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Parks and Recreation

Pendleton Blanket

Around May, the great outdoors start to look pretty good. So in honor of afternoons spent in the wild, Pendleton’s unveiled a line of wool blankets branded to national parks.

It’s the wilderness equivalent of a J.Press scarf, sending coded messages to anyone wonky enough to be up on these things and maintaining a grizzled obscurity towards everyone else. And if you happen to have a favorite (thanks to a youthful evening in an Acadia lighthouse, for example), it’s a pretty good way to represent.

Granted we’re more likely to hang one over the back of a couch than haul it into a tent—but it’s good to know it’s there.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid


It looks like Billy the Kid is up for a belated pardon from New Mexico, but it’s being held up by the descendents of Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed him. It’s a rehashing of one of the great showdowns of the west—a shopkeep-turned-sheriff hunting down an old friend as the West turned slowly into civilization. It’s also the basis for one of the best Westerns ever made, Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, which is as good a place to pick up the backstory as any. For what it’s worth, we’re not sure the Kid needs a pardon.