August 24, 2011

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Last week I spent a day at the Nutrilite Center for Optimal Health in Buena Park, California for a health and nutrition event hosted by Amway. Yes, you know, that Amway. The person at the party you don’t want to talk to because they’ll try to sell you something? Note: I am not affiliated with Amway in any way, but was invited to this event along with Jenny from Picky Palate, Emily from Busy Mommy, and Lori from 24/7 Moms for a comprehensive health assessment to determine the best health management program for my genetic type. My genetic type. I was a bit skeptical at first, but my curiosity got the better of me. I couldn’t resist. And I am relieved to report that no one tried to sell me anything or tried to get me to sell anything the entire time I was there! Whew.

The day started with having my blood drawn, blood pressure taken, and an ultrasound on my carotid artery to monitor plaque build up. Then we moved on to a bone density test, flexibility test, physical fitness tests to determine cardio and core strength, and a body fat percentage test. To my relief, the scale I stepped on to determine the percentage of body fat was almost exactly like this scale that I gave away on my blog earlier this year, and the results were exactly the same as my scale at home. I’d always wondered if that thing was really accurate! Now I know.

And finally, we did a DNA swab.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

What completely fascinated me about the DNA swab was that their studies have shown it’s possible to determine the the best health and weight management program for a person by their genetic type. Basically we learned that people are genetically disposed to perform optimally on one of three diets: low carb, low fat (which would be high carb), or a balance of both healthy carbs and fats. And you know what surprised me? Only a very low percentage of the population — less than 20% — perform optimally on the balanced diet. Around 40% do best on low carb, and approximately another 40% do best on low fat. And you know what else was really surprising to me? Eating a diet opposite of what you are genetically predisposed for can cause you to gain weight. So it’s possible there are those out there strictly adhering to a low carb diet or a low fat diet and still gaining weight. The results of my tests will be here in a few weeks and I can’t wait to see what they say!

After our morning of fitness, we had a totally laid-back lunch with Nutrilite’s new spokesperson, Kurt Warner. And in a room full of giggling girls, there was a whole lot more talk about his episodes on Dancing With the Stars than his two-time MVP NFL career. :) He also told us about his wife’s new book, One Call Away, and it will be my next read. Her story sounds amazing.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

The next morning we were up bright and early again for a day trip to Nutrilite’s Trout Lake Farm in Washington. For this quick trip we had the amazing opportunity to take the Amway private jet from beautiful California to Portland, Oregon, where we drove over into Washington.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

No lines. No waiting. No security. No seat backs in their upright and locked position. Just go to the airport and get on the plane! I could get used to this kind of travel.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

This was our breakfast on the plane. An amazing breakfast burrito with salsa and guacamole and a giant bowl of fresh, delicious fruit. Definitely not your average airplane meal!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

This was my view for most of the trip.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

This little basket of snacks was sitting right next to me.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

When we were preparing for landing, they asked if I’d like to go up to the cockpit and sit in the jump seat. Me??!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

But who am I to argue? I grabbed my camera and took off before I had a chance to change my mind!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Making a big turn for landing…

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Flying over the river, which is the Washington/Oregon state line, and runs parallel to the runways at PDX. Almost there!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

About to land! We’re right over the runway. I have to tell you. I don’t know if it was because I was in the cockpit, or because it was a private jet, or because our pilot was incredibly skilled, but that landing was without question the smoothest landing I have ever experienced. If my eyes were closed, I honestly don’t think I would’ve been able to tell you when the wheels touched down.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

On the way to lunch we made a quick stop at Multnomah Falls.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

How beautiful was this waterfall. Many people there were hiking all the way to the top!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

After lunch we drove over the river into Washington.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

This was my first visit to the Pacific Northwest and gorgeous views blew me away.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Trout Lake Farm is the largest certified organic herb farm in North America. Their primary crops include blueberries, echinacea, oregano, peppermint, dandelions, lemon balm and white kidney beans.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

The views were just stunning. You could look one way and see Mount Hood…

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

And look the other way and see Mount Adam.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm


Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

My favorite part of the farm was visiting the blueberry fields. We wandered their giant blueberry field with rows and rows of blueberry bushes as far as the eye could see.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

There were 14 different varieties of blueberries at Trout Lake Farm, and not only did they all taste different, but they all looked different as well.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

They were delicious, sweet, and perfectly sun warmed. I could live there. Give me some frozen yogurt and I’d be in heaven.

