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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Prois Shirts- The Perfect Travel Partners!

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Summer vacation and outdoor adventure time is right around the corner, and it’s time to start looking for a few staple items of travel and outdoor adventure clothing. Look no further than Prois Hunting and Field Apparel!

My time afield is not just limited to my own neighborhood, and I can’t travel in the warmer months without my three staple shirts from Prois; the Ultra Short Sleeve, Ultra BackCountry , and the Turas short sleeve. 
All three feature the famous Prois’ attention to fit form and function, and are as versatile as your travel and outdoor adventures. 
The features that I love the most about three of these shirts for travel are the comfort, packability and easy care.  

Let’s look at the Ultra T shirt – 
Prois Ultra T Shirt

The all around versatile hunting tee that blends the athletic performance features of a running shirt with the concealment needed when in hot pursuit for a trophy, outsmarting the fish, and making a statement about living a life that revolves around camouflage. Designed for women by women, Próis has literally thought of every technical design element to make this shirt a staple in your hunting, travel, and outdoor adventure wardrobe. The Próis Ultra Short Sleeve Shirt’s versatility allows you to wear it alone while stalking plains game on a hot summer day or as a base layer under a Próis vest or jacket when cooler weather rolls in. Outdoor adventures are about movement -  the shirt’s lightweight, athletic cut and fit allows it to seamlessly – and silently— move right along with you. It's constructed with breathable, 100% polyester birds eye wicking fabric, which actively wicks moisture away from your skin through the fabric, helping you stay cool, dry and comfortable – especially when the adventure heats up.

Próis never wants you to settle for downsized menswear or upsized children’s gear, which is why the Ultra Short Sleeve Shirt is tailor-made to fit the female form. Plus, you’ll stay undetected when tracking down your next big trophy, be it game, fish, or a giant mushroom patch thanks to the tee’s available camo patterns: Realtree AP HD® or Advantage Max-1 HD®. The Próis Ultra Short Sleeve Shirt is ultra soft and snag resistant and comes in a wide range of sizes from XS through XL, to provide an ideal fit for hunters of any size. The shirt easily rinses out after a long day afield and dries quickly overnight for wear the next day. Biggest bonus, it can be rolled, wadded, crammed into the smallest spot or pocket and come out looking great and ready to go!

My next must pack shirt also comes from Prois’ signature Ultra line; the Ultra Back Country shirt. 
A year round travel favorite!

Próis® Hunting and Field Apparel has been raising the bar for great-fitting, ʻultraʼ-performing apparel that gives serious female outdoor enthusiasts a competitive edge in the field. And now the company is taking its innovation one step further with the Próis Ultra Back Country™ shirt. This incredible piece of gear is tailor-made for the female hunter and outdoors enthusiast with technical design features that blend the highest levels of form and function in order to enhance performance. Crafted with an athletic cut and featuring a lightweight, whisper quiet design, the sleek and comfortable Próis Ultra Back Country is the ultimate shirt for serious female outdoor enthusiasts on the move. Próisʼ ingenious use of 100% polyester
bird’s eye wicking fabric (a staple used in the Próis Ultra line) actually wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm — a brilliant feature for when facing changing weather conditions in the field.
Love those handy  pockets on the back!

My favorite facet of the Próis Ultra Back Country shirt is its incredibly functional 3-compartment easy access lumbar pocket. It conveniently houses important gear such as hats, gloves, game calls, or small tackle boxes or bags,  — perfect for keeping your hands free and focused on the adventure at hand. Plus, should cold-weather kick in, a simple toss of a heat-activated hand warmer into the 3-compartment pocket will provide hours of continued heated action — keeping you warm, focused and enjoying your time outdoors. Additionally, with the pockets located on the rear of the shirt there are no concerns of small items falling out of traditional chest shirt pockets when bending over. No more  "Oh crap!" moments when leaning over the edge of boat only to have what ever was in your shirt pocket  tumble in the water. The Próis Ultra Back Country shirt features a convenient neck zipper to allow venting when the weather gets warm. I also love its unique thumbholes at the cuff line which are ideal when  layering, as well as further enhancing precision of movement. No more sleeves getting tangled or in my way when I’m photographing fast moving action, or running dogs through their paces.

The Próis Ultra Back Country shirt is ultra soft and snag resistant and comes in a wide range of sizes from XS through XL, to provide a perfect fit for hunters of any size. It’s available in Realtree AP HD®, Advantage Max-1 HD® and, for those who wish to wear it while in their hunting blind as well as around town, or while riding motorcycles, black with camo trim.

My third can’t travel without shirt from Prois is the Turas Short sleeve shirt.

Classy looking and easy care!

