12 December, 2017

Adult Camp Review

Camp Ak-O-Mak Report from Diane Arnold

Coach asked me to write up a little recap of the Triathlon Training Camp that a few of your fellow Tri Dawgs attended at Camp Ak-O-Mak in Northern Ontario, June 14-19. In case this is the first you’ve heard of it, this is a girl’s camp where Jocelyn and Blair Saunders are coaches and Jocelyn is also Athletic Director. Brooke was practically raised there, and if you’ve been a Tri-Dawg for a while, I’d be surprised if you haven’t seen pictures posted from Lake Ahmic on our facebook page each summer. This year, they rolled out a brand new adult camp, and Coach, Marianne, Patti Huber and her husband, Neil, my husband, Dave, and I, plus a Tri-Dawg I hadn’t met before, Shoba Sidigonde and a very nice group of other folks made up the inaugural bunch of campers.  I hope you enjoy this recap, as it is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Bottom line is “Best Time Ever,” and I am dead serious about that!

 

We caravanned with the Hubers from home all the way to camp, having lunch in the Finger Lakes and dinner in Niagara Falls, Ontario. We slept the first night in a cute motel Patti found called Quiet Bay Log Motel, which was just down the road from Camp Ak-O-Mak. It’s for sale … hmmnnn….  Dave brought along his fiddle and banjo-guitar to learn some new tunes between some serious sleeping sessions that he needed to catch up on. Neil brought his fishing gear, and we all had bikes, so even the husbands got out for some rides. It was really nice, though, to share a vacation where there was so much for everyone to do, no matter if triathlon is your thing.

 

The days went something like this.

  • Coffee and then an earlybird one-mile-ish swim followed by either a run, paddle or swim back in time for the breakfast bell. (That bell became iconic, and,by day two, caused instant salivation.)

  • After breakfast, we were presented a choice of morning activities, depending on the weather and if you overate. Haha. UGH. (Maybe announcements should have come *before* meals??) Cycling, MTB, hiking and running were always on the table, so to speak.

  • After lunch, afternoon activities were presented while we digested with cups of tea. How civilized! These were anything from water sports (canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing) to workshops.

  • There were always a couple of swim practices a day in the coolest outdoor pools you will ever experience (you’ll see them in the photos and videos), as well as daily yoga, strength training and massages.  

Aahhhhh… even with relaxing agenda items, we were rarely still. We were blessed with a rainy day, with NO thunder, so the swim was still on! Afterward,

though, we enjoyed reading by the fire along with the regular indoor activities. Forced “rest.”

  • Dinner was amazing. All of the meals were. There were even Vegan options. And wine. The chef was unbelievable and ran a very tight ship in the kitchen. The entire kitchen staff was top-notch. It was impossible to resist overeating. But then again, we worked from dawn until dinner. No shame in gorging! The hardest part for me was to not overeat right before a hard workout. It took everything I had to accomplish this, but by the last day, I had mastered it. However, by the last day, I was pretty sure another day would’ve probably killed me.

  • After dinner, if you could stay awake, there was some unexpected entertainment. My husband gave a little musical performance one night and we had just enough wine at dinner to enjoy some square dancing on a couple of nights. Remember, there is quite a bit less than 8 hours of dark there this time of year.

 

I’m not going to lie. There were bugs. Lest you think I am giving you only the good bits of the story, I will convince you otherwise by not sugar-coating the ONE possible downside (for some) to camp. The mosquitos and blackflies were pretty bad. I used a DEET-free bug spray that worked at least as well as other folks’ DEET … on the mosquitos. But next year I will look for something that is better for blackflies.  (Then, next year, it won’t be buggy at all! It was an exceptionally wet spring this year.) Having said that, I think most of us got the bug situation under control after a couple of days, knowing when they are the worst and how to spend time without any bug spray on at all and not get eaten. The good news is, within a couple days of returning home, all evidence of bites were fading. : )  Also, NO TICKS, and no poison ivy. See? It wasn’t that bad at all.

 

I went to girl scout camp once or twice in my youth, and tent-camped every summer with my family out West growing up, so this trip was a no brainer for me. Camp Ak-O-Mak -- in my humble opinion -- is Glamping, with four walls and a good roof on each cabin, flush toilets and even hot water in the showers if you’re not into jumping into the lake to get clean. And did I mention the food? And wine?? So even If you don’t consider yourself much of a camper, you might want to look into this for next year. The number of days and timing of camp mean that you don’t have to blow a lot of vacation time, and the cost is very affordable.  Dave and I will definitely be back!  Here’s a link to their website.

