Towards the end of college, working long hours in lab and in the library, I came to the realization that I needed to spend a lot more time outside. I could not be indoors for 8 hours a day and be happy. After I graduated, I took my very first cross-country road trip west and ended up in Oregon, working outside all day everyday on an organic farm.
Nearly a decade after I came to my realization about the Great Outdoors, spending most of my time outside is still a major factor in my well-being and my decision making process. In fact, one of the things I love most about living out of the Teardrop is that I’m always outside!
Living outside is good for the soul, but bad for the skin. I have sensitive skin and hate putting sunscreen on my face. So I’ve taken to wearing a hat. I got into sun hats on the farm, but it took me a few years to find my perfect hat: an Akubra Snowy River hat. Akubra is the National hat of Australia (Aussies know hats!) and Snowy River is the style the hero Jim Craig wore in the Man From Snowy River, my all time favorite horse movie.
To read how I found my first Akubra and then lost it, check out my posts: Akubra Love and Akubra Lament. This past fall, I finally replaced my lost Akubra, with a $14 eBay steal (not bad for a $200 hat!) but it didn’t come with a feather. While I was home last week, my mom fixed that problem by giving me one of my grandfather’s hand-tied flies for the brim. Now it’s perfect! Here’s to a great hat!