WDBJ7 Senior Reporter
5:37 PM EDT, July 25, 2012
ROANOKE CO., Va.
It's McAfee Knob to the Park Service, McAfee's Knob to lots of people who hike there.
No matter what you call it, the spectacular view has made it a special place for many.
That's certainly the case for Erica Frith and Matt Hubbard.
Erica and Matt love the outdoors, and a trip to McAfee Knob was their first hike together. So when Matt decided it was time to ask Erica to marry him, he figured this was the perfect place, but how to pop the question?
Erica had no idea what was in store when she and Hubbard, and her parents, set out on a Saturday morning hike back in February.
The couple had been to McAfee Knob before, and it was one of their favorite places.
“So we woke up, and we were ready to go, and of course it started snowing,” Matt said.
The snow didn't stop them.
And it was actually really, pretty, beautiful weather, the sun was shining,” Erica told us.
But Matt was still nervous.
You see the day before, he and two of his buddies used 1,200 feet of landscaping fabric to write the marriage proposal in 30-foot letters, on land owned by a friend's grandfather.
“I had no idea if it was even going to work,” Hubbard said. “And then my biggest fear was that a letter would have blown away, and instead of Erica will you marry me. It would have said like ‘Eric will you marry me?’ So yeah, I was absolutely nervous.”
He shouldn't have worried.
As soon as they reached the top and looked over the edge, Erica could see the question she had been hoping to hear.
“And I could see ‘Erica, Will you marry me?’ in big huge letters. And I just kept saying oh my, oh my. I cannot believe this, and he got down on one knee and proposed to me,” Erica said. “I was just in disbelief... And I just kept thinking ‘how did you do that?’ You know, it was the best.”
For the record, Erica said yes, and Matt was relieved.
“I'm glad she said yes. It would have been a lot of work for nothing,” he joked.
Erica said: “How can you not say yes after that proposal, you know?”
Erica and Matt have set a date in October, but they won't tie the knot at McAfee Knob. They'll trade the hour-and-a-half hike up the trail, for a shorter walk down the aisle.
But they say McAfee Knob will always hold a special place in their hearts.
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