Date Night: Beachcombing
The romantic allure of the ocean has been captivating lovers for centuries. Who can resist the temptation of miles of stunning shorelines, crashing waves, and natural treasures scattered ubiquitously? Combine this ultimate romantic setting and most people's desire to unearth hidden treasures and you've discovered a recipe for the perfect date activity, beachcombing.
The term "beachcomber" was officially coined in the 19th century and was used to describe individuals who combed the beaches for anything they could use or offer in trade. Today, the term is used fondly for those searching for hidden treasures of their own. The fun and romantic aspect of this activity is that not only are you creating a great memory, but you'll have little reminders of the day to keep afterwards.
What you should look for depends on what appeals to you as a couple. Below are a few ideas to help get you started.
Get a pair of metal detectors and see who can discover the most interesting treasure. You can stumble upon items ranging from coins to jewelry. For fun, make a game and see who can find the oldest coin.
Begin a quest to find the perfect or most unusual seashell. You can log onto seashells.org to find out exactly what you've discovered. They also have a guide on how to clean and preserve your shells.
Often-overlooked for it's romantic potential, rock finding can be just as rewarding as any other beachcombing activity. Take some time and hunt out rocks of one color or that have unusual markings. For more information about the hobby of rockhounding, check out the Mineralogical Society of America.
There's often more than the typical treasures to discover on our beaches. You can hunt sea glass, driftwood and other well-traveled items. For the best finds, try to go after a storm or an especially high tide. Who knows? You might even find the classic message in a bottle!
What to Bring
If you're collecting things, make sure to bring something to adequately hold and store what you're saving. In most cases, a couple of pails should do the trick.
The items you'll discover aren't usually in the cleanest of environments. Bringing along some wipes and paper towels can make the outing more comfortable.
Being in the sun for any prolonged period requires a little bit of extra preparation. Don't forget sunscreen and make sure you drink plenty of water.
This activity will involve prolonged periods of standing as well. Keep that in mind if you need a certain type of footwear to make yourself more comfortable.
Extra Romantic Touches
Pack a quick picnic lunch complete with blankets or over-sized towels. Share your meal while looking over all your treasures.
Bring along a camera and take pictures of each other, the setting, or even your favorite discoveries. When you get home, make a scrapbook of the day or frame your favorite shots to place around your home.
Since you'll be looking for treasure, get creative and place something ahead of time for your date to find. You can get quite creative with this, but something simple like spelling out "I love you" in rocks will have amazing results.
Beachdirectory.com - List of beaches in California and Florida.
Oregon Coast Guide
NY Mag Beach Guide - Lakes and beaches two hours from Manhattan.