The smell of bonfire fills the air, the leaves start to change and then fall… hence the name of the season. And because of these changes, our events have to adapt and change too! We are on our last week of outdoor volleyball before we move it indoors! So no more cold toes from the wet, chilly sand and playing with bare feet, instead we are tying up our tennis shoes and hitting the hard courts! But no matter where we play, we have smiles on our faces, because we are among our E&A friends! So here’s to the outdoor sand courts… until we meet again… in spring (hopefully)! It is Minnesota after all!
Megan Event Manager Minneapolis
It was my first bike ride with the E&A crew and I didn’t know what to expect. Would this ride be too easy for the group? Too difficult? I gave them the option of taking the traditional route which means a 2 mile uphill climb on El Camino Real near the start of the ride. Not a single person looked worried. In fact, everyone was excited. Everybody mastered the hill, even the brave soul who took her mountain bike. After some water, deep breaths, and a little stretching at the top we sped down the winding decent. Then it was off to Tiburon (thus the name Tib loop) and incredible views of the bay and San Francisco. My worry melted into smiles and pride as the excellent riders came up to me and said, “This could be the most beautiful ride I have ever taken.” Now I can’t wait to do the next ride.
Bryan Event Manager San Francisco
Free cover & bottle service for E&A members brought out over 35 single folks to Whiskey River; one of Houston’s hottest venues. We toasted Roberto on his birthday & made sure we got our 8 seconds on the Mechanical Bull! Photobomb of the night goes to Dennis for this one!
Reid Event Manager Houston
Monday night Wallyball was awesome! It was all our first time playing so we were in the same boat. Wallyball combines the right amount of fun and exercise to keep you wanting more! It was awesome to see how much our skills progressed by the end of the evening. Heck, Kelli even invented her own serve where the ball disappears right before your eyes! It was a great way get rid of that Monday stress. I can’t count how many times I said “just one more game!” E&A brought us together and encouraged us to try this new, amazing sport which we will definitely see on the calendar again. The evening ended with laughs, sweat and salted caramel pumpkin ice cream. That’s normal, right?!
April Event Manager Chicago
Our favorite volleyball spot has added new nets & lights so we can enjoy outdoor volleyball action every Tuesday night for the rest of the year! The heat has finally broken so even if you don’t love volleyball you will love relaxing on the patio with a cool drink and good friends. Happy Hour is all day and you can watch your favorite channels on the new flat screen TV’s outside!
Reid Event Manager Houston
Have you ever been river rafting? WOW! What a thrill. We started off on a calm leg of the Umbra River in Peru. Most the water is from glacial runoff. Good thing because that sun is toasty at 10,000 feet. We learned to paddle together (which is very difficult when there’s a splash fight with the other boats!) and headed down to the class 3 rapids. Coolest thing ever. Our awesome guides knew just when we needed to give extra effort to stay off those sneaky rocks. A couple times my heart felt like it was going to stop when we hit the rushing rapids. We looked at each other and realized we all had the terror-thrill grins and started laughing as we slapped out paddles together over our heads for our congratulatory cheer. We did it! When can we do it again?
Jacque Event Manager Dallas
I was thinking about how great our summer was and all we have done and accomplished together, and one of our August hikes came to mind. A simple afternoon hike can turn difficult depending which path you choose. If you hike in a park, there are usually maps and paths to guide you, but sometimes it’s fun to “off-road” and take the path less traveled. We started out on a very wide, tarred path with many people surrounding us, then it slowly got more narrow with no one else in sight. Boulders came to be an obstacle, so we started to climb. I looked back, as I was leading the pack, and the looks of determination on the faces behind me, told me to keep going. We went up and then we went down and then up again. When we arrived at the landing overlooking the river, we all took in the view… as we all took a drink of water as well. We took a victory picture then and as we headed back, I was thinking about how our lives are much like this hike was… may seem simple at first, but there are difficulties along the way. What goes up, must come down, much like our climb on the boulders. But the best part about it is that we learned something about ourselves as we did something we may have never done before… we pushed ourselves, where other times we might have just given up… and we did this because we first took a leap of faith and joined E&A. This may be the first step, but it’s not the last… and I’m looking forward to sharing many more of these victory moments together!
Megan Event Manager Minneapolis
Hiking is one of my favorite things to do with E&A. Getting out and exploring all the neat locations, seeing the beautiful landscape, getting a great workout, and being able to really talk and connect with people is why I love it. The group went to Alum Rock Park on Saturday for a 6 mile hike. It was a blast! I got to meet some new members and really was able to get some one on one time with them. It was a blast racing George to the top of a hill. I am pretty sure I won, but we both had to stop and take a couple breaths at the top! It was so much fun giving Rolando a hard time during the hike. He was always at the head of the group, running up all the uphill portions working really hard to get that workout going. What an athletic guy! Afterward, we all went to Lucy’s Tamale Factory which has the best tamales in San Jose. Delicious!
Julie Ott Regional Events Manager
It’s been awhile since I’ve felt like a kid again, and our pottery class did the trick! Having clay all over my hands, arms and under my fingernails brought me back to my childhood. There is something about being dirty that makes me cringe and happy at the same time! We all began nice and slow on our pottery wheels trying to keep control of our clay and the splatter to a minimum. It didn’t take long before we realized this isn’t as easy as it looks! Some of us created beautiful bowls and vases while others’ looked like the work of a kindergartener(myself). All and all our creations were our own and we were proud of our art, perfect or lop-sided. I can confidently say that we threw around some clay and some laughs as well!
April Kordyak Event Manager Chicago
I took this picture at our basecamp at Soraypampa, Peru roughly 3,800 meters up in the Andes Mountains. After completing the first days 7 hour hike in the lead group I see a bright light of confidence and accomplishment in my eyes. Day 2 would destroy that light like a waterfall crushing the faint light of a candle. After “sleeping” through rough winds, cold temperatures and a choir of wild dogs; the banging on our tent at 5am wasn’t the best wake up call I have ever had. This was the start of the most challenging day of my life. Fighting altitude, rough terrain and fatigue I would eventually reach the height of our trek 15,220 ft…before lunch; A grueling 4 hour hike up over 3,000 feet in a matter of hours. As I passed another adventurer up the trail he said something to me I would never forget. He was much older than me and he looked at me through tired yet excitedly hopeful eyes and said “Have you ever had so much fun being miserable?” It was a quote that I will always remember because I never want to forget that the things in life worth striving for often require the most challenging journeys. Learning to love the journey is what Events & Adventures is all about every single day.
Events Manager – Texas Region