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Memorial Day Weekend in Shenandoah

So we had an incredibly packed, blessed, and fun weekend. Since you probably want to see the pictures more than anything else, I'll try and be brief.

We booked a cabin off of Airbnb sight unseen for a weekend getaway with the family. Jen's two brothers, my cousin, and our soon-to-be sister-in-law, and of course Athena, all joined us. The cabin had an amazing view of the Shenandoah mountains and a place for us to have a bonfire out back. That's all we really needed!

We got in Friday evening and ended up having dinner and relaxing around the camp fire. It was the perfect start to an awesome weekend. As you may or may not know, we're usually up and running what feels like 24/7, in fact I'm writing this at 10:30 at night, so it's so nice when we can just unplug and relax.

Saturday morning found us at Shenandoah River Outfitters, getting in our kayaks, and heading down the river. We ended up kayaking 12 miles in total. Although we ended up getting a bit stranded, missing our pickup location, having to paddle upstream, and some other craziness, we all had smiles on our faces on the drive home. 

After we all cleaned up, it was time to visit Barrel Oak Winery. Now, this is where our weekend went from fun, to outrageously memorable. Unbeknownst to Amanda, Anthony, Jen's brother, has been looking for the perfect opportunity to pop the big question. So there at the winery, as the sun was setting, he got down on one knee and asked her if she would be his wife. We, of course, took a ton of pictures. And she said yes!

Sunday morning there was a split in the group. Some stayed and slept in, resting from the kayaking, and some pushed on to a 5 mile hike to Kennedy's Peak

A quick lunch break, and then we were off to go fishing. Since we were unfamiliar to the area, we had to stop and ask a couple of times, but eventually we found a dam that was frequented by the locals. We didn't have much success, just one fish caught, but we still had a great time.

Just like that, it was Monday morning and time to head home.

So to recap: we saw mountains, we kayaked, hiked, and went fishing, and my brother-in-law is now engaged to his beautiful bride-to-be. Not bad for a weekend.

But we never want to forget why we have this holiday. Every day, men and woman risk their lives so that we can enjoy all this beautiful country has to offer. For that, we are eternally grateful. We can never repay those who serve our country, much less those who die for it. Our very small way of giving back, is offering all of our military clients a discount, which is nothing compared to their sacrifices.

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