It may have been awhile, but life certainly hasn’t stopped for your Island Girl. I’m so very pleased to announce my engagement to my very own Island Boy! He popped the question on Christmas Day at Southern Head on Big Tancook Island.
It was perfect to begin with, the day started crisp and cold, but sunny. The island lay under a blanket of freshly fallen snow. We spent Christmas morning sharing gifts with our families (we kept it simple – we’ve learned that this makes it all the more meaningful), and finished it off with a scrumptious made from scratch Christmas Dinner (with all the fixins’!). After dinner, he wanted to go “Over the Hill” (that mean’s on the land back behind his house) on the 4wheeler. I was more than happy to go, it’s just so pretty on Tancook in the snow. We got all bundled up and headed out (looking back I should have noticed something was up – he took a little too much care getting ready for something we do all the time … but regardless, at this point I was none the wiser).
The snow was striking, sparkling under the afternoon sun. We first stopped at one of my favorite spots (which as far as I know is nameless … strange for Tancook). It’s a cliff where erosion has caused the trees on the edge to fall away revealing a spectacular view of the ocean below and beyond. But it didn’t happen here … no – no … that would have been too easy! In true Katherine and Ricky fashion, we ventured forth onto a trail much less traveled.
We ended up breaking through an iced over pond (mud everywhere!), then I got slapped in the face with a snow covered branch (snow down my front and back … thanks for warning me Ricky!), and to top it all off the trail was blocked by a fallen tree (nothing we couldn’t push out of the way long enough to get under though). Did I mention we’re adventurous?
Once through this stretch though, the trail opens wide to a field and apple orchard. Beyond this (and through some more trees), is arguably my very favorite view from the island. It lies deep within the forest and on the far side of the Tancook at Southern Head. The view is spectacular! It’s a long cliff overlooking Ironbound in the distance. It’s also one of the few places where you can hear the waves crashing. They roll incessantly into the rock below.
He stopped here and the rest is well … um … history.
Needless to say, I said yes and the date is set for September 8th, 2012. Now to plan an Island Wedding!
Your Island Girl,
** Pictures from a visit a few weeks later**