Connecticut College – October 5th, 2007
The night was electric, as students all over Connecticut College (Conn) performed their pre-game rituals. Twas the first night of the harvest, and livers were being sacrificed to the gods of college.
Both Pete Musser (face off guy) and Natalie Oliva (poofy hair girl) had heard of each other, but tonight was the night that they would finally meet. The two were introduced by one Harold Vincent Garrity IV, who could not be reached for comment.
In true Musser fashion, the first thing Pete did when presented with the beautiful, young Natalie was yell “NAAAAAAAABS!!!”, and then run away. After she and Hal exchanged a brief and confused glance, Natalie bound off after the boy.
The two have been inseparable. After spending a summer in Watch Hill together after Pete’s graduation, the two continued to date during individual travels. Throughout their illustrious 7 year relationship, Pete and Natalie have ventured to Melbourne, Paris, Biarritz, Bordeaux, The Bahamas, Manhattan, Burlington, Thomasville, Naples, Austin, and Healdsburg.
The proposal, as told by Natalie:
Pete and I go on hikes every week around the bay with our dog Loki. Usually it’s on one of our local trails, like Lime Ridge or Briones Regional Park, both of which have significant hills. So when I asked what to expect from this 7th anniversary hike, I wasn’t worried when he said that I’d be “totally fine!” “But definitely bring your hiking boots,” he added casually.
October 5th was a warmer than average day at 96 degrees in San Ramon. We began up the very steep hill, which provided no shade, aside from a small area at the beginning of the hike.
Pete hadn’t adequately warned me how tough the hike was going to be. I was cursing him as I took my 4th water break only halfway up the ridge.
“Let me carry you to the top!”
“No, no, I’ll be fine. (chugs water) Just give me a minute… (labored breathing)”
(repeat this conversation ten more times)
When we finally made it to the top, the view was absolutely breathtaking. We could see miles in all directions. As I was enjoying the spectacular view and catching my breath, Pete knelt next to me with a small wooden box in his hand.
After 7 years together, I had a feeling this was coming, but nothing could have prepared me for that moment. Pete said some wonderful things, but my mind was swimming. I remember him quoting The Naked Gun as he opened the box “It’s not much, but it’s pretty good for an honest policeman’s salary.” I blurted “yes” before he could even say the words.
We practically floated down the hill together, already talking wedding plans. When we got to the bottom, I checked my FitBit. We had gone up the equivalent of 98 flights of stairs! It is now and will forever be the greatest hike of my life.
That night, we celebrated over dinner at The French Laundry. It truly was the perfect day.