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We woke up in the tent. He told me to get dressed and wear whatever makes me feel pretty. Take my time, do my makeup if I wanted, whatever. He knew he’d be recording me soon and knew I’d be a total girl if I thought I looked ugly in it haha. I of course had no idea why he was saying this. I just thought we were camping.
So he brings me out to the top of this waterfall. The one where we had our first date. First kiss. And he played me a video. It was about 7 minutes long and consisted of us. A video of our lives together and our travels. I watched it and couldn’t stop thinking how lucky I was to find such an adventurous soul to be with. (Link in bio! Watch and cry and enjoy!) The video was almost over and I hear Derek’s voice say, “We’ve been on so many adventures, but there’s one adventure we haven’t done yet. Turn around.” So I do, and there he is.. On the edge of this 85 foot tall waterfall, on one knee, with a ring that almost blinded me when the sun hit it.
I said yes, of course! I cried, he cried, and then I watched the video again. And again. And again. Then we left for our next trip shortly after, to visit the last states left on our “Lower 48” goal. We made it and completed the goal that week, and had a surprise proposal as well. It was perfect.