While ice-out in Algonquin is still a long ways off, we've at least finally turned the corner weather-wise. I saw the writing on the wall weeks ago and had already pushed back my Spring opener dates (it's hard to paddle on ice), and I think my new dates should be happily in that sweet spot after the ice is gone but before the bugs are out. With Spring being so late and Algonquin getting quite a bit of late season snow, there's every likelihood a fast thaw is going to mean flooding along the portages - but who cares!
In other news, this season is shaping up to be a year of actually camping with others for a change! It's been at least 5 years since I've gone camping with anyone else in the Algonquin interior, and yet my Spring trip this year is going to involve a fellow camper from my Algonquin Adventures forum - Drew, aka AlgonquinLakes, whose goal is to paddle every lake in the park that is part of a canoe route (hint: there are hundreds of them). His trip reports are unique and are written with a great sense of humour - check his site out.
And my July trip, which was set as a 5-day solo, is now a 5-day threesome! Okay that sounds a little too exciting. My first cousin Paul and his son Lukas are coming over from New Zealand this summer, and they're both very keen to spend a few days in the park with me. I'm looking forward to playing tour guide.
So - I don't actually have a solo trip planned or booked for this season, at least not yet. I'll have to remedy that soon!