Hiking Log - Anniversary

Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com 10301213186

This is part 21 of excerpts from the trail log which was located on a New York portion of the Appalachian trail. For the post which explains this series, click here.  Each new edition includes a quote from a hiker, along with this writer's insight into what the person might have meant. Your interpretation may be different!


Following is my selection of this week's thoughts of a hiker.




This is where my wife proposed to me - 30 years ago 




Last week's edition of this series was written by a hiker about the love of his life. My interpretation of that hiker's words were that he might have been planning to propose to his love. And that if he did, and she said "yes," he would be back to write about it.


Hiking Log - AnniversaryThis week's words need no interpretation. The hiker's wife proposed to him on this trail 30 years ago. And evidently he said yes, as they are back on the trail again decades later (and he drew a heart with both their names in it, which I can't replicate here).


But the questions that come to my mind this time, are"where" and "how?" How did this proposal happen? Sometime in September 1988, a man and woman went for a hike down the Appalachian Trail. At that time of year, the air would have been a bit cooler than the humid summer. It was probably a very comfortable and beautiful Fall day. Perhaps the couple was walking hand in hand.


The woods in this area provide countless spots for a perfect marriage proposal. There are plenty of large rocks available that would be right for sitting on (and kneeling next to). In addition, there are ponds which would make a picturesque spot. And within just a few minutes of the trail log are the Fitzgerald Falls, which would provide quite a nice backdrop for a proposal. Or the moment could have occurred right in the middle of the wooded trail, as the wind rustled leaves above, and beams of sunshine highlighted the excitement in her eyes. So in terms of the exact location of this proposal, it could have happened just about anywhere.


And in addition to the "where," I wonder about the "how." Was this proposal planned in minute detail (a picnic lunch in the backpack that perhaps contained a card with words that asked the question)? Or maybe this was a spur of the moment, "Oh my God, I love this man and want to be with him forever!" Did she grab his hand, look in his eyes, and say "Marry Me!"? Or were they sitting down, and talking and the conversation just segued into the rest of their lives?


Inquiring minds want to know, but these are questions that will remain unanswered. What we know is that on this trail, three decades ago, a woman asked a man for his hand in marriage. He said "Yes!" and years later they returned to the spot of their romantic moment. And then I came upon their words and shared them with you.


Spending time in nature can lead to wonderful things.



Originally published at thehousekat.com.


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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Mmm....nature, romance...what a great pairing and terrific story to begin the weekend...thank you...enjoy yours !

Jan 11, 2019 03:34 AM #1
Peter Mohylsky, Bucket List
Gulf Place @ 30A - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Do you have a bucket list in the works?

Great story, thanks for sharing, hopefully they are still hiking together.

Jan 11, 2019 03:58 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kat. They say good things can happen in the woods. Here is your proof. Enjoy your day!

Jan 11, 2019 04:12 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Kat.  As soon as I read this entry I had the same questions you had.

Jan 11, 2019 05:16 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Now that is interesting, I have not heard many stories of the wife making the proposal.

Jan 11, 2019 05:22 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kat. This entry is neat but your speculations endear it even more.

Jan 11, 2019 05:52 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kat - that reminds me of something my father showed me years ago in a park.  The heart he carved on the tree with his and my mother's initials was still visable.  It think he said they were in love but he had not proposed yet.

Jan 11, 2019 08:52 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Saturday Kat,  What a great story in the log to share with us.  I need to make it a point to walk the trail next time I am in Pennsylvania.

Jan 12, 2019 08:11 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I really enjoy your hiking log series Kat Palmiotti 




I hope you are having a great weekend..

Jan 12, 2019 08:56 PM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, this would be fun to read, and a great place to have a proposal for marriage! 

Jan 15, 2019 07:15 AM #10
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