This is going to be a big post. I tried my best to narrow it down, but it just wasn't happening. There's just too much to cover: from my grand scheme of proposing, to the whole planning process behind backpacking and traveling the entire island of Puerto Rico over a two week vacation.
To get started, I began planning this trip months and months in advance. It was so hard to find information on actually backpacking in Puerto Rico, then of course there was way too many options on what to do and where to go. Then I had to figure out the general time frame and location of where I wanted to propose. But - I couldn't forget to take into account that this is above all a vacation, not my usual trip where I beat the hell out of myself on some grueling trail for a few weeks.
Everything just fell into place once I realized I should split the trip in half, 50% hiking, backpacking, and camping then 50% laying around and enjoying the beach. So I didn't kill myself trying to grab the perfect photos of everywhere and everything we did. I truly tried to relax and have my first vacation where I don't wake up everyday at 5:00am to grab sunrise photos and the usual craziness that comes with being a photographer.
One of my favorite shots of the trip to start things off.