There’s a great article ( by great I mean really boring) on the National Academy of Sciences website (http://www.pnas.org/content/112/28/8567) that suggests that going on walks in nature really does help you feel better mentally. It's one of many scientific articles that promotes greater mental and physical health by spending some time outdoors. Of course we as outdoors enthusiasts already know that.
For the week six pic (posted a bit late but I took it feb 7th so its legit) I was fortunate enough to avoid a bit of the shitty Toronto winter and spent some time in Mexico in a small beach town on the Pacific side. The shirt is by North Face, and I think they designed it to get some great social media coverage of their brand- well played North Face.
I like the shirt as it forces me to want to be doing something fun while wearing it- other than couchsurfing. Packing this shirt in a backpack or suitcase means something fun is going to happen- kind of the same feeling of anticipation as when someone says “hold my beer” .
Anyway I’m back in Toronto (for now) and am starting to do some planning and prep for the West Coast Trail trip we’re doing in June and thinking of all the great trips I can try to get on the books for the year ahead. The weather is starting to warm up (above freezing now) but it is still pretty dreary. I’ll leave you with some great quotes from a gent who truly knew how to “explore”.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”
“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.”