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They say spending time in nature can change your life. But in a world packed with indoor life pressures, how can you make getting outside just a part of who you are? Welcome to the Humans Outside podcast, where we explore life in the great outdoors from our perch in Alaska, all while hearing from fascinating outdoor-minded guests.

What inspires a person to conquer big things outside or try for the seemingly impossible? Those are questions this week’s guest Darcy Gaechter had plenty of time to ponder as she became the first woman to ever paddle the Amazon River from source to sea. A journey now detailed in her new memoir, Darcy takes a break from her kayaking adventure business, Small World Adventures, to join us on the podcast to talk about that adventure and what she learned along the way.

As of May 27, 2020 Amy hits an incredible milestone: 1,000 days in a row doing her daily outdoor time challenge. That’s 1,000 days spending at least 20 consecutive minutes outside every day. In this week’s Outdoor Diary she gives a window into what those 1,000 days mean now that they are over.

When was the last time you were fired-up? We mean really fired-up?

Fired-up-ness is status quo living for Mike Erwin, founder and Executive Director of veteran service organization Team Red, White & Blue, which connects veterans with their communities. Mike is laser-focused building leaders and living a life focused on positivity, and he’s doing it through fitness, community service — and heading outside.

Catch Mike in this episode drilling down into how he’s seen heading into nature develop strong leaders, plus tips on keeping that leadership fire burning when the going gets tough.

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1000 Hours Outside

Here’s What I Learned Over 1,000 Days Outside

I was sitting next to a campfire in my backyard when I decided to do it. After a summer of spending at least a little time outside every day, I wanted to know: what would happen if I spent a …

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Luke and the boys in California

3 Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoor-Minded Dad

You’d think staying home more would’ve given us infinite time to think ahead for things like Father’s Day and every birthday or holiday from here through eternity. Nonetheless, the dates continue to sneak right up on us, leaving us scratching …

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The Bushatz boys after a hike | HumansOutside.com

Use This Outdoor Kid Gear to Trick Your Family Into Actually Liking Adventures

Taking your kids on outdoor adventures sounds like a really great idea until, well … until you do it. And then it sounds like whining, because that’s what your kids are doing as they perish from starvation and sadness as …

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How does spending at least 20 consecutive minutes outside every single day since Sept. 1, 2017 change your life? 

We’re on a mission to find out.

Have you ever thought about traveling the Amazon R Have you ever thought about traveling the Amazon River from source to sea, stretching from high in the Andes Mountains deep in Peru, to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil and spanning 4,300 miles? Completing this grueling, exhilarating, exhausting & downright amazing adventure made Darcy Gaechter the first woman to ever complete the task, and one of only three people to ever do so completely by kayak. ‍ If this sounds like the kind of thing just crazy enough to make you really want to know more, then this episode is for you! ‍ Darcy's story (@darcygaechter is now detailed in the exciting new adventure memoir "Amazon Woman: Facing Fears, Chasing Dreams, and My Quest to Kayak the Largest River from Source to Sea." ‍ Listen to the new episode, dropping today! ‍ Episode 36: What You Learn When You Paddle the Entire Amazon River (Darcy Gaechter). #podcastguest #podcast #humansoutside365 #getoutside #amazonriver #outdoors #getoutside #badasswoman #adventure #kayaking

Have you ever thought about traveling the Amazon River from source to sea, stretching from high in the Andes Mountains deep in Peru, to the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil and spanning 4,300 miles? Completing this grueling, exhilarating, exhausting & downright amazing adventure made Darcy Gaechter the first woman to ever complete the task, and one of only three people to ever do so completely by kayak.

If this sounds like the kind of thing just crazy enough to make you really want to know more, then this episode is for you!

Darcy's story (@darcygaechter is now detailed in the exciting new adventure memoir "Amazon Woman: Facing Fears, Chasing Dreams, and My Quest to Kayak the Largest River from Source to Sea."

Listen to the new episode, dropping today!

