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    Posted June 10, 2009 by
    Homer, Alaska
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    5,000 Mile Missouri to Alaska Surprise Wedding Proposal Road Trip Powered by 100% Vegetable Oil


    After months of planning and alot of hard work, I was finally able to propose to the love of my life.  My wife (then girlfriend) thought we were just taking a 5,000 mile road trip to Alaska driving on Waste Vegetable oil for 2 months to visit family, and to show her where I grew up.  Little did she know that for months, I had been planning to pop the big question once we got there.

    In preparation, I had to get the following details in order:


    1. Help my cousin prep our vegetable oil powered vehicles in preparation for our epic adventure.

    2. Get our vegetable oil gathering equipment together so we could collect waste vegetable oil along the way.

    3. Help get the travel trailer ready to accomodate the 8 of us who would be staying in it:  Cousin, his wife, me, my then girlfriend and his 4 children,  not to mention the 2 other rigs, extra travel trailer, vegetable oil toat trailer and 6 other people!

    4. Design the artwork for a custom ring box.
    5. Find someone to laser etch my design into my heart shaped box.
    6. Assemble the box.
    7. Pick out an engagement ring all on my own with no help from her or her friends.
    8. Figure out her ring size without tipping her off that I was planning to propose to her.
    9. Make a fictitious video supposedly for her parents to ease their fears about her driving to Alaska, when in actuality it was the video I would be using to pop the big question.
    10. Find someone fluent in Vietnamese to translate the big question at the end of the video into Vietnamese for her parents.
    11. Ask that same person to help me pick out the perfect Vietnamese love song for my video.
    12. Burn 2 DVDs to mail to her parents after she watched the video in Alaska.
    13. Have a car lined up and waiting for us in Anchorage so that my cousin and his family could drop us off in Anchorage for the final 230 miles to Homer.
    14.  Have the camera ready so I could pretend to take video of us in front of the big Welcome to Homer sign.
    15.  Set the camera up to record her watching the video without her getting suspicious.
    16.  Have the ring in my pocket without her noticing I put it there so I had it ready after the video was done playing.
    17.  Act completely normal even though all I could think about was slipping up and wrecking months of preparation.


    We logged almost 5,000 miles seeing some amazing country along the way, and being able to end the trip by successfully surprising my wife was the best expericence of my life!  The smile on her face, and her laughter of joy, which I've never heard so full of happiness was worth all the months of hard work!

    Thank you to my wife for putting up with months of odd behavior from me as I planned the proposal.   I love you :)


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