Live Wild Magazine // Summer 2020

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LIVE WILD seeking a new normal


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0 2 Inviting Change with Open Arms

3 2 Recipes: Familiar Ingredients, Unfamiliar Creation

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Learning and Appreciating the “Normal” of Those Around U

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Looking to Nature for Answers

1 4 Flourish Where You’re Planted



2 0 We Tried It: Living Alternatively

3 8 Flow Through It: Stress-Relief Yoga for Anywhere, At Anytime

2 3 Braving the Wild: Stories of Survival in Extreme Environments

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Wildway Crew Spotlight

2 8 Establishing Routine in Foreign Places

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We like to think we’re open to change, “go with the flow” types of people. We think this, until we’re faced with circumstances that make us realize otherwise. As human beings, we naturally seek and gravitate to comfort and consistency. The thing about change is that it offers neither comfort nor consistency. It jumps out in front of our path and scares us; we didn’t see it coming, couldn’t prepare for it, and had no plan as to how it would impact our comfortable lives. At this stage you are currently in, there’s no doubt you’ve experienced change. Good or bad, happy or sad, in your favor or not; change is no stranger to any of us. Think back upon your life in times of change. Remember instances of change in which a new leaf was turned, the beginning of a new chapter was unfurling, a door was closed, a mountain unseen suddenly blocked your path. Now, recognize where you are today. In this present moment, you have air in your lungs and thoughts in your mind. In the turning moments of your story, decisions were made that led you to where you are today. We have all experienced moments of change in which we never thought we would live through. Change can be hard, but still, you are here. We are all outcomes of decisions inspired by change.

It is essential to practice open mindedness as we walk through life; an open mindedness to the things we can see: people, cultures, circumstances; and to those we cannot. Change can happen at any pace and does not always demand the same amount of attention. Sometimes, we may not even recognize change happening until its period has passed us. An air of open mindedness with mindfulness has come to be our favorite way to approach all transitions in life. It is because we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel that we must approach the tunnel with open arms. It is because we cannot control our futures that we must approach each day with open palms, allowing space for opportunities and lessons to be placed and removed. This is what it looks like to invite change with open arms. Moments in time when you tell yourself things could not get any better or worse; how could you possibly know how the dice of life will fall? Whether you choose to admit it or not, some of the best moments in life are those we could have never imagined for ourselves, those we could never have forced to come to fruition through planning and scheduling. Open your arms. Open your palms. Let the dice of life fall as they will, and accept the seasons of change as they come and go.

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with mindfulness has come to be our favorite way to approach all transitions in life





We are creatures of observation and begin learning from the moment our eyes open to take in our surroundings. Our childhoods are spent watching the actions of those around us and choosing whether or not we will follow in their footsteps. We can learn a lot from taking a step back and evaluating the ways in which others navigate change. How do those who inspire us persevere in times when they find themselves standing at the base of the mountain? A hypothetical mountain of course, meant to symbolize the trials we all face in life in one form or another.

Inevitably, when we find ourselves staring at a mountain of our very own, because rest assured we will all face hardship in our own time, how will we adapt to find a new normal? We can choose a course of action based solely on words of advice, or we can channel the admirable actions of others who discovered their new normal after overcoming a mountain of their own. Open your eyes to those around you, and before you ask for words of advice, seek such advice through the actions of others.

So much of what we experience as individuals is relative. How we perceive pain and sorrow, joy and excitement, and all the other emotions, are not often perceived the same from one person to the next. What someone experiences as painful and traumatic may be normal to another who experiences such an occurrence regularly. This is not an opportunity for comparison, to say that one has it better or worse than another. This is an opportunity to recognize how, fundamentally, human beings are capable of much more than we recognize. By observing how another rises above hardship we can hoist our spirits to believe that we too are capable of such a feat. We watch how those who come from nothing challenge their circumstances to achieve the unimaginable, just like we watch how those who seem to have it all can come crumbling down unexpectedly.

