LTRR went all the way this time to the Bromley Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont. Even in Vermont there is no snow in June so we reverted to Treetop climbing. Some reached the treetops, some remained at root level but all zipped it. If you should wonder, we don't usually go that far but Bromley was on the way to the Gordon Research Conference in New London, New Hampshire.
Elora Gorge was calling again - but not all of us. A much reduced team (bloody virus) decided it is time again to float the rapids. Note that the tubes got more professional and greener since 2014.
Toronto Island is as far as it goes in 2021. Who would have thought 2 years ago that this would be one of the most exciting lab trips. No offence to Toronto Island, but the excitement was to be out together at all. Despite being all vaccinated, we argued against a trip with camping involved. Just because it is allowed to go crazy, you don't really have to. As you can see, it was a blue, blue day.
Zoomland has been extensively travelled in 2020. We don't know what all the Skype is about Teams. Stay individual is the motto of the year. It's going to be a challenge to get the Slack out once we get back from this trip. Captain Cisco may help with a WebEx. Beam us up, Scotty.
Tobermory is the place to be. Beaches and water and like the Caribbean; just sweet and so much colder. In 2019 the lab composition is somewhat more senior than usual and you may argue this is the reason that our activity level did not reach maximum. With a glass bottom boat trip to the flowerpot islands and a day of hiking, still a memorable experience.
TWIN KAYAKING 2018
And back to the Elora Gorge Conservation Area in 2018 - Tubing season was over but there is always season for kayaking. We will never forget that it is 24 km from Kaufman’s Flats to Freeport Bridge, Kitchener when kayaking the Grand river in twin kayaks. Saw it all: bald eagels, herrons, turtles, blue jays, oh...and geese, so many gees, so many, sooooo many...
Another trip to Tobermory in 2017. Lake Huron is impressively and unexpectedly cold in July. Nothing that would hold us back from a dive to see some wrecks (under water).
Exquisite weather conditions allowed a Canadian no-go: Four people in one canoe. In 2016 we travelled again to Algonquin Park for camping and a guided canoe tour on the lakes with cliff jumping and bear watching. Well, bear poo watching was as close as we got; but it was still warm.
Water seems to attract us. In 2015, we travelled the 1000 islands in Kayaks. Everyone passed the 180° kayak roll course. Nobody was thirsty for more liquid after the hike - except the mosquitoes at the campsite. Some of us claimed to have ´developed an allergy against nature´. Brave new world.
We explored our wild side on our two-day annual retreat in 2014, with destination Elora Gorge. It started with a night of camping under the stars as we welcomed new lab members and said goodbye to Masters students, Sandra and Steph. In the morning we battled the rapids of Grand River in Tubes. Please note the sequence of events. First we said goodbye, then we went down the rapids.
An underwater adventure at Tobermory took us to new depths on our annual retreat in 2013. And indeed - some are sinkers, some are floaters.
No water, you would think. But there was a lot of sweat spent during this amazing trip to and trough Algonquin Park in 2012. Living in cabins for three days and getting fed from the Wildlife Station. Strangely, some of us were happy to be back in the big town but will still tell their grand childen from this short time in the wilderness
TREETOP CLIMBING 2011
"Hang in there" is probably the best advice you can give somebody who is stuck on a zipline between two trees. Weather was terrible, spirit was great in our outdoor trip to the Horseshoe Resort in 2011 . A whole different way of networking and pulling strings.
The first trip of the Hinz lab in Canada was indeed a memorable one. Due to a hot summer and low water of the Rapid River, rafting was more like paddling and swimming in 2010. However, we had the chance to throw useless equipment overboard, including high-end cameras and supervisors (see image on the left). Both still function properly to this day.