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Theresa M.

Daniel and I had just finished attending one of the numerous birthday gatherings my family has on a monthly basis. In my attempt to get Daniel to do more outdoor activities, the plan for the afternoon was to go hiking at Tiger Mountain. After we parked the car, Daniel whipped out his backpack, which contained sandwiches for us to eat once we got to the top. The fact that he had planned that far ahead already had me suspicious. Then, I asked if I should bring my camera, and he replied with a "definitely, " which was another clue.

As we hiked up the mountain, we chatted and laughed as usual, and I kept stopping to take pictures since it was such a beautiful summer day. The sun was shining and peaking through the tall evergreen trees. Although the hike was only about 2.5 miles up, it was pretty steep. About halfway through the hike, I noticed that Daniel was really huffing and puffing while carrying the backpack. I offered to carry it, but he refused. In the back of my mind, I started thinking that today could be the day! He wouldn't have let me carry the bag if the ring were inside.

A few minutes later, Daniel was really struggling. Sweat was pouring down his face, so I again offered to carry the bag. This time, he gave in and let me carry the bag. Alas, I thought, this would not be the day that he proposed. We finally made it to the top, and it had a gorgeous view. After eating our sandwiches, it started to get cold, so I suggested we head back. Daniel was quick to reply, "No, no, take more pictures! " Now, this was very much out of character because he had never encouraged me to take more pictures before. As my suspicions increased while I took more pictures, I could see out of the corner of my eye that Daniel was reaching into his bag for a small black box as he said, "So this is why my bag was so heavy! " We all know how the story ends, but it was a proposal full of surprises, laughter and most importantly, love.