We don’t have many photos from this daytrip, and I think it is because we only brought the Canon, and shared, rather than each of us having our own camera, as we usually did. The photos really aren’t fantastic, but I want to include them in our story for a few reasons. For one, I can vividly remember how strenuous this hike was. It was only four miles, total, but it took us up 1,700 feet. I was considerably more fit than I am today, but it was probably the most difficult hike I’ve ever done. There were some places where we had to climb vertically up boulders. And the hike down was even more difficult – my knees have been creaky since I was a teenager, and the downhill climb was hell on them. When we reached the summit, though — it was worth every bit of discomfort.
The second reason Crowder’s Mountain is noteworthy is because this is where Captain had originally planned to propose to me. The following February, he planned for us to hike to the summit again, and ask me to marry him there. However, that Saturday morning was forecast for rain, and I was too lazy and unmotivated to agree to go. He ended up proposing to me that morning while we were still in our pajamas, in our little apartment. No extravagance, no fancy words — he just told me he didn’t want to wait any more, and asked me. And it was perfect.