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Unusual Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Updated on August 16, 2013

Looking for some unusual date ideas for Valentine's Day this year? These gift ideas are definitely different.

I'm always searching for "just the right present" for John and have managed to come up with some unusual date ideas for Valentine's Day such as a zip lining trip. That's right - John and I love to spend time together and what better way than to do something unusual on Valentine's Day. Sure, my friends may get chocolates and roses but, really, chocolates get eaten (please, just apply mine directly to my hips...) and roses die. But, the memories made during an unusual kind of date for Valentine's Day will remain with me forever. And, for those of the faint of heart, there's some other unique date ideas or Valentine's Day listed in this article.

I've come up with a few different date ideas for Valentine's Day that might spark some interest for you and your significant other. Come along and see what I've found. Oh, too, bring along a box of chocolates, will you please? Thanks.

And, for those of you who follow my internet ramblings, you know that I have a particular soft spot in my heart for the elderly. Here's an article I wrote about how to How to make Valentine's Day special for a senior citizen.

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Updated: 10MAR13

Lens of the Day!

This article was given a huge honor today, January 13, 2013 when it received the coveted 'Lens of the Day' here at Squidoo. Thank you to all of my faithful readers and to the Squidoo team. John and I are truly humbled.

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Valentine's day present

Head out for a murder mystery weekend for an unusual date idea for Valentine's Day

Everyone would love this Valentine's Day present!

Making all of the arrangements for a weekend trip is always a perfect Valentine's Gift but don't just go to any hotel. Almost every larger city in the US has a murder mystery weekend. These are so much fun and generally will cost about as much as a nice hotel room. Here's a website which lists murder mystery weekends in the US: MurderMystery.com.

If you live in South Carolina, you're in luck as there's a murder mystery weekend February 17-19. Click here for details: Murder Mystery Weekend in South Carolina.

And, here's some other locations around the US:

Louisiana

North Carolina

New York

Maryland

Missouri

Georgia

Minnesota

California

If you've got deeper pockets for Valentine's Day, how about cruising with 6 best selling authors aboard the Allure of the Seas? Here's the link for this one (hint alert, John, hint alert...): Murder Mystery Cruise.

Love is not about showering me with gifts - Love is about showering me with memories

~Me

Bring the murder to you on Valentine's Day with your own murder mystery game

I love murder mysteries! The games below are so much fun and are a great present for Valentine's Day

I'm showered with love every single day

I'm showered with love every single day
I'm showered with love every single day
Valentine's day gift
Valentine's day gift

Sweep your sweetie away on Valentine's Day to a treehouse vacation

John and I both love being up high and there's no better place to be up high in than a tree! There are some wonderful treetop vacations where you can sway in the breeze as you sip wine and overlook a gorgeous view.

Treehouse.com is a good starting place to find some beautiful treetop locations like this award winning treehouse in Arkansas: Grand treehouse resort.

Note: Make sure your Valentine is not afraid of heights before springing this unusual date idea on him or her!

'Sexiness wears thing after awhile and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a treat'

`Joanne Woodward

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Bring along your own bedsheets and pillowcases for a nice Valentine's Day getaway

If you opt to take one of the vacations I've mentioned above, surprise your special Valentine by redoing the bed in your own linens. These pillowcases make an adorable addition to any vacation bedroom.

Some other unusual date ideas for Valentine's Day

Here's some other unusual date ideas for Valentine's Day to spark your own imagination.

  1. A kayak trip. Bring along a picnic basket and kayak over to a small, private island.
  2. If your Valentine is civil minded, why not volunteer for a day with him or her at a nursing home, local hospital or the animal shelter?
  3. A trip to a planetarium is a wonderful unusual date idea for Valentine's Day. Sit under the stars and hold hands while learning about the sky.
  4. One of my favorite date ideas of all time is Chinese food in bed. Make sure to put new sheets on the bed and buy a couple of nice bed trays. Order Chinese food from a restaurant which uses old fashioned cartons instead of the new plastic covered plates - it's way more fun to eat out of a carton. Oh, also, forks are not allowed - use chopsticks only.

    Note: make sure you have another set of clean sheets if needed...

