Friday, May 6, 2016

>> The Adventure That Begins The Best Adventure..

For weeks leading up to my birthday, Mike bragged about the birthday gift he got for me. Historically, Mike has given me a few.. odd gifts (this includes stuffed frogs of various sizes), so I was pretty excited to see what he thought was so good. He showed up on my birthday with a gift bag containing another stuffed frog (I don't really like stuffed frogs) and a coloring book. Uhm.. awesome! This is great! Thanks honey!
I skimmed through the book, hoping to find some sort of clue while simultaneously wondering if this was a weird gag gift. I looked through the coloring book.. nothing. He told me to look through it again (because I'm apparently blind) and behold! Tickets! To what? A hot air balloon ride at sunrise the following morning...
 ..and so our adventure began on the chilly 32 degree morning of March 26, at 6:30 in the morning. 

 We took off close to home at the local Pottstown Airport. 

 We floated over Pottstown as I pointed out my old stomping grounds (my community college is the large building at the bottom of the photo above) and we watched the world wake up.

 The Schuylkill river and route 422. 

 The sun slowly came out from behinds clouds for a lovely sunrise.

 4,000+ feet in the air

 Pennsylvania is beautiful from above.
 I enjoyed seeing place we love from high above. In the photo above is Hopewell Furnace & Lake, part of French Creek State Park. We love kayaking and hiking around this lake!

 The moon joined us too.

The Limerick generating station.. aka the cloud maker. :) 
 I loved watching the rolling hills & farmland, Pennsylvania is so beautiful.

 Slowly but surely we started floating down..

 We came closer and closer to the woods and startled a herd of deer.. they had no idea where to go!

 We floated down into this valley, using the trees to slow down our balloon (kind of awesome but a bit scary too). We ended up landing on an old beautiful estate.

 I'm probably biased, but I thought our balloon was the prettiest. ;)

 After we landed, I hoped out to take photos and Mike soon came to join me after they got the balloon settled.

 He asked another couple to take our picture with the balloon, after all, the background and balloon were gorgeous! It was perfect! A crisp dewy morning, a colorful balloon and empty fields. It was lovely. And then..
 .. this happened. He pulled a black box out of his pocket and got down on one knee. He asked me to marry him. I said yes. 
 ..and then I kissed him because I didn't care who was watching and because he was my fiancĂ© now. 

 So that's the story of how I came to acquire this lovely ring on my finger. I'm pretty smitten with it. Bonus - I really really like the man who gave it to me too.. but that's a whole different story. ;) We then went happily home to tell our family & friends the news and we've been enjoying dreaming up wedding plans (even though we still don't have a date) ever since. We are looking forward to a life-time of adventures in marriage! 

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