My boyfriend and I figured out very quickly that we are not your average, everyday couple. One of the things that brought us together was our similar interests in things that very few other people are interested in, and because of this, some of our date nights have been a little different. I don’t mean just flying kites in the park, hiking, or hitting up a karaoke bar either. If you are part of a couple who likes to think outside the box when it comes to a romantic evening out, here are a few ideas for a more unconventional date.
Shooting Range: To give you an idea of our unusual perspective on romance, consider our ‘date’ to celebrate one year together. After a hearty truck-stop breakfast (to our credit on this, we live in the south, and it really is the best home-style breakfast in town), we went over to the local indoor range and tore through 100 some-odd rounds of ammo. I really do consider myself to be quite the lady, but I have to admit there is something indescribable about hitting dead center on a target with a larger caliber than you are used to. To me, it was one of the best dates I have ever had, and I still have my rather impressive target. Most towns have an indoor shooting range, and possibly even yearly memberships for a discount if you enjoy going frequently.
Spelunking: When we first got together my sweetie told me that one thing he had always wanted to do was go to a particular cave a couple of hours away. So one weekend we left out early in the morning and drove the couple of hours to go check it out. It was truly breathtaking as we got to explore and learn about the cave, looking at the different formations, some of which were quite rare, and hear about how they formed. Our tour guide through the cave was amazing, and we learned so much about the world beneath us that day. You don’t even really have to be the outdoor type to enjoy this date. Trust me, we aren’t. You can check out campingroadtrip.com for their top ten cave picks or see what you can find in your area.
Gemstone Panning: The same place where we went cave exploring offered the opportunity to pan for gemstones on site. Even though it was a bit chilly, we had no problems sluicing and getting our hands dirty as we discovered many different stones, even including some emeralds. All in all we each walked away with a ziploc or two full of stones. Since then we have been on the lookout for other places which allow you to hunt, dig, or sluice for gems. Turns out, they are not hard to find at all. The Travel Channel has a top ten list of spots to hunt gemstones in the US, or you can look around locally.
Archaeological Site: We stumbled upon this idea quite by accident. After making a wrong turn one day, we pulled onto a back road in order to turn around. A s we tend to do sometimes, we traveled down the road a bit just to see where it lead. This is where we found an archaeological site we didn’t even know existed in our town. The Society of American Archaeology has a wonderful guide to great places to visit. While this is one that we still have on the ‘to do’ list, we look forward to exploring and seeing what has been found there.
Ghost Hunting Expedition: I am not entirely sure how common this one really is, but as odd as I am about fun times, I am on the fence about this one. My boyfriend is gung-ho wanting to do it, however. The extra-strange couple who is into the paranormal would have a blast cuddling up for the night in a supposedly haunted area, trying to pick up EVP’s, or snapping infrared photos to catch a glimpse of something spooky. While I am still unsure if he can talk me into this one, I know many other couples who would love this excursion. If you are feeling brave, Haunted America Tours is a great resource for finding a spooky spot.
So whether you are not that into the normal, really are into the paranormal, or you are just looking for something a little different to mix things up a bit, there are plenty of options open to you to find a different kind of date than the standard dinner and a movie. Have fun, and love well!