There we were, a few days before our date on the same beach. If you were wondering, that smile on my face is straight 'I'm taking a picture with the boy I like' face.
Now if you're like me, you're wondering just where in Montana is there a beach. Ok, so I might be using the term beach loosely here since the 'beach' I'm talking about is the shore of Lake Elmo, a small-ish reservoir/lake in Billings. But whatever the correct term for it is, we ended up parking the car there and dragging the Army blanket Zach kept in his trunk to the edge of the water.
It was a little awkward at first. This was only the second time we'd done something just the two of us--the first being driving a 100 mph on a back country road with the music blaring, not exactly conducive to conversation. And I remember making some off hand comment about how immense the sky seemed. Living in the city as I had, I'd never seen as many stars as you can in Montana. Zach, being just as nervous as I was, decided this was exactly the opportunity he had been waiting for.......to open the star gazing app on his phone.
So we sat there for what seemed like hours, he seemingly enthralled with his star map and me thinking how somebody so cute could be so romantically clueless. Finally, out of sheer boredom, I asked him, "So, are we really going to stare at your star app for hours?" That must have been the encouragement he needed because two seconds later, the star app was nowhere in sight and he was giving me one of those kisses that makes a girl dizzy and weak in the knees. (Sigh.)
The rest, as they say, is history.