when we came around the last corner of the trail and saw the ocean, the views truly took my breath away. it was starting to be golden hour and the whole world around us was just gorgeous. there were lots of rocks and some islands out in the water, which was very calm since the waves broke further out. we walked along the trail through the campsites - there were about ten occupied - and found a good spot and quickly set up camp.
then, he took me by the shoulders, turned me around to face him and said, "charity." i thought, "maybe it's happening!" and i said, "yes." he looked at me silent for a tiny second and then just said, "i love you." i giggled a little and said, "i love you, too." we watched the sky change a bit longer. i mentioned that this was a pretty neat place to watch the sunset, since we were so far west. he just agreed and we stood there a bit longer admiring the beauty. it really was pretty spectacular - the canadian rockies in the distance, the calm water, the wispy orange clouds.
he turned towards me again and said, "charity." and he got on one knee on the jaggedy rocks.
he told me that there were a few reasons he chose to take me to this place. he said we were actually at the totally westernmost point in the continuous united states, the furthest point to watch the sunset. he told me that even after all the light is gone, no matter how dark it gets, he will never leave me. he mentioned some other symbolism about that spot on earth, and i interrupted him several time to kiss him as i looked down on his earnest face - i really couldn't help it. "so," he said, "i wanted to ask you if you would marry me." he pulled out a ring box and opened it. i couldn't look at it at all. i was amazed that i wasn't freaking out. i felt so so so at peace. he said, "so, will you?" and i said, "yes." he said, "i've been wanting to give this to you for a long time," and slipped the ring on my finger. i could not look away from his face! i pulled him up under his arms to standing and hugged him.
that moment seems so blurry now, but i remember welling up with tears and just holding him so tight and things were just quiet and i felt so calm. after a minute or so, i think i said something like, "oh my gosh! this is happening!" and made some weird excited noises. i asked him if he would ask me again, so i could more fully register the surreal moment, and give my answer more loudly and definitively. he didn't hesitate for a second, knelt down, said some more lovely things, and declared, "charity jade eyre, will you marry me?" i said a very enthusiastic yes, kissed him and asked him to ask just the question one last time. the answer was the same.
we took some pictures as the sky continued to change. it was like the space around us was protected and perfect. everything was just lovely and beautiful and kind. i felt these teeny tiny bursts of excited/freaking out but mostly everything felt like this weird peaceful normal. we walked back along the rocks with tidepools between them. when we got back to the beach, we turned around and realized the water was totally illuminated - it looked like it was being lit from below. it was super pretty and magical. the stars were starting to come out. we walked back towards camp and noticed the fingernail moon casting its shine on the water, and the very last reddish light of day lingering in the sky. it was just enormously beautiful.
we made a fire on the beach and boiled some water and prepared our freeze dried food and shared it out of one bowl. the stars shined and we shined the flashlight on my new bling and we were super tired but deliriously in love. it felt a lot like many other nights we've shared having adventures together, but with this air of sweetness and surreal excitement. we said goodnight, got in our separate tents, and slept until the sun woke us up.
^^ that island behind us is the one we were on when he popped the question! ^^
^^ excuse the swollen hiking fingers! ^^
^^ mt. rainer was so clear from the ferry! ^^
^^ i decided to delight all you readers with these two super terrible pictures. just to end this post off right! ^^