Six months before the actual engagement, Aaron told Maya to keep August 13, 2011 available because he had signed them up for a scavenger hunt in DC (a favorite pastime for the two of them). Over the next several months, Aaron contacted his close friends and her close friends to assist him in the proposal of a lifetime.
August 13, 2011
The morning of the “scavenger hunt”, Aaron called Maya and asked if she would drive since his car was “acting up.” So, she picked him up and they drove down to the “start line” of the scavenger hunt at Haines Point in D.C. They parked, walked up to the Snack Bar building, and Aaron says “let me go check inside to see if everyone is inside.” He comes back out and says “everyone is in there, but I left my wallet in the car, so wait one second for me.” He runs off to the car…and never comes back! About 5 minutes have passed and Maya is still standing there thinking, “What is he doing? He’s acting so weird!” Then she felt a tap on her shoulder and someone said, “Ready to start your day?” It was Dale, Aaron’s best friend and favorite cousin who lives in Miami, Florida. Maya is shocked to see him. She asks, “What are you doing here???” Dale was calm and collective and says, “Well you guys are always talking about how much fun you have during these scavenger hunts, so I’m here to be a part of it.” Maya is puzzled and responds, “Let me get this straight…You flew all the way up here from Miami to participate in a DC scavenger hunt??” Dale proceeds by saying, “I’m going to give you the hints for Clue #1 and if you get it right, we’ll head to the first location.”
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