So this morning as I snozed (or maybe doozed) on Drew’s porch as the first rays of light were hitting the summit of Teewinot there was a bit of activity of cars rolling in and out of the driveway heading into the rangers’ cabin area and people piling out of the various cars. In addition to the gratuitous buttoned-down, gun-toting ranger and a handful of other folks was a lean, 50-something woman who was fairly clearly leading the charge, and when she saw me she marched over to the porch, stuck out her hand, and said “Hi. I’m Sally Jewell.” To which I responded “I know!” and, at the risk of sounding too cheeky, I quickly added “we are all really excited to having you represent us in
.” She was getting out for a quick hike up to a nice lake before she had to catch a flight - hopefully to another national park! – and had gotten a good entourage of folks to join her. Washington
We chatted briefly and I told her I was in the outdoor footwear biz, and was given a good lesson in the power of perception by powerful people when – totally without looking down – said “how can you be in the footwear business with your toes that hammered!” A very good question! My mind reeled with the many western land issues that I felt like I should use the opportunity to remind her of, and I also thought I should tell her that Drew Hardesty deserves yet another medal of honor for leaving his awesome cabin to us for use for a few days, but then she was off - just as a drizzle was starting to fall – to get a good morning march done in one of “her” – our! – best national parks before blasting back to
to help defend them. Washington
Last week at the OR show I had the good fortune to also be introduced to Sally McCoy, who is the CEO of Camelbak and is of similar ilk to Sally Jewell . I think it’s fairly safe to say that these two women have been the Grande Dammes of the outdoor business, and it’s nice to meet them both and get a personal sense of their well-known integrity, intelligence, and enthusiasm and know that it’s getting appreciated on an important scale.
And of course there was yet another female luminary lurking on said excellent porch:
|Ma Diegel with one of her erstwhile handlers|
And speaking of the Tetons, here is Jason's account - with better pics than mine - of our run almost-around the Tetons of a few weeks ago: