Day Fourteen: Hidden Gem in the Hills

We woke up around 8 and had bananas and coffee before packing up and heading out for another 6 hours of driving. I made shakes for second breakfast. The province of Saskatchewan is mostly farmlands and prairies, so I focused on getting some of my work with Arbonne done in the car while listening to more Joe Rogan podcasts. Beautiful skies made up for the lack of scenery as well as having each other.

We stopped in Swift Current for groceries. Their town slogan read, “Life the way it should be” The older homes and neighborhoods reminded us of Grand Junction. As we were veggie wraps for lunch in the parking lot, a guy came over to talk to us about the truck. He loved it! It was so sweet.

We had about an hour and a half before getting to Cyprus Hills Campground. The campground looked like a good location but could only tell so much about the site online. To our surprise, it was truly a hidden Oasis amongst the prairie lands. Not to mention it was massive. It felt like the supermall of campgrounds. Our site was all the way up and in the back, and it couldn’t have been better. We had an open site with lots of light that kept us warm, and there was hardly anyone around. We changed as soon as we got there and went on a walk to explore the grounds and move a bit. It was a lovely walk filled with good and much needed conversation. We had been so on top of each other we really hadn’t gotten a chance to decompress and breathe like this for a minute. It felt so good. Having each other to lean on during this journey has taught us so much already. Both about ourselves and our relationship. There will always be kinks, but there will always be a deep love to come back to as well. At the end of the walk we came up to a snack bar that we were hoping had beer. It didn’t, but after I asked the checkout counter guy, a kid with the BIGGEST grin and squinty popped his head out and said “I could sell you some in the back alley later if you’d like eh?” It was the way he said it that just made us laugh so much. We shared a mango milkshake instead and then headed back up to our campsite.

When we got back, Jake started dinner and I re-organized everything. My favorite thing to do. The setting for dinner that night was as if a fog had been lifted. The deep conversation we had, funny encounter, delicious food, wine, and golden hour made for a memorable evening. After dinner we cleaned up and drove down to the lake to fish. I caught up on some reading and writing while sitting in awe of the view. This night. We made our way back to camp , made small fire, and finished our wine. The field behind us lit up from the thunder storm rolling in. It was unreal. We went to bed soon after, listening to the rain.

Day Four: Engagement Moon

Jake leaped out of bed saying “Today is going to be a GREAT DAY” So clearly yes, I had an idea…however I really didn’t want to get any hopes up. But he was right, it was the most perfect day.

He had his coffee, I had my fizz. We did yoga and had our shakes. Then I made us almond butter, banana and honey sandwiches for lunch. We packed up the lunch, snacks, and post hike beers and headed to Prospect. We would go to Lye Brook falls afterwards to cool off. When we reached the top, there were a few people lingering and we had seen the scenes, so I was ready to go. Jake wanted to stay and wait for them to leave, thus giving me another idea of what might be coming. At that moment, I knew that if what I thought was coming was coming…the forest was where I wanted to be, and I knew he would love it so much more too. I was right, this round also. Toot toot.

So off we went to Lye Brook falls. We took a different path to a small lookout I used to visit when I lived here. I sat for a moment on the wall, and then he set up the VIDEO camera and my whole body filled with flutter. It’s funny how much these excess things like pictures become so much less important when the moment is actually here. I had always imagined wanting a picture of this event but once it arrived, all I wanted was him.

We drove to the quarry in awe of life to celebrate our engagement with beers and swimming. There were too many people there, so we went to equinox pond instead, and just sat. Soaking in every moment and treasuring this day.

When we got back to the campsite I made tostadas with leftovers from the previous night. After dinner, it started to rain, so we laid in our little bungalow and just listened. Still in awe and full of freeing, joyous and peaceful excitement for this new beginning. We made it. Love won, again.

Leftover chicken and beef with lime juice Guac; Avocado, garlic powder, lime, salsa Bean dip Bell pepper Cheese Pan fried tortilla

This is Our Love

For those of you that don’t know anything about Jake and I, our relationship has not been linear. I think it’s important to share some backstory on us, because I know how easy it is to fall victim to the compare and despair habits. While what you see now seems like a fairy tale adventure, it wasn’t always this way. What lies behind these beautiful pictures and this incredible trip we’re taking, are years of growth, separation, and pain that we’re both still healing from. We held on, and love won. That’s what this trip is really about. An opportunity for us to be together again doing what we both love and celebrate. I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Love always,

Jake and Cass