It's not entirely clear how or why this became a thing, but today, June 21st, is International Hike Naked Day. We became aware of this at our first Bend event in February when Amanda Timeoni, aka Not a Chance, told the winning story about her experience as a never nude hiking with a naked partner. Whether or not you decide to keep your clothes on today, it's only right to honor the day by checking out her story here.
And remember, it's only weird if you make it weird.
I'm not even going to try to make this transition elegantly
In completely unrelated business, we'd be remiss not to mention that this week's podcast features Tacoma's Ken Campbell, a guy who is interesting for reasons completely unrelated to nudity.
Ken's a serious paddler, and a real water protector: on the podcast he tells a story about the time he paddled around Newfoundland (a trip that is really crazy if you can conceive of it..), and he also founded the Ikkatsu Project as a way to research and draw attention to the impact of plastics on marine environments, particularly around Puget Sound. And he is the subject of an award winning short film about the time a few years ago that he built a boat out of discarded plastic bottles and paddled it 150 miles from the bottom to the top of the Sound. I know I'm giving you lots of entertainment assignments, but you can and should watch the whole film here: it's inspiring, thought provoking, and full of beautiful imagery of the Pacific Northwest. I love this stuff.