This week, we’re tipping our hats to Emily Travis. She’s a full time seasonal firefighter in California.
“I began working as a full time seasonal firefighter in 2014 after finishing up my fire academy and EMT training. I’ve worked on an engine responding to wildland fires, structure fires, traffic accidents and medical emergencies. Summers are very long, and you often work through the months with no days off on the fires that burn in California. The job is tiring but very fulfilling and you become very close with the crew that you work with. We all work together often times through the night carrying heavy gear and hose up steam mountains with little sleep…my advice for young women getting into the fire service would be the same as for young men. Work hard, get an education, stay in shape and keep getting better. It’s a really fun job and has so many aspects that you can specialize in that really keep the job interesting you just have to see what that is.” -Emily Travis
When she’s not braving the wilderness, protecting the great state of California from the flames, she’s hard at work at Five Marys Farms in Fort Jones. It’s a beautiful spot in the Scott Valley with a population of just under 1,000 people. The area is a historical landmark, where many people carry on the traditions of the ranching community.
“Even though I didn’t grow up on a farm, I raised animals for 4-H &FFA. We bought our pigs in the spring time and had the responsibility of raising them for the show in August, then selling our animals for slaughter and figuring out our expenses versus what we sold the animal for and what we profited.
It’s a pretty common activity for kids here and it taught us a lot about hard work, the realities of life and death, where our food comes from and making an investment and seeing a return. At the time it was just normal but it really gave me a good basis of the importance of hard work.” -Emily Travis
You can also see Emily featured in this tribute to all those who make Labor Day possible.
As Stormie and Clovis got ready for the rodeo competition ahead, Stormie wore her Carhartt Crowley Jacket. This is an awesome piece of outerwear. It’s water repellent, wind resistant, and constructed so that it stretches 4 ways. Take a closer look here.
After such preparation, the Wild and Wooly team finally made it to Loveland, Colorado, where the rodeo was held. With just a enough time to squeeze in an early morning warmup, Joette and B.P. watched the sunrise from the empty outdoor arena, slowly turning laps in the brisk air.
It was such a peaceful moment between horse and rider that I felt lucky to be there. No words were spoken. It was quiet. Perhaps those were the only quiet minutes of the hectic and fun weekend. They were connecting and enjoying all that crisp morning had to offer, charging up for the competition ahead.
Joette is wearing the Carhartt Women’s Crowley Jacket.
Meet Stormie and her horse loving daughter, Riggin. Horse loving runs in the family. Stormie’s children are the 6th generation to be raised on their Colorado ranch. Each one of them has been riding since they were in utero, and as soon as Riggin could hold her head up she’s been in the saddle with Stormie.
This little one is filled with such passion for horses. Every time Riggin is taken off Clovis’ back, she’s genuinely bummed. With that passion comes a ferociously independent spirit. She walked around like the owned the joint, imitating her mother’s every move.
Stormie’s wish for her daughters is that whatever lifestyle they choose some day, that they’ll always feel at home on the back of a horse. Dare I say that many of you feel the same way?
Riggin is wearing a T-Shirt fit for any ranch girl with a hankering for horses. Take a closer look here.
After spending a week in Montana, you’re never quite the same. I just got back from a road trip across the beautiful state in search of hardest working women around. The talent I discovered and the beautiful scenery I took in blew me away.
Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Store, based out of Bozeman, was designed with the ranchers’ needs in mind. From extra large parking spots out front to the down to earth staff inside, every detail of the store invites you stick around and enjoy the shopping experience. I was able to outfit 19 women in Carhartt gear at Murdoch’s so that they’d be ready for a hard days’ work. In the weeks to come, I’ll be sharing each one of these Montanans’ stories with you.
Take a closer look at Murdoch’s and find a store near you. You can even live chat with a ranch hand for advice and tips.
In ranch life, family is everything. Just ask the ladies of Dalby Ranch in Post, Texas. Since it’s beginning in 1901, it’s been around for 5 generations. To beat the Texas heat, the girls are wearing Carhartt Force shirts. Working outdoors in southern temperatures can be pretty intense, so the moisture wicking technology and stain releasing fabrics of Force make the workday more enjoyable. We’re sure a little dirt and sweat never scared you before, but with Force on your side, it won’t even cross your mind.
Here’s a peek into dinner time at the Boswell’s ranch. I have so many fond memories of spending time with this great family. This is the exact spot where I wore Carhartt for the first time. We were going out for a late night four-wheeling adventure, and we needed something to keep us warm. Hanging out at the Boswell’s house always means it’s time to wear Carhartt. From feeding animals, to running the dogs, to horse riding in the back pasture. Is your home the kind of place that requires Carhartt?
Rachel is one of my dearest childhood friends. When we were kids, Rachel’s mom was beside herself because of all the holes Rachel ripped in her jeans while she worked and played on their ranch. Mr. Boswell let his wife know he’d take care of the problem. The next day, he came home with a pair of Carhartt double fronts for Rachel. He told her that no matter what she did, these pants could withstand anything she put them through. Rachel saw that as a challenge. Immediately, she headed outside to see if her dad was right. She tumbled and dove about trying to put at least one hole in her new double front Carhartt pants. With no such luck, Rachel began her workwear love affair with Carhartt.
I’m back in my old stomping ground this week. Nothing compares to the expanse of Texas skies. I spent some time on a ranch, and of course I had to dress the part. It was a bit chilly out, so I wore Carhartt’s country girl plaid shirt and the midweight hooded sweatshirt. The details are what really make these two items for me. I love the ruffle on the plaid shirt and the stitching on the sweatshirt. Both play off one another nicely and lend some added interest to the eye.