Episode 36: What You Learn When You Paddle the Entire Amazon River (Darcy Gaechter). #podcastguest #podcast #humansoutside365 #getoutside #amazonriver #outdoors #getoutside #badasswoman #adventure #kayaking
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1,000 days!! What a gorgeous day to celebrator 1,0 1,000 days!! What a gorgeous day to celebrator 1,000 days of #humansoutside365. One of the very first things we did when I decided to try going outside every day no matter what was grab rain jacket and hike this little mountain, called The Butte. We hiked up in the rain and I realized, you know what, that wasn’t so bad. The last 1,000 days have shown me that all outside time is worth it, rain or shine. And this view? Brilliant more than 1,000 days later. Also how cool are these cupcakes my friends brought in celebration? Happy 1,000 days to me! Wanna do the next 1,000 with me? #humansoutside365

1,000 days!! What a gorgeous day to celebrator 1,000 days of #humansoutside365. One of the very first things we did when I decided to try going outside every day no matter what was grab rain jacket and hike this little mountain, called The Butte. We hiked up in the rain and I realized, you know what, that wasn’t so bad. The last 1,000 days have shown me that all outside time is worth it, rain or shine. And this view? Brilliant more than 1,000 days later. Also how cool are these cupcakes my friends brought in celebration? Happy 1,000 days to me! Wanna do the next 1,000 with me? #humansoutside365 ...

1,000 days. 1,000 consecutive days spending at lea 1,000 days. 1,000 consecutive days spending at least 20 minutes outside. ‍ Since 1 September 2017, Humans Outside founder, @amybushatz has spent at least 20 minutes outside every day through three alaskan winters, work travel around the U.S., parenting two active boys, and a hectic professional life. Every. Single. Day. As Amy has sought to understand the impact of getting outside consistently on her own life, she began recording conversations and interviews with others who are finding hope, receiving healing, learning lessons and seeking growth in the outdoor life. ‍ As the Humans Outside podcast nears the end of Season 1, we want to give you a chance to ask questions, suggest guests for Season 2, and maybe even ask Amy why!? ‍ So, today, we acknowledge this milestone; we congratulate Amy for her commitment and persistence! Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments! ‍ #outdoorhero #humansoutside #humansoutside365 #trailrun #alaskalife #hiking #outdoors #optoutside #outdoorgear #akrunners #1000days #podcastguests #runnersofinstagram #outsideisfree #liveboldly

1,000 days. 1,000 consecutive days spending at least 20 minutes outside.

Since 1 September 2017, Humans Outside founder, @amybushatz has spent at least 20 minutes outside every day through three alaskan winters, work travel around the U.S., parenting two active boys, and a hectic professional life. Every. Single. Day. As Amy has sought to understand the impact of getting outside consistently on her own life, she began recording conversations and interviews with others who are finding hope, receiving healing, learning lessons and seeking growth in the outdoor life.

As the Humans Outside podcast nears the end of Season 1, we want to give you a chance to ask questions, suggest guests for Season 2, and maybe even ask Amy why!?

So, today, we acknowledge this milestone; we congratulate Amy for her commitment and persistence! Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments!

#outdoorhero #humansoutside #humansoutside365 #trailrun #alaskalife #hiking #outdoors #optoutside #outdoorgear #akrunners #1000days #podcastguests #runnersofinstagram #outsideisfree #liveboldly
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I don’t care if they’re dandelions, I just lov I don’t care if they’re dandelions, I just love the flowers and color. Another long walk with this cutie before she goes back to her family — and new little sister! — tomorrow. #humansoutside365

I don’t care if they’re dandelions, I just love the flowers and color. Another long walk with this cutie before she goes back to her family — and new little sister! — tomorrow. #humansoutside365 ...

On May 27, 2020, Amy hits an incredible milestone: On May 27, 2020, Amy hits an incredible milestone: 1,000 days in a row doing her daily outdoor time challenge. That’s 1,000 days spending at least 20 consecutive minutes outside every day. In this week’s Outdoor Diary she gives us a glimpse into what those 1,000 days mean now that she has reached this milestone. ‍ Click on link in bio to listen to the podcast (you can find Humans Outside on Itunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or whether you get your podcasts). ‍ Want to tell us you're getting outside? Share your outdoor life with the hashtag #humansoutside365. You might end up appearing on a future episode! ‍ #outdoordiary #humansoutside #outside365 #runnersofinstagram #akrunners #alaskalife #hiking #outdoors #outsideisfree #1000days #outsidefamily #attitude #podcast #itunes #googlepodcasts

On May 27, 2020, Amy hits an incredible milestone: 1,000 days in a row doing her daily outdoor time challenge. That’s 1,000 days spending at least 20 consecutive minutes outside every day. In this week’s Outdoor Diary she gives us a glimpse into what those 1,000 days mean now that she has reached this milestone.

