Weathered and Well Tested, but Still in the Game

My LIG hat

Dear Bert and John,

I have had a Life is Good hat for many years now. It has been on my head almost the same amount of time. It has many holes and tears, the color is faded, and it has been with me through the best of times and the worst of times. My Life is Good hat has been wet, dry, buried, frozen, sunbaked, shot, painted, taped, on fire, kicked, stolen, rescued, muddy, lost, found, used as a Frisbee, traveled to 19 states, blew off my head at the Grand Canyon, been dragged along on eight whitewater rafting trips, countless backpacking trips, and thousands of campouts, seen better days at Put-in-Bay, helped save a beer in Lake Erie, been in my back pocket for thousands of miles riding on the bike, fielded a ground ball, been the only piece of clothing worn skinny-dipping (bear watching), was run through the dishwasher and a car wash, was run over by a semi-truck, chewed by a dog, helped scare away a snake, swatted and killed a billion flies, held all kinds of salamanders, got dropped in a Porta-John, successfully stayed on my head through a kayak roll, has a hidden four leaf clover inside, has waved many a racer across the finish line, and it makes one hell of a great sun blocker while lying in my hammock.

My LIG hat is just like me, weathered and well tested, but still in the game!


Doug Smathers

This article is excerpted and adapted from the book Life is Good by Bert and John Jacobs, published by National Geographic on September 1, 2015. Copyright © 2015 The Life is Good Company.