Sunday, September 22, 2019

10 Year Wedding Anniversary

This past weekend, my husband, Nick, and I celebrated 10 years of marriage with a long-weekend away at Hocking Hills in Ohio.

Nick and I feel incredibly blessed to have been gifted so much time together, at such a young age. While we're celebrating 10 years of marriage, we've been together for almost 16 years now! That makes more than half of our lifetime that has been spent together, as Nick and Kalyn. Praise God; He has been so good to us!

While the true beauty and grandeur of Hocking Hills is hard to capture in photos, we did our best to capture as many sights as we could during our trip. We never want to forget this long-weekend we spent away, just the two of us. It was such a sweet time away for the two of us; to reminisce on the past, and dream about what the future may hold.

We stayed the night in Columbus on Friday, and woke up early on Saturday morning. We left our hotel early enough that morning to catch a view of the sunrise over the trees. It was a beautiful start to a beautiful day.

We began our full-day of hiking at Old Man's Cave. This trail is one of the more challenging hikes in the area but, the views are worth the challenge!




After we finished exploring Old Man's Cave, we moved on to Ash Cave. This was a very flat hike, with the most amazing cave at the end of the trail. Photos do not do it any justice at all. It's truly breathtaking.

One of the funniest moments of our trip (and of course, there were a few) was when Nick climbed up this giant rock for a photo-opt, and ended up ripping his shorts.

We laughed, and laughed, and laughed! I am laughing right now thinking about it. If only you knew how many times this has happened since we started dating, all the way back when we were 15 years old. Nick always jokes that he's too flexible than his clothing allows. This guy has never let the sun go down on a day when he hasn't made me laugh.

After visiting Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave, we tried a new restaurant called  The Hungry Buffalo. We shared pizza and wings, and it was delicious!

After a morning filled with hiking at the two caves, we decided to go antique shopping at the Logan Antique Mall. Nick loves antique shopping as much (if not more) than I do! We had so much fun looking around!

Outside of the antique mall was a little petting zoo. These animals gave us quite a lot of chuckles as we fed them handful after handful of corn from the 25-cent dispenser. They were so cute! I think I might be a little closer to convincing Nick that we need to start a sheep and goat farm.

By the time we were done at the antique mall, we were ready to hike one last trail; Cedar Falls. The last time we visited Cedar Falls, the waterfall was flowing wildly. During this visit, however, there was just a small trickle of a stream coming down. Despite the lack of a roaring water fall, the views were just as incredible.

Before we headed back to the city for dinner, we decided to visit one more antique shop along the way. As we were antique shopping, we were keeping an eye out for a ring that might fit me. I was talking to Nick about how nice it would be to find a ring at an antique shop, on our 10 year anniversary trip. Sure enough, we found the perfect one! We have loved antique shopping together for longer than we've been married and so, finding this ring during our 10 year anniversary trip makes it extra special to me.

Later that evening, we got ourselves ready for a night out in Columbus! Nick and I knew from the moment when we booked this trip that we would be eating our anniversary dinner out at the Cheesecake Factory. Actually, while searching for the location where we'd be staying, we had two conditions in mind; it had to be some place near a Cheesecake Factory and Hocking Hills!


The Cheesecake Factory closest to Hocking Hills was in Easton. I don't know if it's because we were out celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, or if it was because the sidewalks were dimly lit with light-covered trees, but everything about this town, and that night, was so romantic. I never want to forget the feeling of walking down the streets of Easton, hand-in-hand, with my love.

I have so much I want to say about Nick but, no words could ever be enough to describe how much he means to me, or how much I love him. So, I will just say, happy 10th wedding anniversary to my best friend; Nicholas, I love you.

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