Bean Boots
November 24, 2009, 9:53 am
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Its been pretty wet these past few weeks and anytime I step into the mud pit which is our backyard I have found myself wearing these boots. They are known at the Maine Hunting Shoes, duck boots, or Bean boots, whatever you call them they are rugged and do a damn good job of keeping your feet dry. Here are some images pulled from the L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors.

Variations on a theme.

These are some older advertisements for the shoe from 1922. Click for larger.

Homespun Weather Forecasting

I recently picked up an old copy of the L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors. The book has some beautiful illustrations, along with lots of great know-how on the “great outdoors.” There is a section however on how to predict the weather when out in the backcountry which recalls many of the old sayings that seamen used to predict the future forecast…I think I am going to start using these instead of weather.com

Mackerel scales and mares’ tails

Make lofty ships carry low sails

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Red Sky at morning, sailors take warning;

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.

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“It stands to reason that men who live close to the weather understand it best – seamen, farmers, trappers and loggers, whose work is subject to its whims. Long before the advent of government forecasting services, it was they who observed the natural signs – and they who composed some of the early weather rhymes which, while not infallible , are remarkable accurate.”

– Bill Riviere, The LL Bean Guide to the Outdoors

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A warm front moving over a land mass

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An approaching cold front