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Travels

An Outsider’s Perspective of Outdoor Retailer

I have been to four Outdoor Retailer shows over the past two years, which means I have peppered you with multiple blog posts (read this and this if you’ve missed out) and have inundated you with enough photos to make you question if I actually have a job. I assume you all secretly hate me by now.

This past OR, however, was different. This time was special because I got to share my adventures with my sister, Natalie, and friend, Olivia. They are both the type of people who say, “I want to do (insert adventure here)!” and actually follow through with the plan.

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My travel buddies

I can’t say enough about how great my sister is. If you think your sibling is cooler, then you need to check yo’self. I have written countless times (here, here, and here, just to name a few) about how willing she is to come visit me at the drop of a hat. And OR was the perfect excuse for us to terrorize Utah.

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Coolest sisters around

Look up the definition of “badass” in the dictionary, and you’ll find Olivia’s picture. She is currently on a journey to complete 50 new things before turning 50 (I know!), and coming with me to Utah allowed her to cross a lot off her list. Follow Olivia’s Adventures here!

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Olivia’s personality perfectly captured in a photo

Mark Twain said, “I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” Marky Mark was spot-on. Nat and Olivia were an absolute blast to spend time with, and it was wonderful experiencing the show with them.

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Our favorite booth of the week – Cat Crap!

So instead of me blabbing to you about my trip for the umpteenth time, here’s a recap of OR from Nat and Olivia’s eyes:

Nat says:

Hands-down, the best part of Outdoor Retailer was all the people I met.

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Some pretty cool folks

It made me want to be like them.

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Goofy

It inspired me to get outdoors more and live a cooler life.

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Salt Lake snowflake

And wear more hats.

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Buck and me

Definitely more hats.

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Reppin’ Voormi and Ethnotek

And I looooooved being in the mountains!

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Sisters being sisters

Olivia says:

On our final descent into Salt Lake City, I could see the Wasatch Mountains peeking just above the clouds.

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First peak at Heaven!

Checked in at Base Camp (Metropolitan Inn)

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Home Sweet Home

My favorite magazine was waiting for me at the entrance of the OR Show!

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#Outside

Once inside, I was overwhelmed with all of the gear companies that could supply my adventures for the rest of my life.

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Outdoor heaven!

Oh and my people.  The #OptOutside people were there along with the coffeeheads of #CafeMugShot.

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Meeting Rob Krar

The photobooth with appropriate props.

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Hanging out with Brooks Running folks

And the parties!

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Experticity Whiskey Mixer

Knocked a couple of items off of my adventure list while in SLC too. Snowboarding lessons at Brighton Ski Resort with Natalie — $45 including equipment!

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On the slopes!

Survived snowboarding, now on to snowshoe hike with new friends including a little Mayhem.  Thanks  #TetonSports #TubbsSnowShoes #IOMerino and Shawn!

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Snowshoeing with #hikerchat

Our last outing before heading home  – A view of Salt Lake.  🙁

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At the top of Ensign Peak

The Score!  Of course I didn’t leave empty handed even though the experiences were more than enough.

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Stickers on stickers on stickers

Next stop? Summer OR Show??  Hopefully, I was a good guest.  🙂

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…or not?!

One Comment

  • Darrell

    I met Olivia at Greg Stein’s 1-1 run on New Years Day and then saw her the next day at the Resolution Run at RMP. I didn’t know yall were buds. Funny thing is, as we were trying to get up over Vulcan and then descend into all things 5 Points on the 1-1 run she told me she was getting ready for an Ultra. If I would have had some breathe to be able to muster a few words I was going to tell her about you and ask her if she know you. But then again, EVERYONE knows Tanya! LOL I enjoyed meeting Olivia, she is a cool cat!

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