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A Crazy Proposal
updated: Aug 30, 2013, 2:45 PM
By Mackenzie Davis
"I proposed to my girlfriend of 6 years up on the mountain, almost died on the way back!" - Aaron Bilane (23)
Last night, Aaron Bilane proposed to his girlfriend of six years, Mackenzie Davis (25). A sweet story turns into a warning for
"Let me tell you, I was not expecting a proposal on this day. Aaron seemed so casual about going on a hike, he even said "well
we don't have to hike today" so I was really thinking he wasn't going to ask. But anyway, we went for a hike! About 6pm up tunnel road on a hike to
Cathedral Peak. It was only about 2 ½ miles long, but it lasted very long. Almost the entire thing was an incline through thickets and brush, we even had to
rock climb for some of it. By the time we reached the top area we were both pretty tired. We climbed to the top of this rock and I remember feeling so
refreshed by the wind and silence. Not to mention the view! The view was amazing, all of SB and you could see the islands as well. It was really awesome.
Aaron started setting up the tripod, he really wanted to take pictures (nothing new) so I didn't pay much attention to it. I was
howling to see if there was an echo, which there was! ( I was also trying to scare the other hikers below us that we'd seen earlier, a group of women tee hee :
p) Anyway, I climbed down and got ready for some pictures. Aaron says stay right there, so I do. He walks over and I say " Are you taking a picture?" He says
" No, just face me". So I do and then he gets down on one knee and well…you know the rest!
The sun is setting and its getting dark really fast. We start heading back down the mountain but its already dark within minutes.
First of all it's a really sketchy hike, even during the day…now that its dark its even sketchier. Can't see anything, we're falling all over the place, I musta fell
on my butt like half a dozen times. We don't really have lights, we're just about out of water and we can't find a solid trail. We end up using our cell phone
lights which worked decently except we're sliding down rocks half the time which makes it hard to do with one hand. At one point I just start breaking down
and crying cause I feel like we're lost and I'm extremely exhausted. I tell him, "Aaron, I don't know if I can make it" as I'm trying not to sob. He tells me " It's
going to be ok, just keep going down, we're going in the right direction if we keep going down" . He prods me along and supports me the rest of the way,
despite my worries and frustrations. At one point the ravine was so deep that he had me hold on to his back pack and lower me into it. Seriously felt like we
were on one of those survival shows.
FINALLY we reach a bridge right next to the main road, right before this Aaron starts slowing down, he's dehydrated and kept
saying how he didn't have enough water that day. Told me he was trying to catch the drops of sweat running off his face to moisten his mouth. In the end
we hit the main road, grasping hands tightly. Aaron starts to break down now and feels bad about everything, I tell him " It's ok, things don't always turn out
the way you planned it would but I still say yes and I still love you,this is just another test of our relationship, I don't know what else we could endure at this
point, think we've done it all." Right around then we hear a rattle sound just a couple feet away from us on the side of the road, there's a rattle snake! I
scream and run a little and Aaron says, "Don't leave me!" He's really slowed down at this point, I went back for him though! But that snake really did scare
me... later on we passed another one on the road. As we were driving back, we almost hit at least three skunks too. Through the whole trip we ran into 3
rattle snakes, 3-4 skunks , some lizards and a bat!
In the end, this was a crazy proposal! Seriously felt like life and death situation. Not only was I feeling pretty emotional with the
actual proposal but the hike down made it that much more dramatic. Definitely not what I had expected, but I'm ok with that. I don't regret what happened
and I really do feel it was a test of our relationship and love for each other. It affirms more and more that we're meant to be together and we really do make
a good team. We're always there to help and support each other and I feel that is the truest love there can be.
So thank you Aaron for everything, I love you and am so glad you were brought into my life."
If you're going to be out hiking late, make sure to bring a flashlight and EXTRA water. Cathedral Peak is not an easy trail to
follow, so do it when there is enough light. We're in decent shape so we were able to make it out but just barely. Have fun but be careful out there on the
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