Tuesday, September 29, 2015

'fall'ing in love

Taughannock Falls - 3rd highest in the NE!

I thought John was snapping pictures of the falls and not me!  Some of them turned out pretty good - it was chilly from the mist!

On our way back down we could hike into the creek since it hadn't really rained and the water level was low.  It was much warmer in the sunny areas verses the trail.

Sweater:  TJ Maxx  |  Tank:  Banana Republic  |  Leggings:  Gap  |  Socks:  Smartwool  |  Boots:  Sperry  |  Watch:  Daniel Wellington  |  Rings:  Gorjana 1/2  |  Sunnies:  Celine (similar here)  |  Hat:  Halogen  |  Necklace:  Jennifer Zeuner  

We had a wonderful weekend in Ithaca!  It was gorgeous weather, except for a brief rain storm that evening.  It was the 125 year anniversary for DTD being at Cornell and the 150 anniversary was also the big celebration.  So it a was a busy weekend for CU.  Later we had a low key evening with friends at the fraternity house.  We tried heading out to their old stomping grounds after, but unfortunately it was just too busy so we headed our separate ways (after having Hot Truck of course)!  Hot Truck is a yummy french bread pizza (supposedly the original).  I guess you could consider it a late night snack for those college kids.

John had a house meeting and alumni/actives football game.  So John had a pretty busy morning!  I kept myself busy with brunch at a local restaurant and then headed to TJ Maxx for some light shopping.  Then I relaxed and hung out in the hotel room and caught up on some t.v. shows!  That afternoon we tailgated with DTD and they had a great spread.  Unfortunately, CU doesn't have a great football team or following, so not many of the guests (at least our age) go to the game like the other college football games that I've been to.  Instead we hit up the book store and made attempt number duex at the old bar scene.  After a quick pint we headed back to the hotel room to get ready for the formal.  It was a lovely cocktail hour and sit down dinner before the shenanigans began!

John and I grabbed breakfast quickly near The Commons and then headed on our adventure of exploring the area!  We went directly to Taughannock Falls.  This area of NY is known for gorges...i.e. Ithaca is GORGEous.  This is the 3rd highest falls in the NE, even bigger than Niagara Falls, but unfortunately doesn't compare to the power/size of NF.  It was a light high/drive around the area with great look out points.  It was also fun to be able to walk right up to the falls.  It was so warm in the sun that I wanted to jump right into the water, but in the shade it was super cool!  It was interesting because of how high the gorge is at the level we were walking/standing, is around the actual depth of Cayuga Lake!  Afterward we enjoyed a little stop at a local farmer's market before heading back to Saratoga for some yummy grilled cheese and tomato bisque soup.  #totallyfallvibes ;)

So about this box of chocolates...

John proposed to me in Vermont on September 24, 2012.  He had planned an activity of horseback riding early in the day, I give him props for that!  It was so different/out of his element, that it was quiet amusing for us both!  We even saw a sundog - look it up, I guess it's rare to see!  Afterward, we grabbed some snacks (wine and cheese - hello we're in VT!) and headed out to find a local park, but instead we stumbled upon a nearby waterfall.  It was so relaxing by the falls that I was pretty much ready for a nap, but instead he had planned a couples massage.  It would have been perfect, but I couldn't relax enough to enjoy it thoroughly because my masseur had a funny little mustache!  However, he must have relaxed me just enough because I was oblivious to what John had planned next!  He steered me toward a garden nearby where we hung out and talked for a bit before he gave me a box of chocolates!  A box of chocolates I might add that I never even noticed in his hoodie pocket before or after!  Still having no clue of what was happening...I only ate one chocolate, BUT he persuaded me to have a second.  After only having two chocolates (usually I at least take a bit of a few others), and not noticing anything different below the treats, he decided to dump the chocolates out onto my lap and got down on his knee, said a few words (that I cannot recall then or now) and proposed!!!!  It truly was a magical moment that I still can't believe he pulled it off!!!  As you can see our story keeps growing from there! ;)

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