I first ran this post in August 2009 and again in July 2011, but I think it's worth a repeat. . . During my 2006 trip through the Sierra Nevada (at Stop 12 of the Subduction Tour, to be precise), I came upon a floppy water-resistant field hat lying on a dusty slope beside the road, looking like it had been there perhaps a few months. For no particular reason I grabbed it and tossed it in the back seat. When I came home I tossed it under a table in my office. Then one day I had a cobwebby job to do and clapped it on my head. I have grown attached to this foundling hat. It's a size 7-1/2, a good fit, and it has a sunburst drawn in ballpoint ink on the front edge of the brim.
They say that anything is possible on the Web . . . did you lose this hat? You'll have to fight me for it.
The Hat -- Geology Guide photo