Next week, my girlfriend (fiance, soon!) and I are driving from Oakland up to Portland and I'm going to ask her to marry me. She knows this already, but doesn't know when or where along the trip. So, I'm wondering if you local yokels can give me some ideas about when to go for it.
Our plan right now is:
Monday morning (early):
Drive via I-5 to Umpqua National Forest. There's gorgeous waterfalls
and this seems like the time to pop the question.
Chilling in hot springs and hiking/biking around forest.
Driving to Portlandia. We're staying at Kennedy School.
Hanging out in Portland. We're switching hotels to Crystal hotel.
Chill in Portland, then heading out to the coast, driving south on 101. Finding a beach to camp at.
Just leisurely making our way back home, driving and camping along the coast.
My current plan is to ask her at the waterfalls on Monday or Tuesday and then we'll have the days in Portland in the hotel to... *ahem* However, I am thinking that building up the suspense and asking her later-- on the way back down the 101, might also be cool. But that contradicts the fact that I'm just anxious as hell to put this ring on her finger. :)
Any suggestions on how to make this more romantic and special for her? We're not "picture people", but I'll probably be asking strangers to snap some shots of us, so pretty scenery would be great.
Also, cool Norcal, Portland, and Oregon suggestions on what to do/where to eat are appreciated!