I was looking for an affordable way to still enjoy a romantic getaway after Pres unexpectedly lost his job of 12 years and our family was struggling financially. I cleaned out the back of our pickup truck that had a camper shell on the back and loaded it with an air mattress, comfy quilt, pillows, BBQ and simple food to make a delicious dinner.
After we both got off of work we drove an hour to a beautiful overlook of the Pacific Ocean where we ate dinner off of the tailgate and slept to the sound of crashing waves.
That little campout in the later 1990s was the beginning of camping in the back of our truck for many memorable adventures. We loved that humble trip as much or more than if we’d had the money to stay in a luxury hotel along the coastline.
Ambiance and activity ideas
Romance your sweetheart with a simple overnight campout by including details to make the outing special. Cozy blankets, soft pillows, a string of lights, and placing a chocolate candy on the pillow, all create a romantic ambiance.
Arrange a trusted sitter for the kids and pets to insure some special uninterrupted alone time. Open a special bottle of wine, pack a delectable dessert, light a lantern, and don’t forget breakfast – keep it simple with good coffee and delicious pastries.
Do a bit of planning ahead of time to find fun activities both of you enjoy. Bring your bicycles, hike a trail with scenic views, give each other a massage with soft scented lotion or oil, read a mystery novel by flashlight, play a game of Gin, stargaze the Milky Way, kayak, or anything that promotes good conversation and loving memories. We have a picnic backpack that is great to carry on a kayak or short hike. This handy pack makes a great wedding, anniversary or romantic gift too.
In a cool solitude of trees, where leaves and birds a music spin, mind that was weary is at ease, new rhythms in the soul begin.” – William Kean Seymour
Location, location, location
Finding a quiet and scenic location is key to unplugging and enjoying some intimate time together. The deserts in California and Arizona are favorite places for us to camp in February for Valentine’s. During the winter months in California check out Death Valley National Park, Mojave National Preserve and Red Rock Canyon State Park. Our anniversary is in June when the desert is too hot to enjoy so we look for places on the coast or in the mountains at higher elevations like Huntington Lake.