Diced Straw Hat

Colorado Wine Boy

Diced Straw Hat

Jacob Helleckson

During the summer, hats are essential when working outside for full days at 6300 ft. Unless you're into the "cooked lobster" look on your neck, having a full-brimmed straw hat is the way to go. While not the epitome of style and fashion, it's worth the investment. These hats usually come with a drawstring that goes around the chin for added sexiness, but I always drew the line at this level of cutting-edge fashion and cut the strap off the hat. This story is about time when that vogue chinstrap would have come in very handy. 

During the summers, it was my job to take care of mowing the vineyard. It's a beautiful job, that's very tangible when completed. Nothing feels as good as looking back on a freshly tended vineyard that looks like it was just laid out on a golf course. But wind is a real thing in Western Colorado, and while I was mowing the vineyard on a blustery late September afternoon, that wind decided to gust and catch my hat. My hat blew off conveniently slid right under the mower behind the tractor. A neat pile of straw was all that exited the back. Lesson learned: Sometimes you have to wear that chin strap!