How To Have An Adventurous Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day. While some prefer chocolate, roses and a fancy restaurant meal on this holiday, others prefer something a bit more exciting -- like an outdoor adventure!
If you and your partner love the outdoors, plan an outdoor date for Valentine's Day this year. These ideas are perfect for anyone who needs a creative date, especially as many places are closed due to the pandemic.
1). SUNSET OR MOONLIT HIKE
Surprise your partner with a romantic hike during the beautiful golden hour lighting. You can start your hike before the sunset, to enjoy dinner on top of the mountain, just as the sun sets. Just be sure to research the time that the sun will set on the 14th.
Alternatively, you can plan a moonlit hike if you know that the sky will be clear. Opt-for mountains, hills and beach destinations, as forests will cloud the view of the sky. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate or a thermos of hot water to enjoy a decadent Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert together. Wear and bring warm clothing, including wind and water-resistant jackets and a blanket.
2). OUTDOORS DINNER DATE
Weather permitting, take your partner to a scenic location where you can spend some time together. Pack a picnic of your favorite food, a bottle of wine, and perhaps a deck of cards. Be sure to bring a blanket for laying on and one staying cozy, as well as portable outdoor lights to set the ambiance.
3). STARGAZINGSpend time with your Valentine under the stars. If you live in the city this may require some driving to a remote location with less light pollution. Bring some binoculars, and be sure to check the weather in your area, as you won't want a cloudy sky to ruin your plans. There are lots of apps that you can use to check star visibility including:
- Google Sky.
- Star Tracker.
- International Space Station.
4). PITCH A TENT
While going on a camping trip for Valentine's Day is a great idea (especially as Valentine's Day falls on a weekend this year), you can always pitch a tent in your own back yard! Turning your backyard into your own personal campsite is a fun and easy way to experience the great outdoors without packing the car and the bags.
If pitching a tent in your backyard isn't an option, then pitch one in your own living room. You can put a fake fire on your T.V. (if you don't have a fire place), and enjoy some gourmet backpacking food. You can even make s'mores over the stove! A great adventure can be had anywhere.
5). TRY AN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Backcountry skiing or snowshoeing are great winter activities to enjoy with your best pal. Hit a beautiful trail you’ve never visited before, or admire wildlife in a backcountry destination near you. You can reminisce on old memories or practice nature photography together! Of course, if you live in a warm area, you can plan a long bike ride, a boat ride, hike, or any other activity that you and your valentine would enjoy. Get active and get creative!
GOURMET FOOD ON THE GO
Backpacker's Pantry has plenty of ready-to-eat, lightweight entrée and dessert options for you to choose from for your Valentine's Day adventures. Browse our delicious, gourmet food for the trail.