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Monday in Boise

This week is a crazy combination of social media presentations and Outdoor Retailer for us… Over the weekend we got to check out the fine city of Boise. Nice people + good skiing + an amazing breakfast join = a pretty great place to visit.

But while the rest of the world hunkered down and celebrated MLK day today, we parked it at Big City Coffee and prepped for the rest of the week. Fortunately good coffee and a bowl full of fruit and granola can take you far, so if you’re in Boise, be sure to check out this hopping joint, complete with over-sized baked goods and a fast wifi connection. We give it a great big Under Solen recommendation!


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Winter Adventures: Snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier

Really excited about this travel video produced for us by Daniel Fox (thank you!!!) and hosted over on MatadorTV. It features our very own Anna Brones checking out the backcountry cross country ski and snowshoe trails near Mt. Rainier National Park. The trail system and the fabulous, and warm, huts that you can stay in are maintained by Mt. Tahoma Trails Association – a definite must if you’re into exploring Washington. Watch and get inspired to get outdoors.

And we’ve been up to a lot of adventuring here at Under Solen HQ… so stay tuned for more!

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Take Part in Something Amazing: Submit Your Film to Mountainfilm Festival 2010

Photo by Jennifer Koskinen

Art + Adventure + Culture + Environment. Does it get any better than that?

In its 32nd year, Mountainfilm Festival is so much more than a film festival. It’s a four-day six-senses experience of all those things we love: art, adventure, culture and environment. With the motto “Celebrating the Indomitable Spirit” it’s hard not to get excited.

The festival takes place over Memorial Day Weekend (this year May 28-31), and although it might seem a little early to be making travel plans, if you’re a filmmaker, you’ll want to pay attention. Submissions for the 2010 festival are still being accepted, and if you submit before January 12, 2010 the submission fee is only $60. Submit by February 12, 2010 and your fee bumps up to $70. (Short films — 20 minutes or less — have a submission fee of $25 and will be accepted until February 12, 2010).

Why submit? Because Mountainfilm “is America‚Äôs premier festival celebrating achievement in mountain, adventure, culture and environment.”

What do they accept? Mountainfilm accepts and screens films – doc and narrative, feature and short – on a broad range of subjects. They’re particularly into quirky causes and indomitable spirit. Learn more about submitting here. To get a feel for the festival you can also check out a list of last year’s films, and others, here.

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Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market

Thanks to the folks at Gadling for brightening up this cold, winter afternoon with a cheery post about Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market. We love Amsterdam’s flowers!

From Gadling:

Amsterdam’s Singel canal, which in the Middle Ages encircled the city as a moat, is home to the world’s only floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt. The stalls sit like large, partially-enclosed pontoon boats up against the street, and from the inside, they appear to be regular shops across the road from the touristy cheese and trinket traps. As you can see above, you’ll never notice the stalls are floating, so don’t worry about seasickness.

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