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Happy Birthday to Badlands National Park

IMG_6726South Dakota’s Badlands were authorized as a National Monument in 1929, officially established in 1939 and designated as a National Park on November 10, 1978. Badlands National Park is home to haunting natural beauty and some of the richest fossil beds in North America.


The name “Badlands” comes from the Lakota, who moved into the western plains during the late 18th century. They called the area Mako Sica, which translates as “eroded land” or “bad land.” As they traveled and hunted, the Lakota found the White River Badlands fossil beds and correctly surmised that the area had been underwater. They believed the skeletons belonged to a great sea beast called Unktegila. The ghost dances of the Lakota, led by the visionary Wovoka, were held in the remote tablelands of the Badlands.


History echoes in the spires and peaks of the eroded rock formations, across the prairies, and in the secluded valleys where Native American tribes have been hunting and living for 11,000 years.


Settlers and homesteaders arrived in the 20th century, but struggled to find a foothold in such arid conditions. The Dust Bowl wiped out most of the area’s farming, and plagues of grasshoppers took care of the rest. Abandoned sod houses dotted the area until the wind and weather took them down. Today, the area supports wheat farming.


Badlands National Park is a designated wilderness preserve. Here, you can experience the largest protected mixed-grasses prairie in the US. You can see mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep and coyotes. Look a little closer to the ground, and you will see black-tailed prairie dogs. You might even catch a glimpse of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America. And of course, you’ll see the American Land Bison, or buffalo.


The Badlands are an “avian crossroad,” a habitat for both eastern and western birds. The cliffs make excellent hunting grounds for golden eagles and prairie falcons. Cliff swallows and rock pigeons nest in the countless hollows. It is a birder’s paradise, but explore this park with caution; the country is hard to travel, with sharp rocks, yielding substrate, and very little water.


Sunset here is particularly beautiful. Enjoy it among the formations, as the setting sun catches the pinnacles, casting dramatic shadows.


Or settle onto the prairie, and enjoy the sounds of South Dakota; the wind in the grass and the evening birdsong.


Photography by Emmanuel Beltran: @stick_e

Shop Pendleton Badlands National Park: SHOP

Heading North with Pendleton and Canada Goose

There are times when the images tell the story best.  Canada Goose, Canada’s company for luxury down accessories, has joined us for a collaboration born of mutual respect for heritage, luxury and style. Each piece is crafted with 100% virgin wool from our Northwest mills.


Above: Down-Filled Hooded Scarf 

cap_web_pendleton_canada_gooseAbove: Down Ball Cap

Scarf_web_pendleton_canada_goose Above: Down-filled Scarf


Above: Down-Filled Blanket with Carrier

Images of Lisa Dengler, Photograph by Marcel Floruss

Available at SHOP

Tanner Goods and Pendleton: A Match Made in Oregon

Today’s post is brought to you by Tanner Goods, an Oregon company that specializes in fine leather goods (and more). We are proud to collaborate with them, and to share their enthusiasm for our first collaboration. Read on!


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Volunteer Profile: Jim and Ellie Burbank for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Our National Parks are protected and enriched by a small army of volunteers whose time, enthusiasm and energy are put to use in so many ways. Over the next year, we would like to recognize the efforts of some of the people who help protect America’s Treasures. Today, we’re going to start with Jim and Ellie Burbank. The words below come from Lauren Gass, Special Projects Director for the Great Smoky Mountains Park.


Jim and Ellie Burbank give selflessly of their time on a weekly basis to enhance and improve Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Residents of the great state of Tennessee, they embody the volunteer spirit.  They are former operators of the Snowbird Inn in Robbinsville, NC.  Ellie is a world-class chef and baker and Jim is a retired biologist with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Both are weekly hikers who thrill at any chance to introduce their friends and family members from across the U.S. and around the world to the wonders and beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Jim is a key member of the Volunteers-in-Parks program, and the Friends of the Smokies Tennessee office just would not function very well without Ellie’s help.

Jim actually goes out and meets strangers and tells them about the national park in his work as a weekly educational interpretive volunteer in Cades Cove, and he meets plenty of them with 2.5 million people visiting this beloved valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year.  He also leads monthly full moon walks in the Cove for campers and families to experience the quietude of this mountain treasure at night.  Jim also leads wildflower walks for other nonprofit organizations including Friends of the Smokies, and has helped countless hundreds of hikers differentiate between a yellow trillium and a trout lily.

Ellie acknowledges all of the contributions made to Friends of the Smokies, which involves keeping the organization’s donor records up-to-date and accurate, printing tens of thousands of acknowledgment letters each year, and she does it all in two days each week.  She has volunteered with Friends for more than 14 years, and is the equivalent of another part-time staff member. Jim and Ellie dedicate substantial amounts of time to impart their love of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to others, and they take their volunteer work very seriously.  They are extremely knowledgeable about the Park and its needs.

