Thursday, February 14, 2013

LOTM: an outdoor date

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It's Valentine's Day, so the Ladies of the Mountains are sharing our favourite outdoor dates. Ian and I aren't into this Hallmark holiday devoted to chocolate, hearts and jewelry, so we won't be going on an extravagant date this evening (in fact, I'm going to a free self defense class tonight!!). But, the other day, we did go for a skate and curl at Pyramid Lake, which for us is pretty romantic. That is of course if you call goofing around and laughing our butts off romantic.

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Ian was a speed skater way back in the day, so he has a fairly good handle on skating. He can do it with his hands behind his back. He can do it one legged. He can spin around, and he can stop. In my books that's on par with the experts. You see, because, I, on the other hand, look like a baby deer learning to walk when I lace up. I'm wobbly and I'm constantly waving my hands around to stay on my feet. I'm sure it's amusing to watch, but, despite how completely silly I look, I really enjoy going for a quick spin on the lake. There is nothing quite like gliding around in the fresh air with beautiful mountains surrounding you. It's so peaceful. PLUS, Pyramid Lake has a loop-dee-loop-style ice surface, so it's fun to turn all the corners and go from one end to the next.

 photo IMG-20130203-00118_zps223bdc0c.jpg And, the other cool thing about Pyramid Lake is there's a small rink set aside for curling with wooden rocks. So, after our skate, we took to the curling rink for a few games of bocce-style curling. Ian won every time, but it was still a lot of fun.

I have to say, I love outdoor dates. It's so nice to do something that gets you out in the fresh air together. Whether it's skiing, hiking or skating, Ian and I always have a rad time full of laughs and silly moments.

Don't forget to check out what the other Ladies of the Mountains did on their outdoor dates!

Gentri of Gentri Lee
Lena of Musings
Michelle of On The Adventure
Meagan of The Egg Out West
Kelley of A Crooked Trail
And, guest blogger Chelsea of Sea, Field and Tribe

What are you doing for Valentine's Day? Are you going on an outdoor adventure?


  1. So awesome!! :D What a perfect date!

  2. what a cute outdoor date. i would love to try curling one day!

  3. I absolutely DO call that romantic! Rob and I did something similar - took Cypress to the dog park for a walk, making dinner together later and that's it! :)

    Happy Valentine's Day, and so glad you guys had fun! <3

  4. Oh my! Curling sounds like so much fun!! I always wanted to try it! :-)

  5. What a fun date- I love how you Canadians know how to turn cold weather into fun activities :) I'm with you on not celebrating Valentine's Day, I swear I'm not bitter about it, I just never cared about it! But no judgement to those that do... I really need to get my butt outdoors, it's been too long!

  6. lol! so cool!!! I wish I had some frozen lakes here in Puerto Rico lol!! But hey, at least we do have mountains and they can be quite cold compared to where I live at sea level!

  7. you mean, a lake really freezes over? what if the ice breaks? excuse my naivety, but in southern california, we only have indoor rinks. this has got to be the coolest thing EVER.

  8. Boy do I miss skating on an actual pond/lake. Seems to me that the Silver Skate Festival is going on down in the River Valley this weekend...maybe I should check it out! You have inspired me, dear friend! Hope your Valentine's Self-Defense Class was awesome!! xo