I’m Getting Married! A Rocky Mountain Proposal

Well I have had a crazy week out in the mountains of Colorado! Not only was I a speaker at the best TBEX conference to date , if you follow any of my various social media channels you’ve probably already heard the news: Michael proposed to me!

Mike and I met at TBEX in 2010, right as I was planning to head off on my solo round the world trip. I wasn’t looking for a guy at all, I was actually feeling pretty great about my choice to be single for the foreseeable future. Fate had other plans, and soon we were backpacking together around China, Thailand and Vietnam. Sometimes you just gotta take what life throws at you.

First known photo of us, from TBEX New York

So it was only fitting that he would propose this week: our two year anniversary and the week of TBEX 2012. Thankfully he didn’t choose to pop the question in a room full of bloggers or something else horribly embarrassing. What he did was much sweeter:

We got to Colorado a few days early to spend some time on our own exploring the Rocky Mountains. Mike reserved us a gorgeous hotel room at the Breckenridge Lodge and Spa, perched 10,200 feet in the air (it’s possible that the persistent light-headed-about-to-pass-out feeling added to the romance I guess). We drove our rental car around the mountains, ate ice cream in historic little towns and generally had a really pleasant day.

That evening, before dinner, Mike suggested we drive up to some scenic overlook the hotel staff had recommended. We drove our little rental Kia up a thin gravel and dirt road. Up, up, up until we were treated to the most beautiful view, like something off a postcard or beer can. In the distance were snow topped crags and below was a beautiful golden valley with lakes sparkling in the later afternoon sun.

We parked so I could take some pictures. Mike was shuffling around in an oddly nervous way. A few meters away a woman and her two kids were posing for a family portrait with a rather professional looking photographer. They weren’t particularly dressed up so the professional lighting seemed a bit much, but it was a pretty spot, so whatever.

“Let’s ask the photographer to take a picture for us,” Mike suggested. I didn’t really want to bother them but he was insistent. We posed for a quick picture with my little point and shoot Canon before Mike shoved it in his pocket. Before I really knew what was happening, Mike was down on one knee and the photographer was snapping away at US.


Yes the family was a decoy. Mike hired a photographer to capture his beautiful, mountaintop proposal. My first reaction was to laugh- I was so happy! Then of course I started to cry. It was such a powerful moment and so very beautiful. I don’t think I even heard what Mike was saying, but I said yes- of course!

After that we took some engagement shots: the sort of thing I would never manage to get organized on my own. I can’t believe Mike managed to put all of this together, without ever having been to Colorado and without tipping me off. It was an incredible gift.

And then of course there was a ring. I wasn’t too concerned about getting one (and pretty adamant about not having a diamond), but the symbolism and the sentiment won out in the end. With some input from me and a brilliant Etsy seller, Mike designed the most beautiful white gold and aquamarine ring. It’s elegant but good lord it is so shiny. It’s distracting me as I type this.

bling bling

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect climax for our travel love story. When I started this journey of traveling and blogging nearly three years ago, I never could have imagined where I would end up. I made a willful choice to veer off the beaten path, and the resultant journey has taken me across oceans and continents, has given me an amazing outlet of expression and has brought me some great friends. Most shockingly of all, for me at least, it’s lead me to my favorite person, my new best friend and my travel partner for life.

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124 Responses to I’m Getting Married! A Rocky Mountain Proposal

  1. Adventurous Kate June 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM #

    😀 So much love to you both!!! I’ve told you already, but I just LOVE that ring, and Mike — REALLY nice job on that proposal! Very crafty! Couldn’t have been a more beautiful setting.

    And: “Up, up, up until we were treated to the most beautiful view, like something off a postcard or beer can.” <– Made me laugh out loud.

  2. Sally June 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM #

    Omigosh. You two are too adorable. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys.

    • Steph June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM #

      Thanks! Celebratory drinks in DC this summer?

      • somnath February 27, 2016 at 5:22 AM #

        hi how are you

  3. sal June 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM #

    Beautiful photos, really! That ring….is stunning, very unique. I am also distracted by it and it is just a photo. Congratulations.

