MACKINAW MEMORIES: Welcome Home to Me By Jason E Ott
I grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan, 40 miles from the straits of Mackinaw. For those of you who don’t know, the U.P. is that peninsula of Michigan that looks as if it should be Wisconsin. It is a place special to itself with its own distinct culture, language, and people. Growing up there were two outdoor items I wanted. One was a Filson Mackinaw, the other a Marble’s knife. The men who I looked up too had these items, they still do. As my family wasn’t in the economic position to have these things, I had to wait.
I purchased my first Filson item shortly after college, a belt. Fifty dollars was a lot to spend on a belt, but ten years later it’s still in use. After a few years, I had acquired a few Filson items, but wasn’t able to afford a Mackinaw yet. Then I was deployed. Anyone who has deployed with the military can tell you, you are really either super busy or not at all. During those slow times we would all dream about life back home. We would look at pictures, tell stories, and dream. I would look at the Mackinaw in the catalog, and dream of wearing it once I was home.
Once back, I made the purchase. My Mackinaw has been on moose hunts in my adoptive state of Alaska. It has been worn over shirt and tie to the symphony. It has crossed the straits of Mackinaw while I was home visiting family. When I wear it, it reminds me of where I come from and what I’ve been through. And being a Filson Mackinaw, I know that it will see the rest of the adventures to come.
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