Before our Zoom call with Rob, we asked him to bring along his favorite sweater, which is something we always ask because... we’re in the business of “favorite sweaters”.
For all of our Zoom calls, we set up our phone on a tripod right beside our trusty loom, dial in, and ask about the sweater they brought with them, exploring why it’s their favorite.
We get all types of answers like, “it’s the only sweater that fits my body”, “I love how it feels”, “it’s the right weight for layering”, “it’s simple”, “I look damn good in it”, “we’ve been through a lot together”.
The last quote above floors us, and as such is where we return back to our call with Rob…
Rob told us a story, not about a sweater, but about a hat he’s kept with him for 15 years. His story takes him back to when he and his brother sat in their kitchen catching up over a beer, reminiscing on the places they’d adventured. Thinking back, Rob pictured the Everglades in Florida, the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, Kesugi Ridge in Alaska, Yosemite in California (his favorite place to hike).
Throughout 49 states of adventures, Rob told us his hat traveled with him and became ingrained in his outdoor-loving identity… as you may have picked up on, Rob and his brother certainly did, the hat had yet to visit 1 last state to complete all 50, the Bluegrass State. They devised a plan where Rob’s brother would take the hat with him a few months later when he coincidently planned to visit Kentucky. Today, the hat has made it to all 50 states... Go Rob 🎉!