Summer is (unofficially) here!! And I am loving every second of it. With the warm weather, long evenings, and laid back vibe we have been taking advantage and spending more time together outside. But even with the array of recreation activities available, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. So if you need some inspiration for a fun date night outdoors, look no further.
Hit the Road
Remember the fun and nostalgia of a road trip? You don’t have to leave town to get the feeling. Roll down the windows, crank up the music, and find your road. One of our favorites is Chuckanut Drive. Between the scenery and the winding route, it’s a winner every time.
You can go for hours and discover a new favorite spot, or take a quick spin to clear your mind. Either way, the time together will be well spent laughing, singing, and feeling free.
Take a Hike
Whether you live downtown or out in the country, you can get out for a hike or a walk. There is a beauty in the simplicity and ease of access. Maybe your style is more of an urban hike with some stops at shops and a coffee house. If you’re a bit more adventurous, you may want to visit one of the State or National parks and hit a trail.
Whatever mood you’re in or timeframe you have, there is a hike for you. And it’s an excellent excuse for holding hands with your sweetie.
Go Fly a Kite
Last week I was lucky enough to spend a few days at the ocean. And while I was indoors for a good portion of it, the time I spent on the beach was magical. It also reintroduced me to kite flying, which was a blast.
Living near the water gives us the benefit of having a decent breeze most days – enough to keep the kite up without being overwhelming. And one of the best things about it is that you don’t need to be perfect; you just need to let it all go… kind of a good metaphor for life!
Jump In a Lake
Okay, maybe you don’t have a lake nearby. But I bet there is some water somewhere! What better way to cool down on these hot days than getting into or near the water? I haven’t tried it yet, but I am intrigued by stand-up paddle boarding. There are rentals on the weekends at a lake near my house, and it’s on our To Try list.
If you’re not confident on the water, hit up one of the spray parks – they’re NOT just for kids! Still not convinced? Try running through the sprinkler at home. Maybe even have a popsicle for good measure.
Having fun, letting loose, and feeling joy are for everyone – and we all need these breaks from the everyday hustle and bustle. It’s also a fantastic way to reconnect with those most important to you. Take advantage of the moments whenever possible, and make the most of your Pacific Northwest summer. And check back soon for Date Night In!!