Reflecting on a glorious week of 90 degree weather in Santa Cruz… for the first time in 2014 things around here heated up just enough to make the beach cliffs blossom with flowers, families, and surfers! It’s weeks like this when I find myself romanced by nature itself. The loveliness hits me in small moments but large doses… when you pause to watch mist fly off the back of a perfect wave or sailors at sunset after a long jog on the beach… life on the Pacific is so full of mother nature’s romantic gestures.
With this beauty surrounding me and summer on the horizon, amazing date ideas are whirling through my brain! Whether you are coming to Santa Cruz for a vacation, getting married here, or are a local through and through, there is no shortage of romantic possibilities around here. So much of the time we get comfortable spending “dates” watching Netflix in our sweatpants. While I agree that some of the best nights are spent cuddled up on your couch, I believe that our souls need to be fed by adventures and time in the outdoors in order to flourish! Spend the day doing something that awakens you to the beauty around you and to the beauty in one another. Some ideas that came to me this week… hiking in the Slowcoast, surfing together, enjoying a local brew, sunset strolling on the beach, or even drawing outside together. Hopefully these pictures will inspire you to step outside this week too. We are designed to experience the riches of the Earth we live on deeply and fully. What’s better than doing that with the one you love most deeply?