One downside about hiking as a date idea is that when you get back to the car you're generally a little dusty, sweaty, and sticky.
A tip I've learned is to put a few light towels or washcloths in the trunk along with jug of water.
It's a constant battle of when you're no longer in your early 20s and have college life to help you meet new people. Relationship status: In a relationship with the trails. Photo by: Katie Yarborough If I'm not hiking, I'm working my butt off to save up for the next backpacking trip. Photo by: Katie Yarborough My friends are living it up in the big city of Nashville. If you're like me as an avid hiker, you spend every waking moment planning your next date on the trail and not you're next date at a new restaurant in town. Kidding, I was bit more descriptive than that, but you get the gist. " I get excited telling someone about my ventures and passion, and then to describe to them your daily life on the trails.When I'm not traveling out of state for trails, I'm spending my weekends on the local trails in Tennessee. However, I know I need to at least attempt to spend some time dating someone. Me: Adds a bunch of non-basic white girl photos of myself on my hiking adventures. Photo by: Katie Yarborough --Proceeds to start swiping-- Yes, you all love tacos, beer, and your dog. Looking for someone to hang with and if it goes further to a relationship then that's cool? You want to keep yourself free to browse or run if you need to. Some of us aren't looking for hookups or a fling though. " Me:"Oh I hike a lot, travel to hike, and workout in the gym preparing for hikes." Them: "Cool! Including having to use a poop shovel (probably not my most shining moment of chitchatting topics.) Their responses, "So you're like a hippie? I love and relish the days I get to relax on the couch and binge watch tv shows. I always reply with a smile and, "I'm happy on the trails.When the hike is over, dampen the towels and use them to wipe down your face, neck, arms, and legs.This is a refreshing way to end the hike and will make both of you much more comfortable and talkative on the drive back home.Beginners in average condition should stick with shorter trails, like a 2-3 mile loop, and a maximum elevation gain of 1,000 feet. may be pushing it, know your limits and remember that you’re out there to have fun and get to know each other, not kill yourselves.
On the other hand, if you're both physically fit and like a challenge, then go for it!If your plan is to hike somewhere with a bottle of wine and watch the sun set, remember that you will be returning to the car as it gets dark and to bring a flashlight. Don't forget hats, bug spray, sunblock, and plenty of water. Call ahead to see if there's a park usage or parking fee.For more remote hikes, tell a friend or family member where you'll be and your planned route, and remember to check the weather forecast. Easy things like granola, energy bars, fruit, beef jerky.Boating, fishing, rollerblading, bookstores, hiking, camping, driving to the beach, and just about. The dating apps, being set up by friends and family, and the bar scene.I come from a small town, where they expect you to want a family and the marriage life pretty early on. I've also had some real horror stories that are pretty hilarious to tell to my married friends, who are thoroughly thankful not to have to deal with these moments. Okay, here sits a good looking guy, seems nice enough, but he doesn't hike. Let him wade in the kiddie pool before jumping off the high dive. Me, Dora the Explorer, with my positive attitude and excitement.