Monday, February 14, 2011

Adventuring With Your Better Half - Valentine's Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day (you didn’t forget, did you?), Adventure Lifestyle Blog is posting an article talking about how to spend time adventuring with your better half.

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The beauty of fostering a love for the outdoors with someone you love is that you can share your trips, adventures, gear and time together. The wilderness is a great place to find some peace and quite. Start off slow if your partner isn’t familiar with the outdoors. There’s nothing wrong with camping in the back yard. Don’t take someone on a 100 mile backpacking trip trying to hump out 28 mile days just because you want to. Chances are, unless your partner is a triathlete, they’re going to hate your guts at the end of the first day. If you’re one of those people who synthesizes competition for body fuel and you don’t understand the meaning of “discretion”, then I suggest you take it slow and develop a sense of where your partner’s skill level is before you take off into the wilderness all gung-ho.

How about some less extreme outdoor adventures to share for some relaxation? Try geocaching, everybody loves chasing GPS waypoints through the woods looking for little boxes of trinkets. Ladies usually find it entirely enlightening that you can find hidden boxes in everyday places. If you’re really working hard to impress your partner then go put something in the geocache before you go together (like jewelry) so that your partner finds the meaningful object. Just remember, the point of Geocaching is to exchange items found in the boxes so make sure no one gets to it before you return with your partner or you might find a toy dinosaur in place of that pearl necklace.

Another less than extreme adventure you might want to go for is making S’mores. Impress your partner by lighting a fire with a fire-steel. Undoubtedly the best way to get ahead in a relationship is to show off masculine displays of woodcraft skills. This one is sure to impress. While, debatably a true adventure, nobody dislikes the gooey, melty, chocolately treats. People tend to enjoy a bit of nostalgia and, often, you’ll find that it has been years since your partner has had a S’more. They’ll thank you for it.

A classic movie favorite, go watch the stars. Find somewhere romantic, a beach, beside a lonely willow tree on an open hill in a field, a swinging chair by the river. Just ask yourself if it’s cliché and, if it is, you’re probably on the right track. You can try taking a bottle of wine and some goblets but they might be conspicuous unless you take a backpack. Watching the stars really is relaxing though. Watch out for hordes of night-dwelling mosquitoes during the summer months though. Clear winter nights tend to have the most crisp views but they’re rare and, well, cold!

Once you’re both comfortable with eachother’s skill level then begin building up to a common goal. Start backpacking together, or kayaking. Plan a trip together and train for your upcoming adventure. Whatever you do, don’t just buy a gym membership and run on a stupid treadmill in the corner of a room with a bunch of other hopeless people. Not only are gym membership dues outrageous, gyms are just plain old boring places. Get outside, share your time together, build a skill base, and find some adventure travel. Pretty soon you’ll both be moving on to bigger and better adventure. Together.

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