20 Awesome Experiences of 2016

As we look out with anticipation towards all the possibilities that 2017 may hold, it’s important we take time to reflect on all that happened the year before it. I do this each year and it always seems likes so much more greatness happens by the end of the year than what I first anticipate. I believe this happens when you leave yourself open to adventure, partner with creative, driven people, and live your life with the purpose of collecting and telling great stories. Thanks to our work with Kia Motors in 2016 we were able to tell a plethora of great stories, with incredible people, and have some really awesome experiences. Here is a recap list of some of our favorite memories from 2016.

20 Awesome Experiences of 2016

Dinner under the Stars ( Mom 2.0 at The Ecology Center)

Enjoying the Suite Life ( Hotel Emma, Salamander Resort & Spa, Hotel Zepplin, Solage)

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Suite at Solage Calistoga CA #KiaSoulTurbo

Ice Box Hotel Emma San Antonio

Hotel Emma, San Antonio TX #ExperienceNiro

Hotel Zepplin San Francisco CA

Hotel Zepplin San Francisco CA #KiaSoulTurbo

We went back in time in Middleburg VA when we drove the all new 2017 Cadenza ( more here)

Alice Chase and Africa Miranda Kia Cadenza Virgina

and we saw the future and what vehicles we would be driving when we get there during  SEMA 2016.

Kia Sorento Ski Gondola

Soul First Class

Soul First Class photo cred: Kia Motors

And went to some pretty unusual places ( Borrego Springs, Seven Magic Mountians, Bird’s Cafe, Penny’s Cafe, )

Sky Art Sculptures of Borrego Springs

Sky Art Sculptures of Borrego Springs

Alice Jeff Joel Seven Magic Mountians

Birds Cafe, CA #KiaSoul Turbo

And some really beautiful places too.

San Francisco Bridge #KiaSoulTurbo

#KiaSoulTurbo Drive

Vegas Views SEMA Kia

Vegas Views

I even got to make a music video and karaoke with some of my coolest friends

This was just a recap of what made 2016 so special. (Be sure to go back and check out any posts on adventures you missed from 2016!) I’m sure 2017 will have even more in store for us. Some things are already on the books and I’ll share with you in the upcoming weeks. Other adventures are still to come and we’ll both be surprised when them come to pass. The exciting part is that with every new place, adventure, and road traveled we learn more about ourselves and have the opportunity to explore and share these stories. Thanks to every one of you who chose to follow along and take part by reading here, interacting on our social channels and generally being such a support and encouragement. Huge thanks to Kia Motors for both taking me along on these adventures and allowing me to tell part of that story. It’s always an awesome experience!!

West Covina Adventures with my Crazy Ex-Girlfriend #KiaDad

This past weekend I was scheduled to attend an on-campus fly-in class as a requirement for my masters program in California. After talking with the amazing people at Kia, I was given a new 2017 Kia Sportage to drive while in town. I couldn’t allow this opportunity to be all work and no adventure, now could I?? We had just finished up a conversation about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and West Covina was just around the corner from where I was staying. So…….

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I arrived with studious aspirations but as soon as I was inside the vehicle, I thought “HMMMMM, this is just way too cool of a car to drive to and from campus, I need to have some fun!!”  

After pondering for a moment about where was, I did what any rational human with a vehicle, a full tank of gas, and a few hours to kill…. I drove to West Covina, California

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I know what you are thinking… “Who drives to West Covina (just two hours from the beach)???” Okay, Okay….the residents of West Covina argue that the beach is a *little* closer than two hours. Someone actually even mapped it. 

While traffic allowances may still make the beach drive time debatable, anyone who has seen our favorite binge worthy Netflix show, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, just might want to check out West Covina too! When I realized how close I was by pulling up the address from the Apple Car Play/GPS navigation, off I went “To WEST COVINA…. CALIFORNIA… the pride of the inland Empire”

Kia Dad Adventure West Covina
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the city WAS pretty cool. I went to “Home Base” which I thought was just a place made up in Hollywood-land but in fact, it’s actually really there! Well sort of….

Kia Dad adventure West Covina Home Base

It’s really called “Big League Dreams”, the city’s sports complex. It does have replica ballparks, and seating just like the show. You’ll find six near-identical, scaled-down playing fields that are replicas of famous ballparks such as Boston’s Fenway Park, New York’s Yankee Stadium and Chicago’s Wrigley Field etc. where kids can play like pros under the lights. During my visit, there was actually a game in progress, so I didn’t get to go inside and take in all the splendor, but I got close.

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Of course, once I found this spot I knew I couldn’t stop there. It was off to find the piece-de-resistance. The most important location…. the site of the Big Opening Number!!