No matter what outdoor activity you fancy — pounding the trails on your mountain bike, dropping your line in your favorite fishing hole, or taking aim at the range — you’ll want your clothing to keep up in fit, function and performance. The Próis Turas™ Short sleeve shirt has you covered on all counts and will quickly become your favorite piece of clothing you throw on or cram in your bag on your way outside.

The new Próis Turas Short sleeve shirt was created with the active female lifestyle in mind, complete with a compilation of versatile features that cross the best of both worlds in style and function. Crafted from sturdy 100% polyester wicking fabric, this carefully engineered garment is built for ease of movement and lightweight comfort —perfect for when the going gets rough on the trail, or when you need to stay cool and keep on trekking. Plus, since it’s built by women for women, the shirts athletic cut and form-fitting style makes for a perfect fit on any female for any adventure.

As its name implies (Turas is actually Gaelic for journey), the Próis Turas Short sleeve shirt was engineered with the traveler in mind. Its ingenious wrinkle-free fabric allows the shirt to be crammed, stuffed and rolled into the nooks and crannies of your bag, and come out the other side looking like new. And since it’s made for the active female who does it all with little time to spare, the Próis Turas Short sleeve shirt is a cinch to take care of — easy to wash and incredibly quick to dry. Pair it with jeans, trail pants or add a sweater and a bit dressier style of pants or skirt and you  will quickly see what a staple this shirt is for any traveler. 

It comes in a wide range of sizes (from XS to XL) and is made in three sharp color combinations: black with pink accents, white with black accents and navy with white accents. So whether you’re going for a run or sight-seeing for the day, this is the perfect companion for looking sharp while you’re staying active.

Prois - it's what's always in my suitcase! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Change Is In The Air

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Here I sit- stacks of things on my desk staring at me.. taunting me...
My "To do" runs off the page and out the door..
Memory cards are full of photos that need transferred, sorted, processed, uploaded, submitted...

And I am completely without ambition.

I am overwhelmed and exhausted from lots of travel, lots of events, lots of work.  No one ever taught me how to beg for less.

The windshield time I have had lately has allowed me the luxury of thinking about where I am and where I want to be. It's allowed me to size up my life at this moment, along with where I have been and where I am going. It's allowed me to think about living with Multiple Sclerosis and the disabilities that come along with MS.

My recent travels have also afforded me the luxury of discussing this with those whose opinions I value and respect such as my dear friend and blogger mentor Jody over at The Hunter's Wife.

Jody helped me to see that indeed things have gotten to be a bit much, and my "Waaaay Type A"  personality was about to send me over the edge.  Jody helped me look at the periods when my work was at it's best, when I was the happiest and healthiest, and helped me to understand that it's okay NOT to be full tilt, wide open, mega producer of blogs, articles, photos, and content. 

What I do best is wander and roam...... big surprise there.

What I do best is share what I find in the woods, on the water, in the forests and the fields.

Somewhere in the last few years there's been less wandering, more working, and I found myself caught up in trying to be an outdoor media whiz kid.

Time to face the facts - I am only one person. I am only one person with chronic, debilitating illness, and multiple disabilities from that illness. No sense in pretending it isn't so, no sense in driving myself crazy and into even further declining health by trying to keep up with the industry dynamos out there. It doesn't make me happy, it doesn't make  healthy, and I'm simply not going to do it anymore.

I'm going back to my wandering and roaming and cutting back on the amount of travel, projects, and assignments I take on. I'm going back to doing what I do best.

When I looked at my work with a critical, cold, eye, I have to say it's been suffering. Instead of feeling creative  and content I have mostly been feeling pressured to produce. What I 've been producing has not been all that grand.

I've set June 1st as a goal date; Starting then the Wild Woman is returning to her former happy Wild Woman wandering self. I have no need to be a big fish in a big pond. I am quite content to be a carp in a bird bath!

Lest anyone think that I'm giving in to the MS, rolling over and crawling into hole; it's really quite the opposite. I just have to accept my limitations, work with them and realize that ~ sigh~ nope I'll never get the chance to have a career as a trapeze artist.

I hope you all will enjoy the changes ahead and will excuse any absences from  posting and blogging in the next couple of weeks while I tidy up long neglected websites, play catch up with that darned to do list, and get back to doing what works for ME.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Outdoor Sisterhood - Cooperation, Collaboration, Compassion

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My " Outdoor Sister" Jane
I had the pleasure this week of spending the day out with my good friend Jane. We aren't just colleagues, although I love doing business with her graphics company - Action Graphics; we aren't just friends - although she's a darn good one; we are also "Outdoor Sisters".

What I've noticed over the years is that the outdoor sisters behave a little differently than the outdoor brothers; I'm not about to say better - just differently.

It seems to me that the women of the outdoors I've had the pleasure of spending time with understand cooperation, collaboration, and compassion a bit better and put it into practice more often. We tend to teach, and share, and nurture each other along the trails.

