Alan & I went to Amarillo to visit my Grandmother over Thanksgiving (my entire family is from Amarillo). We had talked about stopping by the Palo Duro Canyon (2nd largest canyon in the US) on our way out of town, back to Houston. So Saturday morning we left Amarillo & proceeded in route to the Canyon. There are many hiking trails; we chose to do one of the shorter trails, the only trail that goes all the way to the base of the Canyon. On our way down we found a fantastic spot on a ledge over- looking the entire Canyon where we took a couple of pictures. We continued to the base of the Canyon and we set back for our hike back to the top. As we approached the fantastic overlook where we had previously taken pictures, Alan suggested we revisit the spot. He told me to sit down & that he had a something for us. He pulled out a bottle of wine that I had given to him years ago & he always joke he was “saving for a special occasion”. At this point, I was only thinking , “oh, how sweet… he’s being romantic”. He then said “I always told you that I was saving this for a special occasion”. I then started to get nervous, that this more than just a romantic moment. He looked at me and said “I have something else for you”. He pulled the most gorgeous ring I’ve ever seen and got on one knee said “I know you have been waiting for this for a long time” & then a whole bunch of things I don’t even remember! I was crying, shaking, and in complete & total shock!! I had no idea this was coming! We celebrated with a glass of wine & many pictures. Unfortunately, we did not have cell phone service in the Canyon and were still a half mile away from the top, so sprinted to the top of the Canyon to call our parents & share the news!
It was so perfect and better than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams! I had absolutely NO idea that this was coming! We spent the rest of the day driving back to Houston & Alan joked that I had a nice 10 hour drive to spread the news!
This is the exact place Alan would propose about an hour later – I had no idea!!
We have not yet set a date or location, but it will probably a Fall 2011 wedding in DC. Oh yay for a year of wedding planning!