I was going to wait until I had the final product to post anything about this, but I honestly can't contain my joy and I want the world to know and also the awesome family that runs this mine in Helena, MT deserves the recognition and advertisement.
At the beginning of 2017, my then boyfriend gave me a literal proposal that went a little something like this, "I love you, I want to marry you, I have a ring in mind, but you are special, rare and not like everyone else, and you deserve something just as unique, rare and special as you, so I have an alternative in mind that I think matches you. There is a mine around Helena, MT, Blaze N Gem El Dorado Sapphire Mine that will let me go through the entire process of digging up a hopefully sapphire stone for your ring. I can't guarantee you a size or anything extravagant but if I don't find what you want we can also buy one of their stones, they sell some of what they have found themselves in a store there as well. I was thinking we could take a road trip from California to Montana together to get it for you this summer. Is this something you would want?" Of course, I said yes to the mine, and as pictured after one and a half days of mining, we ended in their shop to make our final pick to send off, and he to my surprise got down on one knee and did a real "proposal" with the stone.
It has been an amazing week, sleeping in the car, seeing all of these beautiful parks and places that we've never seen together, and spending some off the grid quality time alone before baby comes.
The mine was nothing short of amazing, we dug, sifted and sorted through our own dirt and rocks, and this experience would not have been the same or possible had it not been for the kindness and help we received from the family that runs it. Thank you Blaze, Shelly, James, Scott and Jamie for the amazing experience that we will remember forever. You truly made our dreams come true. #excited #travelusa #mining #travelnow #helena #travelogue #montanalove #travelmore #2017 #engagement #proposal #iloveyou #uniquering #blazengems #sapphirecrystal #helenanationalforest #traveljunkie #roadtripusa #summer #surprise #sleptinthecar #bucketlist #amazing