  5. If you live where there is snow, how about making two hearts in the snow. Make them 2' high or so and they will last while the snow around them melts. John did this for me one time and, when I awoke and looked out my second story bedroom window, I saw hearts in my backyard. I was very very touched.
  6. No-tell motel night. Go rent a nice (and local) hotel room for Valentine's Day; decorate it with rose petals, chocolate and maybe a bottle of champagne. Gift wrap a new gown and robe set (for a woman) or a pair of new boxer briefs or silk pajamas (for a man) and leave your lover's present at the front desk. Call your lover and have him or her meet you at the hotel. Tell them to go ahead and check in and you'll be by later. Have a great night of romance and love on Valentine's Day!
  7. How about bundling up and flying a kit - weather permitting? Kite flying can be a lot of fun, especially when you're flying one of the trick kites below. This could be a very fun Valentine's Day date idea.

Go fly a kite!

No, really!

Spending a day outside is enjoyable any time of the year, provided you're wearing the right clothes. So, this Valentine's Day, why not deck yourself head to toe in red outerwear and pick up your Valentine for an old fashioned date - go fly a kite!

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Show your Valentine that you're walking on air because of him or her

With a Valentine's Gift of a balloon ride

Hot air balloons are just plain old cool - there's no two ways about it. A gift certificate for a nice ride on a hot air balloon will tickle almost anyone's fancy just make sure your honey is not afraid of heights. And, at the very least, perhaps a trip to a hot air balloon festival where you can dine on snacks, sip wine from the safety of the earth and watch others attain new heights.

HotAirBalloon.com is a great place to go to find a listing of festivals. If you're lucky enough to live in New Mexico, there's a hot air balloon festive February 11-12. Here's more information on that: Friends and Lovers Rally in New Mexico. If I lived in California, I would definitely attend this January 1-2 festival Annual Poorly Attended New Years Day Rally.

Here's a great idea - how about attaching a gift certificate to one of these items below?

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We had these amazing black and white photos taken while on a cruise - It wasn't a Valentine's Day cruise but it was great memories

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Valentine Day Present
Valentine Day Present

For a Valentine's day they're really remember...

Rent a luxury car for 2 days and head to a neighboring city where no one knows you

I haven't done this yet, but, man, it's up there on my own bucket list! I think driving to New York in the hottest Ferrari made would be a fabulous date day. If only the speed limit on I95 wasn't 65, we could be there in two hours from DC!

FindExotic.com rents Ferraris - beautiful, bold, fast Ferraris. They'll set you back a pretty penny but, man, isn't that what money's for?!

For more of a selection (but, why would you need it?), head over to ExoticCarRental.com. There's a listing of exotic car rentals in every state. Your Valentine will be tickled!

Don't spend money on me to show you care; spend time with me instead

~Me

Favorite Valentine's Day Presents

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Valentine's Day Present Heart

Do you have a favorite Valentine's Day present that's not listed below? Please feel free to add it to the comment section.

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Valentine's day dessert

Share your love of food and take a cooking class for a great Valentine's Day class

You can actually go to your favorite restaurant and ask if you can take private cooking lessons from the chef - this is a great way to get some secret recipes and delight your loved one with his or her favorite dish in your own home.

You can also look in your local paper for cooking classes. Consider stepping outside your box - if you've never made Indian food, head over to a Bombay grill and sign up for a class.

Places to find cooking classes:

1. Contact your local grocer. Grocery chains such as Whole Foods offer classes periodically.

2. Your local YMCA may have a listing of cooking classes for your Valentine's Day present

3. Check the internet for cooking classes in your area.

4. If you have a local baking or pastry school, this is a great place to spend Valentine's Day learning to make your own delicious confections with your loved one.

Those delicious looking desserts are dessert shooters - the newest craze in mini desserts .

Valentine's Day chocolates
Valentine's Day chocolates

If your loved one loves sweets...

Introducing LittleOne Sweets!

My friends have started a new baking business with a twist - you order from them and pay what you want to! All monies collected through LittleOne Sweets goes directly to their fund to adopt a child. You'll not only be receiving some of the most delicious treats around (try their Oreo truffles!) but, you'll be helping place a child into a loving home.

To read more about Anne and Eric's road from miscarriage to adoption, please visit my Squidoo article: A decision to adopt.

