First Backcountry Camping Trip With Baby and Epic Fireside Feast

First Backcountry Camping Trip With Baby and Epic Fireside Feast

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Early last week, Tori, Wesley, our dog Buck and I headed out on a local lake with plans of doing a couple short portages to reach a pristine backcountry lake by canoe. Our plans were to do a one-night camping trip. Water temps are cold at this time of year and that, plus windy conditions added a little more concern and danger to the outing. Wesley, our 11-month old was not really having it. Tori and took too long to pack and Wesley missed his nap and got grumpy. He cried and cried for the first 4 kilometers of paddling which made things…less enjoyable (to say the least). Passing a beautiful island campsite on a remote and undeveloped bay, we decided to compromise and make camp early, so I suppose, in the end, this was not a backcountry camping trip. But we learned that when traveling with a baby, things can be unpredictable and you have to go with the flow and compromise. Did I mention there was also a frost advisory that night? Out of the norm for this time of year here but it’s been a late season and that’s why I always make sure to bring warm blankets for the baby and a four-season sleeping bag. The next day, Tori and I explored the island a little and found blooming blueberry bushes and some different wildflower species…..that’s around when the rain picked up. And it was pretty steady. This made things a little more challenging but we were able to shelter Wesley with an umbrella and tarp and we all enjoyed the tranquil paddle back to the truck in the drizzling rain. In all, it was a memory I will never forget, and though it was challenging at times, we learned a lot about canoe tripping with a baby and made memories we will both cherish.

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Jim Baird is an Adventurer, videographer, writer, photographer, and talent. His previous rolls include extensive work with a map company as well as guiding and prospecting. Jim has shot video for Cineflix productions, BBC Worldwide, 13 Minds, and The Weather Network US. He's produced video series such as “The Kesagami River Solo” and “Lessons From The Trail with Jim Baird”. Jim’s content has also appeared in print for several publications that include Explore, Canoeroots, Real Fishing, Ontario Out of Doors, Outdoor Canada, Canoe & Kayak, and Field & Stream magazines. Jim is an expert woodsman, white-water canoeist, survivalist, and a bold wilderness navigator. His expedition experience includes a solo trip down the canoe eating rapids of the Kesagami and then along the tempestuous James Bay coat, an 800-mile snowmobile expedition across the Northwest Passage, 300miles above the Arctic Circle. A month long descent of the Northwest Territories Kuujjua River in the Arctic Archipelago, followed by 120-kilometers of paddling on the Arctic Ocean. He's also completed a 33-day canoe expedition via four rivers including the Adlatok in northern Quebec and Labrador.