Post # 1
Bees… does your imagination tend to run away with you? Have you ever indulged in emotional masturbation?
My boyfriend and I have a timeline to be engaged by November 2021. Right now it’s ring saving time, should be saved for by June 2021, then buying and giving him some time to plan a “surprise” proposal.
My favourite place in the entire world is Mount Assiniboine. I’ve been four times now, and it is truly the most stunning, awe inspiring place on earth. It has always been my dream engagement spot. My boyfriend has never been, but said how much he would like to go. They have affordable, adorable little huts. I’ve only been lucky enough to get them once. We have been talking about a trip the September long weekend – in my built up fantasy head this was the perfect time/place for him to propose! It ties in our mutual love of hiking and the outdoors, with my favourite person, in my favourite place.
The hut booking system opened today. I spent most of the day dialing on repeat. I placed 2788 calls and didn’t get through. They almost completely fill up the first day (sometimes a few mid-week days are left, but we need a weekend). I am just a little crushed.
Perhaps it’s for the best, maybe we would have gone and that wouldn’t have been his chosen place for a proposal and I would have been downhearted. Oh well, tent bookings for September open in June, so I suppose I can try again. If not, we live in the Rockies, there are other beautiful mountains to be proposed on (and I 90% guarantee it will be on a mountain – his joke the other week was he was going to have very slippery shoelaces all summer and constantly be kneeling down to tie them haha).
Not a real complaint, I just let my imagination run away from me. Thanks for listening.
Post # 2
You can always go there on an anniversary and do a mini celebratory photoshoot ❤️ or plan a honeymoon there!
Post # 3
If you have ideas for where you’d like your SO to propose… tell him! There’s no use in keeping your daydreams in your head when you and your SO can work together to plan a beautiful proposal. A proposal on a mountain sounds awesome!
Post # 4
That looks magnificent! My boyfriend and I love hiking as well, so you have given me a destination to dream about for one day!
I agree that if this would mean a lot to you or be something which would absolutely be a dream come true, it would be a great idea to mention it to your boyfriend. You need not tell him directly if you want there to be an element of surprise, but you could mention in a casual and roundabout way how wonderful it would be…
At the same time, try not to invest all your hopes in this one proposal idea in case it’s not what he had in mind or is not able to make it happen this year. A proposal is of course a major milestone, but there are many others you could potentially celebrate at your favourite spot at a future time (eg. first anniversary, first holiday as a family, etc.).
Post # 5
I called this morning and finally got through. They said they had fully booked out by 3pm yesterday. It was a tough year – it’s always hard to book, but they gave priority to everyone who had cancelled reservations last summer.
An anniversary trip or photo shoot would be lovely. One of my girlfriends is an influencer, and last time we went her backpack weighed 20lbs more than the rest of ours because she had brought so many clothes for photo shoots. If I bring a man think about how much he can haul for me!
He knows I’d like to be proposed to outside. We spend all of our free time in the mountains. I know he wants it to be a surprise as to exact timing and place. This was more of a deflated feeling like – eugh I guess this won’t be an option.
It is a dream destination. I met a girl at Assiniboine a few years ago who had never hiked before, but saw a picture, and took up backpacking. I hope you and your partner can go some time. Camping spots are a lot easier to get than the huts!
After my little “blah” moment, I went to pick up a custom painting from a local artist I had commissioned as a gift for my boyfriend for our two year anniversary on Thursday. It’s a painting of a lovely local mountain, which was the first full mountain we multi pitched together (read about the adventure here: https://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/to-surprise-or-not/)
I then started thinking about what we could do the September long weekend instead, if I can’t get a tent spot at Assiniboine. Another favourite place of mine that my boyfriend hasn’t been to is Michelle Lakes.
Plus we will likely spend the summer adventuring and finding all sorts of new and amazing places to make memories that are special to us in. I’ve been pushing for a multi-pitch climbing course, but he just separated his shoulder snowboarding, so we will see how the healing goes.
Post # 6
Last night was our anniversary. My boyfriend brought up going to look for rings – he said he saved a big chunk of his Christmas bonus, so would probably be able to get the ring sooner than expected.
He then went on to say it was really too bad we weren’t able to get a booking at Assiniboine, because he had been planning on proposing there.
The good I will take away from this is we’re on the same wave length about the type of proposal. I assured him that while I loved Assiniboine, and loved that he thought of it as a special proposal spot, there are so many beautiful outdoor areas that we keep making memories in.
Post # 7
I don’t know if anyone else has engaged in the cutthroat and heartbreak of competitively booking camping spots (significantly worse this year and last year with COVID and more people getting into it) …
After Assiniboine, Lake O’Hara is one of my favourite spots. It has a very fragile alpine ecology, so they limit the number of people who can get in. With COVID restrictions there was a delayed booking this year, so it opened today.
I spent over an hour trying to get spots, getting some, having the outdated government website freeze and kick me out. I did finally get a weekend at the end of September! This will actually be a beautiful time of year because it’s prime larch season.
I called my boyfriend, he had also been trying to get spots and hadn’t got through. He was excited we got a spot at all (we went once together when we started dating, but got thunder/lightninged out, so we couldn’t do the full hike we planned). The second thing he said was “It’s too bad we couldn’t get it in summer, this was my back up proposal spot after we couldn’t get Assiniboine.”
I said our timeline was November, but he said he didn’t want to wait that long, we just bought a house, and he wanted to be engaged sooner, not to worry and he would come up with something else.
I just can’t believe how hard it is to go outside for a weekend compared to five years ago.
Again, still excited. We’ll be out hiking this summer for sure. The new house is going to eat up a bunch of our weekends. Glad we’re doing it together though.
*Photo stolen from Lonely Planet.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2021 - Australia
wow, it honestly looks stunning! I will say, perhaps it is for the best you were unable to get through though, imagine if you’d booked, and were waiting on tenterhooks the whole trip and he DIDN’T propose. You’d be even more crushed! I’m sure wherever it happens though, is going to be magical.