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I can’t help myself. More Blend action. It was just too dang fun and I want to remember every little bit. If you’re only interested in the final thoughts – scroll to the last paragraph or two. If you’re only interested in photo scanning – you may get a good chuckle. If you’re reading despite other countless recaps – I love you forever and always. Let’s do this.
After our very active Saturday morning and lounging in our dirt and sweat most of the afternoon, we finally decided to get cleaned up for a night on the town.
First stop? Avery Brewing! I heard the word “brewery” and had no doubt that I would make it there.
Quite a few of us felt the same way.
We had a good-sized group and I think we all had our share of the good stuff. Most of us went with the $1 tasters. I tried out a variety – I don’t remember what all they are and don’t care to go into detail. I just know they were dang good.
I heart good quality beer.
I also had a Turkey Bacon sandwich that had avocado and coleslaw along with the standard lettuce and tomato on it. The menu only had your typical bar food, so none of us had too high expectations. Boy were we wrong! My goodness it was delicious.
I pretty much cleaned my plate. We all did. And some sweet potato tots we got to share. Yum!
Finishing dinner up, we determined that Cinco de Mayo called for margaritas and so headed out to a bar/restaurant called Rio to meet up with a large group of fellow “blends”.
The following may or may not have happened…
I plead the fifth. Or not. When on vacation, I’m not fretting one shot of tequila. Thank you Christine for that fun!
We had quite the time hanging out in the restaurant
taking the smoothest tequila shot ever and sipping on a margarita while cherishing our last night all together. The creepers cherished it too.
photo courtesy of Alyssa
The laid back atmosphere and openness of the group totally rocked! We had two large tables and all tried to mix and mingle as much as possible. Until the cravings for frozen yogurt struck.
After sipping our margaritas for about an hour or so, a group of us went on a quest for frozen yogurt. When I say “quest”, I mean it. We walked to about four different locations, which were all either closed (at 9:30 pm!!!) or not up to par (only four funky flavors like cherry limeade? no thanks!). We finally settled on gelato.
Put your mind to it, go for it. You gotta break a sweat. Rockin’ and rollin’…you ain’t seen nothing yet. <<<anyone?
We were determined little gals. Or shall I say…guys?
And that, my friends, is what happens when you have the perfect mix of a drink or two, sugar, and good friends.
Final summation? I have been to a few different blogging events in the past year or so. They all had a purpose and served that purpose. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at them and learned some things while in attendance. However, I left each thinking I appreciated the experience but wouldn’t really have a huge desire to attend that particular event again.
Blend Retreat, though? I cannot WAIT to go back again next year. It was everything one of these events should be – energetic, yet relaxing; inspirational, yet light-hearted; health-oriented, yet party-oriented. All in all, an absolute THRILL and BLESSING to participate.
Thank you Lindsay, Janetha, and Katie for all your hard work. Thank you Chobani for being a main sponsor. And thank you to all the other amazing companies that helped it happen as well – FitMixer, Xagave, The Simply Bar, Bob’s Red Mill, PopChips, Core Power, ProBar, Love Grown Foods, Larabar, Nuts About Granola, Green Mountain Coffee, and more. Needless to say – I can’t wait to not only get my hands on all the swag…but go back again next year. Best. Blogger event. EVER.
Your Turn – Did you do anything for Cinco de Mayo? What would/do you look for in a blogging event?
*many photos from the Blend Retreat Facebook group pages – so from Janetha