Life / Ultimate Test Drive with BMW

09/19/2014 — 13 Comments

bmwusa-ude-test-drive-1 bmwusa-ude-test-drive-2 Not too long ago I was able to partake in an event hosted by BMW. I signed up ahead of time for a free autocross course in a new BMW 2 Series. I wasn’t sure what the event details were or what it would be like but was excited anyway. On the day of, I arrived at the location, parked, and checked in.

bmwusa-ude-test-drive-3 bmwusa-ude-test-drive-4 They had a couple of fun setups to demonstrate the capabilities of their cars, one being a skidpad and another a mountain of sorts. The skidpad was essentially a giant piece of plastic covered in water and soap, but fun to slide around on. The driver demonstrated the difference between having traction control on and off. The other setup demonstrated how their SAV’s handle uneven terrain, putting power to the wheels that need it most, and how the SAV can assist the driver in coming down a hill at a safe and steady speed.

bmwusa-ude-test-drive-5 For the autocross course, we all sat in the Harmon Kardon theater for a class on driving. We learned about common driving mistakes, how to fix them, and other great principles for driving a car. I feel like I learned a lot, even to use in my day-to-day driving.

We were shuttled out to the track, first riding around a couple of laps slow with the driver as he gave us some pointers and helpful information, then he demonstrated the track at full speed. It was exhilarating, to say the least. I had a lot of doubts about whether or not I could drive a car like that, or if I’d know what to do when it came time. After a couple of practice rounds and knocking a few cones out of my way, it was my turn…

It turns out that I can drive the track (with helpful guidance from a professional driver). After we all had a chance to make our video we had a fun relay race and said our goodbyes. I have to admit that the drive home was not as exciting as the few hours I spent with BMW, and I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to do this. It was one of the best times I’ve had behind the wheel of a car.


Both videos copyright BMW USA. To find an event in your area and experience your ultimate test drive, please visit their website.

Here + Wear, Mojave / Fall Desert Style

09/18/2014 — 23 Comments

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I knew it was going to be hot in the desert, so I opted for a very light dress, but added a wool hat and perforated oxfords to add a couple of touches for fall. Unfortunately I lost these sunglasses during this trip. We searched forever and couldn’t find them. I hope their new owner enjoys all of their glory. As always, outfit details are below.

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52 Weeks / Week 37, At School

09/17/2014 — 20 Comments

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Ever since Aiden started school, Søren has been begging to go too. So while I was away Steve took the boys to visit Aiden’s school. Søren’s favorite thing to do is play on the smaller playground and pretend he’s one of the kids, and of course to roam the school like he owns it. He wasn’t very happy to go home. Despite the massive heatwave we just had, the long shadows of fall are starting to make their way into the evening light.

Mojave / Road trip to the Mojave Desert

09/16/2014 — 32 Comments

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Last weekend I took a little trip with a couple of family members to visit my brother who lives in the Mojave Desert. He and his wife are expecting a new little one so my Grandma, Mom, and other brother headed down for their shower. The valley morning was hazy from smoke in the foothills combined with a heat wave. I’m not fond of either of those things and my allergies were going crazy but the beautiful sunset and moonrise almost made up for it. I haven’t driven over Tehachapi pass in a car before, but have very fond memories from riding in the truck as a kid. I’m always surprised at how many memories come back when I visit places that I’ve been before. We made it down to see him just before the sunset.

Giveaways, Life / Reader Survey + Giveaway

09/15/2014 — 79 Comments


If you follow along regularly, you probably noticed that recently I made some changes to Team Wiking. The header and layout were the biggest changes, but I also switched up the sidebar, and added a floating navigation, as well as a back to top button to try to make your experience at Team Wiking a little better. The changes I made were in hopes of making it easier to navigate and read content. Any feedback you have I would appreciate in the comments below, or in the…


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