 

Here are some links  to photos and videos to inspire you, which were created by Blair Saunders and posted on Facebook:

Slideshow #1

Drone footage

Slideshow #2 (a video collection)  

Five clips of the sky from 5 days at Ak-O-Mak

 

07 October, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Typically by October, Ontario is under the raw chill of fall with blustering winds and sideways rains, the kind that cruelly strip the colour from the trees and the "magic" from the forests.  This year, however, we have been basking in the warmth of a true "Indian summer".  Warm, sunny days have allowed us to defer the inevitable donning of hats and coats for a while longer.  Vibrant blue skies have provided a striking contrast to the explosion of yellows, oranges and crimson which have made the views everywhere at this time of year breathtaking!...the perfect backdrop as Canadians celebrate THANKSGIVING this long weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving

02 September, 2017

September 2nd 2017

Sadly another amazing summer at Camp Ak-O-Mak has come to an end. We made the most of our last day with a full earlybird of running, mountain biking and paddling. After a tasty breakfast of bagels and sausages with fruit we all headed to waterfront to start packing up camp. The campers were an amazing help and by the end of the morning the lane ropes were taken out, and the sail boats and boathouse was all packed up. After an early lunch we spent the afternoon doing Treasure Hunt! All the team comp teams raced around camp to find clues and the team that found the most clues won. This evening we had banquet to end off the session. Our chef Sam and his team made an amazing dinner, and afterwards we settled in for awards and a slideshow. After banquet was over we went to the waterfront to release our wish boats and sing some camp songs. It was a wonderful summer full of camp adventures and great friendships, and we are all looking forward to next year already!

 

Emma

31 August, 2017

August 31st 2017

The sun was shining for a wonderful earlybird of running, road biking, mountain biking and swimming. Afterwards we all met at the mainhouse to fill our stomachs with tasty breakfast sandwiches and fruit. After tidying their cabins for inspection the campers headed to their morning classes. This morning we had classes of lacrosse, archery, basketball, soccer, rugby and volleyball. Since it was a little chillier this morning we had a choice between swimming or dry land. After lunch and rest hour we all met at Easter Island Head Rock for team comp! The game we played is called Gold Rush, and each team has to look for and collect coloured rocks that are scattered around camp. They bring them all back and the team with the most rocks wins! After team comp we had two choice periods and we finished up the tennis tournament. We also had a group head into Parry Sound for the bike time trial. After a delicious dinner of cous cous, pork roast and salad the campers had a choice between fireside yoga or softball to end the day.

 

Emma

 

30 August, 2017

August 30th 2017

We had an early breakfast this morning at 7:30 am and then loaded the bus and headed to Buckwallow Cycling Centre for a day of mountain biking! When we got there most of the group headed out to bike on the trails while some of the group hiked or ran the trails for the morning. We headed back to the main site for lunch and then headed out for another ride in the afternoon! Buckwallow has trails that range from beginner to advanced, so it is a great place for everyone. We arrived back to camp for some open waterfront before dinner to cool off. After a delicious dinner of rice, beef and carrots all of the campers headed down to their cabins to practice for cabin lip syncs! We met back up at the mainhouse and each cabin presented their dance. They were all very creative and they loved watching the other cabins. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful day!

 

Emma

29 August, 2017

August 29th 2017

Today we held Olympic Day at Camp Ak-O-Mak! After a great early bird of running, road biking, swimming and mountain biking we all went to the mainhouse for some toast, scrambled eggs and fruit for breakfast. After inspection all the campers met at Easter Island Head Rock to divide into teams for Olympic Day. Each team picked a different country that wasn’t represented at Ak-O-Mak and divided their team into different events for the day. In the morning we had the swim meet and the afternoon was dedicated to the land sports. Some of the sports we did in the afternoon were tennis, basketball, soccer, softball, gymnastics, track and field and mountain biking. We finished off the afternoon with open waterfront to cool off before dinner. After a delicious dinner of chicken, pasta and vegetables there was a choice between fireside yoga and backfield games for evening activity. Everyone headed to their cabins afterwards ready for a good sleep after such a busy day!

 

Emma

28 August, 2017

August 28th 2017

We enjoyed a beautiful early bird this morning, with the choice of swimming, running, road biking or mountain biking. Everyone headed up to the mainhouse after for a delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes and sausages before cleaning their cabins for inspection. In addition to our morning classes today we had the Sailing Regatta! Cabins 1, 3 and 5 had their regatta this morning and cabins 2, 4 and 6 had their chance in the afternoon. Some of our other morning classes included yoga, softball, tennis, lacrosse, netball and swimming. After rest hour and candy store we had choice periods in the afternoon. Some campers also went on a bike ride towards Magnetawan and back. The other choices included archery, paddle boarding, diving and hiking adventure. After a tasty dinner of chicken, rice and roasted vegetables we met at Easter Island Head Rock for team comp! During this game some of the counsellors hid around camp and the campers had to find them. Each counsellor gave them a specific task to complete and the first team to find all the counsellors won. It was a very exciting way to finish the day!

