Saturday, March 14, 2009
It's a rite of passage in this rugged state. If you live here, especially in the country, you own a pair... bean boots. Leon Leonwood Bean, avid hunter and fisherman from Greenwood, Maine founded L.L. Bean in 1912 and developed a waterproof boot (a combination of lightweight leather uppers and rubber bottoms), that he sold to hunters. The rest, as they say, is history. Here, next to our wood stove are three generations in our family, my grandfather's(A. Gallant from PEI), mine(both the uppers and lowers have been replaced over the years, for FREE by the store) and J's (a Christmas gift last year). They are good for anything... I've even heard they've become, somewhat, a fashion item. Go figure! Lookout Heidi Klum!