Hypothermia Weather

What you can’t see in this photo is the rain. It’s perfect hypothermia weather. A warm body can turn to a cold wet one without too much effort. Humans are designed to operate within a very narrow body temperature range. We have all sorts of problems if we get too hot or too cold.

Layers of clothing are recommended for Pacific Northwest winters. I like a layer of light merino wool next to my skin. This is followed by my ranger uniform. I may or not wear another layer over this. Good rain gear cuts the wind and sheds the rain. A warm hat slows heat loss from the head. Staying in motion helps the body stay warm (but avoid sweating), and high energy food gives plenty of energy. I like a hot lunch, and winter field lunches always include soup in the thermos. I just invented “Pizza Soup”, which I like enough to make again.

Dump a jar of homemade or store-bought marinara sauce into a pot. Add vegetable broth till it’s a nice soupy consistency, and heat. Steam some sliced carrots and chopped onion in a little water in a smaller pot, and add to the tomatoes. Throw in whatever pizza toppings you like. I used chopped green pepper, sliced mushrooms, some chopped black olives, minced garlic, and sliced zucchini. I squeezed an italian sausage out of its casing and dropped little bits of meat into the soup. Added oregano, basil, and black pepper. Then I put in some whole wheat penne pasta, and simmered it all together until the pasta was cooked.

The variations are endless. If you eat dairy products, a sprinkle of parmesan over the top of the bowl might be nice. What about pepperoni from the italian grocer in place of the sausage? Or rice instead of pasta? A handful of spinach right at the end?

Have fun with soup, and stay warm.

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