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October 29, 2011

CamelBak and Water.org Holiday Fundraiser; Seasonal CLIF Bar Winners; Random Shots of Beauty

In similar fashion as last weekend, we’ll do a couple of shopping notes before getting to the contest winners and Random Shot of Beauty.

The first note is quick: a reminder that you’ve only got a couple more days to get black and silver Soft Star RunAmoc Dashes for a 20% discount with coupon code TRICK, which expires October 31st. Also remember to check out their Moc3s now available in red or brown colors.

This second item requires a little back story: last year, the CamelBak company teamed up with a non-profit organization called Water.org whose mission is to provide safe access to drinking water in high-risk communities throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Water.org was founded by Matt Damon, who also bankrolled Charlie Engle’s Running The Sahara film which raised money for H20 Africa, a similarly-minded clean water agency.

Matt Damon with stainless steel Groove bottle (photo courtesy of CamelBak)

The partnership between CamelBak and Water.org works like this: with the purchase of every limited-edition Groove reusable filtered water bottle (which I reviewed back in January), CamelBak will donate $10 directly to the charity. You can choose from this plastic version with specialized artwork for $25, or a stainless steel version for $35.

This is the second holiday season that these two organizations have teamed up for this promotion, and last year CamelBak was able to help more than 10,000 people gain access to safe water. The bottles are great for everyday use and make an affordable, eco-conscious Christmas gift. Yes, it’s almost time to start thinking about that.

Moving on to the regular business for the day – it’s time to announce our seasonal CLIF Bar giveaway winners. The response to this contest was great, but I – more specifically, the random number generator - can only choose three winners, so … Joyce, Adam, and Sparkplug: e-mail me your contact info – you’ve won! Thanks very much to everyone else who entered, and another big thanks to CLIF for sponsoring this contest.

Finally, this week’s Random Shot of Beauty. Carmel Valley is largely dominated by oak trees, so we don’t get the eye-popping fall colors that some areas of the country enjoy. However, this particular section of Monterey County also features ideal soil for countless winemakers, so our local seasonal colors look more like this:

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As seen in a vineyard at Bernardus Lodge, makers of one of the best wines our area has to offer.

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Smith Wilbanks 10/31/11, 4:58 PM  

Hmm.. CamelBaks and wine country...

Has anyone ever thought of a Camelbak of wine? I can just hear it now -

"Hey, what flavor gatorade is that?"



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