  4. Laurel June 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM #

    What a great story! And those photos are beautiful! So happy to have met you at TBEX after reading your blog for so long!

  5. Stephanie June 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM #

    Congratulations!!!! That is sooo romantic =)

  6. Arianwen June 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM #

    He’s a keeper! What a thoughtful thing to do getting a professional photographer. I love the last photo of you walking away hand in hand. Oh, and the ring is just gorgeous!

  7. Tiffany June 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM #

    Congratulations!! I’m such a sucker for a love story and this one is beautiful. I hope the two of you enjoy your life together forever and always, with a backpack close by 😉

  8. Kieu June 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM #

    Too cute guys! Congratulations!!

  9. Candice June 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM #

    Love love love this. The stuff of fairytales! Congrats you two. *fist bumps Mike*

  10. Talon June 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM #


  11. Barbara June 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM #

    The kissing photo… awww. Made my arm hairs stand up.

    Congratulations and best of luck on your new journey.

  12. Ali June 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM #

    Congrats! So excited for you guys! Joining the travel blogger marriage club 😉

    • Steph June 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM #

      You two will always hold a special spot at pioneers in travel blogger romance!

  13. Chrystal McKay June 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM #

    Congrats! This is the CUTEST engagement story ever! Props to Mike a job beautifully done!

  14. jill June 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM #

    OOoooooh, so sweet and romantic. Congrats you two!!

  15. Annie of TravelShus June 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM #

    such a sweet story. I love it! Congrats!!!

  16. Christina S. June 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM #

    Congratulations! So sweet and romantic. And don’t worry: I have no idea what my husband said to me when he proposed either 🙂

  17. Adina | Gluten Free Travelette June 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM #

    Congrats! Those photos are beautiful! Well done job by your now fiance!

  18. The Blonde Abroad June 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM #

    So sweet! Congratulations 🙂

  19. Ashley June 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM #

    What a fantastic story. Congratulations to you both! I LOVE the pictures, kudos to Mike!

  20. Sarah June 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM #

    I seriously have tears in my eyes. What a beautiful story and a great surprise!

  21. Adam June 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM #

    Congratulations to you both!

  22. Lauren June 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM #

    Those photos are gorgeous! Your man has good taste in scenery 😉 Congratulations to both of you!

  23. Kelly June 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM #

    Steph! That is so fantastic! And how wonderful to have it be in such a gorgeous location, oh my goodness. Love the ring. 🙂

  24. Masha (2away) June 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    This is such a beautiful story and the ring is very special as well!! All the best to both of you 🙂

  25. Lauren June 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM #

    *squeals* Ahhh, this made me want to cry with excitement and happiness for you!!! 🙂

  26. Nellie June 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM #

    Aww such a sweet travel blogger love story! Seriously I swear I’ll make it to the next TBEX to see what you guys will get up to – a baby maybe? 🙂

  27. alexis June 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM #

    Congratulations! That’s awesome that you have photos of your engagement! And the ring is beautiful! I can’t wait to see pictures of the wedding =) Will it be a location wedding?

  28. Elle June 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM #

    Aww this is so exciting! What a great job with the proposal Mike! Congrats to you both 🙂

  29. Cat June 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM #

    Aww what a cool story! I got engaged in a similar way. It’s great having photos of the moment to look back on. Really love your ring too!

  30. Camels & Chocolate June 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM #

    This is just so freakin’ adorable and warms every last square centimeter of my heart. I love the way you met, the way your relationship flourished while on the road and the way he proposed. Of course, I too met my husband while abroad (studying in Holland), and the first year we were together culminated in traveling through around 15 countries, so it all sounds surprisingly similar to an extent! =)

  31. Ruby June 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM #

    wow congrats to both of you..i did not made it to the tbex in colorado..hopefully next time again…good luck and live life to the fullest!

  32. Britany June 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM #

    I had the pleasure of meeting you briefly at Tbex and actually ended up seated right next to Mike on the plane back to NYC! You’re both great and your story is just so sweet! I love this proposal and the ring is AMAZING! Congrats to you both and hopefully our paths will cross again in the future. Costa Brava, perhaps??

