We met at a group fitness gym (JD Elite) in Bellingham. In this environment you can always find Tyler offering encouragement and loudly cheering on everyone in class, while Sarah is far quieter... especially at 5am. On one of the running days, Tyler noticed how quick Sarah was sprinting in class and decided he'd challenge her to a race. And if you know Sarah at all, you know she is very competitive and by no surprise was totally up for the challenge. In the months that followed, talking at the gym quickly turned into paddle boarding dates at Lake Whatcom, a mountain bike test run at Galbraith and attending Sounders games in Seattle. We've been taking on new challenges and fun adventures together ever since.
In October 2021, we decided to tackle a big hike through the Enchantment Lakes in the North Cascades with a small group of our closest friends. There are many off-shoots and route options available but from what we could tell, we expected to see 10+ lakes, for 12 hours through 20 miles of trail. A big ask but with a big reward. We started hiking bright and early at 4am to give us plenty of time in the day. But this was not your typical adventure in the Cascades. Sarah had no idea that Tyler had planned a proposal at Colchuck Lake - a favorite of our hikes over the years. At 8am, on a rock at the edge of the lake, Sarah posed for a photo and at that moment Tyler surprised her with a ring and a proposal. She said YES!! It was an incredible start to the day, everyone was excited, there were cheers from other hikers and our group was totally amped for the rest of the hike. Full disclosure: there were still MANY more miles and many more hours ahead of us at that point but we are very forever grateful to have some amazing friends that pushed through a tough day to make our day extra special. We're so excited to celebrate this next chapter in our lives with you all. See you in Mexico!