"to the ends of the earth.. " - Lord Huron
Mike and I met in August of 1995, but didn’t officially start "dating" (passing notes, awkwardly giggling at each other but not really talking) until the following year. Sometime throughout those few weeks we managed to sneak in a slow dance at a middle school party.
After our brief stint in 7th grade, we remained friends throughout our high school career, attending the same bonfire party or after-prom party, but no more semi-serious dating.
During our college career we went our separate ways. Mike moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to attend Northern Michigan University and I moved to Grand Rapids, MI to attend Kendall College of Art and Design. We always kept in touch when we were home in the summers but that was the extent of our relationship.
One summer in particular, Mike was home working on his parents' roof when he called me up to come over and hang out on the boat (The Sandpan). After a week of hanging out on the Sandpan, learning to shot gun a beer, and many many laughs, we instantly clicked again and became the best of friends.
Mike moved to Colorado and I to Ohio, both for jobs, but we stayed in touch this time calling each other to say we miss one another, or emailing back and forth trying to figure out when we’ll see each other next. Three years later, I found myself in Seattle, WA and Mike still in Colorado. Mike planned a boys trip heli skiing in Alaska and had a two-hour layover in Seattle. I decided to pick him up, whisk him off to the most beautiful park in Seattle and have a wonderful lunch of champagne and sandwiches. We later realized that was our first date.
After 2 years of plane rides back and forth between Washington and Colorado, Mike made the leap to move to Washington to be with me and to move forward in our relationship. The second best (next to the proposal) decision he’s ever made….
How he asked: One rainy, cloudy weekend, Mike and I took a trip to Deception Pass State Park. He picked me up from my brother’s house in the morning and told me to bring my things with me (the night before I stayed with my sister-in-law for a girls night). I was confused why I was bringing my stuff because we had to come back to get my car anyway, but I was anxious to get on the road and adventure so I grabbed my bag and jumped in the truck. On the way up I told Mike we should get some snacks for the trip, but he said he already had it all taken care of, sandwiches, drinks and other goodies. My slight suspicion of his preparedness arose. Despite the rain we hiked along the water taking in all the sights and sounds Deception Pass has to offer. It was getting late and we wanted to make it back to the car before dark since we didn’t bring our headlamps. There was one spot we were looking for to stop and get one last photo together along the trail. After we found the spot, there were four other people there, admiring the beauty as well. Mike was real anxious for them to leave so we could get a photo.. which was odd. When the people finally left, Mike quickly set up the camera (and GoPro), to get our self-timed photo. He joined me for a smile, kissed me on the cheek then said, “you know what would make this photo better” and got down on one knee. After 45 seconds of crying/laughing I finally said "yes". After I regained my composure (slightly) he said he had one more surprise for me. He reserved a bed and breakfast just up the road with a jacuzzi, champagne and more snacks! The best day of our lives..