Friday, October 21, 2011
My first scout master, the great Larry Foree told me as a young boy about materials and had this saying. He said to remember what material does what just say "cotton is comfortable" that is why underwear and t-shirts are made of it. We want that material next to our skin. Then "polyester pushes moisture away" that is why sports and athletic clothes are made of it. The last "wool is warm when it is wet" and of course we wear wool socks because our feet stink, no because we sweat in our boots and walk in the streams. I still live by these funny little sayings and they help me pack for each camping trip. I never liked being that guy who did not dress appropriate for the outdoors. Even if it is just a day hike or watching an outdoor sporting event I bring along my layers of clothes. Now does my son do the same thing? Of course not he is a teenager and has to learn the hard way but, he is learning and is getting a better idea of how to layer his clothes and to bring the other layers in a bag to be prepared for the worst.