Nothing is more American than pitching a tent, building a bonfire and grabbing a cold one while being surrounded by friends. Camping is a summer getaway, a rite of passage, and gives us a sense of nostalgia. It’s the best way to remove yourself from your daily routine and step back into an easier way of life. If you are not typically a camper or outdoorsy person you’re in luck, because here in Arizona we have the perfect camping environment. Not only is it just a short drive north to get away from the heat, the dry weather keeps the bugs at bay, and the cooler weather makes it perfect for swimming or cozying up next to the fire. Northern Arizona has beautiful water sources for kayaking, high rising evergreens that canopy the area with shade, and amazing evenings with clear, starry skies.
Events & Adventures takes this as an opportunity to help you leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind on Memorial and Labor Day weekends. This Memorial Day weekend we will be heading to Cottonwood, do some hiking amongst the Red Rocks of Sedona and kayak in the Verde River. The nights will be spent fireside getting to know new friends, and reminiscing about past adventures. Outdoorsy or not, Events & Adventures has you covered. There will be camping experts at your disposal that will teach you how to rough it for the three days, or how to “glamp” up your campsite to make it just as glamorous as your own bedroom.
As the summer months roll in, Events & Adventures will be taking to the high country multiple times. We’re going to the Mt. Lemmon cabins for 4th of July weekend (with all the hotel luxuries you need, while still getting to enjoy the outdoors) and tent camping again up north for Labor Day. The days in the valley are getting warm, so join Events & Adventures for the perfect escape from the heat and stress!
The weather is warming again in the Pacific Northwest, and that means it’s time for us to dust off our hiking shoes! Vancouver has been blessed with sunny skies for the past two weeks, and Events & Adventures members took advantage of that. We spent the past two weekends on two amazing hikes.
There is no better way to welcome the start of spring and summer than by hiking and enjoying nature. Here in Vancouver we are spoiled with emerald green forests, crystal clear oceans and sweeping coastlines. We went everywhere from Lighthouse Park in North Vancouver, to Brothers Creek Trail in West Vancouver, and to more rugged hikes in areas like like Elm Mountain in Chilliwack. There is no shortage of trails so members of all experience levels can join in and make the most of the nature around us this summer.
Hiking is one of those activities that is always a great bonding experience. What better way is there to make new friends than by exercising outdoors, while laughing and exploring untamed with a group of singles just as adventurous as yourself?
If you missed out on the first few hikes of the year, don’t worry there will be many more to come. There is nothing quite as satisfying as dipping your toes into a stream while enjoying a picnic after a hike and meeting a special someone who appreciates nature the way you do, or climbing to the top of a mountain with the enthusiasm of new friends by your side!
The first week of April was a busy one for Events & Adventures members in the Bay Area, as we sang, danced, made works of art, and learned how to defend ourselves. All these things were mixed in with a little laughter over wine, and a hike through the redwoods to look at waterfalls.
On Monday, we found our inner artists as we learned to draw caricatures from a professional. The venue was an eclectic warehouse covered with art from the ceiling to the floor. We learned and created while a DJ filled the air with great beats for inspiration. Then on Tuesday, we met for our weekly tradition of sand volleyball, board games, drinks and good company at The Sports Page Bar and Grill. As usual, over two dozen of our members were in attendance.
On Wednesday, we attended an incredible class in self-defence. The Urban Combat Reality-Based Self-Defence class taught us how to respond to dangerous emergencies in the real world. We learned what to do when a stranger approaches and how to react if they were to attempt to enter our cars. Not only was the information invaluable, but the atmosphere was also energetic and incredibly fun. We will definitely be going back to this venue!
Thursday night we cowboyed it up with a line dancing lesson and then mingled at a country-western bar. Then on Friday, over two dozen of our members sang their hearts out when we revisited our favorite karaoke bar. At Events & Adventures it doesn’t matter how well you sing—all your club members will support you and cheer you on from the sidelines. So let all your inhibitions fly right out the window!
