Thomas Piotrowski and Shauna Sowle have always shared a sense of adventure, and after their recent whitewater rafting trip with Class IV at Adventures on the Gorge, they’ve also promised to share the rest of their lives together.
Tom put down his paddle and popped the question at Miller’s Folly rapid as their raft surfed the wave beside Bloody Nose Rock.
“It really was a great moment and it caught her by surprise,” Tom said.
Shauna of course gave him a kiss and accepted his ring and his hand.
The ring seemed to gain approval from the New River, because it tried to take the jewelry for itself. Luckily, Tom had tied the ring to his swimming trunks, so when he toppled out of the raft at Lower Railroad, the ring made it back to the boat with him safely.
Tom let the guide know of his plans during their trip’s lunch break, and they quickly assembled a plan, choosing the perfect spot and alerting the video boater so he could capture the whole thing on film.
The couple plans to wed in the fall and return to Adventures on the Gorge the following year for Gauley season to celebrate their anniversary.
Tom and Shauna met a few years ago in Detroit when Tom was a police officer and brought recent arrestees in for medical care, where Shauna was the nurse. Their friendship budded from there, and they began dating about a year ago.
They aren’t the only couples celebrating their love at Adventures on the Gorge. PJ Price recently posted his proposal photo with Kelly Roehm on the Class VI facebook page.
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