You know those moments in the outdoors where you’re standing on the cusp of things going very, very wrong? That was the beginning of Amy’s weekend adventure when her son, Dave, briefly went missing.

Hear the drama and all about Amy’s outdoor time last week on this episode of the Humans Outside Outdoor Diary.

[:30] How the Bushatz family spends the summer
[:58] All about David
[2:06] Where’s Dave?!
[3:20] A sigh of relief
[4:35] A day of running
[4:46] Did someone say hot tub?!
[5:00] Amy’s Outdoor Hero

What if you spent your adult life living in vastly different parts of the U.S. because your job made you? How would you make sure you were making the most of it? Would adapting be hard? Would you never want to explore again? Would it be easy to take advantage of every space — or would you be just over it?

This week’s guest Rebekah Sanderlin is living that life and has some great advice for anyone who wants to make sure they are taking advantage of wherever they find themselves, no matter how long they’ve lived there or plan to stay.

[1:28] Rebekah’s favorite outdoor space
[2:20] Rebekah’s move from Florida to Colorado
[4:46] How getting outside is different in Colorado
[11:11] Pet peeves on the trail
[13:36] Rebekah’s favorite Colorado activities
[16:09] Rebekah’s tips for an outdoor bucket list
[22:30] Taking advantage of national parks
[28:00] Writing on the trail
[31:19] What’s next for Rebekah
[34:27] Rebekah’s favorite outdoor gear
[35:38] Rebekah’s most essential outdoor gear
[36:06] Rebekah’s favorite outdoor moment

The outdoors offers space — both physical and mental — for deep thought and conversation. And when it comes to sorting through the racial issues with which America is grappling right now, it’s the perfect setting for tough stuff. Here’s how Amy experienced that this week.

[:31]  Why outdoor conversations are so great

[1:15] How Amy is addressing this Moment in our culture with her sons

[1:38] What Amy’s family did to listen last week

[1:54] Protesting as a family

[2:30] Answering big questions

[3:26] This week’s outdoor hero

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that life doesn’t always go the way you planned. Sometimes the world shifts in a way you didn’t anticipate, and you have to make a decision: are you going to let it derail you, or will you ultimately adapt and overcome? 

This week’s guest Craig Vaream faced that decision when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. One second he was healthy, athletic and living life to its fullest — and the next he was learning to live with and manage a complicated disease. 

Rather than let it sideline him, he chose a different path — and used it to fuel his fire. In this episode Craig, now an inspirational speaker and author of the new book No Limits: Adventures and Lessons from Living with Diabetes, shares how spending time in the outdoors helped him do so, and how people can do the same.

[2:00] Craig’s favorite outdoor space
[2:41] Craig’s diabetes story
[4:44] The difference between working through diabetes today and in the past
[7:01] How diabetes changed his life
[10:06] How his diagnosis changed his life outside
[12:00] The role of intentionality
[14:14] Defiance vs. living with
[17:04] How learning to deal with diabetes changed how he deals with other challenges
[21:35] Diabetics and adventure sports
[22:42] Why Craig became a mountain climber
[26:39] How mountain climbing changed him
[32:11] Craig’s advice for people dealing with a big life challenge
[35:28] Craig’s favorite outdoor gear
[36:15] Craig’s most essential outdoor gear
[37:11] Craig’s favorite outdoor moment

As we confront racial injustice in our world, Amy reflects in this week’s outdoor diary on both her privilege and those providing inspiration as they fight that injustice.

[:05] Why this a different moment
[:30] What has Amy thinking about inspiration and justice
[:50] The truth about Amy’s privilege
[1:57] About Amy’s 1,000 days
[2:53] What the George Floyd protests have to do with this
[3:45] Amy’s inspiration this week
[4:15] What we have to work towards

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