 

Emma

27 August, 2017

August 27th 2017

The bell went off bright and early at 5:30 am to have breakfast before heading to Parry Sound for the triathlon! The day started off with the Try-a-Tri, Sprint triathlon and the Duathlon. Once those races finished the Kids of Steel races started! It was wonderful being able to cheer for everyone, and the campers and staff both did amazing! It was some campers first tirahlon ever and we were all very proud of them. We ended the morning with a pizza lunch, followed by a trip to get ice cream before heading back to camp. Once we got back we had rest hour and open waterfront before our final campfire of the summer! We had delicious burgers and sausages with salad and chips for dinner, and cake for dessert. We ended off the day by roasting marshmallows and singing camp songs around the fire.

For Results See http://www.chiptimeresults.com/chiptimepublic/results.php?rty=results1

Emma

25 August, 2017

Ahmic Harbour Swim

AHMIC HARBOR SWIM – FRIDAY 25TH AUGUST 2017

TOP TEN CAMPERS

1ST             Olivia Luka                    55:18

2nd              Alyssa Forbes               55:35

3rd               Elke Ott                         55:56

4th               Kali Metuzals                56:40

5th               Alana Odinocki             56:44

6th               Emma Seawright          56:49

7th               Bailey O’Regan             58:37

7th               Madelyn Glowinski      58:37

9th               Allison Low Ring           58:41

10th            Abby Brousseau           1:00:24

                   Moira Bujak                  1:02:35

 

10 and UNDER GIRLS

1ST              Julia Denes                   1:14:56

2nd              Emily Cescon                1:15:15

3rd               Madison McDermott   1:17:50

4th               Sophia Soulliere           1:32:56

5th               Maizie Moustgaard      1:33:44

 

11-12 GIRLS

1ST              Bailey O’Regan             58:37

1st               Madelyn Glowinski      58:37

3rd               Allison Low Ring           58:41

4th               Moira Bujak                  1:02:35

5th               Ella Moutsgaard           1:04:42

6th               Victoria Phillips            1:07:19

7th               Abigail Odinocki           1:07:21

8th               Sana Hussain                1:08:54

9th               Amaris Peng                 1:09:23

10th            Ema Masic                    1:09:46

11th            Victoria Raymond        1:11:28

12th            Nikola Darvill Kaiser    1:13:09

13th            Keira Ball                       1:14:36

14th            Madison Russell           1:14:41

15th            Emma Lee Jacques       1:15:07

16th            Vivian Yuan                  1:15:32

17th            Sadie Partridge             1:17:00

18th            Taryn Fenton                1:17:06

 

13-14 GIRLS

1ST              Elke Ott                         55:56

2nd              Kali Metuzals                56:40

3rd               Alana Odinocki             56:44

4th               Abby Brousseau           1:00:24

5th               Isabelle Monaghan Chow     1:02:58

6th               Tina Beason                  1:03:32

7th               Abby Marshall              1:06:30

8th               Melinda Novelletto     1:06:53

9th               Lola Collin                     1:06:59

10th            Audrey Lacey                1:08:52

11th            Clarke Morrison           1:09:26

12th            Aislinn Munro              1:1052

 

15-17 GIRLS

 

1ST              Olivia Luka                    55:18

2nd              Alyssa Forbes               55:35

3rd               Emma Seawright          56:49

4th               Anna Dahlgren             1:02:54

5th               Carmen Caires              1:04:40

6th               Caroline Martin            1:09:24

7th               Alicia Corbiere              1:09:27

8th               Kiera Masterson           1:11:05

25 August, 2017

August 25th 2017

We enjoyed a nice sleep in before breakfast due to the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour swim this morning! After breakfast we met at the main dock ready to swim and paddle. All of the swimmers did an amazing job and we had some very fast times this year! The paddlers also did a wonderful job of keeping the swimmers safe and on course. We got back to camp in time for a yummy lunch of perogies and salad. The campers enjoyed a nice rest hour before heading out for classes this afternoon. Some of the classes we had included sailing, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, soccer and synchro. We also started the tennis tournament this afternoon! After a delicious dinner of fish and chips with peas and salad we met on the soccer field for the counsellor vs camper soccer game! The counsellors came out dressed in wild clothes, and the campers rotated on and off the field. It was an awesome game and the counsellors came out victorious this year! The campers had a chance to cool off in the lake before heading for their cabins for bedtime.

 

Emma

 

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