ADVENTURE LAND

Elle (Canada) - - Editor's Note -

trekking through steamy jun­gles, forg­ing rivers and walk­ing along ver­tigo-in­duc­ing moun­tain ridges. That’s my idea of adventure. (Sur­viv­ing Paris Fash­ion Week also makes the list!) I’ve hiked the An­na­purna Cir­cuit in Nepal, climbed Mount Olym­pus in Greece and hiked the West Coast Trail on Van­cou­ver Is­land, but for the past six years I was ob­sessed with trekking to the Ci­u­dad Perdida, or “Lost City,” in Colom­bia. (See “Lost & Found,” page 172.) Iron­i­cally, I didn’t en­counter a sin­gle creepy-crawly crea­ture dur­ing the hike, but as I was writ­ing this note a pep­per­mint-size cin­na­mon-coloured spi­der sud­denly ap­peared be­side my com­puter. I shrieked—even jumped up from my chair. It was an un­ex­pected but timely re­minder that just be­cause you’re in the safety of your own home, it doesn’t mean the prover­bial bus won’t run you over. That “bus” is dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one. Mine just hap­pens to be a mild to se­vere case of arach­noid anx­i­ety. As the beat­nik poet Am­brose Red­moon once said: “Courage is not the ab­sence of fear but rather the judg­ment that some­thing else is more im­por­tant than fear.” For me, what’s im­por­tant is lead­ing a life em­broi­dered with mo­ments of un­ex­pected adventure—even if that in­cludes al­most step­ping on a taran­tula while hik­ing Guadalupe Peak in Texas. Although travel is at the heart of th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences for me, one of the grand­est ad­ven­tures in life for many women is moth­er­hood. That jour­ney— and all the raw fears and anx­i­eties that come with it—is bril­liantly cap­tured in three touch­ing es­says from new moms. In “A Walk to Re­mem­ber” (page 96), Laura deCarufel, our fash­ion fea­tures direc­tor, re­counts a defin­ing mo­ment when she and her son, Char­lie, took their first ten­ta­tive stroll out­side, away from the safety of their home. For Kathryn Hud­son, our fea­tures direc­tor, it was about com­ing to terms with how moth­er­hood would change her life. Her epiphany came be­fore lit­tle Os­car ar­rived, and it hap­pened in the most un­likely of places: a Ve­gas bath­room. (You’ll have to turn to “End of Days,” also on page 96, to see what hap­pened.) In “False Glow” (page 100), Olivia Stren de­scribes the phys­i­cal hur­dles—an early bleed, ges­ta­tional di­a­betes, heart mur­murs and ar­rhyth­mias—that marked her less-than-idyl­lic jour­ney to moth­er­hood. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the new moms in the ELLE Canada fam­ily and to any read­ers who have em­barked (or will be em­bark­ing) on new ad­ven­tures this year.

Noreen Flana­gan Edi­tor-in-Chief Fol­low me on Twit­ter and Instagram @noreen_flana­gan We love hear­ing from you! Please write to us at ed­i­tors@ ELLECanada. com.

READY, SET, GO! If you’re pin­ing for a lit­tle but­ter­fly-in­duc­ing es­capade, turn to page 84 and take our quiz to de­ter­mine

whether you’re a Style Trekker, an OTT War­rior or a New Gla­ma­zon. Then, dis­cover the per­fect adventure for you. (Cloth­ing, beauty essen­tials and your playlist are in­cluded.)

I have a Colom­bia crush—and two lucky read­ers will too. En­ter

to win a trip to this South Amer­i­can gem

on page 155.

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