A couple of weeks ago I was standing at my kitchen sink. It was morning and the sun was just starting to rise. The wind was tossing snow about in the street outside and buffeting the stove hood vent causing a racket. I said to my husband "I’m not excited to go outside today, it … Continue reading How cold is it really?
I am a nagging wife. I know there are some wives who get by without nagging, and I am happy for them and their husbands. But I have yet to figure out how to reach this zen state. I recently gave my husband a book of coupons; when he reached the one that said: 'submit … Continue reading You’re feelings aren’t that important: why simply doing what feels good will not lead to a love of winter
Back in my day …. it's the ubiquitous start to any good winter fable as told by the more senior generation. No doubt you have heard countless stories that began this way and I'm about to give you one more. Not from my day (how old do you think I am), but from my Father's … Continue reading A story to warm a cold day.
Starting in the New Year I will be sharing stories of outdoor adventure with you, but in the meantime, why not make some winter memories of your own? Bring the spirit of the Canadian wilderness home this season: Go for a hike/ski/run in the woods. Adding some wild to the holidays doesn’t need to be … Continue reading 5 ways to add some WILD Canadiana to your Christmas
cof We're still in early winter and Hygge-mania has firmly gripped our nation once again. All around the country people are lusting over coordinated sweater outfits and perfectly poured lattes. We're planning Hygge dinner parties and posting perfectly poised fireside photographs on instagram. It is all very romantic and refined, but what is there to … Continue reading Survive Winter Like a Canadian
How does environmental conditioning work? This, like all good questions, is simple on the surface and becomes more and more complicated each time you remove a layer and look more deeply into the heart of it. The simple answer is this: with chronic exposure to cold your body sets up mechanisms to create heat more … Continue reading Environmental Conditioning Part Two: Science.
I know how to handle the cold: I put my long underwear on in October and don’t take them off until April. I am a hard core proponent of the saying: ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.’ My Outdoor Survival Canada parka is my most prized possession. Yet during the cold … Continue reading Environmental Conditioning Part One