“We watch how those who come from nothing challenge their circumstances to achieve the unimaginable”






“From nature we learn more about the fundamentals of life from an unbiased perspective no human can provide”

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There’s something to be said about the sense of calm that washes over us when we step outside. So often we hear to “look within yourself”; reflect inwards for answers to problems and questions. No sooner than we pursue this method, do we realize we can’t possibly have all the answers, and we begin to ask ourselves “what’s wrong with me” and “why can’t I understand”? So we seek out answers in other places, self-help books, friends, family and the like. The problem with these sources is they’re conflicting. Oftentimes, these sources provide answers founded on opinion, and the foundation of opinion is a weak one. When seeking answers by seeking advice from others, we overlook the subtle and silent responses that lie all around us. The answers, or perhaps symbolic absence of them, hang in the air. We walk below them, step atop them, and brush past them. Nature provides us with fundamental truths that translate as answers, and even when such cannot be extracted from it, that in itself is symbolic that there are some questions we can’t possibly have the answers to. We live under the false belief that we as human beings are superior and complex; therefore, what answers could something as simple as nature have to offer our complicated and multilayered problems and questions? What many fail to realize is the intertwined connections lying within the forests, deserts, icy landscapes, and even our own backyards. So the question begs to be asked, what answers lie right outside your door?

From nature we learn of perseverance. From nature we learn the acceptance of change, or absence of, and the repercussions that follow. From nature we learn patience. From nature we learn more about the fundamentals of life from an unbiased perspective no human can provide. As experienced by plants and animals, what happens, happens and there are only two options, to succumb or to overcome. In many ways, we are as out of control of our circumstances as a plant. We learn how to be humble, as the beauty of the mountains and waterfalls and hidden streams never ask for attention, and even still attract it effortlessly. The ending and beginning of the seasons remind us that our time is limited, and with the end of one life begins another. Isn’t it comforting to be reminded in such a subtle way of our impermanence? The lesson, to live life deliberately. Time is not to be taken for granted. Many of the answers you seek are ripe for the taking in uncommon and unexpected places. As we lie on our backs beneath the shade of the trees, we become simpler. Our troubles, concerns, stresses, and uncertainties dissolve at the sight of waving branches above us that ride on a soft breeze. In these trees lie simple answers. Simple comforts that we don’t have to have all the answers, but that those we can contrive from our surroundings are enough.



• KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - check to see if the park you’re heading to is open, and if not, have a plan B.

• PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING - explore with your immediate household and wear a face mask if required. Stay home if you feel sick.

• ADVENTURE SAFELY - take it slow and be safe wherever you wander as rescue operations and emergency facilities are already strained.

• LEAVE NO TRACE - Always respect the land you love to explore by packing out the trash you bring in. Leave your environment better than you found it.





This year is “crazy.” It is. But, this “craziness” is important and going to change the world. This year, we have faced, and are currently still navigating, a global pandemic and one of the largest civil rights movements our world has ever seen. These situations have brought out the good, the bad, and the ugly within our society. They have made many question if they’re doing enough and consider thoughts, that before, had a blind eye turned towards them. Not one person desires the difficult circumstances we are facing, but we are here, and it is now time that we flourish where we are planted. Whether as a lively activist, a concerned parent, an overworked medical team member, or the thousands of other roles we have taken on to get by in the last few months, it is up to us to decide how we react and the ways we choose to pour good back into the world. It’s up to us to flourish and make the most of our circumstances by creating positive, lasting change. We can do this by educating ourselves on the global landscape of our world. It’s vital to be aware of what is going on around us. Of course, not everyone shares

the same experiences, but our eyes, ears, and hearts must be open to learning. With that, we must also be respectful and meet others where they are, with understanding minds. We did not get here overnight and aren’t going to get out of here overnight. We must also take time to acknowledge those who have suffered. In the U.S. alone, we have had more Coronavirus cases and deaths than anywhere else in the world. We, in the U.S., also rank highest in police brutality towards the black community. These are not just statistics. Real people make up these numbers, people who have families and friends who are mourning. It is not up to us to tell people to move on. It is not our job to continue to argue with those crying out for help. It is up to us to understand that people are hurting and that this hurt is going to be a catalyst for the “new normal” we will relentlessly pursue. Because if one thing is true, freedom is not freedom when it falls short. To truly flourish is to adapt to your environment. It is to roll with the punches, float with the ebb and flow of life, and create a beautiful existence with what you are given, exactly where you are supposed to be.

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it is up to us to decide how we react and the ways we choose to pour good back into the world





#VANLIFE When one way of life doesn’t feel right, pursue another. Sometimes it feels as though many people have fallen under the false belief that once you’re in the thick of life, that’s all there is. Why live a life you’re not passionate about only to feel stuck? That’s nonsense! At any point in your life, in whatever stage, you can choose differently. We found ourselves itching to explore and see the world in a different way, and thus, Van Wilder was brought into existence. Although we have shared much about our adventures, we can’t help but continue to speak of this freeing way of life we pursue. There is something unspeakably comforting to us about living simply. Having less things, in order to have more life. No material item could bring us the joy that wandering new places and meeting new faces could. We fill, or maybe intentionally place would be a better description, our tiny space with meaningful belongings. Such a tiny space has a way of making you more aware of what you own and what you’re buying simply because there is little space to put the knick knacks, trinkets, souvenirs and the like. People say they couldn’t imagine not having x, y, or z, but it’s far easier to let go than one might think. This act of letting go of unnecessary things has dissolved into other aspects of our Wildway of Life

and become somewhat of our new normal. Relationships, memories, thoughts, opinions, and so much more - if it doesn’t add value to our lives, we should intentionally seek to let it go.

