bikerideLSummer travels – what adventures await you?
I recently unplugged for two days engaging in a mandatory migration after an incidental finding.

Mandatory migration – the process or act of migrating,
to shift, as from one system, mode of operation, to another.

Incidental finding  – previously undiagnosed medical conditions that are discovered unintentionally and are unrelated to the current medical condition for which tests are being performed.

Yikes – put those two definitions together and you come up with WTF, get me the hell out of Dodge. So that’s what I did!

In a matter of 4 hours my daughter and I had travelled north two states ending up in Kennebunkport – for those non New Englanders, that is coastal Maine, home of lobsters and Bush’s (George & Barbara that is).

Which brings me back to summer travels – what adventure awaits you and do you have the necessary ‘shell’ (for me, aka bravery) to be well prepared?

Let’s talk stylish jackets for summer adventures – shells, safari jackets, parkas, field jackets, windbreakers and so on. Always a necessary packable, seldom one well thought out in advance. Here’s the 24-hour journey and my recommended shopping list for your upcoming summer adventures. I show specifics but in reality, it is okay just to grasp the categories and put them on your radar screen for those daily discounts that pop up in your email!

Our first stop, hiking through the Wells Preserve and a stroll on the beach.
Weather report = partly cloudy, chance of sprinkles. Lightweight parka recommended, hood preferred.

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 10.32.32 PMGunmetal hardware accents the richly colored hue of a jacket crafted from cotton canvas twill. Other features include a hood with drawstring ties, wind-blocking stand collar, back storm flap and abundant pocket space.
By Hinge

Our second stop, harbor strolling, lunching and sightseeing through beautiful Kennebunkport.
Weather report = sun breaking through, 62 degrees and windy. Recommended attire, a breathable utility jacket, casual enough to be wrapped around my waist in case of a lunch-latte-hot-flash.

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A casual utility jacket crafted from a lightweight linen blend is styled with a drawstring hood and snap-tab rolled sleeves. An interior drawstring waist cinches the easy silhouette.
By Caslon

Third stop, we checked into a fabulous Inn on the ocean, ditched the bags and hopped on cruiser bikes with fat tires and ghost brakes.
Weather report – wildly windy with whipping sand and looming black clouds! You got it – a windbreaker with a longer back so it can add a bit of cushioning to those hard bicycle seats.

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Don’t let the lightweight construction fool you—this hooded raincoat provides heavy-duty elemental protection. In addition to the voluminous hood, the coat is equipped with brushed-tricot trims and seam-sealed zippers to keep you nice and dry all day long. Throw in a water-resistant exterior, and you’ve got yourself a summer showers essential.
By Vineyard Vines

Late afternoon agenda – watermelon martini’s on the veranda.
Weather report = setting sun, warm breeze and a lighting show on the other side of the Bay. Time to snuggle into a field jacket, a big comfy yellow deck chair and sip martinis – plural that is.

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Heritage military field jackets inspire this anorak designed for year-round elemental protection. The exterior is medium-weight twill engineered to be both wind- and water-resistant, while soft jersey lines the interior for daylong warmth and comfort. Other key features include a removable hood, roomy flap pockets for secure storage and internal draw cords for an adjustable fit.
By Madewell

An early morning run on the beach followed up a good nights sleep.
Weather report = morning fog clearing to bright skies and temps in the 70’s. Recommended attire – jungle print lightweight anorak.

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A colorful urban-meets-jungle print updates the traditional styling of this lightweight, city-chic anorak that keeps the wind and rain at bay with its hood, half-zip placket, banded cuffs and draw-cord hem.
By Adidas

Afternoon whale watch, why not.
It was time to stop looking at the water and get ON the water.
Weather report = ocean weather, whatever that might bring! Memories of being under the Niagara Falls came to mind, so the recommended attire is yellow and water resistant!

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An abstract print lends contemporary streetwise polish to a lightweight, water-resistant jacket featuring an attached hood; internal draw-cord system and elasticized cuffs to further keep the rain at bay.
By The North Face

Whatever life throws you health-wise or weather-wise, be ready for the trip! Most importantly remember when life brings you lemons, make lemonade; even if it is just a temporary fix, it’s beautiful medicine!

I raise a watermelon martini to your health and your summer adventures!

And if you would like me to speak to your group – link here to download my Speaker Sheet! I look forward to seeing you in the audience or on the bike trail!

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