  33. Jenny June 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM #

    Wow. That is so awesome how he planned it all out! Congrats to the two of you and enjoy your travels!

    Wish I could have been at TBEX this year, maybe next year. : ]

  34. Robyn June 20, 2012 at 3:17 PM #

    Beautiful ring! So now the big question is when and where will you two be getting hitched?

  35. Alex June 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM #

    Steph, it was so lovely to finally meet you in person this weekend. You briefly told me about the proposal but this is better than I ever could have imagined! Congratulations to both of you…. and I hope you blog the wedding 🙂

  36. Judy June 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM #

    Well done Michael! Couldn’t have snatched up a better girl =) and good job on the ring, it’s gorgeous! Congratulations to you both, so happy for you!

  37. CheezyK June 20, 2012 at 6:33 PM #

    Congratulations! Love the ring, I’m not one for traditional or diamonds myself, the aquamarine is beautiful. And the photos … how fabulous to be able to capture the moment like that 🙂

  38. Kim Mance June 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM #

    I know I can take no credit, but I still feel sort of like a matchmaker… CONGRATS you guys. (And the photos turned out spectacularly well!).

  39. Justin Morris June 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM #

    Massive congrats guys, wish you all the best. 🙂

  40. Kent @ NVR June 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM #


    We were just talking about how we wish we would have had more of a chance to really talk to you two (rather than flying past each other multiple times as we did).

  41. Andrea June 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM #

    Congratulations! What a great story–how sneaky of him! The ring is really beautiful 🙂

  42. Shtina June 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM #

    Congratulations!! That is such a beautiful engagement story and pictures. I love that he hired a photographer; he’s definitely a keeper. 🙂
    I wish you guys all the best!!

  43. Gillian June 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM #

    I don’t even know you personally (though sometimes, through the reading of this blog, I feel like I do) and this story brought me to tears! Congratulations to the people who are behind two of the best travel blogs I have found… you seem perfectly matched, the proposal looked perfect, and that ring is AMAZING! Hope to meet you two sometime, somewhere in the world. All the best 🙂

  44. Audrey | That Backpacker June 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

    Aww, congratulations you two! The engagement shots are beautiful. Good thinking sneaking in a professional photographer to document the magic. 🙂 And I love the ring! 😀

  45. Alouise June 20, 2012 at 9:41 PM #

    What a sweet proposal. Congratulations to you and Mike.

  46. Nicole ( June 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM #

    AHHH amazing!!!! Congrats congrats!!!

  47. Pam McCracken June 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM #

    what a wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing. I am so happy that you are SO VERY HAPPY, GOD bless you both.

    Pam McCracken

  48. Efrutik June 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM #

    Congratulations to you both. So, so, so, romantic and sweet. I love the ring and the fact that is so original and personal 🙂

  49. suki June 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM #

    yayyy~! congratulations. loved hearing the story in person, but seeing the photos really makes it sooo real. how special! 🙂

  50. Caz Makepeace June 21, 2012 at 12:15 AM #

    Congratulations. There’s nothing better than to travel with your husband. Enjoy the years of precious memories ahead

  51. Nyel June 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM #

    Beautiful photos and engagement ploy. Love the ring! Congrats. =)

  52. Erica June 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM #



    I’m so happy for you two! Seriously though – you are one of our favorite couples. Congrats again!

  53. Katherine - Kapcha The World June 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM #

    Congratulations to you both. What an amazing love story! So cute. That’s definitely a fantastic one to tell the grandkids! The ring is gorgeous. Well done Mike for the perfect proposal 🙂

  54. flipflopcaravan June 21, 2012 at 1:02 AM #

    I was envisioning the photog hiding in the bushes or something, but a decoy family is brilliant! Kudos to Mike for such amazing planning! And congrats again to you both!

  55. Joseph June 21, 2012 at 1:05 AM #

    Congratulations 🙂

  56. Christy June 21, 2012 at 1:08 AM #

    That’s so sweet! What a perfect proposal. I love that he hired a photographer.

