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Love at 35,000 feet: An unlikely connection between two travelers

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Justin and Lauren's love story began nearly 15 years ago at 35,000 feet. Justin and Lauren's love story began nearly 15 years ago at 35,000 feet.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Every love story has a beginning, but Justin Owens’ and Lauren Scranton’s is truly something special.

The two met on a flight to Portland when they were 15-years old. Owens lived in Spokane and Scranton was from California.

“I saw her and was like, oh let her sit next to me, please let her sit next to me,” said Owens. “Then she got closer and I was like oh she’s looking at me, what do I do?”

Scranton says Owens was shy and focused on flipping through the binder of CD’s in his lap.

“He had a snowboarding or surfing magazine or both,” said Scranton. “And I used that as a conversation starter.”

The two hit if off for the entire 2-hour flight, exchanged e-mails, and after a long-distance relationship filled with AOL instant messaging, started dating one year later.

But after their senior year of high school, Owens and Scranton split up. 

Fast-forward seven years later. Owens posted on Facebook that he was going to California to hike at Joshua Tree National Park. He asked if anyone had any climbing recommendations. Scranton was the only one to answer. She was living in Los Angeles at the time and asked if she could tag along.

“I assumed that it would be a fun couple hour hike and then I’d just head home,” said Scranton. “I almost cancelled that morning.”

But Owens is happy she didn’t.

The two started dating again and are set to get married in Spokane in August.

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