The Adventure Begins

Hey there awesome adventurers-

Well, this is it! Our first blog post is up! For those who are joining us on our journey, I wanted to introduce you to Luke and myself (Alison) by providing a little background, how we met, our first adventure together, as well as the purpose of our blog.

First, a little background on both of us. Luke was born in Utah, but grew up in the small town of Snohomish, Washington, best known for their antique stores (we will get to those another time) and good looking people 😉 –  A little fun fact, he has an identical twin brother. I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, which is either known to some as Track Town USA, hippy town, the home of the University of Oregon, or my personal favorite, a town south of Portland.IMG_3014

After all the awkward stages of childhood, Luke and I met at Pacific Lutheran University on the first day of orientation. Ironically, we were in the same orientation group because we had both signed up for the intro to music class. Little did we know that we would eventually become each other’s best friend and adventure partner. On our first date, Luke brought a pen and paper to write down our similar interests, and it became very clear that we both had a great passion for the PNW and a desire for adventure. Besides academics, we were both involved in athletics (Luke – Soccer, myself – Softball), and involved in numerous extracurricular activities such as Outdoor Rec, Kinesiologists of the Future Club, Research Club, Community Service, Intramurals, etc. Our involvement in sports, clubs, and other various activities opened up yet another door for endless adventures and memories.

Enough about us. Now that summer is in the air, I thought it would be fitting to share our first adventure during our first summer together. For those of you who do not know where Snohomish, Washington is go ahead and pull out a map. It sits a little North and then East of Seattle Washington. Across the way is the city of Everett, which holds the Everett Marina. The Everett Marina is a fantastic place to visit during the summer time, seeing as it is hopping with good people and good vibes. If you enjoy sitting on the grass listening to live music, a farmers market with fresh local foods and products, then this is the place for you. Not only is the marina exciting on land, but the Marina is full of life on the water! On a warm summer day you will see windsurfers catching air, while others are kayaking in the sound, as well as taking it in as they sit on the beach eating lunch and soaking up the sun. The list goes on! On the day that Luke and I were there he and his parents took me on a kayak tour around Jetty Island. Instead of using the free ferry, we kayaked around the point into the sound, and then back where we docked our kayaks so that we could walk the beach of Jetty Island.IMG_3037 It was a blustery day, so the water was a bit rough, which made docking the kayaks a little tricky. Luckily I was with experienced kayakers, Luke’s parents both having many years of kayaking experience and Luke who grew up kayaking, so I had nothing to worry about. With the wind picking up, the waters were filled with wind surfers tearing up the waters and kids flying kites on the beach, which is always fun to watch. After walking on the beach we returned to the mainland to visit the Everett Farmers Market. The market sits on what feels like a board walk. As you walk through, the air is filled with the scent of good food and fresh flowers, followed by the sounds of constant laughter and conversation of people walking by. In the market there is a mix of booths, some are food, others flowers, as well as local based products. A personal favorite of mine is called elSage Designs, based out of Mount Vernon, Washington. They sell clothing with an emphasis on their screen printing designs.

After walking through the market, we set up a picnic on the grass in front of the stage, listened to some live music, and soaked in the sun rays. What a day, and what an adventure!521685_608563582509166_1082114246_n.jpg

Giddy up! There it is, our first adventure, and one of many! Our hope with this blog is to share more of our adventures with the intent to give you ideas of what to do in the wonderful PNW. There are countless places to go, people to see, and memories to be had. We not only want to share our stories and adventures, but also create a platform to promote an active lifestyle and clean living. It is our passion to adventure through life with curiosity and questions, which creates a mindful outlook of who we are ,where we are, what we are doing, and the incredible life to be lived.

We are new to blogging, and wish to improve as we dive deeper. Feedback is greatly appreciated:) Look out for blog posts every other Thursday, as well as Instagram (@ourmindfuladventure) posts throughout the week. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have, we would love to hear from you.

Over and Out,

 

Luke and Alison

“Adventure Passionately, Inquire Curiously”

Here is a list of links to check out

Everett Marina Music: https://everettwa.gov/806/Music-in-the-Parks

Everett Marina Farmers Market: http://everettfarmersmarket.net/

Jetty Island: http://www.portofeverett.com/recreation/beaches-kiteboarding/jetty-island-290

elSage Designs: https://shop.elsagedesigns.com/

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