One thing I always keep with me, on my person or in my pack, is a bandanna. They’re versatile enough to use in all sorts of ways. You can get them, or even make your own, in a big variety of prints or even solid colors.
When I’m in the barn, I cover my face to protect my lungs from hair while brushing out the horses or throwing hay. A bandanna is a must while cleaning a dusty stall or tack room. It makes a great wash cloth too, coming in handy to rinse a dirty face or cool off from the heat.
You can tame your own mane with one. Using one to cover your hair is great if you are not wearing a hat. It keeps your hair cleaner and the sun off your scalp. You can spray it with your choice of repellent to keep the pests at bay.
I’ve even used them as a lead rope (a very short one) around a horse’s neck many a time. They make great behavior-correctors for bad actors (meaning horses, although I imagine they might work for bad acting people, too.)
Bandannas: A must for time in the barn and the river bottoms
Once in awhile I have the opportunity to go 4-wheeling on the dusty back roads. They keep dust out of my nose and mouth and help lessen the impact of any bugs that might fly into me while I’m riding.
On cold breezy days they help you stay warm if you are not wearing a scarf, but that is a whole other story of another love.
I only own a handful but my sister, Angelia (femmeflashpoint of flashPress) has a collection that blows mine out of the water. Now that she’s not working in suits or scrubs, she’s gone back to her roots and these days wears one on a near daily basis.
She keeps one around her neck so she can pull it up over her head when she needs to keep her dreadlocks away from her face. They also help keep sweat from sliding into her eyes when we’re cycling or she’s on a walk or jog.
While we were gathering clean ones to use for the video below, she wanted to ensure her bandannas didn’t get mixed up with mine because many of hers were gifts from friends and family who’ve added to the collection over the years.
Going through them was fun and she showed me several which had come been gifts, mentioning which person had gifted them and for what occasion.
Below are Hugs (L) and Cinnamon (R) sporting two bandannas. They're my sister's 15-year-old teddy bears.
Something very special bandannas remind me of are the the old fashioned wave offerings I saw as a child in church.
Wave offerings are when folks wave their bandannas or handkerchiefs in the air as way to worship and offer praise to God. It was beautiful.
I don't see wave offerings as much during church services these days but if they make a comeback, I'll be happy about it.
The list goes on...
If I wrote of all the uses for a bandanna the list would be endless, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this small list I’ve compiled and considering all of the interesting ways you can put a bandanna to use.
Practical, fashionable and maybe even lifesaving is what a bandanna is. Below is a short video of bandannas blowing in the breeze. It doesn’t represent the whole of how many we have but its close and they just look very cool and calming fluttering in the wind. The garden is being prepped in between the rainy weather days. Between the garden, the barnyard, hiking and cycling, the bandannas will be getting lots use.
By the way, if you’ve never mountain biked at Harmonie State Park, the place is amazingly beautiful. You'll find single-track dirt trails there for people of all skill levels, beginner to advanced. CLICK HERE to see a couple of fun, cool and short slideshows in the flashPress Pack Rides! galleries of images taken during some of our rides there. You may even see some familiar faces in the collections.
'Til next time...
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