The Great Smoky Mountains national Park hosts over 9,000,000 visitors each year. Yes, you read that correctly–Nine. Million. Visitors. As the most-visited park in the United States, it needs the help of people like the Burbanks. We thank them sincerely for their generosity and commitment.


Learn more about helping to support our National Parks here.

Buffalo and the National Parks: Pendleton’s New Buffalo Wilderness Blanket

BuffaloBlanketIn 2016, we will honor the centennial of our National Park Service. We will celebrate our National Parks, along with the employees and volunteers who work to hold the Parks in trust for generations to come. An important part of that trust includes preserving and managing each Park’s wildlife. The National Parks have played a key role in the preservation of the American bison, commonly known as the buffalo.

In the 16th century, North America was home to 25 to 30 million bison, making the American Plains Bison the most abundant single species of large mammal on Earth. The Plains Bison is a “keystone species.”  The trampling and grazing of these thundering herds actually shaped the ecology of America’s Great Plains. A bison can weigh over 2,500 pounds,  jump six feet vertically, and run 40 miles per hour when alarmed. This is an impressive animal.

The bison played a crucial part in the lives of Nomadic Native American peoples. One bison could provide 200 to 400 pounds of meat, as well as hides, robes, and sinew for bows. Hunting was accomplished on foot and on horseback through herded stampedes over buffalo jumps. For an accurate and detailed account of Native American hunting methods, along with art and photography, see this blog post at Hunters thanked the animals with rituals and prayers for the gift of their lives. The Natives, the herds and the habitat thrived.

Two hundred years later, the bison was hunted nearly to extinction.  Decimating factors included loss of habitat due to farming and ranching, and industrial-scale hunting by non-Natives.  The systematic destruction of the herds was promoted by the U.S. Army in order to strike an irrevocable blow to the way of life of the Plains Nations. The loss of the buffalo was an economic, cultural, and religious tragedy for the original inhabitants of North America. It was also a great loss to the natural ecology of the Great Plains.

Somehow, tiny “relict” herds survived. A few ranchers attempted restoration of the herds through private ventures in the late 1800s. Samuel Walking Coyote (Pen d’Oreille) started a small herd with seven orphaned calves he found west of the Rocky Mountain Divide. Another herd was formed from this initial group, and in the early 1900s, small herds were sent from this second herd to Canada’s Elk Island National Park, and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Left to graze in protected wilderness and park areas, the buffalo began to rebound. The Yellowstone Park Bison Herd formed naturally from a 23 bison that remained in the park after the massive slaughter at the end of the 19th century. This is the only continuously surviving herd in the Americas, and the largest at over 4,000 head. There are preservation efforts in many wilderness areas and National Parks, in part due to the beneficial effects of bison on regional ecology. Unlike domestic cattle, bison herds cultivate rather than deplete the native grasses through grazing.

Because of the close relationship between our national wilderness areas and the American bison, Pendleton commemorates this impressive land mammal as part of the Pendleton National Parks Collection. Our newest buffalo blanket, “Buffalo Wilderness” celebrates the resilience of a magnificent animal and its role in shaping the Great Plains.


The Buffalo Wilderness design recalls a time when millions of buffalo roamed grassy plains from Oregon to the Great Lakes, from Canada to Mexico. Today our National Parks protect the wilderness, and the buffalo herds can roam free. One of the largest herds (more than 4,000) of free-ranging wild buffalo lives in and around Yellowstone National Park. It is thought to be the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times. You can also see herds in Badlands, Grand Teton, Theodore Roosevelt and Wind Cave National Parks.

You can get more information on the blanket here. And remember, the purchase of items from our National Park Collection helps support the National Park Foundation. More information here.



Shop Pendleton with LIKE2BUY on Instagram for #INSTAGRATIFICATION


Our Instagram captures #pendletonstyle moments on the beach, the mountainside, or the sofa. Whether it’s you or your favortie furry friend enjoying our products, we love to see our stuff on real people in real time.

Now, with our new Like2Buy gallery, you can find out exactly what you’re coveting. If you want to buy it, it’s so simple, but if you just want information, it’s only a tap away.


You can shop for blankets, menswear and womenswear with the gallery. So follow us on Instagram and join the fun.

Happy Earth Day with Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool®: Sustainable, Beautiful, Responsible

EcoBeauty There are many, many products out there claiming to be green. From the sheep to the shelf, Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool® passes strict standards of sustainability and stewardship, verified and certified. This means that if you were to take a Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool® blanket and bury it, it would leave the earth better, not worse, for the addition. That’s a nice way to explain it, but we make blankets for you to use, not to bury. Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool® products are designed to be delightful to touch, easy to care for and beautifully colored. And they are woven in the USA of 100% virgin wool.