Oh by the way! See that football I’m holding up there in the photo with Kurt Warner? The one where I’m sweating and wearing yoga pants and workout clothes? I got it signed by Kurt and brought it back as a souvenir for a special Kevin and Amanda reader. Cause I love you guys. If you or someone you know would love this football, just leave me a note in the comments section of this post before midnight tonight. I’ll draw a winner on Thursday and announce it here on this post on Friday. See you then!

The winner of the Kurt Warner football is #203 Barbara Ford. Congrats Barbara! I’ve sent you an email.

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1 August 24, 2011 at 2:32 am

That burrito looks awesome!

You know, I thought the blueberries were grapes? How silly of me.

GailR August 24, 2011 at 2:38 am

It may be too late, but it’s only 9:37 pm in Hawaii – I love Kurt Warner! How awesome that you were able to meet him. Thanks for sharing your fun adventures.

GailR August 24, 2011 at 2:42 am

Ha! Ha! I just realized you’re posting is for Wednesday and it’s still Tuesday for me. I’m such a dork – but I have a chance to win! Yippee skippee!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 24, 2011 at 3:57 am

To say this is a spectacular post would be the understatement of the year. WOW!!

Amanda, not only was the event clearly awesome…private planes kinda do that :) but your photography. Holy moly lady…you rock!!! The waterfall!!! WOW!!!

Kristen B. August 24, 2011 at 5:12 am

It looks like you had a really great time, Amanda. Your pics are amazing!

Jeanne Spaletto August 24, 2011 at 5:26 am

Wow! What an amazing trip for you! Love all of the pics – they could be in a travel brochure. Thanks for sharing!

Tara @ The Butter Dish August 24, 2011 at 5:39 am

Hoe incredible Amanda. Personally I love Amway even though I don’t buy them. Not sure why really. I used to but I guess I just forgot all about it. I actually grew up on amway. Fantastic products.

I think it’s wonderful all these amazing places you are going and able to share with us. This looks like an incredible trip and I would be in heaven to walk through that farm. I don’t like boxed or prepackaged anything and this farm is fabulous.

Great post AB and lovely lovely photos as always!!!

Jane Crawford August 24, 2011 at 5:40 am

If by some chance you choose me, please let another of your commenters have the football. I just want to say, I can’t help but think about all of the truly, utterly wonderful opportunities you have had because you love food and you love to blog. Isn’t it awesome? You are such a doll and from what I can tell it couldn’t happen to a sweeter person!!

Nancy Smith August 24, 2011 at 5:48 am

My husband would absolutely love that football!

Your trip looks amazing! :)

Montanna August 24, 2011 at 5:58 am

My 12 year old cousin would LOVE LOVE LOVE that football.

I hope you had a wonderful trip!

ali August 24, 2011 at 6:01 am

Oh my goodness!! What an amazing experience!! I still am just amazed by your photos and am in awe of the wonderful experiences you get to enjoy! a football lke that would be an awesome present for my Dad, the ultimate sports guy!
Have a great week!

Sarah M August 24, 2011 at 6:01 am

Your pictures are incredible. The waterfall photos are amazing! It sounds like such a special trip.

Oh, and I love football and Kurt Warner, so the chance to win the football is so nice!! Thank you! :)

Kim G August 24, 2011 at 6:12 am

My brother would LOVE that football! Blueberries look absolutely delicious.

Karen H. August 24, 2011 at 6:15 am

Your photography is stunning!!!! Those blueberry pics are yummy & the scenic shots show nature in it’s Godly spendor!!

Karen H. August 24, 2011 at 6:16 am

The football would be a great Christmas gift for my nephew who lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa where Kurt played college ball and worked at Hy-Vee the local grocery chain!

Clare Purvis August 24, 2011 at 6:32 am

I LOVE FOOTBALL! and Kurt Warner isn’t that bad to look at either.

Dottie Williams August 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

Wow awesome! My friend is a football collector and she would die for this…thanks Amanda! What a great xmas present this would make…..

Lindsay August 24, 2011 at 6:34 am

unbelievable photography!!!!!!

Debi Kelley August 24, 2011 at 6:34 am

Oh that would be a wonderful gift to give to my grandson some day… What awesome pictures you take. I am such a picture person….everyone knows I’ll always have my camera with me where ever I go. Just got to have pictures to scrapbook, right??? hahaha
Thanks for thinking of us….

DebbieB August 24, 2011 at 6:37 am

What a fabulous experience. Looks like this was one amazing trip. Your photos are great, you give me inspiration to improve my photography. Thanks for sharing, and would love that football!

Gretta August 24, 2011 at 6:55 am

You take such beautiful photos. Love the ones with the Falls. Looked like a great trip!


ps. My son would just love that football!

