Meet Stephen

About Stephen

Stephen grew up in New York State’s Adirondack Park: a woodsman’s playground  complete with mountains to hike, horses to ride, and lakes to sail. After graduating from University, he utilized his sailing background to hop onto a massive schooner in the Caribbean Basin and worked on boats as a means of travel to see the world. He has divided his time between the Caribbean, Nantucket, and New York City before moving to Southern California where he now makes a living as a Sailing Captain.
As a lover of the warm, Stephen is also a lover of wool. Nothing keeps you warmer, even when it’s wet! If you look at Stephen’s first written story for Minus33, you can find out just why Wool is such an important thing to him. It saved his life.
“I enjoy Rock-climbing, Yoga, Sailing, Biking, Skiing, Camping, and Rowing. Most of these activities are outside and there is no better place to be outside than in Southern California. The weather allows for it more than any other place. Whether you are biking along the beaches of Santa Monica Bay, or taking a camping trip into one of the hundreds of nearby canyons, there is something about the outdoors that connects you with the fundamental idea that we are connected to this Earth.”

Favorite Minus33 Product: Acadian Men’s Lightweight Wool Boxer Brief. “Never feel swampy again!”

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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

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

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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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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