- 3 weeks ago
We got engaged Friday September 24, 2021 at Lake Linda in the absolutely stunning Lake O’Hara region.
I was suspicious it would be this weekend as it wasn’t September long (as I first thought), we both love Lake O’Hara, being outside, and I saw him sticking a bottle of champagne in his backpack.
I was surprised at the location. I thought he would propose at a viewpoint on the Alpine Circuit (he also thought that was his plan). Lake O’Hara is very special because it limits the number of visitors per day. It has delicate terrain and would easily be overrun given how stunning it is. I’ve entered various lotteries/attempted first come first serve over the past seven years and have been successful twice for summer spots (this weekend being the second time).
We started our first day of hiking through the beautiful trail called “Big Larches” and the larches were full on yellow. It was incredible. We got to McArthur Lake and enjoyed some snacks. McArthur Lake is a stunningly dark blue lake – it reminds me of a sapphire. My partner said seeing that there were around 15 people there made him a bit nervous as all the famous viewpoints were going to have other hikers and he wanted to propose in private. He had the ring with him as he didn’t want to leave it at the campsite. When we left McArthur it was only 3pm, so we decided instead of going back to the campsite to try to explore some of the less famous lakes. We thought it would only add 5km to our day, but with a closure of part of the trail it ended up being an extra 9km! On our walk to the next lake he said he made up his mind that if he found somewhere quiet and beautiful he would propose.
We passed by Morning Glory Lakes and they were nice, then continued on to Linda Lake. The water was absolutely still and was mirroring Cathedral Mountain. I was pretty hungry and asked if we could stop for a snack. I was taking a panorama of the lake and thought he was getting out snacks when he asked, “will you come over here for a second?” I could hear it in his voice and just knew. He was holding my hands and said a lot of lovely things about how much he loved me and the future he wanted to have with me. Right at the end he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was all smiles and crying happy tears. It was so lovely. We just relaxed for about twenty minutes beside the lake with no one else there.
When we got back to the campsite he had a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, and we melted a wheel of camembert for dipping crackers and apples. We were supposed to have steaks, but the steaks we brought in were still frozen, so Annie’s Mac and Cheese it was haha.
The second day we hiked the Alpine Circuit and got the most incredible views, along with the giddyness of being engaged. I am so glad he proposed on the first day so we had more time to enjoy it together.
A quite funny part was that it was quite cold at night, so we were both burritoed up in our mummy sleeping bags. We couldn’t cuddle so we just kept lurching to the side to bump the other person like inchworms.
Pictures to follow in next post due to WB issues.