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Quicken Loans goes camping; Kelly ruins dessert

A few weeks back, the Web Marketing team of Quicken Loans took off for the woods – literally. Not every team member could make it, but we had nearly 20 people make the 5 hour trek north to the Platte River Campground. The campground was gorgeous and the weather was perfect.

We arrived late Sunday and began preparations for a cook-off. One team made grilled chicken, one made mac ‘n’ cheese and one made an appetizer – fresh guacamole and chips! Dessert, you ask? Yes, I ruined it. My small team was charged with dessert and I had the best of intentions, staying up late to make a banana split cake that  was somehow infiltrated with water and ice cubes in the cooler to the point of destruction. But the overachieving cook in me paid off – I had baked several different kinds of cookies as a backup.

The next day we set off on the Platte River itself – a few in kayaks, a few in canoes and 6 poor souls in the slowest blue raft man has ever created. We worked our behinds off trying to catch up to the slimmer, quicker kayaks to no avail – they beat us the beach by over 30 minutes and were frolicking like ducks in Lake Michigan when we arrived.

The last night we hiked to the beach to catch the sunset. We watched the sun sink into what seemed to be the end of the earth and sat around the fire while Clayton told us "ghost" stories. All in all, we had a fantastic time and accomplished our goal – the team bonded and came back with tons of pictures to prove it….check ‘em out:

Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

The DIFFmaster himself – don’t jump Clayton!


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

Matt moving along with ease to our beach destination.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

The soul-sucking, forward-challenged blue raft.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

Few of the guys – don’t often get to see them in shorts. Weird.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

Regis & Doelle caught a fish. Their boat had a motor. Cheaters.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

Camping revealed that Regis really likes fire.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

Kaufman is perfecting his cheesy mac.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

Jen Ro compiling the fresh guacamole – a big hit that did not last long.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

Still representing Quizzle in the wilderness.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

What’s prettier? QL web marketing ladies or sunset over Lake Michigan? Choose wisely.


Quicken Loans employees team building - camping near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes!

Our fearless leader returning to the fire with more kindling.

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  1. And the boat did NOT have a motor. Regis and Doelle rowed like mad men. :)

    Posted by: Jen R | September 2, 2008
  2. A hidden motor? No? Well…a motor named Doelle?

    Posted by: Kel L | September 3, 2008
  3. This year’s trip was so much nicer than last year’s, when we camped in a parking lot. It’s nice to have grass under your tent and not asphalt. And having trees around is kind of nice also. Plus the fact that canoeing down the Platte River isn’t like an Indiana Jones movie (the way the Sturgeon River is) where you can die any second, again, is kind of nice.

    Posted by: Clayton | September 5, 2008

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