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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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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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We spent the 4th of July on pretty Bainbridge Island. A short getaway from Seattle (and a perfect summer day trip for one of the Mercedes), we spent the day exploring Bloedel Reserve and finished the night at a friend’s house on the water – with great views of the sunset and, later, the fireworks!

Bloedel Reserve is a beautiful and peaceful estate that was established by Mr. Prentice Bloedel, a Canadian lumber baron. We spent several hours walking the grounds and enjoyed relaxing at a bench overlooking one of the ponds. The Reserve is expertly landscaped to have a healing effect and to provide wellness through nature. At the farthest end of the grounds is the manor house where the family used to reside. The house is open for visitors to tour, as well. (more…)

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In June, we went back to Germany for several weeks. We stayed in Göttingen, Elvershausen and Berlin again. After an amazing wedding in Göttingen (see some of my inspirations on Pinterest), we finished the trip with a visit to Berlin — just in time for the EuroCup games.

Germany played the Netherlands while we were there. Berlin had several locations set up with large outdoor screens broadcasting the game, including at the Brandenburg Gate. Crowds gathered to drink, watch the game and to yell.

We staked out a spot near Checkpoint Charlie, where a city block had been roped off and turned into a makeshift beach with a large screen TV. We got there early and claimed two front row beach chairs that were set up for viewers.


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In August 2011, I attended Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was my first trip to Utah and it was great to meet with so many big name retailers and meet representatives from National Parks. The first day of the show was held off-site at a lake where visitors could test out kayaks, canoes, and other summer time equipment. Magellan set up a nice geocaching course for people to try – it had a mix of easy and difficult caches.

Seeing all the outdoor gear made me want to return for the Winter Market to try out the winter ski equipment!

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What an adventure! On June 3rd, I set-up shop at the Wild Canyon Games in Antelope, Oregon (a Very remote area!) to support the Games on behalf of Geocaching.com, alongside other fundraising sponsors, like Nike. Wild Canyon Games is a weekend-long multi-sport event in which teams of 7 compete to win. The race events include a triathlon, zip line, and massive geocaching course. Check out the Wild Canyon Games web site to see the amazing event photos! Several charitable organizations benefit from the Games.

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May 29, 2011: On a weekend trip to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we squeezed in the Coeur d’Alene Half Marathon – my 8th half marathon in awesome Brooks Adrenaline running shoes. The route was scenic, but due to my lack of training, the course seemed endlessly long. It was one of those runs in which mile 8 feels like mile 13. I knew it was going to be a rough one, so I saved myself the embarrassment and didn’t wear a timing chip. 🙂 It was a great way to see the town and enjoy a sunny morning, nonetheless. (more…)

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