What’s the Most Romantic Thing About the Outdoors?

What’s the Most Romantic Thing About the Outdoors?

Most of the defining moments of the courtship with my wife took place outdoors. Those little, notable interactions between us,


adventure journal poll romantic outdoor 660Most of the defining moments of the courtship with my wife took place outdoors. Those little, notable interactions between us, the character traits that defined her, those things that seemed so enchanting, and, yes, the proposal, they happened under the sun and stars, on the trail or in the water. Of course, we spent as much time as we could outside, but still, there’s no denying that watching shooting stars on a Utah mesa or catching snowflakes in Mammoth went a long way toward creating the right atmosphere. I mean, really, what’s romantic about a fancy restaurant or a date to the movies compared to riding mountain bikes in the pre-dawn light and watching the sun rise from atop a hill?

Of course, it hasn’t all been milk and honey. Both of us have needed stitches (surfing, mountain biking), both of us have hurled from going too high too fast (backpacking, skiing), and we’ve been sunburned, bug bit, and poison oaked. So, on this week of hearts and chocolates and sales of technical base layers from Victoria’s Secret, as we consider the elements that lead to a zip-together sleeping bag, let’s also consider those that don’t.

What do you guys think is the most romantic thing about the outdoors? And what’s the least?

Pick up to three.


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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
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  • Ryan
    Reply

    woo!

  • Mike
    Reply

    Bugs are fine as long as they aren’t thick and biting/stinging.

  • Steve
    Reply

    Definitely sharing adventures. That’s the best.

  • Doan
    Reply

    being with the person you care most about..

  • Zac
    Reply

    Aslong as you have a lady with you nature gets more and more beautiful.

  • Matt
    Reply

    sunshine and waterfalls!

  • Andy
    Reply

    Yes

  • nico
    Reply

    sand everywhere. ugh

  • Bonan
    Reply

    I think it is assumed that bugs in this poll are of the biting/stinging variety, nothing worse than mosquitoes to kill the moment. Also, I would put hot springs in the least romantic section…

  • Jay
    Reply

    nothing like some backcountry lovin 😉

  • Kyle
    Reply

    Once again, these type of polls always look the same! the most votes at the top and each item after that declines.. Steve, how about randomizing the order each time the page is opened, or something to that extent?

    • steve casimiro
      Reply

      Kyle, I’m sorry, but I don’t get what you’re saying. When you view the page, it displays the possible answers in alphabetical order. It’s not until you click on “view results” that the poll shows them in order of popularity.

  • Nik
    Reply

    Being along together including no bugs.

  • Eric
    Reply

    Nothing’s better than being out alone in nature with someone you care about. It’s a bond not everyone gets to experience.
    …..give me free goggles……

  • Jefe
    Reply

    If rain/sleet/snow/cold are a romantic buzzkill, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Patrick
    Reply

    The outdoors. Blowing minds daily!

  • Megan
    Reply

    Everything about the outdoors is romantic!

  • Lisa
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    One day last summer, my boyfriend and I set out with some friends to explore a new rock climbing crag. The day included: 90 degree heat, 100% humidity, bush wacking, hundreds of mosquito bites, several ticks attached, and to top it off, our bodies covered in poison ivy. It was super romantic.

  • kyle
    Reply

    i love being able to share adventure stories with my friends, and have my lady chime in where i left off with the same enthusiasm.

  • Cody
    Reply

    Nothing like poison oak-caused pus oozing from your face to kill the mood.

    But being alone in the backcountry…nothing better.

  • Matt
    Reply

    I would have said “simplicity” Being alone together is a close second though. Bugs aren’t nothing son…ever had the poison ivy???

  • Mark Strikwerda
    Reply

    Never Stop Exploring!

  • W
    Reply

    Love an evening with some shooting stars.

  • whispering
    Reply

    Certainly the alone time helps … but something about the natural musk that you both get removes all other worries about bugs, etc and you can just focus on how much you love each other. A nice chocolate bar pulled from the bottom your pack also helps to set the mood!

  • Tina
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    Sharing time alone on an adventure… doesn’t get too much better than that!

  • Andy
    Reply

    Nothing more romantic then a couple days without a shower! That is when the true relationship tests happen.

  • Pancho
    Reply

    Shared adventures takes the prize for sure.

    I feel like there’s a lot of un-romantic things that weren’t listed. i.e. the bo that’s inevitable after 5 days in the back country, pooping out in the open and the shared knowledge that we’re wiping with leaves, etc.

  • Kat
    Reply

    Sharing an adventure with your favorite person makes it 100x better and more fun! Especially when you have done it alone before and get to show them a really cool ride or place.

  • Ali
    Reply

    I also like “Simplicity” … there is no better way to find peace than being *almost alone in the wilderness

  • surferpete
    Reply

    Bugs are the worst!