Stepping beyond the boundaries of comfort is a skill we’ve been forced to practice from choosing to live alternatively. Forcing ourselves out of our shells when meeting new people so as to not feel alone, with time, progressively becomes more natural, a new normal. At times we may travel alone, but rarely have we ever felt alone with all of the quality company we meet along the way. We reflect on the times we hiked unfamiliar trails with fresh company and can’t help but think such an experience was made sweeter with the laughter and conversation of others. This new sense of connection has allowed us to understand just how essential human connection and community is to our wellbeing. Of course, we spend time recharging in solitude, but eagerly await the moments when we can feel the deep sense of oneness with others around us. At the end of the day, whatever allows you to live a more deliberate and purposeful life is worth chasing. Although this may look different from one person to the next, it’s all about respecting and appreciating the ways in which we all choose to live our wild lives.

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As we find ourselves accustomed to a comfortable way of life, we question how others could possibly live in more extreme environments. The simple fact that others adapt and thrive in conditions unimaginable to most is proof that human beings are capable of finding normalcy beyond our comfort zones; from the freezing temperatures of Alaska to the high altitudes of mountain towns in Tibet. The question is no longer a matter of if, but how?



OYMYA KON , RUS S I A - “ T HE PO LE O F CO LD ” Holding the title for the coldest inhabited place on earth is none other than Oymyakon, Russia. During the winter months, temperatures reach -58℉. Most of us can’t imagine how survival in such extreme conditions could even be possible, but the 500 inhabitants of Oymyakon are a testament otherwise. Those who call this place home have come to terms with the nature of their environment and, despite the inconceivable cold, live life like many others, pursuing active lifestyles and eating a healthy diet of fish, horsemeat, dairy, and wild berries. The town is equipped with a post office, schools, a bank, and frozen farmer’s markets.

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L A RI NC ONA DA , P E RU - A BOV E T H E CLO U D S Perched at 16,700ft lies the city of La Rinconada, home to over 50,000 people. The population saw a drastic increase when the price of gold increased by over 200%. Life in La Rinconada is a testament to the conditions people are willing to endure for the promise of sparkling fortune. Not to mention, mining for gold is a dangerous business, and much of the community has fallen victim to mercury poisoning and harsh working conditions. Miners hike up mountains to the gold mines, harvest the ore, and take it back to town to harvest. Living may not be easy, but it’s possible even high in the mountains.



DA LLOL, E T HI OP I A - UN DE R A S CO R CH ING S U N Earthquakes, volcanoes, salt canyons, and geysers can all be found in one of the hottest inhabited localities in the world. Sitting 400ft below sea level and receiving less than 200mm of rainfall each year, Dallol has been referred to as the “gateway to hell”. The locality itself is relatively abandoned; however, members of the Afar region, where Dallol is located, travel overnight to harvest salt. The Afar region of Ethiopia is home to nearly 2 million people who survive the scorching heat day after day.

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MEGHA LA YA , I N DI A - I N T HE EY E O F T H E S T O R M If you thought the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. was wet, you have yet to hear of Meghalaya state in India. Receiving roughly 465 inches of rainfall each year, this mountainous region features numerous rivers and waterfalls. Residents adapt to constant rainfall in many ways, one of which is crafting basket-like coverings made of woven bamboo and leaves to cover their heads while working in the fields. Water activities such as boating and fishing, as well as caving, are life enjoyments for the people of Meghalaya just as they are for many others. Adapting to where we are planted is not a matter of if we can survive; the people described in these extreme regions are just a few that are living proof we are capable of overcoming. With adaptation comes the establishment of routine, and where routine is present, there lies also a semblance of normalcy.






