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Date on a Dime: Love, Romance, Nature and… COMPETITION!

So we’re off!! Off on another great adventure of love, romance, nature and… COMPETITION! Hopefully you and the love of your life fit somewhere comfortably between “competitive” and “laid-back”… up for a little gaming action, but not so serious about winning that you can’t enjoy a small loss.

We decided to start off this date as a team, spurring each other on in the beautiful surrounds of early summer. A nice bike ride down the local trail inspired us on the beauty of life and gave us a time to unwind from a busy week. Not to be overlooked in this set of events, is the infamous “stop to smell the roses”. Or in our case, the California Poppies. There really is just something about breaking in the middle of a mission to stop and take in the bountiful beauty around us. We continued on to our special destination… a picnic table. Not only did this table provide a nice place to eat our packed lunch, but it provided our entertainment of choice: Checkers!

Bike ride = free

If you don’t own bikes and have nobody to borrow them from, a stroll along a trail or through a park should give you a similar experience.

Packed Lunch = $5

(Apples and cheese, nuts, PB&Js and plenty of water!)

Checkers = $0-6

If you don’t have a local built-in checkers board, you can pack your favorite board or card game along with you. Otherwise, Checker boards cost $1 at Dollar Tree or $6 online.

Total Date Cost = $5-11

In the end, nature, in it’s own way to protect any hurt egos, intervened. A few moves before the game could be won the cold front blew in, bringing with it sheets of frigid rain. We were 7 miles from home on a bike trail. Go figure. We suggest you check the weather with a more reliable source than an eye to the sky before you embark on such happy trails!

From somewhere in California,
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