Pagoda Mountain, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

The Memories That Build a Life Together

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Pagoda Mountain, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

During my first date with my now-wife, we discussed the interesting types of food we had tried. We immediately bonded over this topic. One thing she mentioned that I hadn't heard of before was "Rocky Mountain Oysters". Samantha proceeded to tell me the story behind that and where she tried it. I kept that in mind so when it came time to plan her 30th birthday several years later I planned a surprise trip to Colorado. I just told her to pack several days worth of clothing with no further details. She didn't find out the destination (Denver) until we arrived at the check-in counter at Oakland Airport. Dinner that evening was at the Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant in Denver, the location where Samantha discovered Rocky Mountain Oysters. I kept that a secret as well until arriving at there.

The rest of Samantha's 30th birthday trip was spent at Rocky Mountain National Park. This trip has definitely been one of the highlights of our relationship to date.

Year Photographed: 2014