  • jake
    Reply

    bugs kill the mood

  • Peppermint11
    Reply

    Without a doubt, insects can drive you CRAZY!

  • roybatty972
    Reply

    :-)

  • Chelsey
    Reply

    Being in your element is sexy!

  • Bryan
    Reply

    Everything!

  • Will
    Reply

    Sharing is caring.

  • jacob
    Reply

    Primal experiences.

  • claire
    Reply

    finest memories of watching shooting stars with someone special

  • Craig
    Reply

    Being in your element with someone who is also in their element

  • JM
    Reply

    Being alone together especially in spring.

  • Ryan R.
    Reply

    voted

  • breeb
    Reply

    Nothing more romantic than the outdoors!

  • Hayduke
    Reply

    Of all the things I love to do outside, backpacking with my wife in the wilds is #1.

  • Aidan
    Reply

    the phrase “seeing animals doing it” just took the cake

  • Chris
    Reply

    Sunsets … cliche, yes, good definitely.

  • Andy
    Reply

    getting after it with somebody

  • WM
    Reply

    Nothing quite like sharing some amazing adventures with someone you love!

  • GOOG
    Reply

    Losing your s.o. in a whiteout because you are without goggles wouldn’t be very romantic at all.

  • Phil
    Reply

    There is just something awesome about the open space, the sound and the connection with it all. soil in your hands and between your toes…does something for me

  • adam lauver
    Reply

    Sunsets above tree line so you can really see the wilderness change from day to night. Poison ivy itches really bad.

  • Bruce
    Reply

    Thanks. It would be cool to win!

  • Ryan
    Reply

    Nothing like a romantic goggle gift to give my valentine….

  • KatieSue
    Reply

    Solitude

  • Chris
    Reply

    Beats work

  • Sam
    Reply

    Most everything’s great if it’s with the right person.

  • Eric
    Reply

    “Sweat” and “Sand in bathing suits” should be on the opposite side of this poll. But just getting out there and being so far away from anyone is the most romantic thing about the outdoors!

  • Patrick
    Reply

    the outdoors!

  • Dave
    Reply

    Oh the sweet sounds of Kenny G

  • Kyle Alhart
    Reply

    gotta love the wilderness

  • Hayden Beck
    Reply

    I just want to win some goggles

  • Murph
    Reply

    When she’s happy, I’m happy. 😉
    But really, when you’re both out in an amazing place, just absorbing all the beauty with smiles on your faces, that’s pretty romantic.
    And a perfect way to ruin it is bugs. You’re sitting there in your own private place, the sun is setting, you start thinking some boinking might work well right now, and….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt, whack – the skeeters take over and ruin it.

  • Will
    Reply

    Nothing wrong with a little sweat!

  • Chad
    Reply

    it’s all pretty great. except maybe poison ivy and bugs that want to drink your blood.

  • nate myton
    Reply

    sand in bathing suit is the MOST romantic part.

  • CP
    Reply

    Solitude enjoyed together, doesn’t get much better than that.

  • KJ
    Reply

    My date bought me trail crampons and he packed dried milk and sugar for my hot coffee on the mountain top…. he got the JetBoil going and I unpacked my homemade oat bars…. best foreplay ever!!

  • AB
    Reply

    Definitely Poison Oak. I don’t even want to sleep by myself when I get it.

  • Brian
    Reply

    …and the time it affords you to focus on each other!

  • Tim Moss
    Reply

    How did sleat not make it into the top five yet?

  • dawn
    Reply

    Sweat ugg

  • AO
    Reply

    mmm girls that like gear too…

  • Stacey
    Reply

    Can I vote for bugs three times?

  • Tim
    Reply

    Contrary to Dave, I suspect “The way some waterfalls sound like Kenny G” should have been an option in the Least Romantic Things.

    • steve casimiro
      Reply

      Yeah, that was an egregious oversight. Mea culpable.

  • David
    Reply

    Bugs are definitely the worst here. But worth it for the above mentioned positives.

  • Jay
    Reply

    Sleeping bags zipped together, confined to a tent.

  • D
    Reply

    Sunsets and bugs

  • Neeli
    Reply

    outdoors blow my mind off.

  • Donald
    Reply

    Had to go with snowflakes in her hair. Having that right moment with a light snow falling is perfect.

  • Gabe
    Reply

    Boomshakalaka!

  • Kat
    Reply

    I wish I could have selected more than one, but sharing adventures came out on top. Nothing more romantic than that.

  • Al
    Reply

    light rain in summer, snow in winter.

  • Connor B
    Reply

    I almost feel like sweat is a romantic thing, is that wrong?

  • Sherry Martin
    Reply

    Adventures together!!!!!! Yahoo!!

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