I found the love of my life a bit late - I was the ripe old age of 47 and he is....well, much younger. Yes, I wear my cougar badge proudly. Do you have a special someone in your life (dogs and cats do count.

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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Ferrari... oooh yeah, gotta love that... especially with the man in the passenger seat and not the drivers seat lol

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I, too, found the love of my life a bit late and he is 10 years younger than I am. We've been together for 19 wonderful years so far, 13 of them as husband and wife. As sappy as it may sound, his thoughtfulness and support make every day like Valentine's Day. I thank my lucky stars every day. :)

      I love the unusual romantic date ideas you've shared here. Congratulations on your well deserved LOTD! Blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the idea of living in tree house.

      Different and unusual ideas are what make the event unforgettable. Congrats on LOTD.

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      gokomk 4 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! Great Ideas!

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      Shadrosky 4 years ago

      Great ideas here!

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      danniblaze 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Some great ideas on here!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Great lens about valentine getaway ideas . Congrats on your well deserved LOTD

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      you were my lucky #300 poll lens! I got 50 points! woo hoo

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      marynjohnson 4 years ago

      Very sweet ideas.. Definitely, segway tour date is a fun and memorable one.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Super ideas... now to find the fella(!) Congratulations on LOTD.

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      PrinzeCharming 4 years ago

      Congrats on your latest achievement! Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing! I wish the best of luck in all your endeavors of 2013. Take care.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very creative lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      colesbabyblues 4 years ago

      Great lens and great ideas for different ways to celebrate with your sweetheart. You have inspired me to get creative this year!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These are great ideas. I'm sure they'll make for a great Valentine's Day.

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Interesting ideas for a different Valentine's Day experience and beautiful photos! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love the idea of a treehouse vacation...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was such a joy to read. Thank you for sharing.

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      atsad141 4 years ago

      wow...

      Really nice ideas. You black and white memories touched my heart seriously.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What fun!! Love these original ideas for Valentine's Day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very beautiful lens.

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      1viasecure 4 years ago

      Amazing content, very well put together lens which will help and entertain people for years to come. Keep doing what you do, your great at it!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD

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      Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

      Well, I got you beat. I found the love of my life at 64 and he was 58. Now I am 66 and he will be 60 next month. But we act like teenagers! Great lens, by the way

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Cool suggestions--congrats on lotd!

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      Sara Krentz 4 years ago from USA

      Some great ideas. Congrats on LOTD.

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      tlc1210 lm 4 years ago

      Cute lens. I love those pillow cases!

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      mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      Great lens some with some fantastic and original valentines date ideas. Well done.

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      Shopping in PJs 4 years ago

      Great ideas! I love the idea of doing something fun together for Valentine's Day, instead of giving gifts like chocolate or flowers. I recently took a cooking class with my husband, and it was so much fun - and definitely more memorable than dinner out would have been. Great photos too - love the B & W!

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      Shopping in PJs 4 years ago

      Great ideas! I love the idea of doing something fun together for Valentine's Day, instead of giving gifts like chocolate or flowers. I recently took a cooking class with my husband, and it was so much fun - and definitely more memorable than dinner out would have been. Great photos too - love the B & W!

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Lots of great ideas. The treehouse would be so cool.

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      blankcanvas lm 4 years ago

      Good lens! you should update the countdown for valentines 2013! :D

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      OrdinaryJoe LM 4 years ago

      Great lens....great ideas im going to have to try out ;)

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      candy47 4 years ago

      I love the treehouse vacation! Congratulations on Lens of the Day!!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Just stopping back by to help you celebrate your LotD. Congrats! I would love to have an unusual Valentine's Day date. I'm all for thinking outside the candy box.

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      I agree with your sentiment and applaud your EXCELLENT ideas. Your Chinese food idea reminded me of a "silly little game" we used to play: when you read the fortune from a fortune cookie, add the words "in bed" to the end of it. It's pretty funny sometimes. Congrats on LOTD, and I hope you enjoy a FAB weekend!

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      So happy to see you in the Lens of the Day spot! You've thought of wonderful and imaginative ides for Valentine's Day and I'm sure they will be an inspiration for some terrific memories!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congrats on your LOTD...great originality...

