Archive for August, 2012

AuOutdoor Retailer Displaygust 2-5, 2012 marked the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was my second year attending. I attended as a buyer with my colleague Tom, to meet with existing partners and mingle with new potential partners. It was awesome to visit the booths of my favorite outdoor brands, including Brooks (best running gear!) and Patagonia (best ski jackets!). One of our partners had a booth that included Geocaching gear.

This year we stayed in beautiful Park City rather than downtown Salt Lake City. With my background in ski instructing, I found Park City to be a much better fit as a place to stay rather than SLC. I’ll have to find an excuse to go in the winter, next!


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Fat Cork

Are you familiar with Fat Cork? It’s a new and very cool online Champagne retailer based in Seattle. Fat Cork offers rare (and tasty!) grower’s selection Champagnes. And, there’s a subscription style club, “FC Club”, in which you can receive regular shipments of Champagne.

I was fortunate to visit their rustic-chic warehouse in Seattle, and got to enjoy a Champagne tasting with several friends. Of course, we walked away with several bottles at the end of the evening.

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In August, we pulled out the road bikes and made a trip from Seattle to Woodinville. This is one of my favorite rides. It is a day trip, not a short bike ride, but it can be completed almost entirely on flat trails (yes!). The Burke Gilman Trail eventually connects to the Sammamish River Trail and makes a nice bike route to Woodinville.

Once in Woodinville, there are a variety of options for brunch or lunch – depending on what time you arrive. Redhook Brewery doesn’t open as early as Barking Frog, if you arrive in the morning. We enjoyed Barking Frog for lunch on this trip, and then spent time relaxing at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, where there are lovely grounds and plenty of wines to taste.

I’ve biked this route many times, and if you only do one summer ride, it’s a good one! Plenty of rewards at the destination!


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This summer, I decided to take up the sport of rowing. I took several classes from Lake Washington Rowing Club (located on Lake Union). The crew house is next to my office, so it’s an easy option to take classes either before or after work.

The summer morning classes were incredibly beautiful. The clam water and sunny morning skies were enough to make anyone feel at peace. Some days I felt as though sitting in the boat, surrounded by such beautiful scenery, was all I needed – who needs to row, when it’s so lovely to just be there? On some mornings, there would be friendly pet dogs in the crew house, waiting for their owners to finish rowing – and eagerly greeting the other rowers.

Evening rowing classes were another story. The canal and Lake were often busy with motor boaters, creating lots of traffic and a pretty heavy wake. Morning rowing wins in my book!

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