  57. Raymond @ Man On The Lam June 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM #

    This Mike character sounds like a keeper. 😉

    Congratulations to you both!!!

  58. Nomadic Samuel June 21, 2012 at 1:39 AM #

    Congratulations! What an exciting time for both of you 🙂

  59. Chasing the Donkey June 21, 2012 at 1:39 AM #

    CONGRATS from us here at Chasing the Donkey HQ – what fabulous proposal photos. Such a grand moment captured by so few! Enjoy the wedding planning…. I can suggest Vegas…

  60. Dina June 21, 2012 at 2:29 AM #

    I’ve seen so many engagement photos, I think this is the most beautiful one!


    (I and Ryan never got engaged, we just got married)

  61. Christine June 21, 2012 at 3:39 AM #

    How awesome! Congratulations 🙂

  62. EurotripTips June 21, 2012 at 6:33 AM #

    Awww I’m all teary now! Congratulations to you both , lots of love and all that jazz 🙂

    It reminds me a bit of my engagement – I was so taken by surprise that I started crying and laughing and smiling at the same time and I have NO recollection of what Alex said. All I know is that it was the second most beautiful moment of my life – the first one being when I said “I do” last summer. 🙂

    I wish you all the best xx

  63. Jaime June 21, 2012 at 6:52 AM #

    Awww I can’t help but gush all over this. I keep saying AWWW & AWWW & I can’t stop smiling… this is too cute. It’s like I saw this all happen before my eyes. I know I haven’t met either of you & hope that changes soon, but I remember when yall met & be excited about it all through the internet. Congrats on the engagement & well I hope the wedding is at TBEX13 cus I should be there…lol jk!!!

    Oh & nice ring!

  64. Will Peach June 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM #

    Congrats to you guys. I know I’m a bit late to the party!

  65. Angie Away June 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM #

    What a beautiful story! (And I LOVE that ring!) Cheers to the beginning of your life full of adventures =)

  66. Pauline June 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM #

    Congratulations! Your travel love story is really beautiful! All the best as you start this new chapter!

  67. Mike Hinshaw June 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM #

    Congratulations. Great story. I also proposed to my wife (of 34 years this September) in Colorado. Must be the air!!!

  68. Sonia June 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM #

    Love it! Since my drunk ass was clearly there from the start, does that mean I get to officiate the wedding? Better start looking around for some online ministries ASAP. Congrats again, kids!

  69. Abbey Hesser June 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM #

    Yay Steph!!!!! I’m so excited for you. Can’t believe it’s already been 2 years since you guys got together! Looks like it was the perfect setting and the perfect proposal. Best wishes for you guys going forward!

  70. Lorenzo June 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM #

    Beautiful story! Congrats!

  71. mercedes June 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM #

    Congratulations!!!! You, Mike, and the rockies all look so gorgeous!

  72. Waegook Tom June 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM #

    YAAAAAAAAY! Congratulations Steph – this is amazing news, and who knew Mike was such a romantic at heart?! (well, probably you, but I sure didn’t haha). What an awesome proposal story, it’s one that you’ll be able to tell forever! Ahh so happy for you both. Sending lots of love and well-wishes! 😀 x

  73. Emily in Chile June 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM #

    Congrats to you both! Sounds like Mike went all-out for the proposal, and I hope you have many years of happy traveling ahead.

  74. Julie June 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM #

    Congratulations! What a beautiful story. Major props to Mike for thinking of the photographer. I’m always excited to hear when traveling helps a relationship grow. Where on earth will you go one your honeymoon?

  75. jade June 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM #

    I’m in love with you guys…Congrats! WooHoo!! seriously wish we lived closer and saw each other more.

  76. Runaway Brit June 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM #

    Congratulations! What an amazing, and unique, proposal story – you two look so, so happy. The ring is totally stunning.

  77. janet June 21, 2012 at 6:18 PM #

    oooh pretty ring. love the colors. and nice way to propose.. out on the mountains. 🙂

  78. Lysiane June 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM #

    Wow, Congratulations !

  79. jenjenk June 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

    I don’t know what makes me like you guys more: the fact that he hired a fake family for you or the fact that you got an aquamarine for an engagement ring [that’s my birthstone – i’m totally partial to it!].

