Who is Linda Åkeson McGurk?

I’m a writer and author who grew up in Sweden, approximately on the same latitude as the Gulf of Alaska but I’ve spent 15 years of my adult life in the US. Since my first daughter was born in 2008, I’ve also spent a large chunk of my time advocating for outdoor play and connecting children with nature.

Most people probably know me as the author of There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather and The Open-Air Life or as the founder of the blog Rain or Shine Mamma. Both the blog and the books are passion projects born out of my desire to get more kids (and adults!) outside and have engaged hundreds of thousands of parents, educators and outdoor enthusiasts all over the world.  

When I’m not working on a new book or speaking about friluftsliv, you can usually find me sauntering around the woods near my home in rural southwest Sweden, where I with my husband, two daughters and two bonus daughters.

Honestly, though, I’m not here to talk about me, but about my mission to get more kids to play outside and more adults to embrace a sustainable lifestyle. If you too think that the best childhood memories are created outside, while jumping in puddles, digging in dirt, catching bugs and climbing trees, you’re in the right place. If you’re searching for inspiration to lead a simpler, slower life, connected with the land, your community and your ancestors, you’ll be able to find it here as well. And if you’re ready to come home to nature and live an open-air life, I can help show you how.

My motto

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.

- Scandinavian proverb

10 random facts about me

    1. I’d rather go for a walk in the woods than attend a big party
    2. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 8 years old and recently became a vegan
    3. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking and downhill skiing
    4. For a country girl, I’m surprisingly good at parallel parking
    5. I never learned to drink coffee
    6. My latest outdoor passion is foraging for mushrooms 
    7. I once went an entire year without buying any new clothes 
    8. My first summer job was running a rabbit hotel in my backyard 
    9. I always keep a secret stash of chocolate in my nightstand (don’t tell the kids…)
    10. My favorite place to hike is Swedish Lapland

The Open-Air Web Shop

In my web shop, you can buy signed copies of my book and find a selection of recommended books, gear and other resources that can help you and your family spend more time outside.