Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, wool saved my life: Part II

Wool Saved My Life

It was a morning like any other.

 

Just your typical Upstate New York polar vortex bringing the air temperature somewhere well below zero. It was however, a gorgeous day with blue skies and green pines and there was fresh snow on the ground. I decided to go for a jaunt on cross country skis through our family’s backwoods out to the lake for some crisp air and exercise. Because it was so cold, I layered up. I put on some Wool Knee Socks with long underwear and topped with a wool sweater, jacket and cap to keep me cozy as I began to traverse the woodland trail.
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It's All Relative Merinoholics Adventures Stephen

It’s All Relative

As a born-and-bred child of the North-East, I was often told fables of the perfect 72 degrees of the Southern California. And I’d hate to be the one to shatter this illusion; but after a summer in California, I can tell you, it gets hot… and if the autumnal equinox is any indication, it gets cold too.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, Wool Gathering and Meditation

Woolgathering and Meditation

I recently discovered a new word that encapsulates my early twenties fairly well. It is an old word that has been around since domesticated sheep: Woolgathering.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, Sailing On Blue Water

Sailing on Blue Water

California has got the goods when it comes to climate.

 

I’m finding Los Angeles to be more and more of an outdoor city. There are beautiful mountain trails, camping venues from the shore to the desert, and it seems everyone is constantly outside enjoying nature. The weather here allows for it. The ocean’s current brings cold water down from Alaska, but the sun shines on the same latitude as Georgia. The result is a warm sun with a cool breeze. This creates a Mediterranean climate that hangs out somewhere between 50 and 70 degrees all year long (perfect sailing weather). So if you are a fan of light jackets and ocean breezes, this might be the place for you.READ MORE

minus 33 merino wool clothing, Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Last week I had the fortune of coming home for Easter. The East coast ordered us up chill nights in the 40s and sunny days in the 80s. (Layers of wool were applied and removed as needed.) While home in the Adirondack Park, we were sure to spend some time on the mountain-side; hiking the trails, drinking the spring melt water, and breathing in the evergreens. Some people say that a walk in the woods can be just what the doctor ordered and recently I found evidence supporting that claim.READ MORE

Biking Los Angeles

West Coast

I recently made the jump from the east coast to the west, and have just settled in the beach city of Santa Monica, where I will be doing a bit more of the same: a little bar-tending, a little sailing, pursuing that dream of dreams, now in the City of Stars.

One thing that I’d heard over and over again from experienced Los Angelenos before I moved is: “You’ll need a car,” “You have to have a car,” “You definitely should get a car” …welp, I have been here for over a month now, and I have some news to share.

You don’t really need a car in Los Angeles.

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Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, Where Is Winter? | Minus33 Merinoholics

Where is Winter?

What with all the weather phenomena going on these past couple of months, I was unsure if I would ever have the need to dust off the winter wool from the depths of my closet. On Christmas Eve, it was a sunset kayak in a tee-shirt. On Christmas Day, it was a walk in the woods in shorts. The day after Christmas, we may as well have brought out the lemonade and sun-chairs.
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Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, October sailing on the Hudson river

October Sailing on the Hudson River

The October winds are here, and they bring with them swelling white caps and brisk gusts on the Hudson River. The sailboats that traverse these waters pitch and yaw in the sweeping currents. We also have to deal with the massive wakes of ferries, tankers, and cruise ships. The winds that bite are volatile and shift often. And then there are all the little speed boats that love to cross your bow as close as they possibly can. Suffice it to say, if you are sailing on the Hudson, you will get wet.

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Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, a Caribbean adventure!

A Caribbean Adventure!

A lot of people caveat wool as a winter time fabric.

 
It has connotations of hounds-tooth sweaters at Christmas parties, woolen snowflake beanie caps in ski lodges, and itchy pilled scarves worn on our first toboggan runs as children. But when it comes to wool and summer, the two worlds never seem to cross.
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Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, wool saved my life: Part II

Wool Saved My Life: Part II

READ PART I HERE

 

So here I am, standing with one boot on, on an abandoned dock with no one around for miles.

 

I am out of the water but I am not out of the woods. I ran up to house to which the dock belonged and did my best to kick down the glass door on their back porch with my ski boot. They must have had some beastly installation because my kicks did not even make a dent. I looked around and saw some distance away another cottage, and made my way.
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Minus 33 Merino wool clothing, wool saved my life: Part II

Wool Saved My Life: Part I

It was a morning like any other.

 

Just your typical Upstate New York polar vortex bringing the air temperature somewhere well below zero. It was however, a gorgeous day with blue skies and green pines and there was fresh snow on the ground. I decided to go for a jaunt on cross country skis through our family’s backwoods out to the lake for some crisp air and exercise. Because it was so cold, I layered up. I put on some Wool Knee Socks with long underwear and topped with a wool sweater, jacket and cap to keep me cozy as I began to traverse the woodland trail.
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