Engagement Announcement: Angie and Jared

Angie and JaredLast weekend I camped at Dillon Beach at the mouth of Tomales Bay. The huge campground there, Lawson’s Landing, has been a place for family vacations and celebrations for generations. My camping neighbors were one of these families, and they were celebrating Angie and Jared’s engagement. How do I know?

We tend to not know our neighbors very well in general. I couldn’t tell you the names of any of the people who live in my building at home. But set up some RVs next to one another, add some alcohol, music, and fires, and you are finding yourself meeting everyone around you. As a result, I know more about Angie and Jared’s life after one evening than I do about people in San Jose I have lived next to for a year.

Read about their courtship and the uncertain future of Lawson’s Landing after the jump.

Tomales Bay
Angie and Jared had a fairytale start to their romance:

Angie: “I thought you were an asshole.”
Jared: “Yeah, I was an asshole.”

But things quickly changed on that first night they met. Jared finally got the courage to kiss Angie. Her reply was, “I was waiting for that all night.”

“I have never had a girl say that before,” Jared told me. “It was fucking hot.”

And so three years later, much to the family’s excitement, Jared finally proposed.

Angie, Jared, and their friends from Petaluma and Penngrove included me and my Bay Area friends in their celebration. We opened bottles of champagne and made many drunken toasts. We passed around the guitar and the bottle of mezcal. And as the night went on, the circle around our fire grew larger.

Angie and Jared’s wedding is set for June of next year. They plan on staying in Penngrove. “We want to be hermits,” Angie said. “We don’t need anyone else besides us.”

Congratulations, guys! I wish you all of the best, and I hope you have many more celebrations at Lawson’s Landing.
Lawson's Landing
The future of Lawson’s Landing is uncertain, though. This popular camping and fishing spot has been run by the Lawson family for 50 years, long before the Costal Commission and today’s strict permitting for coastal development. As a result, there has been a bit of a battle between the Lawsons, who are trying to gain approval for permits to modernize the campground, and the various environmental groups and government agencies.

I am not even going to try to pick sides or explain what is going on, but if you are interested in finding more about the issues, check out what the Lawsons and the Sierra Club have to say.
Sunset on Dillon Beach

2 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    awesome post! i love the personal story framing the problems facing an area of the North Bay previously completely unknown to me.

    and is SO the truth that nothing brings people together and oddly intimately into each others lives like pitching tents side-by-side. it’s that vacation kool-aid we all drink. you can take the kids out of summer camp, but that summer camp, best friends forever bonding instinct carries on.


  2. Lauren (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

    Thanks, I orginally thought of the two stories separately, but as I wrote it, I realized that they was no way to talk about one and not the other.



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