Click on link in bio to listen to the podcast (you can find Humans Outside on Itunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or whether you get your podcasts).

Want to tell us you're getting outside? Share your outdoor life with the hashtag #humansoutside365. You might end up appearing on a future episode!

#outdoordiary #humansoutside #outside365 #runnersofinstagram #akrunners #alaskalife #hiking #outdoors #outsideisfree #1000days #outsidefamily #attitude #podcast #itunes #googlepodcasts
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A rainy day spent hanging out with this 2 year old A rainy day spent hanging out with this 2 year old while her parents are busy welcoming her new sibling into the world. Seemed like a perfect time to head back into our backyard woods after an over month long hiatus. Following a kid bright with wonder around the woods is its own kind of outdoor pleasure. #humansoutside365

A rainy day spent hanging out with this 2 year old while her parents are busy welcoming her new sibling into the world. Seemed like a perfect time to head back into our backyard woods after an over month long hiatus. Following a kid bright with wonder around the woods is its own kind of outdoor pleasure. #humansoutside365 ...

On this day, Memorial Day, we are sharing one of t On this day, Memorial Day, we are sharing one of the podcast episodes that touches on the role time outside has played in the life of one family who has dealt with the loss Memorial Day acknowledges and marks. ‍ I run. It’s where I find my best therapy. But that’s not always been the case. I started running because of one person -- Lisa Hallett -- and the organization she cofounded, wear blue: run to remember (@wbr2r). Lisa and I share the unbreakable bond of not just being Army wives whose husbands were in the same unit, but of trauma and loss experienced when that unit lost so many soldiers in combat, including her husband Capt. John Hallett. ‍ In Humans Outside, Episode 20: The Powerful Connection of Nature, Movement & Grief - @lisa.a.hallett - Lisa Hallett shares the role spending time outside has had in her healing and helping her family move through loss. ‍ Click on the link in our bio or download the podcast from Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today so you never miss an episode! ‍ #humansoutside #humansoutside365 #outdoorlife #runtoremember #wearblue #podcast #guest #goldstar #milkid #runner #militaryfamily #memorialday #militaryspouse #akrunners #run #forestbathing #mindfulness #outside

On this day, Memorial Day, we are sharing one of the podcast episodes that touches on the role time outside has played in the life of one family who has dealt with the loss Memorial Day acknowledges and marks.

I run. It’s where I find my best therapy. But that’s not always been the case. I started running because of one person -- Lisa Hallett -- and the organization she cofounded, wear blue: run to remember (@wbr2r). Lisa and I share the unbreakable bond of not just being Army wives whose husbands were in the same unit, but of trauma and loss experienced when that unit lost so many soldiers in combat, including her husband Capt. John Hallett.

In Humans Outside, Episode 20: The Powerful Connection of Nature, Movement & Grief - @lisa.a.hallett - Lisa Hallett shares the role spending time outside has had in her healing and helping her family move through loss.

Click on the link in our bio or download the podcast from Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today so you never miss an episode!

#humansoutside #humansoutside365 #outdoorlife #runtoremember #wearblue #podcast #guest #goldstar #milkid #runner #militaryfamily #memorialday #militaryspouse #akrunners #run #forestbathing #mindfulness #outside
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I didn’t want to. But I did it anyway. 20 road m I didn’t want to. But I did it anyway. 20 road miles, pushing me over 200 for this month. A little rain, a little breeze, and lots of remembering. Memorial Day weekend is an important time for me to run, pushing me back to my original running why. In a way the struggle miles are the miles I want on this weekend. They remind me of what it was like to get out here to start with years ago, and they push me to dig deeper to a different kind of push forward. #humansoutside365 #wearblueruntoremember

I didn’t want to. But I did it anyway. 20 road miles, pushing me over 200 for this month. A little rain, a little breeze, and lots of remembering. Memorial Day weekend is an important time for me to run, pushing me back to my original running why. In a way the struggle miles are the miles I want on this weekend. They remind me of what it was like to get out here to start with years ago, and they push me to dig deeper to a different kind of push forward. #humansoutside365 #wearblueruntoremember ...

The only way this Saturday morning would’ve been The only way this Saturday morning would’ve been better is if I had made more coffee and stayed longer. #humansoutside365

The only way this Saturday morning would’ve been better is if I had made more coffee and stayed longer. #humansoutside365 ...