It was my year to plan the surprise trip. Due to the fact that one of our cars has no AC and the other requires the use of a hammer to start, we borrowed Mom's car and set out for Charlotte.
I decided that some city life and outdoor adventure might be a fun change of pace, so I booked a room at the Omni downtown and got some tickets to the National Whitewater Training Center.
I had never done the whitewater rafting thing, so I was a little nervous. I was afraid I'd fall out and hit my head on a rock or forget which way was up. Eric reminded me that I'd be wearing a PFD but I was still worried I might not be able to get my head out of the water. Being the compassionate guy he is, he told me that if I couldn't figure out how to get my head out of the water I might just be too dumb to raft! What a romantic...
I learned that I am not too dumb to raft and that Eric is more afraid of heights than I realized. He kept saying, "ladies first" on any of the things that we could fall to our death from. I thought he was just being a gentleman and that he just had poor form when he kept falling off the climbing wall. But when he took longer than the 7 year old in front of him to climb the cargo net I realized something more was going on. He finally confessed his terror after we conquered the zip line.
We enjoyed a night on the town Saturday night. Sunday morning we got to experience Elevation church. Then we stretched the trip home into a 9 hour journey by taking the scenic route and several side trips.
It was a great trip. It's been an even better 13 years. I love marking the milestones with you honey. Happy Anniversary.