February 12, 2013

Fixing the Fences

Fixing the fences isn't the way I'd planned to spend my Saturday afternoon but, I got the call. To be a matter of fact, I've never done any actual "fixing" so I suppose I should call it "walking the fences". I guess I like to refer to it otherwise because it makes me sound more handy when people ask my plans for the day, perhaps more manly.

I've come to know our neighbor quite well. He's an old-time farmer soon to turn 80 and not much for cold weather without pressing need. He offered months back to pay me for checking on his extensive farmland throughout winter (while the cattle are kept near the head of the pasture) but we outright refused. It's the neighborly deed and I accept any excuse to be outdoors.

Essentially the task at hand is ensuring the miles of fencing are still intact. Should high winds knock over a dead tree and it land on the wire - my neighborly duty is to help chop up the tree and mend the fence. With a couple feet of fresh snow expected, I thought it a perfect day to bring out my Stormy Kromer Mackinaw coat. A quality wool jacket that stands warm against wind and weather is welcome on any winter day.

An old trail led to the first back field. Its heavy tree cover protected us from the thick snow. The snowfall picked up significantly as we entered the open pasture. Casco led us faithfully throughout the day, breaking trail from field to field.
Pausing before testing out a new Stormy Kromer Mackinaw coat.
The Kromer offers a unique twist on the popular red and black check pattern. I would suggest the striping offers something fresh, but it's been American made since 1903.
Man's best friend - always close at hand.
Large buttons are easily accessibly with gloved hands. The thick jacket provides amazing warmth out in the Maine winter and a true heritage appeal that every outdoorsman craves.
Trail mate
Hand warming pockets.
Fresh powder.
Fence posts made from the land.
Mad Bomber keeping the ears warm.
Visibility lessens to less than 3/10 of a mile as the far side of the field disappears.
Wool has always been my favorite for any activity that brings you to the field. Simply the best option for maintaining body warmth and tough enough to handle rough daily use.
Heading for home.
Visit Stormy Kromer to choose size and color options.
26oz. of virgin-wool warmth await.


SLL said...

What type of gloves are those? How did they handle the snow/cold? I have been looking to get a pair of fingerless for spring fishing.

Rhon Bell said...

I got these for Christmas - they are LLBean ragg wool gloves. Work great. It was real cold out this day but a long as you have warm wool pockets to warm up the tips of your fingers - you'll be fine.

Hardtack Outfitter said...

Wonder how that compares to the Filson Mackinaw?

Rhon Bell said...

Great question. I haven't had the opportunity to try the Filson Mackinaw out. However, so far Im very happy this coat. Has nice features and nice and heavy for winter.


Anonymous said...

The cap and coat are a great combo. Is the hat all that warm? Which one is it?