Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dallas Proposes a Trail Run

With no TTR scheduled this weekend, Dallas and I decided to run close to home and do Bear Canyon Loop, and add on an out and back on Sycamore Reservoir trail.

Total distance: 24.5 miles
AEG: 5,535 feet! (And this is accurate - I'm now adjusting my Garmin stats on the Garmin Connect website)
Total time: 6:49. It took us a while, but we stopped a lot along the way. More on that in a second.

Bear Canyon Loop was beautiful as always.

The out and back on Sycamore Reservoir trail was part of the 50 mile TTR run that Dallas finished 2 weeks ago. It was new for me. What a tough trail! It heads up to a ridge and down into Prison Camp, which is about 7 miles up Catalina Highway going up Mt. Lemmon. We took a break and then headed back.
Wearing the latest fashion from 'Ink n Burn'

Not long after we started back, a dog bit Dallas! This nice looking couple was out walking their dog (a Weimaraner, I think?) without a leash and the dog came running up to Dallas - it looked like it was playing. Then, 'chomp'! Dallas told the people their dog bit him, but kept running, with me running behind him yelling, "Are you okay?" About a half a mile down the way, we assessed the damage on his wrist through the copious amounts of blood. It was a pretty deep bite, but nothing that would require stitches. He wrapped his arm up with some paper towels he had and we kept going!

I know, what was I thinking? No picture of it.

After getting back to the junction, we descended on East Fork trail to Sabino Basin.

Dallas was a little ahead of me, and when I arrived at the basin, he was waiting for me there. He had already reassembled 'the heart'...

He pulled a beautifully wrapped purple box out of his hydration pack and put it in the middle of the heart.

He then said...(I think he said this, anyway, it all is a blur!!)
"I met you on the trail, I fell in love with you on the trail, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I want to ask you to change your name one last time. Will you marry me?"
He barely got through it without starting to get choked up. By the time I said 'Yes!!!' I was choked up, too. I opened the box, and the rings were there. We had looked at rings before today and decided to get matching bands - hammered finish, white gold, no diamonds or gemstones of any kind (but we got really fancy bands). However, he sure caught me off guard today! I didn't know he had bought the rings and I didn't know how Dallas would ask me, but the way he did it was awesome.

So, he put the band on my finger and we hugged and kissed and told each other how much we love each other. Isn't life grand? Dallas will wear his after we get married. There will be no exchange of rings at the ceremony - I'm just not that big into the 'big diamond ring' thing. One simple, but beautiful ring will do.
That's how I would describe the love between me and Dallas - simple, but beautiful.
I'm still not sure how we got back to the parking lot after that proposal. Over 7 miles of trail (we returned on Phoneline trail) and it was hard to keep my mind on the trail! I was so excited.

I love you Dallas, and I always will.
Happy tears today!!!
'Promise me
You'll always be
Happy by my side
I promise to
Sing to you
When all the music dies
And marry me..."
~ Train


HappyTrails said...

Ohhhhhhh, I am choked up, too! I am SO HAPPY for you two - Congratulations, our best wishes, and many blessings for many wonderful years together! :-)

Sarah said...

You two look like you were made for each other. : ) Congrats!

Jamie said...

Congratulations!! That's awesome! :)

nrmrvrk said...

That's fantastic Rene, You gave it away with the title of the posting but congratulations just the same! You kind of gush about him when you write, so it sounds like you two are in the same place there. Great for the both of you!