As part of our Million Moment Mission to donate $1 million to the National Park Foundation, we’ve been able to experience amazing outdoor moments with our fans – moments like our 100th Anniversary Hometown Celebration in Freeport, a Gear Giveaway winner’s climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and photos of your outdoor adventures on Facebook. Now, here are a few of L.L.Bean employees’ most memorable outdoor moments.
Seeing a starry sky for the first time.
Janice O.: I grew up just outside New York City and never could see many stars in the night sky. I had heard about the Milky Way, but never experienced it. On my first trip to Maine, I went camping with friends on Matinicus Island. It was the first time I experienced a dark night and a sky filled with stars. I couldn’t believe how many stars were in the sky. My husband and I left the island with a plan to move to Maine.
Climbing Mt. Katahdin.
Nancy M.: Climbing Mount Katahdin was on my bucket list. So, at 57 years old, I made a plan and did it. I have to say it has been my most memorable outdoor experience to date. We left camp at 5:00 a.m. and didn’t get back until midnight. It felt like the longest day of my life, but I was really happy to be able to scratch that off my list! It was a sense of pride and accomplishment.
A 540-mile bicycle ride.
Thomas L.: I participated in the California AIDS Ride, a 540-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, along with 2,700 other riders from all over the country (and world). It was a seven-day charity ride to raise money for AIDS research and support services. I had never ridden my bike more than 30 miles before, but made it up every hill and never once got off my bike during each day’s ride. I was so honored to be part of a group that raised almost 10 million dollars for AIDS research and prevention.
Traveling cross-country for a camping trip.
Jordan W.: I was at the end of a four-week cross-country trip and found a remote campsite just outside Olympic National Park. I set up my tent about fifty feet from the high-tide mark. The beach was covered with smooth rocks and pebbles. In the middle of the night, as the tide was going out, the rocks rolling on each other created the most amazing sounds. Walking the beach in the morning and seeing all the stones gave me a completely new perspective of the ocean.
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