Hi, I'm Chyla, the founder of Outdoorism. I started this line as someone who didn't feel represented (seen) in the place I loved most (nature). In an effort to get more diversity and inclusion into these spaces, gear, activities, etc. I'll be putting together a top 3 list of my monthly favorites. Here we go!
1. This is not an ad, but I love Escape Campervans, whose mission is "to inspire people to escape their everyday routines and embrace their adventurous spirit by exploring the world."
They convert four different types of vehicles into custom-built, artist-painted, mobile camping solutions (bed, kitchen, etc.) for pretty much any outdoor adventure! They've got 11 locations in the US (and some in Canada and New Zealand as well) and rental specials running all year!
2. There is nothing beautiful about the name Death Valley, but this park is gorgeous!
I have a very long bucket list of national parks I want to explore, but Death Valley has never been anywhere near the top of that list. However, my New Year's resolution this year was to find as much beauty around me as I could to combat Covid lockdown fatigue. I searched for places I could explore on a quick weekend warrior trip from southern California-- guess where that took me! It's known as the "hottest place on earth", but it's not known for its sand dunes, its waterfall oasis or its mild spring temperatures. If it's not on your list, I highly recommend checking it out before the temperatures start to rise.
3. New shoes! I always opt for trail runners over hiking boots. Unless you need extra ankle support to help you tackle a strenuous hike, trail runners are so much more comfortable and lightweight (plus, you don't have to break them in). After years of wearing New Balance Women's Minimus 10 V1 Sneakers (I still love them), I gave the Merrell Trail Glove 6 Trail-Running Shoes a try-- and I love them even more! There's a bit more support, they handle weather better and they still keep you feeling light on your feet.