  80. Jen June 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM #

    Congratulations!!!! Your story is so sweet; the pictures are stunning; and your ring is truly elegant and special. This post made me smile, inside and out. Thanks for sharing such an intimate moment with us!

  81. Katie Hammel June 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM #

    Congrats again! What a sweet proposal, and wow – those photos are amazing!

  82. Kimberly Sanberg June 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM #

    Congratulations! How exciting. That will be a TBEX to remember, eh?

  83. Steph - June 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM #

    Aww Congratulations!! So cute! Amazing ring, I am drooling! 🙂

    Best wishes for you two for your future together!

  84. Micki June 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM #

    Contrats, guys! What a great story!

  85. Leah June 25, 2012 at 7:21 PM #

    I know I’m late here, but CONGRATULATIONS!! So excited for you two. Looks like the next year will bring big things for all of us! Oh, and hi: we both have scheming partners. 🙂

  86. Allaire Timbers Inn June 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM #

    Congratulations on your engagement. Breckenridge is such a beautiful place with sweeping vistas in every direction. You described the town wonderfully and a terrific arrangement by your fiance’. Return to our mountain town often to celebrate your marriage and life together. Best wishes to you.

  87. Susan @ Travel Junkette June 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM #

    CONGRATS! I know exactly where these photos were taken — I lived for three seasons in Breckenridge. For one of them, I lived just a 10 minute hike from there. What a beautiful place for an engagement. Lifetime of happiness to both of you!!

  88. Zoe June 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM #

    Congratulations!! What a beautiful, romantic proposal. Just perfect for you two. All the best.

  89. Marsha July 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM #

    I’ve been on the road and out of the loop so I’m just seeing this. Congrats, Steph! What a beautiful story…so glad you shared such an important moment with us.

  90. @MsBoice July 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM #

    Hi! You don’t know me, but I’ve been following a lot of everyone’s recaps on TBEX and found yours and this wonderful story. My husband and I also met through travel but in a bit of a different way. Good luck with the wedding plans. We had a travel-themed wedding because we traveled so much to see each other (long distance courtship over two years). You can see what we did on my pinterest board at


  91. Elena July 5, 2012 at 9:11 PM #

    oh wow!! Huge congrats! A beautiful start to a NEW journey ; )

    love & light


  92. Akila July 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM #

    Yay, yay, yay! I was wondering how you guys got those awesome professional shots at the top of the mountain. Loved that he pulled it off like this. Mike, please do tell us what you actually said! Congrats guys!

  93. Dani July 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

    Congratulations to you and Mike! I have been following your love story from the very beginning and I am so happy for you that you found THE ONE… through blogging!! So, when’s the wedding? 😉

  94. Unisse July 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM #

    Wow!! Congratulations and that was so sweet! 🙂 going through all that planning and hiring a photographer to follow you! Love the photographs.. And of course the beautiful aquamarine ring! 🙂

  95. Irene July 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM #

    Hi there! I’ve only discovered your blog a few days ago and have been trying to catch up with all your very investing posts from the last couple of years. As a twenty six year old woman, I’ve been dreaming about traveling solo rtw for some time now and your blog has done nothing but brought me more inspiration! I absolutely love your writing and identify with so many issues you’ve brought up. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful blog and keep on being so awesome!

  96. Debbie August 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM #

    Congrats! What a romantic proposal and surprise! 🙂 Beautiful photos and stunning ring!

  97. H.D. Lynn September 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM #

    I’ve heard several friends remark a good relationship is with someone who you feel comfortable being boring around. Not for me; the person I’m in love with has the great fortune of also loving travel and adventure. When you travel in pairs, you can split costs! And stay at cute Bed and Breakfasts!

  98. Alex November 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM #

    Love this post – it’s adorable. Congratulations from a fellow 20something traveler 🙂

  99. Ally November 19, 2012 at 1:49 AM #


  100. Federico November 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM #

    Congratulations to you both!!

