It’s November now and it’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The maple tree sitting right outside of my office, aka kitchen window, has changed it's leaves to a mix of orange, red, and yellow, and I'm reminded every day that time is moving on as the leaves make their way to the ground.
It is nearly winter. In Seattle, we saw a light dusting of snow last week. And in some places, winter has come, like in Calgary, where our most recent Navigator to be added to our Network, Melba, shared pictures with me of the snow that has fallen there and is now covering the ground. It's hard to believe that just a couple weeks ago we were running outside in Calgary wearing shorts and short sleeves!
Speaking of Melba, we're super excited to introduce her to you. In 2015 Melba was selected out of 4000 applicants (!) to be the Woods Canada Explorer Campaign Ambassador, which led to 5 months traveling across Canada and promoting outdoor gear and inspired outdoor lifestyle for people from all different walks of life. Cool, hey?
Check out her extremely impressive profile then consider if you can squeeze in a trip to Calgary sometime soon so she can show you the best local waterways and rocks to explore. She's getting ready to add outdoor ice skating and a winter survival tips session too.
Shows and Podcast Updates
As we're changing from summer activities to fall activities here in the North and vice versa for you listening in the Southern Hemisphere, we're also making the change from Season 1 to Season 2 of the podcast.
Season 2 is off to a super strong start. Tim and I have been busy going all over the place to collect your stories in Seattle, Calgary, Portland and Bend. And we've got plans to visit Tacoma, WA, Laramie, WY, Denver, and Moab before the end of this year. If you live near any of those places, we hope we'll get to meet you.
On our recent tour we had so. much. fun. It was great to meet so many of you who have been listening and coming along with us on this fun journey. Thank you so much for being part of our network.
Bringing outdoors enthusiasts and athletes of all types into a room and listening to their stories leaves us feeling inspired and hopefully you too. I love creating the shows, because I think we all get new ideas of how we can explore the natural world. It also gives us the rare opportunity to meet people who are exploring the natural world in ways that you’ve never dreamed. That’s the beauty of what we’re creating here at Boldly Went!
Gotta say I keep thinking at some point I’m gonna feel like the new stories are too similar, and like I’ve already learned a certain lesson and shared it with you in this podcast, but so far, that’s not been happening.
Actually, the opposite has happened. I’m amazed at the breadth and quality of the stories. No two stories are alike and it reminds me of the nuances of human experience. When we make the time and put forth the effort, we can continually grow and deepen our understanding of one another. So, thanks for making the time in your life to do that. This season we’ve got so many new and interesting adventures and themes to share with you and I’m excited to dive in.
This week’s episode, the FIRST episode of Season 2, is called “Catastrophe: You Only Control Your Choice," and features reflections from cannoneers, Jeff Geels and Pam Hardy, and a skier, Sandor Lau, about sleeping outside when adventures, and life, don’t go quite to plan. The unexpected overnights are cases of adventure gone wrong, and a very real experience with homelessness reminding us, that we only control our choices.
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