So, as I mentioned in my previous post, I also got the chance to visit the beach one last time before things got super crazy as the school year started again. Pat and I made plans to run down to Carolina Beach for our first "just us" vacation in the two+ years we have been together. I was so excited! We began our trip by driving around Wilmington and managed to find the creek from Dawson's Creek-check that off Pat's bucket list! We then went to our hotel and they were super sweet and allowed us to park even though our room wouldn't be ready for 4 more hours. So, we got our stuff (we were already in our bathing suits) and parked it on the beach.
After leaving the beach early in the afternoon, we checked in, took a dip in the pool, got some grub, and took a nap because we had been up since 5 that morning.
After napping, we then got ready to head out to dinner, but were so full from lunch we needed to kill some time. So, we decided to head down to Fort Fisher. The historic area was closed by the time we got there and the public beach was really full, so we decided to head down the overlook trail that said it was only about a mile long.
Let me tell you, it may have been a mile but it did not feel like it. It took us an hour up and back and was full of many different types of terrain. However, it was absolutely gorgeous and even with the horseflies, it was totally worth it!
So after our trek, we had to reshower and get ready because we were super gross. Then we went out to a tiki bar at the end of pier and listened to a band, watched the sun go down, had some drinks and enjoyed being together :)
We found our access back to the road and Pat stopped to (I though) put his shoes on right by the gazebo. However, then he stopped and started talking to me and I had no idea what was going on until he started reaching into his pocket, got down on one knee and proposed. It was so dark that he couldn't see me nodding (couldn't talk because I was crying because I was so happy). Of course I said yes to the best man I know! It was one of the best moments of my whole life! Pat had snuck in champagne and glasses into the room and we spent the next two hours calling our families to tell them our news. Then, we had two more amazing days on the beach together! Can't tell you all how happy I am-I'm the luckiest girl in the whole world!