Employee Outdoor Moments


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.

 

Photo: Jody Roberts, “Night Sky”

Photo: Jody Roberts, “Night Sky”

 

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.

 

Photo: J. Barreiro, Knife Edge, Mt. Katahdin

Photo: J. Barreiro, Knife Edge, Mt. Katahdin

 

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.

 

Photo: Dan Harrelson, California AIDS Ride

Photo: Dan Harrelson, California AIDS Ride

 

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.

 

Photo: Tanya Little, Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park

Photo: Tanya Little, Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park

 

What is your most memorable outdoor moment? Share in the comments section below.




Add your comment


About You



This is the name that will be displayed publicly with your comment.
It is not necessary to use your full name.

Your email address will not be displayed publicly
with your comment


Email Updates
Exclusive sales, special offers and more
Comment guidelines
Be detailed and specific, focusing on the writer’s story.
For your privacy, please don’t include your name or personal information.
All comments are reviewed by L.L.Bean prior to publishing.
Avoid
Obscenities, critical or spiteful comments and discriminatory language.
Advertisements, “spam,” references to other products, offers or Web sites.
Email, URLs, phone numbers, addresses or other contact information.