March 24, 2015
A kiss on the top of the world
It started off as a normal weekend adventure: four friends, two dogs, a load of gear, and a camper van. But it turned out to be a very special weekend for me...
We got a late start after the Thursday work day, stopped for dinner on the road, and pulled into a snowy, empty camp site in the Colorado back country just before midnight. We unloaded our ski gear and popped the camper van top, making a bed upstairs for myself, Ryan, and our pup Khana. A few beers and a game of Yahtzee helped us sleep soundly in spite of the cold.
Friday morning we re-loaded our skis and drove to the start of our tour. After three hours of climbing a steep skin track we made it to the top, white peaks coming into view in every direction under a deep blue sky. It was simply amazing, one of my best outdoor experiences ever.
Wow, what a surprise!
Ryan asked our friend Josh to take a photo of the two of us, as this is our favorite spot in Colorado’s backcountry. Next thing I knew Ryan pulled me close, unwrapped the most beautiful ring I've ever laid eyes on and asked if I would marry him. My mind went blank, my heart exploded and I could not stop smiling, laughing, asking in disbelief if he was serious. So he had to ask again, "Will you?" "Yes, of course! OF COURSE!" I cried and he placed the ring on my finger and we kissed on top of the world.
Wonderful backcountry riding, natural hot springs, great friends, a few drinks and a delicious meal topped off a perfect – and very special – weekend.
Six and half years together already but now it’s official…we’re engaged!