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2015-06-23-2

2015-06-23-2

Last year I adventured out into the wilds of the Sierra Mountain range. My journey covered 240 miles over 27 days. An adventure along the John Muir Trail through the harsh sun up around 10,000 ft of elevation and through days of driving rain, wind hail and whatever else the mountains could throw at us. Before my journey began I contemplated all kinds of hat options. From the hideous drapery hiker hats, to sporty workout visors. Either they were too hideous, too floppy, didn't have enough sun protection, or otherwise didn't get the job done to my standards. I stumbled upon the Sunbody hat page after seeing a friend of mine sporting one of your hats on a bison ranch where she works in Colorado. I was immediately sold. Cowboys spend days on horseback in sun and inclement weather. Why hadn't other hikers adopted a more 'ranchero' approach when choosing hats?! My shoulders could be shaded from the sun, my eyes kept dry in the driving horizontal rain, and I could look cute too, well, as cute as one can look after not bathing for weeks, hiking 10 miles a day through the wilderness. And I am surprised to say that my hat held up magnificently. It doesn't even look like it has been through the adventures it saw over that entire month perched atop my head. And everyone had something to say about my wacky, folded up in the back, hat (a minor modification I had to make to accommodate my gigantic backpack. It became part of my persona out on the trail, and when I would take my hat off for pictures people would say "no keep it on! It's cute!". That hat saw me through the best vacation of my life and every time I see it hanging up in my closet I can't wait until I can put it back on and hit the trails again.

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