Allen’s Side of the Story
December 10, 1999 - Anna and I met at the Firs Lodge at the Mt. Baker Ski Resort in Northern Washington State. Both Anna and I were on a weekend snowboarding trip with our respective parks departments. For the next year (after Anna sent a letter to me) we kept in contact via phone calls, and instant messenger.
December 8, 2000 - On another overnight trip to the Firs Lodge at Mt. Baker, Anna and I once again met. If you talk to anyone else that went with me on this trip you would know that I couldn't wait to see her. I also didn't know how pretty she had become. In fact when I saw her I thought she was so pretty I was scared to talk to her. For the next 8 years we talked over instant messenger, sometimes going long periods of time without talking.
Some Time in the Summer 2008 - I had found out that Anna was living close by and thought it would be cool to see her. We decided to catch-up in person, but the conversation left us both with a sour taste. She moved to Arizona for work shortly after and we lost contact for the next 3 years.
September 4, 2011 - While sitting at my apartment going through my phone I saw Anna’s number and thought it was time to find out how she was doing. I sent her a text message. After a few minutes went by she wrote back that she “was busy and would text me later.” I had thought this meant she was writing me off, however, the next day she texted me back. This started a long string of texts which eventually led to Anna inviting me to come visit her in Bellingham.
September 7, 2011 - I met with Anna at a local Thai Restaurant in Fairhaven called On Rice. For the first time in our 12 year history we hit it off! We spent the rest of the night talking and getting caught up on our lives. I was instantly in love and knew I had to do whatever it took to keep from losing contact with her again. We saw each other a couple more times over the next week and a half.
September 18, 2011 - We made our relationship official. A friend of mine (and fraternity brother) Jay Staples, was getting married in La Paz, Mexico. I really wanted to bring Anna along so I invited her. Somehow, we were able to get her passport delivered a couple days prior to our trip.
October 6, 2011 - “Our first date.” I had just attended my cousin Shawn Rowland's wedding in Austin, Texas and flew to La Paz, Mexico. Derrick Dennis (A friend and fraternity brother) and I both had girlfriends flying into the Cabo (3 hour drive north of La Paz). We left an hour early and made our way out of La Paz. Ok we got lost for an hour and had to ask 4 non-English speaking residents and a police officer (who drew us a map) for directions, but hey who is telling this story!? We arrived at the airport a few minutes early and made our way into the terminal to wait for our arrivals. After an hour of waiting and no sign of them we realized we were waiting in the wrong terminal. We scrambled over to another terminal to find our significant others sitting on the curb side. They laughed about it and forgave us. The rest of the trip was amazing and it set the tone for the next year of our relationship.
September 23, 2012 - We woke up early (ok early to us) to go on a hike up the backside of Tiger Mountain aka. Poo Poo Point. It was a beautiful cloudless day and about 65-70 degrees out. I had secretly packed champagne in a water bottle and hidden a small box with Anna’s ring in the bottom of my backpack. On the way up the mountain the champagne started to leak. Anna told me I smelled of beer and had thought it was from our night before at Oktoberfest in Fremont. I decided to go with this and had her walk in front of me the rest of the way up the mountain. After 3 hours and a couple of pep talks we made it to the top. I handed my camera to a stranger for a nice couple shot of Anna and I. Once the stranger pointed the camera and was ready to take the picture I knelt down (ring in hand) next to Anna and waited for her to notice. With surprise in her eyes she said yes! We were able to salvage 2 small glasses of champagne each while watching hang-gliders launch from the mountain top.
August 24, 2013 - I can’t wait to write this story!
Anna’s Side of the Story
Every time you meet someone new your life is impacted in ways you can’t imagine. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, or in this case: Amazing!
The weekend of December 10, 1999 - I go on a trip to Mt. Baker to snowboard and meet a lot of other kids my age. I had just turned fifteen and so awkward and shy I barely remember anything of it. One thing that I remember was that I had just met this really cute guy named Allen. We stayed in touch via AOL instant messenger (which was the big thing then) and that was about it.
The weekend of December 8, 2000 - Another trip to Mt Baker. This time I am 16, and finally starting to be a little more confident, and I am excited to see my friend Allen. The trip was a blur, and I think Allen and I were both still shy and just didn’t talk or hang out as much. We did however manage to stay in contact through phone calls and instant messaging afterwards.
During the next few years we graduate high school, go to college in different states and lose touch with each other. Allen stayed in touch better with my good friend Lori and ended up finding out that we both live in the Seattle area. We hung out sometime in the summer of 2008 and our friendship didn’t click the same as it had previously and we both just figured that we would probably never talk again. I moved to Arizona a few months later for work and that was it.
Early September 2011 - I am on a date and get a text from Allen asking how I was doing. I was somewhat amazed since I hadn’t talked to him in 3 years and I let him know that I would talk to him the next day. I didn’t want to be rude to my date. We started talking again by text and decided to meet up again. Allen agreed to come up to Bellingham to visit. We met up at my favorite Thai food restaurant, On Rice. By the 18th we had been seeing each other about 3 times per week and decided to become exclusive. Allen then invited me to go with him to La Paz for the wedding of a friend and fraternity brother. I agreed to go with him.
October 6, 2011 - MEXICO! This was my first trip to Mexico and after a few hiccups, like my passport only getting there two days prior to takeoff, getting stuck for an hour waiting for Allen to get to the correct terminal, some cows in the road and having a tanker truck almost drive us off the edge of a cliff, we made it to La Paz. We had an amazing trip and met a lot of people who became good friends.
September 18, 2012 - Our one year anniversary is a little weird as Allen is in Toronto for work and I am home visiting my parents, but I did manage to surprise him by having the hotel send up a small snack and a glass of his favorite beer.
September 21, 2012 - We have a celebration dinner at Melting Pot in downtown Bellevue, which was delicious! We then decide to take a hike on Sunday and decide to hike at Tiger Mountain.
September 23, 2012 - We hike up to Poo Poo Point (still makes me laugh) not realizing how freaking long, and tiring and up and down and exhausting it is. Part way up I realize that I keep smelling beer. We had been at Oktoberfest the night before and I just figured Allen drank more than I thought and left it at that. I don’t know how many times I tried to quit hiking but Allen kept telling me we are almost there, almost there! When we finally made it to the top of the mountain we got a lady to take a picture of us. As we were going to pose Allen got down on one knee and proposed! It was such a gorgeous location. He then informed me the smell of beer was actually my favorite champagne spilled all over the backpack. We celebrated with a gorgeous view of the sound and bubbles while hang-gliders soared in the air.