The Great Outdoors, a Bear, Boots, Bloggers and Friends – Snippets from evo’11

by Marla on July 22, 2011 · 70 comments

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Marla Meridith on hike in Utah Mountains

Finally a conference with the mountains as playground. Yes! My favorites things in the world came together at The Canyons Resort in Utah. Nothing beats blogging, high altitude, learning and inspiration. On the heels of a blog conference that I was not so impressed with it was amazing to feel free. We were loved for the creative, ambitious thinkers that we are. Blogging and social media is changing by the day and evo’11 (The Evolution of Women in Social Media) embraces those changes.

Scroll down… that is me trying on a pair of $2500 custom made Lucchese boots at Burns Saddlery. Can I tell you how much I want those? Also how they will never happen other than trying them on.

Family Fresh Cooking in Park City Utah at evo'11 conference

We are all tickled these days with photos from our iPhones.

I have fun images from this event in large format that I can’t wait to share with you. For now I wanted to bring you a little teaser with shots taken on my iPhone some with Intstagram filters. Chances are if you follow me over there then you saw a few of  these.

evo'11 Conference Canyons Resort, Utah

That red sign is one every blogger wants to see when they get on an airplane. Always keep all your toys and devices handy. Not sure why my long flights never have that treat….

Usually when I land in Salt Lake City I am en route to Telluride. In this case it was my final destination.

Sunrise over the mountains in Utah. Check out my sunrise view each morning. I had my own kitchen which was perfect to make my Travel Oatmeal at 4am. The Canyons Resort was amazing in the summer. I NEED to ski their 4000 acres in the winter. Must. Do. That.

evo'11 Conference Canyons Resort, Utah

As soon as I had my bags unpacked I went on a hike straight up the mountain. Oh was it beautiful. I love losing my breath with the dry air nipping at the trees and my hat.

Evo even had fitness classes in their agenda. I did the boot camp and yoga. Of course.

Utah ski mountains in the summer

See that awesome chairlift? It is appropriately called the Orange Bubble. It will whisk you up to the slopes at the Canyons in no time at all. All of us were mesmerized by it. By now it has become famous in many bloggers posts.

I have never skied Utah (I am always in Telluride) but I need to test the powder there as I hear it is awesome! Besides, then I get to visit with Maria, Josh & baby, Dara and Kelley.

I am part loner, part social butterfly. I enjoy precious time alone and of course to balance that with time spent with love ones and special friends.
It never ceases to amaze me all of the great friends I have made through blogging…..Here I am with Alison, MariaDara, Aggie and Lisa. I even made friends with a bear.

evo'11 Conference Canyons Resort, Utah

By the way people were giving me very strange looks as I took many self portraits of me and bear to get our best angles.

I attended the food workshops each day I was there. One was taught by Helen, Tartelette. The other by Diane and Todd, White on Rice Couple. These events I will cover in two separate posts. They were spectacular and two of the main reasons I made this journey.

Helen Dujardin food styling workshop at the Canyons Resort

I enjoyed lots of great food. Farm fresh ingredients and lots of wild trout & salmon for me. Happy food.

Wild trout and salmon over salads at the Farm restaurant

During one of the morning panel sessions in snuck out to Park City. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone I did that. I HAD to get to town. Western ski towns are my favorite places. I opted to trade in learning important skills in the conference rooms for a walk, photos and to gawk at those cowboy boots and vintage homes.

This ski poster from the 80’s had me cracking up. Shouldn’t we all ski with our boobs hanging out and no helmet? Fun!

evo'11 Conference Canyons Resort, Utah

For now friends I will leave you with these snippets. More to come down the road…..

Have you ever attended a blog conference? If so which one? Any you wish to go to in the future? Do you enjoy the mountains?

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