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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Hands-down, the best part of Outdoor Retailer was all the people I met.
It made me want to be like them.
It inspired me to get outdoors more and live a cooler life.
And wear more hats.
Definitely more hats.
And I looooooved being in the mountains!
On our final descent into Salt Lake City, I could see the Wasatch Mountains peeking just above the clouds.
Checked in at Base Camp (Metropolitan Inn)
My favorite magazine was waiting for me at the entrance of the OR Show!
Once inside, I was overwhelmed with all of the gear companies that could supply my adventures for the rest of my life.
Oh and my people. The #OptOutside people were there along with the coffeeheads of #CafeMugShot.
The photobooth with appropriate props.
And the parties!
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!
Survived snowboarding, now on to snowshoe hike with new friends including a little Mayhem. Thanks #TetonSports #TubbsSnowShoes #IOMerino and Shawn!
Our last outing before heading home – A view of Salt Lake. 🙁
The Score! Of course I didn’t leave empty handed even though the experiences were more than enough.
Next stop? Summer OR Show?? Hopefully, I was a good guest. 🙂