Monday, August 29, 2011
Star Valley Century last Saturday. It starts and finishes in Afton, WY, and is absolutely beautiful. This year's ride benefitted the family of a good departed friend, making it extra meaningful. I rode with my brother Curt, cousin Brent, and friends Todd Q and IronRuss. Here we are at the top of Salt River Pass, where much to Russ's chagrin I had just won our King of the Hill competition. Victory is sweet.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The past few weeks have been filled with cycling, hiking, golfing, a family reunion, bbq's, horseback riding, and lots of travel for work. The sun just keeps shining, with warm sunny days and cool peaceful nights. It is oh-so-sweet.
The Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake then consumed me with work for a week. But it was good consumption, as I love that whole scene. Lots of buzz out there about minimalist footwear, high-definition helmet cams, versatile lightweight packs, wicking materials, GPS advances, stand-up paddling, and more. A trend I continue to see is casual outdoor style becoming more and more mainstream. Button-down shirts are now often constructed with the latest performance fabrics; merino wool and cool-max socks are proliferating in department stores as well as specialty shops; minimalist footwear is seen in the workplace; etc. It's been fascinating to watch this all happen over the past decade or so, and bodes well for the outdoor industry, which needs something to spur growth in the face of a computer-centric world. And that's my work pronouncement for the week.
On a lighter note: in my work travels, mainly between Driggs and Park City, I'm forced to endure scenes like this. It could be worse. This is the Little Elk Creek drainage, along Palisades Reservoir in southeastern Idaho. Phenomenal sight.
Enjoy the season.