Sunday, August 16, 2009
It took me a really long time to decide how I was planning on proposing. I wanted it to be just the two of us, and something unique to just us. Before Rachel moved to California last summer, I went up into American Fork Canyon and carved our initials in a tree, and put it in a frame for her to take with her. I decided that I would do something similar to that, but I would carve our initials, and below that carve Will You Marry Me. My friend Nate and I went up to where Rachel and I were planning on camping this weekend, to carve everything into the trees with me. Everything went fine with the carving, but I was so nervous the whole time. Even though it wasn't going to happen for a few days, I was having butterflies. The time came for Rachel and I to go camping, and it really wasn't looking good for us. The weather didn't seem to want to cooperate with my plans, and the thought of having to come up here again another weekend when it was sunny, was not making me very happy. We arrived at camp and set up the tent and things, then the rain came. It rained for 30 min or so, and then it stopped. I knew I wouldn't have much time before the rain returned, so I insisted that we go on a walk. I could tell that she was a little apprehensive about going on a walk, but I wasn't going to take no for an answer this time. We began walking and the thought of what was going to happen was setting in. With every step, I was becoming a even more of a nervous wreck. Rachel told me later that I was walking so fast, she thought I was choking Togo with leash because I was dragging him up the hill. We got to the spot that we had marked, and I took the leash off of Togo and said "I wonder if he'll run after me into the trees?" I ran, and of course Togo wouldn't follow (He doesn't love me near as much as he loves Rachel) I asked Rachel to come up here to see if Togo would follow her. As she walked up to me, I crouched down acting like I found something in the ground. I told her to come over and look at what I'd found. As she got close, I said "Hey, look at that tree, that's cool." She turned and looked at a tree that I had carved hearts in, but missed the tree that said will you marry me. She turned back again and I said "The other tree." She turned and looked at it for what seemed like an eternity. We are both pretty blurry on what was said next by either of us, but she did say YES (of course) and it turned out to be a really great experience. Pics will be up soon. Sorry, if my story is a little unclear, but it was hard to recall all the details.