As a demonstration of his love, my boyfriend Chad asked me to marry him in an extraordinary and unique way. I was not prepared for the day ahead when I woke to a phone call from an unfamiliar voice on December 13th 2004. I was confused by the call, but did as I was instructed and traveled to my mailbox to retrieve an envelope. Upon opening the envelope, I found an elegant card of poetic instructions indicating I was going on a scavenger hunt. I had loved scavenger hunts as a child and had always told Chad how much I would love to go back to those days. The card explained I was to shower and dress nicely because a "surprise" would be arriving shortly. When I got out of the shower, I was shocked to find my friend Karen, who lives two hours away, waiting for me.
My younger brother then handed me another envelope containing the first clue. In the same poetic fashion, it hinted at a park where Chad and I had spent one afternoon. Karen and I quickly jumped in the car and drove to Alum Creek where we found one of Chad’s friends dressed fashionably in a suit and tie. He handed us the second clue which led us to Scioto Park, where Chad and I had one of our first dates. Karen and I were met there by another of Chad’s friends dressed in a suit. He handed us our next clue along with two tickets to the Columbus Zoo. Met there by another friend, just as well dressed, we were handed a CD and were told to play it in our car. We quickly returned to the car and placed the CD into the stereo. In rhyme and meter, Chad told us that it was him we were looking for and that we should look in the glove-compartment for clue four. As we opened the compartment to find another envelope, Sinatra’s "New York, New York" began to play. Karen and I opened the envelope and realized we were holding plane tickets to New York City! Screaming in excitement we drove home to pack. Our flight left in only three hours.
The plane took off at 2:30 p.m. and arrived at LaGuardia Airport where we were met by Chad’s friend Scott. He handed us a clue that led us to our next location – the top of the Empire State Building. There, another one of Chad’s friends handed us the next clue which lead us to Rockefeller Centre where we found another friend and another clue. Next was Times Square, and finally Karen and I were escorted by the four men through Central Park where I finally met Chad at Bethesda Fountain.
Chad and I embraced and talked. Chad like his friends was dressed appropriately for the occasion in a suit. He read some entries from his journal, and then some passages from the Bible about marriage. He then told me that he loved me for the first time and got on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!
From Columbus at 8:00 a.m. to NYC at 11:30 p.m., it was certainly a long day and certainly the best scavenger hunt I have ever been on.
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