Imagine proposing on a ski lift and then dropping the ring 50 feet below into thick brush while the lift continues to climb the mountain. That’s exactly what happened to a Palm Springs, California couple.
Sean Strickland and Karen Yeoman have been an item for a year. Their mutual faith in God brought them together. His faith in Yeoman is what made Strickland want to pop the question over Memorial Day weekend. Instead, the ring popped out of the box and landed in an ocean of thick mountain brush, as the chair lift continued moving.
“I immediately go numb. I go numb, and I’m looking at her and she’s like, ‘did that just happen? Is this a joke,” said Strickland.
“He said, ‘I dropped the ring’ and I said, ‘stop playing’,” said Yeoman.
“I’m thinking to myself ‘is this a dream. Did this really happen? I can’t believe that this really happened. I was in shock,” said Strickland.
They searched and searched but came up empty handed. Then the staff at Snow Summit in Big Bear got involved.
Karissa McAlonan helped with the first search. Shannon White, the lift operations supervisor, helped with the second search. White told Strickland and Yeoman he would go back on his time off to look for the ring. Against all odds, White found the ring.