How do you create a new tradition or know a new tradition worth keeping? Hear how Amy and her family spent Thanksgiving outside and whether it was as bad as she thought it would be.

[:30] How it all started

[1:50] How did it go?

[2:11] What you need to bring for Thanksgiving in a cabin

[3:40] Outdoor Hero

[3:53] The next Bushatz cabin trip

Ever made plans for the winter in the summer? All sounds like a good idea when it’s sunny outside. So here we are in November, and it’s time to enjoy the plans we made six months ago.

[:40] What you could win!

[:58] Second-guessing plans

[1:48] Bushatz Thanksgiving adventure

[2:58] How you can win a pair of Goodr sunglasses!

[3:40] How to keep up with Humans Outside

When was the last time you knew exactly what to buy every single person on your holiday shopping list? And that’s why we created this special edition of the Humans Outside podcast, a 2020 holiday gift guide with items picked not just because they make good gifts, but because we really, really like them.

Even better? Seven of them are a part of our 7 Giveaways in 7 Days, with giveaways opening for entries Nov. 19 to 25.

Hear Amy talk to two special guests — husband Luke Bushatz and ‘running wife’ Rachel Gernat – in this hilarious gift guide. And please ignore the part where we wander into a discussion about what an ascot is and the various really silly ways Luke wears hats.

[:32] Luke joins us to talk about gifts
[2:03] All about the Noxgear Tracer360 Visibility vest
[6:26] About Combat Flip Flops
[8:41] All about SCOTTeVEST
[10:35] ‘Running wife’ Rachel joins us
[11:23] Why we like trekking poles
[14:45] Why we love Klean Kanteen
[17:59] Our biggest obsession: Goodr
[22:07] Luke comes back to talk about stocking stuffers
[22:19] Talking about Honey Stinger and UnTapped
[24:48] All about liner gloves
[28:33] What is a ‘buff?’
[29:49] An ascot that is not a hat, and why Luke wears hats that are ridiculous

Amy and her family are under quarantine and battling through COVID-19. But they’re still headed outside every day for at least 20 minutes, and know that doing the same is key to staying safe, sane and getting healthy.

Hear more on this week’s episode of the Humans Outside podcast.

[:35] Humans Outside is quarantined!

[:45] How everyone’s feeling

[1:20] Why getting outside is still important

[2:00] How the Bushatz family is getting outside

[3:08] What’s coming up on Humans Outside

Do you think of yourself as “outdoorsy?” Nature lovers and “outdoorsy” people aren’t just folks who scale mountains or go on long runs — despite what the outdoor industry and even this podcast might (accidentally) have you believe. Instead, outdoor users come from all perspectives, backgrounds, sizes, shapes and interests. Like plants? Enjoy listening to birds? Appreciate coffee on the porch? Make going outside a part of your life? You’re a nature-lover. It’s as simple as that.

But getting to the point where you see yourself that way is a journey — even for people who have mastered building their lives around making more time for what they enjoy. In this week’s episode digital nomad Esther Inman talks about the power of learning to see yourself as outdoorsy, how she built her life to give her more time for what she wants to do and how she helps other people do the same.

[3:01] Esther’s favorite outdoor space

[3:40] Esther’s outdoor story

[8:07] How she looks at herself in the outdoors

[14:02] Why Esther changed what she was doing as a job

[22:03] How it’s possible to live off being a Virtual Assistant (VA)

[24:49] Why Bali

[30:00] Why being a VA is not the same as being a remote employee

[33:00] Why being a VA is not the same as selling stuff from home

[38:00] Esther’s favorite outdoor gear

[42:08] Esther’s most essential outdoor gear

[44:55] Esther’s favorite outdoor moment

It’s still a weird time of year for weather, as the fall transitions into the winter. In Alaska, that means some rain, some snow and a lot of slushy yuck, Amy’s least favorite kind of weather. So how do you get outside when it’s less than ideal? And what do you wear? Listen to this Outdoor Diary to find out how Amy is handling that.

[:30] Amy’s definition of gross weather

[1:15] The importance of mindset

[2:19] What to wear outside when it’s disgusting

[2:40] What Amy wore outside this week

[3:20] This week’s Outdoor Hero

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Outdoor hero: Mountain Hardwear lined pants

Here at Humans Outside we practice getting outside every day for 20 minutes no matter the weather — and that means sometimes we go outside when it’s wet, cold or otherwise not that pleasant. Sometimes we go outside when the weather is bad.

But if you’ve never had an outdoor habit or spent a lot of time outside in the winter, then you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by what some folks think of as the basics, like what kind of jacket to wear or how to keep your hands and feet warm.

No matter where you live you’re likely to at some point face what you see as less than ideal weather. Cold is relative to your experience, whether you’re in Alaska or in Florida. So how do you know what to wear?

The good news is that learning how to dress for cold weather is basically the same wherever you are. What largely changes is how much you wear or the thickness or warmth of your choice.

Mollie Foster is an Alaska-based guide and outdoor author. Her guide company, Traverse Alaska, helps all sorts of people get outside, and her book, Hiking Alaska, tells others where to go.

In this highly practical episode of Humans Outside Mollie tells outdoor-lovers what to wear for going outside and how to dress for cold weather.

[2:26] Mollie Foster’s favorite outdoor space

[3:40] Mollie’s outdoor story

[7:03] Why outdoor attitude matters

[9:50] The most important advice for dressing for cold weather

[13:13] Why cold is relative

[16:22] How to know what is right for you outside

[23:32] The power of the wind layer and the vest

[27:32] Down vs. synthetic

[29:44] The glory of The Pants

[31:57] How to keep cold hands warm

[39:26] How to keep cold feet warm

[45:18] The glory of the face buff

[48:05] Keeping kids warm outside

[49:00] Mollie’s favorite and most essential outdoor gear

[51:22] Mollie’s favorite outdoor moment

It’s a big ball of stress out there, friends. At the time of this writing, that stress might be from the U.S. election. But the truth of the matter is that the world has been stressful for a while, and that is unlikely to change any time soon. And even if it does? There will be stressful moments.

And that’s why it’s so great that the outdoors is always there for us, just waiting to take some of the burden away. How you use it is up to you. Here’s Amy’s advice.

[:27] A stressful week

[1:12] How to use the outdoors for stress relief

[3:00] How Amy has been getting outside

[3:29] This week’s Outdoor Hero

As a certified forest therapist, Michelle Abbey knows the personal benefits of heading outside. She’s even shared them with us during Humans Outside Season One. But getting into nature isn’t just something she recommends for clients — it’s also a tool she and her husband Derek Abbey use for bettering their marriage.

In this episode of Humans Outside Michelle and Derek reveal not only why spending time has been an incredible marriage tool, but how others can leverage nature for both themselves and their relationships.

[1:49] Derek Abbey’s favorite outdoor space

[3:18] Derek and Michelle’s National Parks challenge

[4:13] A reminder about forest therapy

[5:56] Derek’s outdoor story

[7:57] Michelle’s outdoor story

[12:02] Outdoor appreciation vs. connection

[13:06] The value of getting outside your comfort zone

[16:05] Is three a crowd outside?

[19:02] How the outdoors has benefited their relationship

[28:01] An epic couples adventure

[33:04] How to get past hard stuff outside together

[41:00] How to compromise outside

[47:32] Creating ‘sacred spaces’ outside

[50:19] Derek’s favorite outdoor gear

[52:52] Derek’s favorite outdoor moment