Caitlin and Ryan
How We Met
Never Date A Co-worker… It is a common unwritten rule to never date anyone from work because “it can get messy” or “it never ends well” some would say. It never got messy for us and this love story has no end in sight. A secret office (Loma Linda Hospital) romance began with simple “Heys and “Hellos passing each other in the halls and office small-talk about working out to intense Crossfit workouts together after work. Those sweaty workouts then turned into mini-dates of poke bowls and the zombie crazed series “The Walking Dead”.
This made for the perfect romantic recipe for a blossoming relationship considering I (Caitlin here) hates horror flicks and has very animated nightmares. This did not deter Ryan from planning fun weekend getaways together as the two have an affinity for travel, the outdoors, adventure, food, and an active lifestyle. As they shared their love for these things together, their love for each other was established and eventually she said “Yes”… sort of.
How They Asked
If you’re expecting a love story about how Ryan got on one knee in front of the Eiffel Tower with rose petals and candles shaped like a heart, think again. In Feb 2018, Ryan got up at the crack of dawn to get on the internet to snag hiking permits for July for Havasupai Falls in AZ, a desert oasis that has crystal blue waterfalls that spill over deep orange, travertine cliffs in the middle of the desert. We were expecting to hike 10 miles through the desert to get to the falls, spend 3 nights by the water and hike the 10 miles back to civilization. We spent hundreds of dollars on backpacks, a tent, and all the other fancy gear you need to live like a homeless person for a few days in the middle of nowhere. July 2018: The day we were leaving for AZ, we packed up the car and were about to leave when we got notified that there had been a flash flood that had completely wiped out the campground and the hiking trail to this magnificent location. The falls were closed for the unforeseeable future.
Little did I know that Ryan was planning on proposing in front of the falls (he even hired a photographer to catch the moment). Well, we already had the time off work so we made a plan B and unpacked our bathing suits and hot weather items in exchange for jackets and long sleeves. We were heading to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. This was such a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of trip, but that was okay because Yosemite is a place that means so much to both of us and is the place we will choose to go over anywhere else. It was okay that we didn’t know where we were going to stay when we got there.
On our third day, we decided to hike the Glen Aulin trail, a 14-mile hike that led to cascades and breathtaking waterfalls. We got to our lunch spot in front of one of the waterfalls with the beautiful mountains behind us. Ryan set up his tripod (he will never miss a photo op) and forced me to come over and take a photo. Next thing I knew, he was on one knee and he said….nothing. I just broke down and he couldn’t get the words out.
I guess we must have agreed to marry one another because before I knew it, my left ring finger felt a little bit heavier. Once we decided to head back to our campsite (7 miles back), it started to downpour and we were soaked head-to-toe, but it didn’t matter because at that point that was the first of many unexpected and exciting moments as we began our journey as future husband and wife.