  101. Lynn Chou November 29, 2012 at 7:03 PM #

    This is probably a little late – but Congratulations! Reading your proposal story gave me goosebumps, although I don’t even know you personally. Really happy for you & thanks for sharing this sweet story!

  102. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures December 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

    Super de duper congrats!!!!! What an incredible proposal. The ring and photos are breathtaking!

  103. Cathy Sweeney February 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM #

    I love your romantic story & photos. Very cool that you met at TBEX . You just never know how or where you’ll find the right person. Usually when you least expect it.

  104. nicole March 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM #

    Love your ring! (I’m anti-diamond, too. heh). And congratulations. I don’t know if you’re officially hitched yet?

    • Steph March 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM #

      Thanks! Wedding is in September.

      • kle July 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

        wow almost there then!!!Must be super exciting!

  105. Ourjourneytothesea December 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM #

    That’s an awesome engagement story. Your reaction sounds very similar to mine on top of the alps. We didn’t have a professional photographer but had a helicopter and absolutely amazing view. I love thought out engagements!! How lovely

  106. Anja December 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM #

    Coming “late to party” , but congratulations and best wishes, from the heart 🙂 so romantic.

  107. Lisa Niver Rajna December 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM #

    WOW! What a GREAT proposal and incredible photos! I love your ring. I have a pink sapphire from Thailand (one of four proposal and engagement rings–over several countries on our first sabbatical!).

    Congrats on finding your soul mate and a travel partner all in one. It works great for us!
    Happy Holidays and Happy Planning!
    Lisa (and George)
    We Said Go Travel

  108. Sarah February 19, 2014 at 1:36 AM #

    Sorry for being late, but CONGRATULATIONS! What a fantastic engagement story and it’s so great that you’ve got these lovely pictures to treasure forever! All the best guys! 🙂

    • Steph February 20, 2014 at 10:08 AM #

      Thank you! I love going back to look at them too.

  109. Sofie May 19, 2014 at 9:07 AM #

    I’m also reading this while knowing that you’ve already gotten married and all, but damn I still have to blink away a tear:)

    • somnath February 27, 2016 at 5:23 AM #

      hi sofie how are you

  110. MC December 28, 2015 at 4:28 AM #

    Congratulations!! I just found out this blog of yours.

  111. Serhat The Guide March 5, 2016 at 1:36 PM #

    Very nice and romantic post. I wish you happiness friends. Story and photos inspiring. Great view!

  112. Nicole April 19, 2016 at 9:21 PM #

    Hello! What a beautiful story! Do you happen to know the name of the place you got engaged? Or how to get there? I realize it has been a while but we are looking for a place to elope in Breck and this looks like a wonderful spot! Thanks for any info you might remember.

    • Steph April 20, 2016 at 12:44 PM #

      Let me check with my husband and get back to you!

      • Steph April 21, 2016 at 12:40 PM #

        OK Mike can’t remember but I did some googling and I think it might be Boreas Pass? We stayed at the Lodge at Breckenridge and they recommended the spot so you might try contacting them. Sorry to not be more helpful!

  113. Voyage Zone October 13, 2016 at 7:21 AM #

    Amazing post. So inspiring and romantic. Congratulations.

  114. Amy C November 12, 2016 at 1:40 PM #

    You are smart and funny, I’m glad I found this blog. 🙂

    I read your review on World Ventures – very thorough and I’m glad you put it out there. I did join many moons (5+ years) ago when it first started and three months into it, my upline sold his position to his highest bidder (another top sales dog). He was one of those people, who knew how to work the compensation plan, as complicated as it was, and he always had the advantage over his downline: money + internet marketing skills. He was a recruiting machine and he wanted us to recruit our friends & family for his sake. Needless to say, I realized WV was not the way to “travel cheap” and make some money doing it.

    I love fact that you didn’t opt for a diamond engagement ring. I’m about to sell my “rock” – not worth keeping, but also I was turned off after reading about Cecil Rhoads and “blood diamonds” in South Africa. I did not know this stuff 18+ years ago when I got married… Most of us in the U.S. don’t know it. Well now I know better.

    I’m bookmarking your blog. 🙂


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