Let’s start with our new Spring throws. These are all about the fun. These fringed throws come with a leather carrier, making this the perfect take-along blanket for your trips, picnics, hikes or sporting events. Best of all, they’re washable, so if your fun involves spills, sloshes, crumbs or mud, you’re covered. Just put it in the washing machine, even though it’s 100% virgin wool. We have two colorations of our classic Surf Plaid, and our new WoolDenim which looks like ring-spun denim, front and back. FringedThrowswLeatherCarrier Also new for Spring, we have washable fringed throws in the beautiful ombre plaids you think of when you think of Pendleton.


Be sure to check out the classic colors, too. Blocks, checks, plaids; these are just begging to be thrown over the arm of your sofa.

Our throws coordinate coordinate back to our Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool® bed blankets. Here are the solids and heathers. All Wool is a perfect choice for top-of-bed. There is a subtlety to the texture, nothing shiny or artificial about it, and the colors will remain true forever. Check out the bed blankets in stripes and plaids. There are accent pillows, fabric by-the-yard, window panels and more available in Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool®.  Go warm with with traditional plaids, rustic with stripes and heathers, or keep it contemporary with checks. We have you and your bed totally covered. Blake Lively agrees! blake-lively-vogue-cover-august-2014-03_170247646998 So give us a  visit  and see all our colorful ways to be green.

#pendletonpups on Instagram: Connie the Corgie needs his own post.

Connie the Corgi is a blue-eyed charmer with his own Instagram account.

Good morning Instagram! What are you all up to this weekend?

A photo posted by Connie the Corgi (@conniethecorgi) on


He has a true love of Pendleton.

Saturday mornings with Connie. He always wakes me up nice and early.

A photo posted by Connie the Corgi (@conniethecorgi) on


He is a playful fellow.

Happy Movember! 😛 This is my entry to @ichaity and @pitterpatterfurryfeet's Movember contest #Movember2014Contest.

A photo posted by Connie the Corgi (@conniethecorgi) on


And quite well-dressed in his flannel plaid.

On Fridays we wear flannel. #flannelfriday

A photo posted by Connie the Corgi (@conniethecorgi) on


When he is worn out, he appears to appreciate relaxing on Pendleton’s Made in the USA wool blankets.

Enough photos, it's time for bed. Goodnight everyone! 💤

A photo posted by Connie the Corgi (@conniethecorgi) on


Especially if Dad is around.

Thanksgiving, part two. #after @conniethecorgi #pendleton #YakimaCampBlanket #pendledog #pendletonblankets #madeinUSA

A photo posted by Pendleton Woolen Mills (@pendletonwm) on


We think Connie looks like he’s a lot of fun.

Leaving this li'l guy in the morning on work days is the pits. Thank goodness it's Friday!

A photo posted by Connie the Corgi (@conniethecorgi) on


Connie, thanks for your brand support. And go fetch that ball.

"What do you MEAN we can't play fetch in bed?"🎾

A photo posted by Connie the Corgi (@conniethecorgi) on



The Turnabout: Pendleton’s Reversible Skirt for 2013

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 “Give it a whirl….it’s Reversible! It’s the Turnabout, with a gay way of whirling when you walk.”  Pendleton’s Turnabout debuted in 1953, and along with the poodle skirt, it was THE skirt craze of the 1950s. Every teenaged girl coveted one. Our customers have shared their stories with remarks like, “None of the others on the block ever forgave my parents for buying me my reversible skirt, because after that, ALL the girls had to have one.” But parents didn’t do all the buying. Summer jobs, babysitting money, berry picking; you did what you had to, to have a Pendleton Turnabout. Perhaps no other garment in fashion history has inspired so much teenage industry.

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The Rogues on the Rogue: The Adventure that Almost Wasn’t.

Our friend Greg Hatten of the fantastic adventures in wooden drift boats sends this:

This particular Rogue River adventure will be known as the trip that “almost wasn’t”. Even before the trip permit date of Oct 9th, we were threatened with a closed river due to fire and smoke in August and then again in September due to high water after a three day record rainfall.  None of us could’ve predicted the most serious obstacle of the Government “shutdown” on Oct 1st resulting in the cancellation of our trip permit through the Wild and Scenic Section.

Didn’t stop us. We had a fantastic trip with a record number of fish being caught, bears being spotted, rapids run backwards, and fantastic food consumed.  It was another special adventure.

Here’s the video.


The days were low 60’s and the nights were mid 30’s and I stayed warm in canvas and wool. Last year I spent over two months sleeping outdoors in a cowboy bedroll and a Pendleton National Park blanket.


Thanks, Pendleton team – you guys make great products that are an authentic part of every adventures we take.

Greg Hatten


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