Early this July, we had planned meetings with a few of our vendors in Park City. I joked with friends that I would go on a southern Utah vision quest before heading into a few days of line showings. The plan got put in place: three days, two nights and see where I end up. I’d have to say, it wasn’t a drug induced spiritual revolution, but it sure was an awesome three days in the sun.
I made my way south to Torrey, Utah just outside of Capitol Reef National. I’d been through here on a past road trip and knew that I had to stop at Cafe Diablo, a local restaurant with stiff margaritas and a menu that changes nightly. I found a nice campground across the highway and rented a little cabin for the night, splurged on dinner and watched the super moon rise.
I awoke the next morning and planned to get myself to Bryce Canyon, not without a few roadblocks along the way.
The colors in southern Utah are what strike me the most. Often times I felt like I was driving through a distant planet, and the sight of water was incredible in such a stark, dry landscape. I threw on my suit and hiked up to this small waterfall for a dip. I watched an afternoon thunderstorm roll in and as the time between the flash of light and sound of thunder diminished, I decided I should make my way down the trail and back to the safety of the car.
I reached Bryce Canyon National Park and found a tipi to rent for the night. The town of Bryce Canyon is interesting. I learned that one family owns all of the lodging and most of the restaurants at the entrance to the park. It felt more like the wild west theme of an amusement park than being in a national park. All the hotels had been fabricated to look like an old saloon or a barn; however, none of it could have been more than 20 years old. I decided to leave my stuff and drive down all the roads that looked like they led to nowhere. I came out here to escape, not be hocked geodes from a man dressed like a gold miner.
The next morning I had about a 6-hour drive back to Salt Lake. I wandered through the outskirts of Bryce Canyon, through all the farming communities and finally back on to I-15 – set towards civilization. With the dust of red rock covering both me and the car, I knew that the next two days of work would be just fine.
The trials of working in any sales-based industry are the annual tradeshows. The largest trade show in the outdoor industry, Outdoor Retailer, happens twice a year nestled between the Wasatch front and the great Salt Lake. After a week under fluorescent lights of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, we often need a few days of desert sun, spiritual searching, and a bit of team bonding.
This past August we snagged some of our favorite Spring 2014 looks, piled in Mark’s Defender and headed out for gear testing in the Capitol Reef National Park. We spent three days exploring through slot canyons, hiking up desert ridges and sleeping under the stars. The landscape in southern Utah is quite shocking compared to the Oregon wilderness we call home. Often times we felt like we ended up on the surface of a whole different planet. From the reddish hues of dirt to the almost pure desolation of life, we found ourselves ohhing and aahing around every turn of the landscape. Enjoy these images from our journey.
Summer is almost here. It’s so close that we can hardly stand it. This Saturday to be exact. With summer comes backyard BBQing, music festivals, bike rides to the farmer’s market, floating the river, cold beers and tacos, and everything we love about life. We put this playlist together to get the summer started off right – a compilation of everyone here at Nau’s favorite songs for summer.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been following Travel Oregon‘s guest Instagrammers on their adventures through the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Follow along as we recount the highlights from their travels and offer up some of our advice on where to go and what to do. Read More »
There is no denying our love for Oregon. We agree with our friends over at Travel Oregon:whoever named the 7 Wonders of the World must not have stepped foot in our home state. From the top of Mt. Hood, along the Coast, down the Columbia River Gorge, through the Painted Hills, up Smith Rock, across the Wallowas and around Crater Lake, The 7 Wonders of Oregon capture the magnificent diversity of this state’s landscape.
Four friends. Four days. No limits. What would you create? That’s what a group of friends had in mind when they set out to build a Geodesic dome. Two months later, their passion-fueled venture landed them a coveted spot at Summit, a Davos-meets-Ted conference for young thought leaders. Self-named the Escape Collective, this fledging group of makers, creators and designers are our third portrait in the Uncommoners—our blog series dedicated to exploring the other side of ordinary.
But this isn’t a story about how to build a 30-foot, low-frequency geodesic dome or how to sew a massive waterproof cover composed of 256 panels of unused material from Nike golf bags (yes, that did happen). This isn’t even a story about the Escape Collective and the other 800-or-so entrepreneurs, artists and leaders they joined at Summit’s newly acquired Powder Mountain Resort last July. No. This is a story about freedom, creativity, and the ideas born out of unencumbered space and time. Because as Einstein once said, “Creativity is the residue of time wasted.” And in a world punctuated by deadlines and deliverables, no one embraces this lost maxim more than The Escape Collective.
In our next installment of The Uncommoners: Exploring the Other Side of Ordinary, Lindsey heads to Long Beach, Washington to get her hands dirty and learn what it means to farm with a Social Purpose.
When I accepted an invitation from Starvation Alley Farms to join their cranberry harvest last month, I didn’t know what to expect. Perhaps, an idyllic Ocean Spray commercial or another episode of Dirty Jobs. (Yes. Mike Rowe visited a cranberry farm.). But what I found was hard work, laughter, great cocktails and a deep sense of community with people who were passionate about food, family and local farming.
After a few cranberry cocktails, I sat down with farmers, Jessika Tantisook and Jared Oakes, to learn how this small family-run experiment expanded into a corporation with a unique uncommon product and an even more uncommon purpose.
PROJECT: Waypoints – Scenic Overlooks LOCATION: Ohiopyle State Park, PA SUBJECT: Ohiopyle Falls
Here are a few more scenic overlooks to add to our why-haven’t-we-been-here list. Thanks to our fall partnership with Yonder Journal, we have peeked over the edge of some of the most awe-inspiring and hidden overlooks in the US. This week they take us to Ohiopyle Falls (and a few stops along the way). To follow this journey and those to come, join us on Instagram (@nauclothing) as we share photos coupled with historical and geographical notes from the field.
We’re going on a two-month adventure with Yonder Journal. It’s a journey that will take us back in time and across the country to peek over the edge of some of the most iconic and hidden overlooks, also known as “Waypoints”. Join us in the Thought Kitchen each week for in-depth briefs, and follow us on Instagram (@nauclothing) daily as we share photos coupled with historical and geographical notes from the field.
LOCATION: Mather Point Scenic Overlook – Grand Canyon
Field Notes: Weather in the Grand Canyon varies according to elevation. The forested rim is high enough to receive winter snowfall while along the Colorado River path of the inner gorge temperatures are similar to those found in Tucson and other low-elevation Arizona desert locations. Conditions in the Grand Canyon region are generally dry with substantial precipitation occurring twice annually. These follow seasonal pattern shifts in winter (when Pacific storms usually deliver widespread, moderate rain and high-elevation snow to the region from the west) and in late summer (due to North American monsoons), which deliver waves of moisture from the southeast causing dramatic localized thunderstorms fueled by high daytime temperatures. Average annual precipitation on the South Rim is less than 16 inches (35 cm) with an average of 60 inches (132 cm) of snow.
We’re from Portland, so when summertime comes around, we take full advantage of the outdoors—backyard bbq’s, music festivals, unexpected adventures. To keep it moving, we like to pair our favorite outdoor escapades with the right tunes to match.
Here’s a little piece of Nau to take with you, wherever the sunshine may bring you. And whatever your mood, there’s a little something for you. A summertime mix curated by us, just for you. Check out the youtube videos below or link to our continuous playlist on spotify. Enjoy.
The Thought Kitchen is our effort at collective inquiry and its power to effect change. Have you ever noticed how the party is always in the kitchen? There are more walls to lean on and people are energized by the proximity to food and drink. Well, welcome to our kitchen, where we hope to tap into everything we love about that feeling—community, vivacious exchange, food for thought.