Karen Martell @karenm

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Now at *home, with Mom, and by the ocean! 🌊
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Now at *home, with Mom, and by the ocean! 🌊

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En route back from Barcelona, we stopped in NYC. From meeting David's new nephew, hanging with family, friends and former colleagues, climbing at a gym in Long Island, to running in Central Park, it was a perfect visit and a welcome dose of fall.
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En route back from Barcelona, we stopped in NYC. From meeting David's new nephew, hanging with family, friends and former colleagues, climbing at a gym in Long Island, to running in Central Park, it was a perfect visit and a welcome dose of fall.

Three years ago, when I was working for Square in Australia, Christina came out to help build retail distribution. I hadn't made many friends yet, so I jumped at the chance to travel together. I asked if she'd want to go to the Blue Mountains and, without hesitation, she agreed.  She landed in Sydney, we immediately took a train to the mountains, hiked 13 miles and shared a hotel room that night. And that was the start of our friendship. When I returned from Australia, we were both using online dating apps and would share dating stories the morning after at work. I still remember her smile after her first date with Kevin and we got to see it again this weekend and forever more. Thanks for an amazing trip filled with fun, food, dancing, late nights, beach runs and new friends @christina_lay !
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Three years ago, when I was working for Square in Australia, Christina came out to help build retail distribution. I hadn't made many friends yet, so I jumped at the chance to travel together. I asked if she'd want to go to the Blue Mountains and, without hesitation, she agreed. She landed in Sydney, we immediately took a train to the mountains, hiked 13 miles and shared a hotel room that night. And that was the start of our friendship. When I returned from Australia, we were both using online dating apps and would share dating stories the morning after at work. I still remember her smile after her first date with Kevin and we got to see it again this weekend and forever more. Thanks for an amazing trip filled with fun, food, dancing, late nights, beach runs and new friends @christina_lay !

Beach run with the bride! In the midst of seating arrangements, welcome bags, a final venue visit, a traditional tea ceremony, and a welcome dinner, @christina_lay fit in a workout. Salt air, sunshine, and stories served us well! We got a kick out of these  go carts powered by wind amid a horizon full of actual sailboats. #meetthemockos
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Beach run with the bride! In the midst of seating arrangements, welcome bags, a final venue visit, a traditional tea ceremony, and a welcome dinner, @christina_lay fit in a workout. Salt air, sunshine, and stories served us well! We got a kick out of these go carts powered by wind amid a horizon full of actual sailboats. #meetthemockos

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Late night strolls in Barcelona. #meetthemackos
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Late night strolls in Barcelona. #meetthemackos

Begur was one of the highlights from our mini road trip along the Costa Brava. Looking west, it is as if you are in Tuscany with layered green hills cast in gold from the late day sun and looking east, there was the ocean and this castle. #meetthemackos
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Begur was one of the highlights from our mini road trip along the Costa Brava. Looking west, it is as if you are in Tuscany with layered green hills cast in gold from the late day sun and looking east, there was the ocean and this castle. #meetthemackos

We had planned to hike in the Pyrenees today, but I snoozed my 6:30am alarm and then we woke up at 10:30am. 😬 Thanks #redeye and #jetlag. Plan B was Costa Brava (the wild coast), medieval towns, and delicious seafood, and it was a spectacular day. Bonus, we're officially on Spanish time and ready to party late on your wedding night @christina_lay !
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We had planned to hike in the Pyrenees today, but I snoozed my 6:30am alarm and then we woke up at 10:30am. 😬 Thanks #redeye and #jetlag. Plan B was Costa Brava (the wild coast), medieval towns, and delicious seafood, and it was a spectacular day. Bonus, we're officially on Spanish time and ready to party late on your wedding night @christina_lay !

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Happy birthday @duxblake ! Who would have guessed my fourth grade teacher would become such a close friend and family member. Always full of fun, energy, and unbeatable strength, with the biggest heart. Love you and see you next week!
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Happy birthday @duxblake ! Who would have guessed my fourth grade teacher would become such a close friend and family member. Always full of fun, energy, and unbeatable strength, with the biggest heart. Love you and see you next week!

And now we're in Barcelona celebrating the wedding of @christina_lay, one of my favorites from Square, and Kevin Macko. Spanish is slowly emerging from the depths of my brain and exploring this beautiful city is a blast. We can't wait for the festivities to come! #meetthemackos
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And now we're in Barcelona celebrating the wedding of @christina_lay, one of my favorites from Square, and Kevin Macko. Spanish is slowly emerging from the depths of my brain and exploring this beautiful city is a blast. We can't wait for the festivities to come! #meetthemackos

When you hike with two people in their 70s and two in their 80s, you are INSPIRED. Their recipe for success: see the world through trails, don't focus on the distance but rather celebrate the fact that you're out there, cherish your friends, enjoy life (with picnics, wine and nice views), savor the simplicity of cabin living, and... bring your dogs!
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When you hike with two people in their 70s and two in their 80s, you are INSPIRED. Their recipe for success: see the world through trails, don't focus on the distance but rather celebrate the fact that you're out there, cherish your friends, enjoy life (with picnics, wine and nice views), savor the simplicity of cabin living, and... bring your dogs!

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Cabin living! This tiny forest service cabin is pretty much all you need. Situated right in front of the American River, you fall asleep to rushing water, and you're walking distance from climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. What a heavenly weekend!
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Cabin living! This tiny forest service cabin is pretty much all you need. Situated right in front of the American River, you fall asleep to rushing water, and you're walking distance from climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. What a heavenly weekend!

Hello, lakes I didn't even know existed! We're staying at a friend's forest service cabin this weekend and hiked from the front door, which is also at the base of Lovers Leap (one of our favorite climbing spots), to this peak in just a couple of hours. #cabindreaming
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Hello, lakes I didn't even know existed! We're staying at a friend's forest service cabin this weekend and hiked from the front door, which is also at the base of Lovers Leap (one of our favorite climbing spots), to this peak in just a couple of hours. #cabindreaming

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