After weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures, we finally had our first hard frost here in North Western Wisconsin. It dropped down to 28 degrees Friday night, and killed the last of the flowers in my garden. The next morning, we headed two hours North to enjoy the Fall Foliage before it was all gone. It was in the thirties when we left at 8:00 a.m., and we had a high of 54 by mid-day.
I always struggle with what to wear when picking clothes to hike outdoors. First and foremost, I have to look good. I mean, I know I'm going hiking in the woods and all, so I don't want to wear my expensive, dressy clothes, BUT, I still want to look my best because I know my husband is going to take lots and lots of pictures. Who wants to be known for a bad hair day or a hideous outfit recorded in the family history album for all time?
I also struggle with what to wear because I want to be comfortable. Yes, I love beauty, but being comfortable always comes before beauty to me because if it doesn't, I'm miserable. I was worried about being too cold in the morning, but if I over-dressed, I might get hot hiking in the afternoon. What to wear, what to wear….oh, the challenges of my life. :)
I finally decided on lots and lots of layers, so I can strip them off as the day went on and the heat rose. I wore four layers of clothing on my upper half: a tank top, a long sleeve thin shirt, a chunky sweater, and a white, puffy vest. For accessories, I chose a slouchy hat, scarf, and light knit gloves. And for footwear, I decided on a pair of ankle height combat boots.
It turned out I never needed the hat, probably because my long hair kept my ears covered and warm. I only used the gloves up until lunch, then those went in my back pack for the rest of the day. But, to my surprise, even though the temps did get into the mid fifties as predicted, I left all my other clothing items on. I was never too warm, or too cold. I felt perfect all day. I think all the rock and shade kept it cooler; there were a few times I got slightly warm, but not enough to warrant removing any clothing items. However, I did see plenty of other hikers start to take their jackets off as the day went on.
Everything I'm wearing is old except the jeans. I just received the most amazing pair of jeans in my last Stitch Fix. I will do a post on my Fall Fix this Friday and tell you more about them then. I usually wouldn't wear new jeans (especially jeans that cost almost $80.00) hiking, but these jeans are made of such a comfortable, stretchy denim, they were perfect for the occasion! They moved so well with my body! I could exercise in these jeans, they are so comfortable! It's like wearing spandex leggings instead of denim, but it doesn't look like it! They are amazing!
One thing I never planned on with this outfit was matching the colors of the fall foliage so well. When we got home and I looked at these pictures, I said to my husband that the colors in my outfit looked so good with the colors in the woods. Especially the scarf! What a happy coincidence!
In almost every picture my scarf is tied differently. I had to keep adjusting it as the day went on. It kept wanting to fling to the back, or, I needed it tighter to my neck if the winds picked up. That's why there are so many different looks.
On our last vacation to Colorado we needed a backpack to hike in the Rocky Mountains, but we couldn't find any that weren't outrageously expensive or too cheap (I've since found one, but will probably not use it till my next mountain hiking adventure). So I ran into a local K-Mart and bought a fashion backpack. It was just large enough to carry a couple of bottles of water and some food, so it worked out perfectly. I now carry it every time we go hiking or on vacations/day trips.
It's a backpack, bag/purse…whatever you need it to be. You can carry it like a backpack, or just fling one strap across your shoulder like a bag, or carry it by the handle as I am in this photograph. It's the perfect fashion/travel bag.
We had so much fun this day exploring the fall beauty of Wisconsin and Minnesota, and I think that really shows in my expressions in these pictures. I love that I don't have to work weekends anymore and my husband and I can get out and do things together again. Hiking is one of our favorite activities for we enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of nature so much.
Have a great day! Amy
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