It’s been a while since our last post; sorry for the radio silence, it’s just that we’ve been spending a lot of time planning the wedding.
Yep, you read that right: Team Bluefish is engaged!
Last month Anna and I travelled to San Diego for a weekend chock full of escapes… and a marriage proposal.
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I decided to pop the question in an escape room. After looking at some of the rooms in the area, I decided to contact the team at Clue Avenue Escape Room in Escondido.
I’m so glad that I did.
I started working with Nick and his team, and they were amazing from the start. I told them the general idea of what I wanted to do, and not only did they agree to host us, they were ecstatic about making the experience completely unforgettable. It could’ve been really stressful trying to arrange a surprise proposal from 300 miles away at a place I had never seen before, but Nick did all kinds of behind-the-scenes work to make everything go smoothly. He sent me a short overview of their “Villain’s Lair” room including a video, and he offered suggestions about how I might be able to integrate the proposal into the room. When I asked if we could have a couple of specialized locks in the room, he was totally on-board and he offered to provide the extra equipment that would be needed.
When Anna and I showed up at Clue Avenue, the staff greeted us warmly. Unbeknownst to Anna, I was able to hand off the ring to Nick and he covertly hid it in the room in a place where we’d find it at a crucial moment.
Throughout our time in the room, I was a bit of a wreck. My proposal plan hinged on us getting out of the room, and I was terrified that we would get to the end of the hour without finishing the game. Nick once again came to my aid and gave us a few nudges during the game to keep us moving at the right pace.
We made it to the end with a few minutes to spare, and that was when I made my move. Anna opened the safe with the ring in it and I grabbed the ring box while she looked through the rest of the safe. I fumbled to get it open (while trying to keep it somewhat hidden) amidst a flurry of questions from Anna: “What’s in the box? What are you doing? What’s going on? Come on, we’ve only got 30 seconds to get out of the room!”
I brought the ring box into view and the look on her face was worth all the work and all the nerves. She was completely blown away, and couldn’t say anything except “YES! YES, I WILL!!!”
Nick and his team managed to record all this for us from several different angles, so we’ll be able to relive our special moment whenever we want to. And if that wasn’t enough, they decorated the rest of Clue Avenue with balloons, streamers and a huge “Congratulations Ace & Anna” banner.
From that point on, I won’t have to think at all when someone asks me what my favorite escape room is. Clue Avenue gave me an absolutely perfect experience that can never be beat.