Sharing was what this trip was about. Often, Jane had spoken to me about "her thinking rock" the creek beds and bottoms, the high limestone bluffs and secret karst caves where she had grown up. I got it- I knew - this was Jane's dirt church. This was who Jane was and what had given her a love of the outdoors.

I could feel the change - this was the sacred ground
There was no plan for collaboration, it just evolved as it so often does with the outdoor sisterhood. There was no plan for cooperation, but there were spots along the way where we needed  each other for a hand for balance, a gentle nudge, to answer each others questions about what we didn't know but wanted to learn. There was no plan for compassion, but Jane kept her eagle eyes on me, judging my endurance, my ability to climb some of the bluffs, and making sure I didn't have some MS "moment" out there away from it all.

What evolved was this touching note that Jane shared with me, and my photos of Jane, where she belongs; which in turn evolved into this post. Yet another collaboration between Jane and I- her words, my  photos - I hope you enjoy Jane's reflections on going to her sacred place as much as I did!

The creek we traveled this week

As I am driving to work this morning after dropping my daughter off at school I realize that my spirit is soaring.  I guess I am not surprised, the “after-glow” of spending a day in the woods is normal for me. My high usually lasts about 3 days.  But this was special because I got to share the adventure with an “Outdoor Sister”. 

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take Gretchen Steele to my “Holy Land” or “Sacred Ground”.  I haven’t lived there since I was 23, but I believe this place to be the root of who I am.  I return regularly, because I have no choice.  I am drawn back time and time again – often and regularly.  Actually, I haven’t really ever left.  And Gretchen is just one of those people who just “gets it” when it comes to the woods and the soul.

I grew up in these “woods with water”.  Luckily, my mother (being city raised) believed that as long as I was away from people, I was safe.  So that meant years of discovering and wondering around a beautiful and unique wilderness from sun up to sun down.  

My mother and I had a system.  I always wrote a note before she got up telling her what I had taken from the refrigerator (usually apples and hot dogs) and she blew the horn letting me know the sun was setting and it was time to come in.  I returned from my daily romps covered in bug bites, browned by the sun and my kinky yellow hair tangled and matted with dirty sweat.    I had so many bruises my mom wouldn’t let me wear shorts in public for fear people would thinks she beat me.  Good thing the woods were empty back then or the discovery of a dirty 8 year old girl, alone in the woods could have made headlines.  I can hear still her voice telling me to “go brush your hair or I am going to cut it off and get in the bath tub NOW”.  I felt so brave back then, armed against all evil with my hunting knife and BB gun.

In the creek cut just down the bluff from where Jane grew up

I have since traveled to many places, all over the world and still consider my childhood home the most beautiful place on earth.    These woods are filled with landmarks of my past ponderings like love, family, hope, health, and spirituality.  It is the place I think most clearly, and it is my soul.   There are many people I have shared it with through the years, but few people that can comprehend the depth of meaning this place has for me.  It is the place I was made and still, it renews me.
Our day was filled with my pointing finger, “there is where I had my first  kiss; that is where I sat for hours and sketched (leading to my current career);  my grandparents ashes are scattered on that hill; that rock is my special place where I felt my first love and my first broken heart; that wet hole is what I used as a live basket for the fish I caught; there is a cold spring right here….”  you get the idea, right?

Jane's "thinking rock"

Since my parents sold the place a few years back, I have felt a little bit like an orphan.  Luckily for me, some of the land keepers have allowed me to come back at my will.  If they didn’t, I would probably get arrested for trespassing…. I’m just sayin’.  Because I just can’t help it, I am pulled there.

Jane sending an update to our other outdoors sisters- sharing - it's an outdoor sister thing

I have shared this place with many people and my children, each one individually.  It’s a good thing I ended up having so many kids because it is going to take them all to carry my old and broken body down to the creek when I can’t make it on my own anymore.  And if I am blessed enough to choose my last words I have no doubt they will be “I love you all so much, now take me home to the woods”.  

As far back as I can remember remembering, I was aware that I was not the first person here and I know I won’t be the last.  I have spent countless hours contemplating who felt the spirit of this place before me.  How many others, through countless ages, have considered this their “special place”?  I feel confident that they all happily share it with me knowing how much I love it.

As Gretchen and I sat on a rocky bank listening to rushing water and feeling refreshed by the cool breeze, I looked down between my feet and found the most beautiful arrowhead.  Some may consider this a coincidence, but I knew it was a sign.  A sign that this place knows me and is happy I am back. 

The woods with water..and so much more, never fail Jane

A close up look at the beautiful point that was nestled right at Jane's feet

Thanks Gretchen, it was wonderful “Walkin’ with the Wild Woman”.

 Thank YOU Jane, for the collaboration, the cooperation, the compassion, and for sharing your sacred ground with me.