Summit Up 1-15-11: Lost and found in Breckenridge
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that has the phrase “all’s well that ends well” echoing in our heads today. That’s due to this great letter we received from Craig Richey, who writes thusly:
“My name is Craig Richey, and just tonight (Jan. 13) I asked my girlfriend Jennifer Olms to marry me in front of the Christmas tree at the Blue River Plaza. The Ullr Fest Parade had just ended and the streets had lulled for a brief period. Everything was going well … until I dropped to one knee.
(drum roll … ominous music)
“As I took a knee I began to ask the question. “Jennie, will you…” and then it all went wrong. I felt the ring roll out of the box, bounce off my finger, and disappear. We began combing the snow for the missing ring. Several bystanders noticed we were searching for something. After they were informed we were searching for an engagement ring, the common reply was “OH MY GOD! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?” And they would most often join the search.
“The search became quite the event. At one point there had to be at least 50 people assisting as best they could. Several brought flashlights and were on their hands and knees combing the snow and ice for the missing ring. Breckenridge Public Works even got involved, bringing propane heaters to melt the snow, and a gentleman named Mike abandoned his Uller Fest festivities and joined the search with a metal detector he had specifically calibrated for finding white gold. There is no other community I can imagine that would come together and go to the lengths that they did for a complete stranger. Especially on a night when they could have been celebrating in warmth and comfort. Despite nearly two hours of searching, we never found the ring.
“I spent the better part of the week trying to strategize the time to suprise her with the proposal. I made sure to never take the ring up onto the mountain with us in fear of losing it in the snow, and then I lose it in the middle of town. This proposal has been a long time coming, but was rushed a little by the news that I will be deploying to Afghanistan in a few very short months. Breckenridge was my last vacation before heading off to war, and I took the last day to propose to her.
“I am sending this message to you … to extend a gracious and warm Thank You to the community that came together to help us.
“UPDATE: We found the ring! We went back to the plaza Friday morning and found it sitting on top of the snow as if someone had just put it back! I don’t even know what to say.
“And for the record: She said ‘Yes.'”
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