KEVIN TATE: Convenient travel delivers body before mind ready to arrive | Outdoors

No one who enjoys seeing the country would care to return full time to the days of horseback and Conestoga wagon for use in getting about, but there’s little question modern transportation’s ease and velocity often bring us to our destination before our minds were ready to arrive.

I’ve enjoyed the outdoors all of my life, and my cold weather pursuits let me easily remember the days long before modern technical gear. When choices were limited to scratchy wool and hypothermia-prone cotton, when using the latter successfully depended on just the right application of a plastic poncho to keep dry,