At 18 years old I hadn’t seen much of the world I knew lay beyond my own backyard. This isn’t your typical story of a small town girl pursuing big city dreams, but rather a big city girl chasing foreign ways of life as a means of understanding the people of the world, and also an excuse to consume all the gelato and pizza possible over a 3 month period. After graduating from high school, I left Texas to work as an au pair in Verona, Italy for three months over the summer. If I was going to Europe, a short vacation would not suffice. I wanted to soak in the Italian culture, see its people, experience the sweet and slow Italian way of life. So I found a way to live and travel Italy to do just that. Speaking only English and arriving with seemingly little knowledge on how to navigate foreign lands, you could say I had a lot to learn. Through it all, I never once experienced culture shock, but rather walked through each day with eyes wide open. With each passing day, a new routine, a new sense of normalcy, unconsciously developed. I soaked in the ways of life of those around me and allowed myself patience and time to leave behind old habits and learn a new way of life. I learned to navigate the train systems that would take me through humble Italian villages and large flourishing cities alike. I learned to respect time as the

Italians do; shops close at noon and reopen in the evenings, some shops close on Sundays. My new routine looked something like waking up early to walk the streets, taking in scents of fresh bread and cups of espresso being shared over intimate conversation. After a day of work I would, once again, walk the streets of Verona listening to the cheering children running the plazas with a scoop of gelato in hand (pistachio, of course). With my weekends dedicated to traveling, it was only a matter of where I chose to wander to. Hiking Italian coast of Cinque Terre through one sleepy fishing town to the next, walking among the Roman ruins, getting lost in the canals of Venice, and gazing at the many art museums and cathedrals in Florence, not to mention wandering the countless tiny Italian towns along the way. I arrived in a foreign place having a way of life separate from my own; but time, patience, and observation work wonders in helping one to adapt. Only when you wander to places unfamiliar do you realize just how many types of normalcy exist on this one planet we all call home. With each life lies a different world. Do not get so caught up in your own that you forget to experience another’s. You may just find that a newfound normalcy suits you better than one you’ve been living all your life.

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Familiar ingredients we have all heard of or tried, now used to create uncommon recipes. Many of the foods we know and love are consumed at the expense of our nutrition. Wildway doesn’t believe in sacrificing nutrition for flavor. From sweets to savory fish tacos, these recipes are a testament that even the most indulgent recipes can be turned healthy. Who said the line for finding a new normal should be drawn at the foods we eat? Certainly not us, we’re crossing it.




1/4 c. Tahini

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.

1/4 c. Applesauce, unsweetened 2. Stir in the coconut flour. 3 tbsp. Maple syrup

3. Chop up the Wildway Lemon Blueberry Snack Mix into smaller pieces, then fold into the batter.

2/3 c. Coconut flour 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 c. Wildway Grain-Free Lemon Blueberry Snack Mix

4. Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, measure and roll out the bites. Refrigerate until firm and store in the fridge to enjoy for days to come!





1 1/2 c. Wildway Grain-Free Cinnamon Roll Hot Cereal

1. Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a loaf pan with coconut oil.

1/4 c. Tapioca flour 1 tsp Baking powder 1 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 c. Apple, cubed 1 c. Applesauce, unsweetened 2 room temperature eggs 1/4 c. Maple syrup

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients: eggs, maple syrup, applesauce, and almond butter. 3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: Wildway Cinnamon Roll Hot Cereal, tapioca flour, baking powder, and remaining 1/2 tsp cinnamon. 4. Fold the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Gently fold in the chopped apples. 5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread Wildway Apple Cinnamon Granola on top. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until you can cleanly insert and remove a toothpick.

1/4 c. Almond butter 6. Allow the bread to cool before slicing, enjoy! CRUMBLE TOPPING: Wildway Grain-Free Apple Cinnamon Granola





2 Salmon fillets (wild-caught if possible)*

1. Preheat your oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with avocado oil.

1/4 c. Macadamia nuts, ground 2. Place salmon fillets on the baking sheet and brush with coconut or avocado oil. Season the fillets with salt and pepper to taste.

1/4 c. Unsweetened coconut flakes, ground 3 tbsp Wildway Grain-Free Toasted Coconut Hot Cereal 2 tbsp Coconut oil, melted Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 lemon, juiced *If your salmon fillets are thicker, around 1 1/2’’, then you will want to cook them for 5 minutes before pressing in the macadamia coconut topping.

3. In a food processor, blend the macadamia nuts and coconut flakes. In a medium dish combine the blended macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, and Wildway Toasted Coconut Hot Cereal. Pour in 2 tbsp coconut oil and stir. 4. Press the macadamia coconut mixture onto the tops of the fillets and squeeze lemon juice over the tops. Place the fillets in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until fillets reach 145F internal temperature. Allow the salmon to sit for a few minutes before serving. 5. Serve atop a salad or with tasty sides, enjoy!





