Cover: Kim Hull, The Alpes, France
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull
In one of those end-of-the-year moments spent browsing through photos from the last year, it occurred to me how often we had on a WoolX garment in the shot. Across the world over four seasons, we donned our WoolX through all temperatures and conditions. It was another 100+ nights on the road in 2015 and WoolX was always in our bags because it travels well, is comfortable, can be hand washed in a hotel sink, and it looks really good.
A visual recap of our year in WoolX
Hiking at Lake Tahoe
This section of the Tahoe Rim Trail is such a beautiful hike! The trailhead is off of Mount Rose highway, and 5 miles out on the trail is the perfect spot for lunch overlooking the lake. It is simply gorgeous.
We love WoolX for hiking since it breathes well and can be layered. On this day, we layered a long-sleeved mid-weight top over a lightweight short-sleeved top that kept us warm in the chilly morning, then cool when the day started to heat up.
We headed to Europe in June to roam around before the Tour de France. Our first stop was Rome – such a wonderful, historic city. I’d read on the Vatican website that the Pope would be leaving in the early hours for a flight on one of the days while we were in Rome, so we hiked a few miles across Rome in the wee hours of the morning only to find his trip was canceled.
The reward for our early rise hike was pretty amazing – watching the sun rise over an empty St. Peter’s Square on a Sunday morning. After Rome, we hit Milan, Venice, Vienna, Zurich, Paris and then, it was time to get to work in Utrecht.
Le Tour de France
The 2015 Tour de France began in Utrecht and traveled through Belgium for two stages, before entering France. The Tour is 21 stages and two rest days, with most days beginning in one location and ending in another. It is exhausting, a ton of work and truly spectacular. I documented our coverage and what being at the Tour de France is like in “A Day Covering the Tour de France.”
The temperatures ranged from shivering cold to extremely hot – and France can be brutally humid. With one roller bag each and access to a washing machine only once during the entire month it was WoolX to the rescue. When you change hotels every night, there’s only a little time for drying – the good news, WoolX dries in a couple of hours. Simply wash, hang to dry and it looks perfect.
Fortunately, we did have a couple of rest days on a few stops along the Tour that allowed for a bit of exploring, such as…
A stay on a gorgeous horse ranch in northern France.
Some relaxation time in Cannes, France.
A bit of hiking in the Alpes.
Santa Anita Park
In October, we headed to New Mexico and southern California where we spent a day at the historic and beautiful Santa Anita race track.
Home to both 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, and the horse the world fell in love with, Seabiscuit, our day at Santa Anita Park was a blast – and the views of the San Gabriel Mountains were amazing – especially from the roof above the press box!
Hiking Lake Tahoe
Returning to Tahoe, we hit the trail again for a hike at one of the prettiest places you can find to hike on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe at Eagle Falls above Emerald Bay. It was Halloween and it turned out that would be the final hike of the fall as El Niño rolled in during November and the snow began to fall.
Skiing Lake Tahoe
Finally, a ski season where it snowed early and often! Mt Rose opened on November 11 and we were on the hill for some sun, snow, and skiing!
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
As the snow continued to pile up, we headed to the Caribbean for a few weeks of island hopping, sailing, resort shoots and even some horseback riding and swimming in Bonaire.
Skiing Lake Tahoe
Then, it was back to Tahoe for one of the best winters of skiing in memory. The snow continues to fall and we are making our way around nine of the fabulous Lake Tahoe ski resorts – and wearing our WoolX base layers as we go.
It’s been almost a year since we became WoolX Brand Ambassadors because we loved their soft, comfortable products and, looking back at the past year, we can add high-performing to the list as well. Here’s to a fabulous 2016 and all it will bring!
Disclosure & disclaimer: As 2015 Brand Ambassadors for WoolX, we received product samples for evaluation. The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.