Sara Fowler didn’t win a million dollars on The Amazing Race, but the L.A.-based luxury real estate agent did score something more valuable. Two months after filming wrapped on the round-the-world competition, she and fellow contestant Logan Bauer connected during an October cast reunion.
The 27-year-olds — who weren’t partnered in the CBS reality show — had flirted during filming. “We were focused on the race, but definitely attracted to one another,” Fowler tells Us Weekly. So when their fellow cast members planned a camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park, they decided to make the 130-mile journey from L.A. to the southeastern California site together.
“It was only supposed to take three hours and we ended up sitting in traffic for seven,” says Baltimore native Fowler. “That’s kind of where things started to evolve.”
A November cast get-together in Chicago solidified the romance. “We hadn’t seen each other for a month and we didn’t skip a beat almost,” says Bauer, “which told us both there was something special there.” Adds Fowler, “We were both just blown away. It was surreal.”
By December the pair were inseparable. After a vacation in the Virgin Islands, where Fowler once lived, they traveled to Georgia to spend the holidays with Bauer’s family. “We kind of blindsided them!” he jokes.
And the long-distance pair (he’s in Georgia; she’s in L.A.) envision many shared holidays in their future. “I think this is the first time both of us have been able to recognize the same exact wants and needs in another person and be able to actually deliver on those things,” says Bauer, who works in medical device sales. “We’re very willing to do anything for the other person.”
With their strong foundation the travel-loving couple — who recently got a dog they named Philomeena, a tribute to show host Phil Keoghan — expect to go the distance. Hints Bauer, “I think the next few logical steps are, without question, going to happen very soon.”
We present to you Miss Philomeena Jayne ? Our sweet girl is an 8wk old, 4.4 lb bundle of love! In Sanskrit, Meena means "fish" and Jayne means "victorious". Since her cousin who is named Fish (@olivejeann) inspired us to look for our own little sweet pup, we couldn't think of a better name for our girl! "Phil" was obviously chosen after our favorite kiwi @philiminator ❤️? As if running #theAmazingRace and meeting my soulpartner wasn't serendipitous enough, bringing little Meena home has filled my heart with so much joy and love that I'm actually concerned it may burst! Thank you @bertramvanmunster and @elisedoganieri for letting me be a part of your baby so that I could find both of mine ???
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