Grain-free tortillas 1 lb Cod 1 c. Coconut oil 1 Egg, beaten 1/2 c. Shredded purple cabbage 1/2 c. Wildway Grain-Free Original Hot Cereal 1/2 c. Coconut flour 1 tsp Garlic powder 1/2 tsp Salt OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: avocado

1. Dice the fish into 1-inch pieces.

Ingredients: (mango salsa) 2 Mangoes, peeled and diced 1/2 c. Red onion, diced 1/4 c. Cilantro, finely chopped 1/2 jalapeno, finely diced 1/2 tsp Salt 1 lime, juiced

2. In a medium bowl, combine hot cereal, coconut flour, tapioca flour, garlic powder, salt. Keep the beaten egg in a separate small bowl. 3. In a large pan, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. While the oil is warming, dip the cod into the egg, then into the flour mixture to evenly coat. 4. Place the pieces of coated fish into the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown all around. 5. Remove the fish from the heat and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. 6. In a small bowl, combine mango salsa ingredients. 7. Plate your tortillas with the cod and salsa. Top with desired additional toppings like avocado. Enjoy!







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At many points throughout our days we are pulled in multiple directions, both outside of ourselves and within. Our attention is called by such distractions and we lose perspective by getting caught up in feelings and moments. In these times when we feel overwhelmed and outside of ourselves, we turn to movement as a way to lose ourselves restoratively. Now is time to quiet the mind of all distractions, step on your mat and, for this time, leave your troubles and concerns at the edge where the mat and the world meet. Close your eyes and shift your attention to your breath, the rise and fall of your chest, the fullness and hollowness of your belly. Imagine your thoughts in a box and with each inhale and exhale the box getting smaller and smaller as it fades into nothingness. All that is left to focus on is the breath and body. Where are you tense? Shift your attention there until you grow comfortable and the tension subsides. Once you’ve quieted the mind, allow yourself to slowly and mindfully flow through the following movement. All the while, keep your mind fixated on your breath. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat the sequence as long as you feel necessary and as you finish, carry the weightlessness you feel off the mat and into the world. You can do this, you are capable.



WILDWAY CREW SPOTLIGHT S TEP HA NI E ME RC HA N T Growing up in the Midwest, I spent a lot of summers by the lake and winters in the snow. I had a healthy appreciation for the outside world, but never really considered myself outdoorsy. Sports were also a big part of my childhood - I played volleyball and ran track, but my main focus was figure skating, and more specifically synchronized skating. A team of 20, flowing across the ice in unison to music with the most intricate of costumes and makeup. That was a big part of my life for a long time and I was so fortunate to compete not only throughout the U.S., but internationally as well with my team. We had a really great run, but as with all things, this came to an end when I graduated high school and moved on to college. I studied Biomedical Engineering for my undergraduate degree and as you can probably imagine, between the class load and my part-time job working to try and support myself throughout school, there wasn’t much time left over for myself. It was somewhere between college and beginning my career that I really lost sight of those extra hobbies and activities that gave me a sense of purpose outside of the day-to-day routines. Fast forward a few years and not a lot had changed - sure there was marriage, a couple of moves that were never very far from the last place, and a job change, but overall there was still that everyday monotony & feeling that there was more out there for us. Everything changed when my partner was contacted by a recruiter for a job out in Washington. Were we really going to pick up and

move across the country in only a few weeks time? Leave our friends and families and everything we’ve grown up with and known our whole lives? Could we even afford to make it work? We took a chance on ourselves and said it’s now or never. We didn’t want to spend our days wondering what might’ve been had we not taken the chance, so we sold most of our belongings, packed the essentials and headed west to begin our new adventure. Doing our best to acclimate to our new surroundings in Seattle, we decided to take up hiking. What better place to do that than the Pacific Northwest?! Every time we were out on a hike, my partner was busy taking photos of the beauty around us. Rather than just stand around and wait for him to finish, I figured I’d pick up a camera too! Hiking & photography became a fun hobby for both of us to enjoy, and it was a great way for us to share our new surroundings with family & friends back home. The more we explored, the more we wanted to explore and every time we crossed one place off of our list, we added at least five more. Hiking has become such an essential part of our lives and we’ve come to love (and need) our escapes out into the mountains. It’s so crazy to think that even just five years ago, I had no idea that half of these places existed, or that I would even remotely enjoy the things I love doing the most now. I guess you could call me outdoorsy.


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