Travel Date: May 2015
Location: Big Sur, CA
Accommodations: Treebones Resort
Activities: Limekiln State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur Taphouse, Partington Cove Trail, Jade Cove Trail, Cruickshank Trail, Soda Springs Creek Trail, Salmon Creek Trail, McWay Falls Trail, Limekiln Waterfall Trail, High Street Deli
I knew I loved Devon after our first few weeks of dating, but it wasn't until a week before we left for our three year anniversary camping trip in Big Sur that I decided I wanted to propose. I was so excited I could barely contain myself. I love Devon so much and am so used to sharing everything with her that I felt like I could explode at any moment trying to keep the secret. We drove up the 1 and enjoyed the beautiful scenery, although it was a somewhat overcast day. We arrived early and decided to stop to hike and explore at a few places since we could not check in to our campsite until 4:00. What Devon did not realize was that I was scouting for areas to propose later that night!
We were finally able to set up camp and our site had an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. After we set up, we barbecued steaks and asparagus and opened nice bottle of wine. After dinner, Devon was ready for bed after a long travel day and had already changed into her pajamas. I had to convince her, with all of my might, to change back into nice clothes without giving away my plan. I claimed that I wanted to get a nice picture of us together with my new GoPro since we hardly had any of the two of us together. She was visibly annoyed but changed into more presentable clothes with reluctance.
We drove about 10 minutes to the spot I had secretly picked earlier during our hiking. We started the short hike to a cliff that was about 200 feet off of the water with a great view of the sunset. It was still a little gloomy but the surrounding scenery was breathtaking. We sat at the edge of the cliff for while taking it all in and watching the sun slowly drop. I could feel my heart racing the entire time and was so excited I could barely hold it together any longer. I took out my GoPro and set it up on a rock. I set it to the video setting and went over and pretended to pose for a picture next to Devon. At this point my heart was beating so hard felt like it was desperately trying to get out of my chest. I took a deep breath and started to tell Devon how much she meant to me. As I started to speak, I dropped to one knee, pulled out the box with the ring and opened it. Devon immediately squealed, squeaked, jumped in the air and started running in place. Her hands hit her face like she was Macauly Culkin in Home Alone and then she quickly grabbed my face and before I could even get out what I wanted to say she was pulling me into her and we were kissing. It proved challenging to kiss each other as we were both smiling, laughing, and crying all at once. The power of the moment was incredible and I'm not sure how long it took before I asked her if she wanted the ring that she had neglected in her rush to kiss me. We both laughed and I put it on her finger. The size 4.5 ring that the jeweler told me would fit a girl her size just hung off her like a little girl wearing her moms jewelry. We were so blinded to the outside world that we had not realized the sun had poked through the clouds just as it was setting over the ocean and an amazing sunset was now our backdrop. I was able to sneak a champagne bottle into my back pack before we left and we popped the cork together off the cliff and into the ocean. We took turns taking swigs out of the bottle and sat at the end of the cliff watching the rest of the sun disappear into the bright blue ocean. we held each other and laughed and talked about what each other was thinking. Sitting at the edge of the cliff, alone in nature, surrounded by such beauty, listening to crashing waves and watching the last rays of sunlight bounce off the blue-green water brought us closer together then I ever thought possible. Everything felt so real but also felt like something out of a dream. We did not have any cell phone service so we unable to call our family and friends to tell them the news. Instead, we sat there enjoying each others company and savoring the glow of a setting sun in one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. It was a truly magical moment and one that both of us will never forget….and we got it all captured on our GoPro so we can relive it whenever we want!
We spent the next three days exploring and adventuring all along the Big Sur coast. Not having cell service was a blessing as we were able to live in the moment and share every experience so much more intimately and deeply. To this day, our engagement weekend in Big Sur is the most incredible time we have ever spent together. We held each other and cried watching the sunset on our last night at Treebones. We knew that our fairytale weekend together was coming to an end and we would be heading back to reality the next morning. We made a promise to each other that night that we would live our lives in a way that would allow us to keep everything we felt that weekend alive and never let it fade.