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:
The DIFFmaster himself – don’t jump Clayton!
Matt moving along with ease to our beach destination.
The soul-sucking, forward-challenged blue raft.
Few of the guys – don’t often get to see them in shorts. Weird.
Regis & Doelle caught a fish. Their boat had a motor. Cheaters.
Camping revealed that Regis really likes fire.
Kaufman is perfecting his cheesy mac.
Jen Ro compiling the fresh guacamole – a big hit that did not last long.
Still representing Quizzle in the wilderness.
What’s prettier? QL web marketing ladies or sunset over Lake Michigan? Choose wisely.
Our fearless leader returning to the fire with more kindling.