- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
He’s an electrical engineer, and I am an adjunct philosophy instructor. Together we share a love of hot jazz, hiking, camping, cooking, reading, and talking about science and philosophy. They love Doctor Who, mythology, fantasy literature, New Orleans, elaborate art projects, and dancing. We can’t wait to live together so we can cook, collect books, travelling to see our favorite jazz bands, start a family, have art parties, making epic gingerbread houses, dinner parties, and a puppy. We’re thinking about getting a Cairn Terrier.
We met swing dancing – we’re both into Lindy Hop Blues dancing – and were together for about a year and a half when he proposed. We were camping at this gorgeous mountain park with an incredible waterfall hike. We’d gone there last year, vowing to return. We came armed with an ambitious cooking plan and a reservation for five nights. It was the second day of the trip, and we were doing the 26 waterfall hike, talking about the books I want to write and the things he wants to accomplish, and the lives we want into the future. Then, we came to the tallest waterfall, and stopped to play in the rocks. We decided to build a giant cairn (stylized rock pile) as we often do when we go hiking, and had done an impressive job of it. My fiance suggested we decorate the top of it with little rocks to finish it off. I went to get something colorful, and when I looked back, there was a little wooden box sitting right in the middle. I asked him what it was, and he opened it. I was speechless – totally shocked. I could barely breathe! He asked me to marry him, and I said yes. It took me a while to come down from the shock, but we had an incredibly special camping trip full of gourmet meals over the fire, canoeing, hiking, and reading stories to each other. I’m beyond excited and thrilled and I can’t wait to be married to him.