DeidreSH August 24, 2011 at 6:57 am

How do to I get to be like you when I grow up? I am so envious of the experiences you get to have! I’ve never been to the NW but have always longed to go there…your pics are fantastic!

Dorene Donaldson August 24, 2011 at 6:59 am

Always love your photos, its like being right there with you.
What an opportunity, and thanks for sharing with your readers.
Would love to win the football. Kevin does not mind?

KellyM August 24, 2011 at 7:07 am

Kurt Warner is soooooooo cute!!!!! My husband would love that football! Thanks Amanda for a great read today

joni August 24, 2011 at 7:13 am

My sister is a military wife and used to live in that area. although I never got the chance to visit her, living so far away in NC, she would always talk about how beautiful it was. I know the perfect person to give that football to. I would love to win it! Thanks for the opportunity.


Ieasha August 24, 2011 at 7:16 am

What an amazing trip!!!! The photos were so beautiful. I think the genetic testing is very cool!. Looks like you had a great time!!!

JoAnne McArdle August 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

Kurt and Brenda are amazing people. My husband would love this football. I can put it next to my signed San Diego Charger one!!!

Wendy August 24, 2011 at 7:25 am

I had no idea there were so many varieties of blueberries! How wonderful to get to do a taste comparison.

Your pictures of the ecchinacea with the mountains in the background are stunning. I love your photography.

I’m also intrigued by the idea of different diets being good for different people, and am looking forward to hearing what yours is. Wouldn’t it be great if you lost weight on cake and icing?

Thanks for sharing these glimpses into your life. I always look forward to your email updates.

Tamera Alexander August 24, 2011 at 7:26 am

Gorgeous pics as always! The scenery, the food, Kurt Warner! What a great guy…and dancer! Thanks for sharing with us so faithfully, Amanda.

Courtney August 24, 2011 at 7:27 am

That would be so awesome to know your optimal diet type. Thanks for the giveaway.

Erin @ Brownie Bites August 24, 2011 at 7:27 am

I’m very impressed by that airplane meal – wow! Definitely not your typical flight. What a beautiful place!

Katie August 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

Love, love, loved these pics! Your work is amazing! I have family in Washington, but I don’t get to visit that often. Seeing Mount Hood again reminds me of my family and that beautiful state! Thanks for the memories!

Dora August 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

What an amazing photographer you are Amanda!!! Amazing photos from a fabulous trip!!!:-)

Fran August 24, 2011 at 7:31 am

Sounds like an amazing trip, so jealous! My husband is a football freak so thanks for the chance!

Michelle August 24, 2011 at 7:31 am

Your pictures are incredible! Looks like a lot of fun. I know several people who would love that football, but I think I would keep it for me! haha

Carla Minton August 24, 2011 at 7:32 am

I would love to give this football to my husband for our anniversary in September. What great pictures!! Looks like you had a great time.

Sheila August 24, 2011 at 7:32 am

I would love to have that football to donate to my daughter’s school benefit sale!

allison August 24, 2011 at 7:36 am

LOVE love the pictures – especially the cone flowers!

Debbie Hall August 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

Hi, I love your website! I also love all of your info about eating and dieting. You look amazing. My hubby would love the football. I would love to give it to him for our anniversary. We celebrated 31 years yesterday!

Leslie Mac August 24, 2011 at 7:42 am

What a great trip – thanks for the pictures. I’ve always wanted to visit the pacific nw – this might just be enough to convince my husband!

Julie Dellasega August 24, 2011 at 7:44 am

Looks like a wonderful trip. The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place.
Would love to win the football…my son is a St. Louis Rams fan and had a
Kurt Warner jersey when he was 5!

Deb.E. August 24, 2011 at 7:50 am

You were lucky to meet Kurt, I’d be lucky just to have his autograph!

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 24, 2011 at 7:50 am

Look at you in your private plane Ms Fancypants! This gets me very excited to plan a trip to the PNW. We want to go to Oregon and see the “goondocks” from The Goonies and we have friends in WA to visit finally and see the beautiful scenery.

Shannon August 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

Ok, I’m not interested in the football (but thanks anyway! ;). What I want to know more about are the diets! Can’t wait to hear more about them. Please, please do tell! Is there any way we can find out our ‘optimal diet’ without doing all of the stuff you did there?

Love your blog! :) And love, LOVE the pictures!!

Brittany Jones August 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

Your trip looks amazing!!!

This autographed football would be an incredible gift for my husband, who is returning soon from an overseas tour of duty.