When Saturday night rolled around, over two dozen of our members relaxed and mingled at a shoe-themed wine bar. A little wine, a little shoe shopping and a lot of laughs ensued! Finally on Sunday morning, we pulled on our hiking boots and nearly three dozen members hit the trails to walk through redwoods and view breathtaking waterfalls. As always with our Events & Adventures hikes, this event was incredibly popular. It was a beautiful day to get some exercise and to meet new people. So many memories were already created this week, and many more left to make this the month!
Gloomy weather can ruin the moods of even the most optimistic of people, but at Events & Adventures we always find a way to make the most of our time together; no matter what the weather is like, we’ll always have things to do on a rainy day.
It’s happened to all of us—we plan a lovely day outdoors and then the weather decides to be a spoilsport; it begins pouring the night before and continues relentlessly for the next entire day, ruining your plans entirely! When you’re in that situation it’s very easy to fall into a sour mood and wonder what to do to make the day a little less disastrous. That’s where Events & Adventures comes in. We planned a weekend of outdoor adventures, and a little rain didn’t stop us from making the most of our weekend.
On Saturday, a group of us went up to wine country to try a variety of wine from some of the local wineries and educated ourselves on the different varietals. Even though we couldn’t play any of the lawn games because of the weather, we still made the best of it. We shared cheese, crackers, wine and great conversation. Meanwhile in the South Bay, our members turned a flag football game into a successful day of mudball. The rain was coming down hard and our members were playing even harder. Wet and wild was definitely the theme of the day.
Then on Sunday, Raider, Chucky and Buster led our way through the rain. These were some of the horses that members got to ride at Garrod Farms as they enjoyed a trail ride. It was drizzling a bit but this did not stop us from taking in the beautiful landscapes. The trails allowed us to wander through vineyards and oak chaparral forests teeming with wildlife. In the South bay nothing was going to stop us from hiking through that redwood forest and enjoying nature and the company of our fellow members.
So next time you’re looking for things to do on a rainy day, let Events & Adventures create the kind of experience that you’ve always craved.
I love Saturday mornings when spending them with friends, enjoying the summer weather and what we have left of it! We hiked in Taylor Falls Park today… well, hiked AND climbed I should say. Most of the trails bring us to a boulder or two to climb up on and over to keep going on with our journey. We even discovered things we haven’t seen before on the trails… devil’s cave, natural potholes carved into the rocks, and so much more. We tried new trails, and even “off-roaded” a little… we crossed the border and went over to the Wisconsin side of the river and took in the views and trails from that side… most people we happy to cross back over to the Minnesota side… especially after seeing some Packer fans hiking as well. So our “Welcome to Minnesota” sign pictures, were truly a relief (to some… I’m a Packer fan… SHHH don’t tell!) After we crossed back over, we headed to this old-fashioned ice cream shop and rewarded ourselves for our accomplishments that morning! We conquered our fears and met some new people… as we do every day as a part of E&A!
Just last weekend some of our Events and Adventures Singles got a beautiful Hiking bug up to the top of Chief Mountain in Squamish. They braved the giant granite rock and even a downpour of rain but the views at the top were a remarkable reward for the time investment. The fun part starts about halfway to the peak when some of them stopped having to huff and puff. Looking around at the beautiful surroundings of the beautiful forest only took their breath away again. They ended up about 4 hour round trip with quite a few photo stops and a pretty solid lunch break on the top of the peak, just a great time spent with friends to make you realize how amazing our Province really is. Beautiful BC!
It’s amazing how empty the streets are in and around Seattle when the Seahawks are playing. With their great winning streak everyone wants to see them play, our club included. We will be doing Seahawks viewing parties all around town. The last one was at “The Spot off main” and there were plenty of times you could not hear the commentary when the room was roaring.
We also hiked up the Cal Magnusson trail to Pinnacle Peak. It’s one of the most popular hikes in the Enumclaw area. A one-mile long forested trail climbs 1000-vertical feet to the top of the 1800-foot geological knob. Once we got to the top, we saw outcroppings of columnar basalt, the old footings of an old fire lookout and best of all, a spectacular view of Mt Rainier and the White River valley.
You may have been exhausted after our Self defense class like most of us, but you would have came away with a number of techniques and moves. It was great to have Martial Arts experts take us though all the moves and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels a little more comfortable with what life could throw at you. Thanks Lee’s Martial Arts!
Curtis Event Manager Seattle
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