by Ellen Wilson
is the best time for dating. The key is to find something fun to do
outside that you both enjoy. Yep, it's really that simple. Outdoor
activities include kayaking or tubing down the Provo River, spending the
afternoon at a driving range, playing a game of Frisbee Golf at
Bicentennial Park, or, our favorite, taking a hike on one of Utah
Valley's many trails. Bring along materials for plant and animal
identification. Make it a scavenger hunt to see who can find the most
animal tracks, mountain flowers, or different types of trees.
If you're having your date during the day, incorporate an afternoon
dessert into the festivities by making ice cream sculptures. For this
activity, you'll need a carton of ice cream, preferably square with
easy-to-rip cardboard. Remove the ice cream from the box and place it on
a plate or platter. Use spoons, forks, and other utensils to shape a
sculpture of your choosing. Some ideas include turtles, Mount Rushmore, a
pirate ship, or Raggedy Anne.
For an evening date, have a mock camp-out. Set up a tent by the fire
and tell ghost stories involving dark and stormy nights. Cook s'mores,
pigs in a blanket, hot dogs, Starbursts, and pretty much anything you
like over the flames. When the stories die down, make sure you have your
astronomy and Greek mythology books on hand; see who can find Andromeda
and other constellations and share how they got their names.