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"San Francisco is a world to explore. It is a place where the heart can go on a delightful adventure. It is a city in which the spirit can know refreshment every day." - William Saroyan

There is little more romantic than the setting sun behind the graceful arch of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The hills are aflame and there is a double sunset in the reflection in the city's skyscrapers.  This lovely city by the bay, which coyly plays hide and seek behind its playful layer of fog, has romance running through its bedrock.  Whether you are coming with a loved one, friends or to meet fellow adventure seekers, what better way to celebrate Valentine's day than by taking a pause to appreciate the beauty of the cool gray city of love?  You will start by exploring the trails of the Presidio and Lands End, then meet for a decedent meal at a truly special location in the Presidio (you really can't beat these views).  Who knows, your heart may just find a delightful adventure and catch fire with the sunset.

We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with the folks over at HeyHeys for this event!  As purveyors of high performance running tights and related big adventures, they embody everything we strive and stand for here at Encounter.

Tickets include a 5-course dinner.  Complimentary wine and beer provided throughout the entire meal.

Also included:

  • Guided trail run or guided hike
  • Gourmet snacks during your run or hike
  • Your own pair of HeyHeys (optional)
  • Gratuities
  • New friends!
  • $50 of ticket costs goes to the Greater Farallones Association, working hard to converse the marine habitats of the Farralon National Marine Sanctuary

the logistics

Arrival time for this Valentine's Day adventure will be 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at the Warming Hut at Crissy Field, after which we will quickly embark upon the trails of the Presidio.  You should expect an approximate 4 to 6 mile hike or trail run.

At your arrival, we can store your personal belongings and we recommend bringing cozying layers to add on top of your running gear for dinner (but we'll bring blankets and have hot chocolate ready too just in case).

Detailed information, including the menu and trail routes, will be sent 72 hours in advance of the event. 

important information

    We can accommodate certain dietary restrictions, but accommodation of strict needs such as vegan diets and severe allergies may not be possible. Please include all special requests and dietary restrictions in the notes section when checking out and we'll circle back with you by email!

    Due to the nature of our event, all tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred to someone else if you cannot attend.  We will proceed with the event regardless of weather.

    If you are purchasing a pair of HeyHeys, please also include the print you would like in the comments section at checkout. HeyHeys are proudly designed and manufactured in California, USA! . . . and HeyHeys contributes 5% of proceeds to trail maintenance in the state and national parks in which they were conceived.

    your team

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    Bret, the founder of HeyHeys and an integral part of the Encounter family, is a former competitive alpine skier and an accomplished ultra marathoner. His reputation for showing up with bright colors and a brighter attitude preceeds him and he leaves smiles in his wake.  In his free time, he is leading the charge in using technology platforms to build real-people communty. His spirit animal (and dream dog) is a Bernese Mountain Dog.

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    Alex is an Encounter groupie and always loves joining for all sorts of adventures by foot, ski, and bike.  Passionate about the outdoors and seeing new places, his most fun recent adventures have included running an ultra trail race around Mont Blanc, ski touring in Svalbard, and contemplating cultural transitions while traveling by land from Vienna to Beijing.  After living in Brazil for nearly 5 years, he made the move back to SF in 2015 and is excited to be back in the Bay Area.

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    Nic, who serves as our master cycling guide on cycling adventures, is perfecting his game as maître d' this Valentine's Day.  Nic is a master of humor, logistics, and most importantly, appreciating what everyone brings to the table. From time to time, he plays at being corporate attorney.

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    An avid cyclist herself, Cassidy is your soigneur extraordinaire (aka. the chef).  A self-taught chef, accredited sommelier and certified yoga teacher, Cassidy's quest is to create experiences worthy of a really, really deep breath. She is perpetually studying something new - there is just so much inspiring in this world of ours to add to the curriculum!