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Great lens and great ideas! I have to beg my hubby NOT to buy me gifts, I have all that I want or need...all I want is him...I've been blessed, this year we will celebrate our 50th anniversary.

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Congrats on your lens of the day. Thanks for putting together a fun lens with many bright ideas. Make it a great day!

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      concakiem 4 years ago

      I think I love flowers

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I love all of your ideas!!! :) They all sound like a heap of fun!!!!

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      treasuresabound 4 years ago

      Lovely ideas here, Really love them. Thanks for sharing Lori!

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      joancol lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for these great ideas. Congrats on LotD!

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      momideas 4 years ago

      You really make want to find the real Valentine in my life. Thank you for sharing

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Only a couple with an adventurous spirit could come up with such unusual ideas for Valentine's Day celebrations. I love your quote on being showered with memories rather than gifts.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great Valentine's date night ideas! My thinking cap is on and smoking! Congratulations on your very timely Lens of the Day!

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      dawnrepurposes 4 years ago

      Great lens! Congrats on your success!

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      sheriangell 4 years ago

      A perfect LotD! Congratulations!

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      aquarian_insight 4 years ago

      I was bedbound and ill for 7yrs and I never thought I'd find someone. But I met my gorgeous Italian man online when I was just starting to get better - he was in Rome and I was in London. We've been living together for over 2yrs now and I've never been happier or more loved up. Lovely lens and congratulations on LotD.

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      A-Marie 4 years ago

      I like the idea of the treehouse inns.

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      ThomasBerry 4 years ago

      I love all ideas of you.

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      I love all your ideas:-) We are one adventurous couple, you can say! So your ideas are bookmarked! Whenever we'll feel adventurous we'll try one! I especially love the idea of the treehouse vacation! I always pester him to build such a home for us..Well, at least for one day we can have it! Btw Congrats!!

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      Joan Haines 4 years ago

      The pict ures of you two are just the best!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      You make a cute couple. And I found my man when I was 42 and he was 26!!! High Five! ;)

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      beerbrewer 4 years ago

      fantastic lens for valentines

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      Mat and I have known each other for 4 years now, and our favourite Valentine's Day date idea is to go out and take photographs together in places where we haven't been before. He is a photographer, and I am enthusiastic about photography, so it works well!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      We've been best friends for more than 46 years. Knowing each other is a priceless gift that we celebrate every day. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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      delawson734 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I've been blessed to find the love of my life. Although I have disappointed her in the past, I learned how to strengthen the romatnic bond.

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      What a great lens! So many innovative ideas.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I will have to suggest a Balloon ride next Valentine's Day.

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      im1337mi 5 years ago

      Cute ideas- I'm going traditional this year (flowers, dinner and rose petals), but these are super for next year!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      You may have found the love of your life late, but it seems like he was worth the wait. :-) Loved these suggestions!

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      Some excellent suggestions here.

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      yayas 5 years ago

      My favorite gift for Valentine's Day or any holiday is a story or poem from my good hubby-buddy. He is such a great writer an' I truly love the stories an' poems he writes just for me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas and fun to read

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, love the idea of the zip lining ... and writing love messages on the back of a car. Especially if it is red. Happy Valentine's Day my dear!

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      smithlights 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      well done, thank you for the write up, enjoyed reading this on my work break.

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      sorana lm 5 years ago

      I love the personal touch ... cougar. Great lens and fun to read :)

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Fun ideas!

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      IDo2 5 years ago

      I came across one of your lenses for desert shooters. Then I jumped to another, then to another, etc. I really like your lenses. Thanks for all the hard work.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      These are wonderful ideas for your valentine. Sounds like the two of you have great imaginations and act on them.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      A murder mystery sounds great! I'm not too keen on hot air balloons though, unless you wanna be up a big height for a long time.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Love your date ideas and your cruise photos. Wonderful!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great ideas for spending time together on Valentine's Day to create lasting memories.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great ideas to have fun together and keep the spark going in the relationship. Your photo session makes wonderful keepsakes.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I found my love at age 48. (I guess he's the cougar.)

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      DeclutterDiary 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I still am not sure what we'll be doing on Valentines Day but you gave me something to think about.