She said yes! Geraldton man raises the bar to new heights with proposal in the snow at summit of Bluff Knoll
Standing atop an ancient mountain in the heart of the Great Southern with snowflakes floating to the ground around you — do moments get any more magical?
The answer is yes.
If there is anyone worried their idea for an upcoming marriage proposal might not be special enough, this story will not ease your mind.
On Tuesday afternoon, Geraldton man James Duffy proposed to his partner of 18 months, Samantha May, as snow fell on the summit of Bluff Knoll.
Ms May did not see it coming.
In fact, she could barely see a few metres in front of her because of what she described as a “blizzard”.
“I said to James, ‘I don’t want to leave yet, the snow’s just so amazing’,” Ms May said.
“He tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around and there he was on a knee in the middle of this snow blizzard with a ring in his hands.”
The couple travelled to the Great Southern for a holiday, staying with a friend of Mr Duffy’s in Albany.
They decided to make their first trip to the Stirling Range National Park, unaware there was a forecast of possible snow.
They originally planned to make the trek at sunrise, but ended up setting off later in the day.
It was only when they were on their way up Bluff Knoll that other hikers told them there had already been a dusting of snow at the summit.
“We were at the 600m to the summit sign when it started to snow,” Ms May said.
“As we climbed, it started to get thicker and thicker until it was like a snow blizzard.
“The snowflakes were huge.”
While Mr Duffy is from Scotland and no stranger to icy weather, Ms May was blown away.
“It was literally like we weren’t even in WA,” she said. “All of the clouds were around us so we had no vision outside the mountain.
“It was like we were in a different world.”
Once off the mountain, the happy couple sought the warmth of The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn for a celebratory drink.
They were among a handful of hikers who braved the cold on Tuesday afternoon and were rewarded with sustained snowfalls at the summit.
Friends Harry Rout and Cam Bostock enjoyed an incredible red sunset from the peak of Mt Toolbrunup before catching the snow on Bluff Knoll that afternoon.
It was the second dusting of snow on Bluff Knoll in the past two weeks.
Meanwhile in Albany, Tuesday’s daytime temperature peaked at 8.6C — the lowest of the year.
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