Holly August 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

Loved reading about your adventures. Love that cute, adorable Kurt Warner too!
Thanks for the fabulous blog. By the way, you look adorable in the photo. Appreciate the opportunity.

Kathy Martin August 24, 2011 at 7:57 am

Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing!

Tara @ Creole Paperie August 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

Wow, how awesome! My hubby would LOVE that football! Even though we are Saints fans all the way down to our bone marrow, we love Kurt Warner because he’s such an awesome guy. Thanks for the giveaway Amanda!

PS those blueberry patches look divine! Yummy!

Julie G August 24, 2011 at 8:04 am

Very interesting info! Would love to win the football. :)

Lisa August 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

Your blog is just amazing! (Have I ever mentioned… I want your life!! :) as long as it includes my kiddos.) My hubby would love the football.

Michelle Phillips August 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

Oh wow my husband would love and deserve this wonderful football. He’s a football fanatic and I love him.

Jules August 24, 2011 at 8:09 am

Hi Amanda!! I love your blog. It’s the first one I go to every morning. I love all your pictures and your little doggies too!!

Emily August 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

Gorgeous photos and would love that football for my son’s room!!

Elaine August 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

Sounds like you had an exciting trip. Loved the photo of the purple coneflowers with the snow covered mountain in the background.

The signed football is a neat giveaway!

Susan T August 24, 2011 at 8:12 am

I can’t wait for your follow up post after you learn your genetic type. This topic interests me very much, and I am considering have the analysis done. Oh, and I’d love the football, too!

Lynn August 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

I am so envious… but envy isn’t a good thing to be, so I’ll change it up and just be so HAPPY for you that you got to have this amazing experience. My husband and I have been IBO’s with Amway for years. We <3 their products! Nope, not going to try to recruit you or anyone else – won't try to sell you anything either. We became IBO's for the discount on the products we use every day. Anyway – Kurt Warner and his wife are my large family heroes!!! I am actually reading Brenda Warner's book "First Things First" right now! Would love to meet them and their gorgeous family some day, but probably not going to happen, so I'll settle for winning that autographed football! ;-) Thanks for the chance!

Carla August 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

What a fabulous trip! Wondering if the TriLite Health Institute is for Amway only? And where else is the DNA testing done? Very interesting. And then to top it off with meeting Kurt Warner!!! Football is like religion for the men in my family…the signed football would be a wonderful thing for my two hard working men! Personally, I would love a trip to the Institute and Trout Lake Farm!

Donna G August 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

Man, I am really wanting that burrito and guacamole. I’ll admit to not knowing who Kurt Warner is, but I’m sure I know someone who would really appreciate the football, should you pick me. And the genetic type thingie intrigues me.

Lynn M August 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

I just love your blog and today’s is so interesting. I can’t wait for the follow-up on the diets. How exciting to meet Kurt Warner, he such a fine example of what’s good about professional football. Would love to win the signed football for my hubby! Thanks.

Stephanie C August 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

What a cool trip! Can’t wait to hear what they say your diet type is…..where can the average Jane get a test like that?

Sarah S. August 24, 2011 at 8:26 am

I really enjoy reading your blog and looking at your pictures!
Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Lrnmgud August 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

My ten-year-old turns eleven in a few weeks and he LOVES football–I can only imagine how crazy excited he would be to open up this football on his birthday!

Karen K August 24, 2011 at 8:30 am

I love reading your blog! My husband would love the football. Great giveaways!

Karen Kessen

Sarah T. August 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

OMG I am a huge football fan. My team is the Steelers but the Cardinals are a close second, thanks to our boy Kurt and superstar RB Larry Fitzgerald. Would LOVE to have that ball (and my husband would probably think it was pretty cool too)!

Nina August 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

My fiance would love that football! It would definitely make the perfect birthday gift!

Valerie August 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

The pictures were awesome and my husband would be a happy guy if I were to win the football!!

Olivia August 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

My nephew would absolutely love this! What a terrific trip and a wonderful opportunity you got to go do! I love your blog Amanda. :)

Angie @ Bigbearswife August 24, 2011 at 8:36 am

looks like an awesome trip!

Julie Bogart August 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

I want your life . . . and that football for my hubby!

June August 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

My son would LOVE that football!!!

Your pictures are absolutely stunning, especially of the waterfall. I’m glad you had a great trip.

April Southers August 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

Looks like you had a blast!!! Would love to use that football at a charity auction!! Thanks for all the fun pics to look at this morning!!

Nicole Durning August 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

My next vacation is going to be to the Pacific Northwest. SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

Robin Crittenden August 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

I have to say I like Kurt Warner and I have a football family of friends too. But also I’m off to read about your weight loss, I need to lose 50 pounds and need to find something that I will stick with.

