronger and more confident.  It is a feeling I hope she can hold on to throughout the year. I just wanted to thank you, her leaders and your staff.   She loved Laura and Lucy,… read more »

Dumoine River Reflections

March 11, 2009

By: Tyler Hargreaves, NWL Staff and Alumni We left the campsite on the last set of the river and paddled through a light rain to where the Dumoine meets the Ottawa. The last ten days on the river had been filled with great adventure, grinning amusement and grim adversity. And with magic. At fifteen, getting cut free from ordinary life… read more »