I’ve written about my trips to Outdoor Retailer before and what a magical place it is for outdoor lovers. I feel like I’m a kid in a candy store all week with all the colors and sounds and sights and things to eat and new gear to touch. I love every bit of it!
However, it does get a bit overwhelming. By lunch on Friday, everyone has that end-of-OR glazed-over look. So it’s equally important to me to be able to spend some time in the mountains and escape all the madness. This time around, I got to spend a good amount of time out of the city and on the trails, which was pure bliss.
So here’s the “wilder” part of OR—set high above Salt Lake in the Wasatch Mountains:
Early Tuesday morning (I’m talking 3:30 here), my friend Logan tested my sanity and fitness level by taking me on an “easier” peak run to the summit of Mount Raymond. We are constantly talking SEC smack to each other and I try to never show weakness, but I was pretty sure I’d die from lack of oxygen, falling off the mountain, or a moose attack and vocalized my impending doom. But it was worth every lung-searing step to watch the sun rise over the mountain range.
On Saturday morning, I joined my work Twitter pals for the #hikerchat adventure hosted by Teton Sports. Our meet-ups are always one of my favorite parts of OR, because I get to meet people I talk to online and hang out with old friends. We did a short but sweet hike with killer views and a hidden waterfall, then tumbled down the mountain to eat and wrap up the show.
I had a few hours before my flight on Sunday morning, so I laced up my shoes and went off in search of a trail system that is supposedly downtown. I was so busy gawking at the gorgeous Mormon Mothership, admiring the sunrise, and avoiding the accusatory stares of everyone driving to said Mothership that I got lost in a neighborhood. But I found a baby trail in someone’s yard, which led to an even better trail than the one I had originally intended to run. Win!
See you againin a few months, Utah! Stay pretty!