Thanks for the beautiful pictures of Oregon and Washington. would love to be in that private jet. Awesome.

Bored Minister Wife August 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

That buritto looked so good. My dream vacay is to the Pacific Northwest, and I can’t wait.

Michelle August 24, 2011 at 8:52 am

My husband and I had plans to go the PNW this fall, but he’s been laid off and we’re not wanting to spend the money. Hopefully some day we’ll make it there.

As for the football…I have a 5 year old nephew who sits and watches sports with his Daddy. He’s been known to get up after bedtime to ask his Daddy who won the game/race. He’d love that football to go in his sports themed bedroom.

Kelly Mayberry August 24, 2011 at 8:52 am

Love the pictures from my neck of the woods! I live in WA and lived in the Portland area for many years. Your next trip should be to the San Juans. The views will amaze you even more!

Beth August 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

Your pictures are stunning! Mt. Hood is so beautiful! My cousins attend a ski camp there every summer. What a peaceful setting! Oh and I love football! And of course Kurt Warner!

Laura L August 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

Ok, first of all, if that is what you look like sweating in yoga clothes, no fair. Second, what an awesome trip!

Mrs. H August 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

My hubs would love this!! How sweet of you to think of yuor readers to get one for a give away!!!

Jodi O August 24, 2011 at 9:00 am

Oh My I would love that football!! Your pictures were beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

Elizabeth August 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

How fun!!! I can’t wait to go back up there next year!

Doris August 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

I love the Northwest also and made a couple of trips there last year. Such beauty. And how I would love to be able to give that football to my son who is currently deployed. I respect Kurt so much. Glad to see you had fun on your getaway.

Debra D. August 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

What an interesting experience! Wouldn’t it be lovely to have easy access to lots of organic fruits and vegetables!

Angela Griffith August 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

My husband LOVES football! That would make such a great gift for him!

jessjess7304 August 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

Oh my gosh my fiance would LOOVE that football. He is a huuge Kurt Warner fan (we live in St. Louis!) and I would love to give it to him as a wedding present! :)

Judy August 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

You lead an exciting and amazing life!

Andrea August 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

Oh my goodness!!!! My step-son Gavin (just turned 12 on 8.15.11) would go completely ga-ga over this football!! He is in love with all things sports… He just got some football receiving gloves, how cool would it be to catch a pass that’s been touched by Kurt Warner!?
(Plus I’d be the COOLEST step-mom eVeR!!)
love, ams

Lorinda Petri August 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

What beautiful country you have seen. My son Seth (12) is a huge football fan and would love an autographed football. Your blog is amazing and I look forward to reading each post.

Fee K. August 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

I love this idea of eating for your specific genetic type..can’t wait to see your results…we love Kurt Warner and his wife and their books are fantastic…you are in for a treat!

Amy August 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

I am so jealous you met Kurt Warner! He was such an amazing athlete, but he’s such a true stand up guy, not like a lot of the prima donna athletes you see now-a-days. Your day trip sounds amazing! The photos are breathtaking! I would love a chance to win a signed ball by Kurt Warner!

Katie Murray August 24, 2011 at 9:24 am

You are so lucky to get to go on these adventures. The scenery is breathtaking. Kurt Warner is such a great guy and family man. The football would be awesome to win.

kpage August 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

Who wouldn’t want something Kurt Warner touched?

Kristen August 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

What a wonderful trip! The blueberries look delicious! And Kurt Warner is probably my favorite football player ever. He has such a big heart.

Jean August 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

What a great trip!! The photos are just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your trip with us!! I would love to win the football- I live in Phoenix, and didn’t get a chance to go to any of the cardinals games. Love Kurt Warner.

Tonya August 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

WOW! what a cool gift! my boys would love to win the football!

Sue August 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

What a wonderful experience! And to have a signed football from Kurt … YES!

Kristyn August 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

What an amazing life you lead!! I would absolutely not know what to say to Kurt Warner (and isn’t he adorable?!). I’ve always believed that the pacific north west is my ideal place, seeing your pictures only further convinces me it’s true!! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Sandra August 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

did you end up eating any of those snacks in the basket? I know i would’ve

jen August 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

Looks like you had a great time … glad the weather cooperated for your trip. :)

foodie August 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

OMG! Kurt Warner! I would have been the only one in the room talking about his career. Only thing better than food is FOOTBALL!

Mary Anne August 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

What a great Christmas gift this would be for my son who is a sports nut!

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