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So, I didn’t have a huge floating pretzel or a backup squad of 100 random citizens surrounding me in spontaneous flash mob dance style. In comparison, the area was starkly quiet and remarkably clean. The fountain wasn’t in opperation for MY performance but what are you going to do….  My expectations may have gotten a little high. It’s West Covina California after all. (water restrictions ??)

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But that didn’t stop me from enacting my own rendition of the song.. NOPE, in fact it probably encouraged me. ( If you haven’t ever seen the original performance from the show- watch it first here to get the full effect of my performance.)

Surprisingly, the mall area was pretty big. They clearly used all the space they could in the opening song. It worked well too, though the signs didn’t sing to me like they did to Rachel Bloom in the show. In fact, there was nothing on most of the signs, but again its West Covina, on a weekday, what did I expect.

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A fun surprise.. killing two birds with one stone as it were, was the office exterior for  “Whitefeather & Associates” ( the law office building where the main character from the show works), is actually found just north of the fountain quad I pointed out earlier. It’s the white building just behind me.

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After breaking the silence by my song and dance, I knew it was time say goodbye to West Covina, and head back to class before I was late.  So, I packed up my hopes and dreams, and headed back to my Kia Sportage. I put in directions for the next stop and headed on.

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The drive to campus seemed to take a lot less time, maybe because I was able to tap into my favorite music using Pandora and Spotify through Carplay

Once I got to campus it was time to find a spot, park and head to class.

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This seems like as good as any spot. And I am sure they won’t mind, after all this MY adventure. 

Oh and just in case anyone is wondering…. I DID finally make it to the beach. 🙂

A #beautiful sunset is the perfect way to end an awesome trip #KIADad thanks @kiamotorsusa for driving me.

A photo posted by Randall Chase IOM?Social Media (@randallschase) on

Spent some #KIADad time at the beach… Love getting to relax after a long day of classes. @kiamotorsusa

A photo posted by Randall Chase IOM?Social Media (@randallschase) on

Have you watched “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” yet? We are always looking for great new show recommendations. What is your favorite Netflix show to binge watch? 

Interested in a few of our other Kia adventures? Check them out here, here, and here.

The 2017 Kia Sportage is going to ROCK you! #DiscoverSportage

Music has this uncanny ability to take a few familiar chords and instantly transport you to another place and time or solidify a new memory forever. This month, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to San Diego to discover the new 2017 Kia Sportage to create a soundtrack of epic new memories.

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Our tour began at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.  I walked into a suite that had already set the stage for rockstar status.

Hard Rock Hotel Sam Diego

That evening we took pedicabs through the Gaslamp District, arriving for dinner on the rooftop and great music from several live bands.

Pedicab San Diego

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While we may have wanted to rock and roll all night, our next gig was scheduled bright and early the next day. Even rock stars need a few hours of beauty sleep. We met for a presentation covering the impressive design and performance features of the 2017 Kia Sportage we would be driving.
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(Check out all that the new 2017 Kia Sportage offers here). We each picked a band member aka drive partner and headed out on tour.

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As we approached the Sportage we would be driving, there were a few elements of this vehicle that really stood out and made me take notice.
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Kia Sportage Ice Cube Lights

I love a multi-tone interior.

2017 Kia Sportage interior

It was a really fun drive with plenty of twists and turns right in the beginning. The Kia Sportage handled every curve with ease.
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2017 Kia Sportage handles with ease

We also had plenty of musical fun on this drive. I mean, what’s a road trip without a great playlist…..? You can checkout my playlist selection for this drive on Spotify – with 100 of the best rock songs spanning the decades you’ll be set to drive wherever the road may take you. 😉

Halfway through our drive we stopped for some “Sweet Cherry Pie”at Julian Pie Company and it was soooooo good!  (okay, so really the flavor I chose was boysenberry/apple pie but you see where I was going with that one, right??? ) 
Julian Pie Company

We said “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie” and headed out for a little off roading in Borrego Springs. AMAZING art here. If you have never visited, put it on your bucket list. While we were there this guy stopped us to compare trunk space. He was pretty impressed with what we had going on. Sportage Trunk Space (1)

2017 Kia Sportage SX SX Turbo 2WD

2017 Kia Sportage SX

We had driven all types of terrain that day but we couldn’t let the band break up just yet. That night we had a farewell show of karaoke accompanied by a live band. Kia made rockstars of everyone this trip. It was a performance of epic proportions, I assure you.

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Whether we are talking music, cars or friends, always ALWAYS surround yourself with those who choose to stand out rather than fit in. They are the ones reinventing and innovating. They are the ones with a great story to tell and the ones you’ll most certainly want to be part of. Kia has chosen to do just that and it’s one storyline I’m paying close attention to.

“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.”- John Denver