Hello everyone! I can’t express how thrilled I am to finally return to blogging. Over the next few months, we will be taking time to honor each of our incredible partnerships, as well as sharing a few thoughts on dog-friendly travel. Additionally, be on the lookout for shout-outs to various publications that featured our journey. Their interviews revealed extra photos and trip details not yet seen by anyone outside of the kickstarter backers!
Even now, I can hardly believe that I am able to speak about a relationship with today’s spotlight: Pendleton Woolen Mills.
Pendleton is a brand close to my heart, particularly due to their connection to National Parks. I was raised just outside of Yosemite National Park, which began an ever-deepening love for these sacred spaces. Exposure to the relationship between Pendleton and our cherished National Park Service began quite early in life, and I can hardly think of one without the acknowledging the other.
But you might understandably ask, aside from a history of loving the brand, how does a partnership with Pendleton fit into the narrative of Travels with Quigley? As mentioned before, each of the brands and publications I worked with became a part of this project through overlapping passions & goals. The correlation is linked to a briefly troubling moment in my research – the first time I ever vehemently disagreed with John Steinbeck.
One distinctive contrast to his original journey was the decision to actively visit National Parks along the way. For all of Steinbeck’s inspiring prose and keen social observations, his negative opinion regarding national parks revealed that he is, in fact, merely human and flawed. 🙂 Granted, I am not intimately aware of the state of the park system in the 60’s, but they are some of my favorite places in the world today. I could not imagine a grand road trip through the US “In search of America” that did not honor these beauties! And with that decision, I chose to reach out to Pendleton.
Not only was it an honor to simply speak with the marketing team, I was then overwhelmed with their enthusiasm. I can say with confidence that the people employed by Pendleton are as incomparable as the products they sell. Every individual that I had the pleasure of working with was kind, generous, encouraging, personable, and best of all, they understood my vision and jumped in wholeheartedly. They took my proposition and then built upon it in ways I had never imagined. While our excursions through the parks were made all the more meaningful with thoughtfully coordinated woolen goods, the people behind Pendleton were on my mind daily. Every morning, I sent well wishes as I clipped one of their delightful leashes onto the matching collar, and headed out for our first walk of the day. From the cozy bundle that Quigley & I formed under our wool blankets in the evening, sleepy thanks floated their way. Our experience with Pendleton was truly exceptional, and we will never forget how much their collaboration meant to this project. Literally, we can’t forget. These products last forever. Quigley is even snoozing on his Yakima Camp Dog Bed as I type this. 🙂
If you love gorgeous high-quality clothing and home goods, and you would love to support our National Parks, consider purchasing a few holiday gifts from Pendleton this year! Not only do they have great markdowns and holiday sales, but a portion of the proceeds is donated to the National Park Foundation.You can check out what’s going on here: https://www.pendleton-usa.com/
Additionally, consider joining me as a member of the National Parks Conservation Association. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to protect these treasures. Donate today, and your gift will be matched 100%, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.
To the entire team at Pendleton, thank you for all of your generous support. As I said during our initial contact, it is important to me that any organization I work with is one that I believe in. My partners are those that I have already personally supported in the past with my patronage, and I will continue to promote long after the project is finished. In me, you have a lifelong admirer.
Briana (and Quigley)
PS: Quigley’s adorable smile is featured on posters in Dillards. If you spot him in the wild, please do send a photo! 🙂
Parks Visited: Acadia, Badlands, Yellowstone, Olympic, Redwoods, Joshua Tree, Saguaro, Congaree, Great Smoky Mountains
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