Before this summer, Sunny Millett and Ben Sandy were being driven by lots of things. Career ambitions. Growing responsibilities. The desire to stay in their home state of Maine.
In June, they started doing the driving. Sunny and Ben are our two new Bootmobile drivers, a job that includes so much more than hitting the road. We chatted with them about their uniquely exciting new gig.
What made you want to be a Bootmobile driver?
Sunny: I’m a Maine girl at heart. When I was little, every Easter we’d come down to the Freeport store. Me and my sister, we’d each get one thing. So when I saw the posting, it just seemed like such a fun way to spend the summer.
Ben: I follow the Bootmobile Instagram page and I saw the posting. It was a chance to work in a field where I get to talk about the outdoors, and engage with people about the outdoors. There was no reason I could think of to pass it up.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Sunny: I enjoy hearing people’s stories about L.L.Bean. “Every time we go up to Bar Harbor we make sure to stop in Freeport,” things like that. Growing up here, it’s nice to hear people from out of state who enjoy it so much.
Ben: Every time I drive down the road, people are happy to see me. I make money to drive in a parade and make thousands of people happy. I think it’s so cool.
What’s it like to drive that thing?
Sunny: Honestly, I was nervous about it. But it drives just like a truck!
Ben: It drives phenomenally. Goes down the road so well.
What do you like to do when you’re not driving for hundreds of miles in a giant piece of footwear?
Sunny: I’ve skied and snowboarded my whole life. I kayak too. When I graduated from college I came back with an L.L.Bean kayak and roof rack on my car.
Ben: I love to hunt and fish. In the wintertime, you’ll find me on a frozen body of water, fishing for pike.