Since today is a day dedicated to love and romance, I wanted to reflect on one of the most romantic moments in my life.
It was 2009, and I had just accomplished one of my life-long goals: earning my Bachelor’s degree. After the graduation parties and celebrations, my boyfriend and I traveled to Kauai, Hawaii. We wanted to relax in the warm tropical sun and celebrate my accomplishment while letting the stress of the past few months melt away.
On the fifth of June, we drove to Port Allen on the southwestern side of Kauai to go on a sailing adventure with Captain Andy. We were scheduled to attend a sunset dinner cruise along the magnificent and secluded NaPali Coast. As an avid boater, I was filled with excitement to go out on a catamaran and cruise the blue Pacific for the afternoon and into the evening.
NaPali translates into “the cliffs” and they were a sight to behold. The scenery along this rugged fifteen mile coastline was absolutely breathtaking. The Cathedrals are one of the most beautiful places on Earth; jagged cliffs rise high above the Pacific ocean, and tiny white sand beaches are dotted along the shore. It seemed that the further north along the coast we went, the bluer the water became. Along our journey, Captain Andy shared stories about the rich culture and history of the area. He also told us about the mysterious legends that encase the lush, tropical, and jagged cliffs.
We had the incredible experience of seeing a pod of spinner dolphins as they swam by our boat. They were kind enough to display their aerial skills as they jumped and twirled above the water.
After an afternoon of sailing, we turned the boat around and worked our way back down the coast. We were treated to a delicious dinner of grilled chicken, fresh fruit, salad, and more, while partaking in the abundance of “sneaky tikis” and enjoyed our time basking in the gorgeous scenery.
As the sun began to set, the captain turned the boat around so we could get a better view of the sunset. After a few pictures were taken Cody turned to me and told me that I was his best friend. He reminded me of how special I was to him and then he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. (*sigh*) Of course I said “YES!”
I left to Kauai with a boyfriend, and returned with a fiance. 🙂