Of all the hurdles we've encountered so far in our engagement, the latest one certainly makes for the best story. Last week, Sam and four friends set off to Costa Rica on a week-long adventure as Sam's last stand as a bachelor. They arrived in San Jose and made the 6-hour drive to a small town called Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast. Their plans included zip-lining, canopy tours, deep sea fishing and snorkeling.
Not 48 hours into the trip, they boarded a catamaran cruise that anchored offshore a beautiful private beach. The passengers jumped off the boat and swam to shore for a few hours of playing in the surf and relaxing in the sand. Minutes after reaching the shore, as Sam was diving into a 5-6 foot wave breaking directly at the shoreline, his feet were swept out from under him and he was flipped upside down, landing on his head in only a few inches of water. Sam's collarbone snapped immediately.
Needless to say, he needed medical attention right away, and the best place for that was back home in Florida. Paramedics took over 2 hours to reach and treat him in Costa Rica, but he was assured that yes, it was broken, and yes, he needed a doctor. Sam booked a flight and leaving his friends to finish off the bachelor week without him, he changed planes three times and finally made it back to Orlando. Poor guy!
Sam is now in a brace that keeps his collarbone in a position to heal, and will be that way for at least a month. That means he'll wear his brace down the aisle in less than two weeks, and it'll travel with us to Rome. But the show will go on! Just one more test, I suppose, that brings us closer together and allows our relationship to grow.