Nice story. You two make a good adventurous couple. She's darn prettier than the portrait you drew too.
So, now to the important stuff: You packing a sectional or telescopic pole? I see one sectional case and was curious about second rig. I like telescopic poles for their quick deployment, it's just hard to find a quality one. My favorite is a Japanese 9'6" one I bought in South America, just barely fits in a daypack for those ride-n-fish summer outings.