Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

It's Not Officially Fall Until You Have Flannel Sheets

This is part of #OutsideFlannelWeek, a celebration of the fabric we all know and love. 

In the Gingras household, right around the time we replace Halloween decorations with turkeys and cornucopias, the biggest seasonal transition of all occurs: the beds are stripped and remade with flannel sheets.

I grew up with New Englander parents thinking that everyone did this every fall, only to learn last year from my naive coworkers that no, Flannel Savings Time is not a marking of cooler weather and shorter days for other families. I remain baffled that so many people haven’t caught on to this simple hygge hack, so allow me to enlighten you.

Flannel sheets are as critical to fall and winter as hot apple cider and a good pair of waterproof boots. At the end of a long day of work and exercising in the bitter cold, you slide into your flannel nest and feel like you’re wrapped in the world’s coziest hug. They are the OG anxiety bedding (move over, weighted blankets), keeping the gloom of winter at bay and my toes warm no matter how hard the wind howls outside my window. Doesn’t that sound better than shivering while your boring regular sheets warm up to your body temperature, only to roll over and hit a cold spot once more? 

“Alright,” you say, “I’m ready to embrace the hygge-est of home goods.” Congratulations on this monumental step in your self-care routine! I recommend this fuzzy brushed-cotton set from L.L.Bean. It’s not too warm in case you sleep hot, but it’ll still elevate the comfort factor of your bed significantly. 

Until you’re ready to change out your sheets in spring, I promise the next few months will be full of snuggly nights and mornings of hitting the snooze button for just five more minutes of bliss. Go ahead, you’ve earned that shelter from the cold world outside. Welcome to your best fall ever.

from Outside Magazine: All


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