Underground Proposal Adds to Already Emotional Weekend Trip

Newly betrothed cavers, Dan Webb and Kay Rising.

Newly betrothed cavers, Dan Webb and Kay Rising. Photo via Kay Rising

Much to the surprise of every one on the trip, caver Dan Webb used a visit into New York’s Onesquathaw Cave this past weekend as an opportunity to pop the question.

Lucky for him she agreed.

The trip proved to be an emotional ride for his new fiancé Kay Rising, who had entered the cave with plans of a more somber nature.

She had intended to deposit the ashes of her late son Jake, who was tragically killed in a car accident last fall, in the cave. Onesquathaw was the first cave they visited together and had been his favorite.

In a strange twist of fate, Kay and Dan met the same night as the terrible accident, only moments after it occurred.

Jake was my family, my business partner, my best friend and my strength… from the moment he left me Dan has been there like a gift to ensure I’d be ok. Kay Rising, Met Grotto

Now seven months later, Dan carefully crawled through mud and rushing water of Onesquathaw cave afraid to take his hand away from the pocket he had hidden the platinum engagement ring in.

On muddy bended knee he asked if I would marry him. I said “absolutely”. Kay Rising, Met Grotto

Later, after the group exited, Kay remained a few moments to spill open the acorn urn into the current that meanders the main serpentine passage. She cried and smiled, thanking her son for his parting gift.

The pair intends to marry underground on May 1st 2016 at Widow Jane mine in Rosendale, New York—the last subterranean place Kay and her son visited together.

[via Kay Rising]

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