My twin brother Joshua and I have grown up in the Columbia River Gorge spending virtually every day together since we were born. We were always going hiking, biking, skiing, caving, etc. The Gorge was our playground. One and a half years ago Josh made the inevitable decision to move away. He and his fiance decided to move to Iowa where our extended family lives. We had never been apart for more than one or two months before this, and suddenly a year and a half had gone by and we hadn't seen each other. He and his fiance had a baby in this time and I couldn't wait to meet her. One day my Sister, Nicole, who lives in Iowa, asked me if I'd like to go to Iowa and surprise my brother if she bought me a ticket. I jumped at the opportunity and said "YES!"
My dad had been planning on going back to Iowa to visit my sister and brother for a while and we decided I'd go with him and not tell my Josh that we were both coming. We got to Iowa and my sister Nicole called Josh to tell him that our Dad had arrived and that they were going to have dinner at my sisters house in Cedar Rapids. Josh told her he'd bring the whole family and they'd be there shortly. When Josh showed up at my sisters house, I snuck out the back door with my 7 year old nephew Tyler and waiting 10 minutes for Josh and his family to catch up with our dad. Then we had my nephew go to the front door and yell for Josh because he wanted to show him something. Josh, thinking it was a bug or a bicycle trick played along saying "What's up buddy?" When I heard him walking out the door, I jumped out and surprised him. The pictures were taken right as I surprised him, my father and sister took them from two different angles while my brother and I exchanged the longest bear hug I've ever experienced. It was absolutely incredibly and I'll never forget the look on his face and his reaction. Just thought I'd share it with anyone who needed a feel good moment :)