Starting Line | Straycations 2017
Escape the valley’s summer heat and venture to Park City on Sundays June 4–September 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for this farmer′s market and street festival on Historic Main Street. Expect gourmet food, art, live music, free bike valet, kids’ activities, and free yoga.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Millcreek every Friday evening June–August for free movies, live music, outdoor recreation, and farmer’s markets. Expect themes like glamping, adrenaline activities, gardening, and a splash night. Each night ends with a FREE family-friendly movie under the stars. Venue and movies vary weekly, so visit the website for details.
Enjoy a cold brew and a burger in the mountains at this ever-growing beer festival June 10–11 at Snowbird. Twenty-six local and national breweries will offer 3–5 of their best beers to sample while you listen to live music, shop vendors, enjoy Snowbird’s summer activities, and soak up the sunshine. Parking is $5 cash; admission is free. Beer samples are purchased á la carte.
Head to beautiful Hood River, Oregon from June 9–11 for an event where adventure sports and outdoor innovation meet. On the recreation side, expect an outdoor fest held on a 30-acre waterfront outdoor playground with workshops, outdoor recreation activities, gear testing, outdoor films, and music performances. For innovators, the Outfound Talks speaker series features inspiring leaders and athletes in the outdoor space, and OutFounder: a pitch competition for outdoor driven startups.
The state’s largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event returns June 22–25 at Library Square in Salt Lake City. View and purchase unique works from talented artists, enjoy delicious ethnic cuisine, and watch live music and dance performances. Bike to the fest to save $2 on admission, plus they’ll store your bike in a secure area. Free admission for children 12 and under.
Catch live performances by The Roots, Solange, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, and many other musical acts at Salt Lake’s huge outdoor summer concert series in Pioneer Park. Concerts take place every Thursday evening from July 20–August 21. Tickets are $7.50 per show in advance, or $10 the day of the concert.
Returning for its 9th year, Park City’s annual celebration of wine, food, and outdoor adventures is slated for July 6–9 with new events and old favorites on the schedule. Pair food and spirits with outdoor recreation at seminars for cyclists, stand-up paddleboarders, yogis, and hikers. Try Veuve & Vinyasa, a guided yoga practice followed by lunch and Veuve Clicquot champagne at the Montage. Or get on the water at SUP & Suds, a stand up paddleboarding clinic paired with lunch from Deer Valley and Wasatch Brewery beer. Purchase tickets quickly as these events sell out.
Try your first ‘mindful triathlon’ in Salt Lake City at Wanderlust 108, a full-day, three-discipline, non-competitive event on Saturday, July 8 at Liberty Park. Start with a 5K run followed by an outdoor yoga flow class and ending with guided meditation. After the triathlon, try bonus activities like acroyoga, walking meditation, and even hula hooping. Kids are welcome too, and tickets are free for ages 13 and under.
No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
By Erik Weihenmayer
Review by Jenny Willden
I met Erik last year on a climbing trip up 14,000-foot Wilson Peak with Coors Light. He spoke about learning to kayak as a blind man, and I was amazed by his tale of conquering the Colorado River’s mighty rapids on his journey through the Grand Canyon. In the book, Erik recounts the incredible story of breaking through barriers to reach this goal and shares his life journey from losing his sight to summiting Everest. An inspirational read for anyone looking to lead a life with no barriers and achieve their own audacious goals.
Join other Pursuers for this new three-day, outdoor adventure weekend from August 11-13 at Snowbasin near Ogden. Create your own roster of classes like mountain biking skills, campfire cooking, and how-to hammock camp paired with activities like trail running, hiking, stand up paddleboarding, and yoga. On-site camping and glamping available. Nighttime features mountaintop dinners and barbecues.