The goal is simple; we want to make our relationship with each other our number one priority by blocking out time each week for just the two of us – no family, no phones, no chores, no errands, no distractions – and do something that is both fun and memorable. The rules are:
- We must take turns planning each week’s date. Dates can be a surprise or an activity planned together; however, the person whose turn it is must take the lead on making arrangements for the date.
- There is no set budget, but all funds must come from our entertainment account.
- Dates can take place any time of the day, any day of the week (Monday – Sunday).
- There’s no maximum time limit but each date must be at least 2 hours long.
- Dates can involve a meal but do not have to.
- We must take at least one photo while on the date.
- There are 4 “skip” weeks built into the calendar year. These skips can be used at any time to cover illness, vacation, or family obligation.
- Dates can be repeated, but not in the same month.
Date 21: Just a Little Bit Batty
Did you know that bats can eat more than 1,000 mosquitoes a day? That makes bats pretty cool creatures, in our opinion. This week, we set out to see if we could see a few of these winged heroes at Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville, TN. The cave is only open seasonally for tours and we were lucky to get tickets during the Memorial Day weekend. Though we did not see a single bat, we enjoyed the cave immensely. It is the only cave in the US to have original Mississippian Era petroglyphs and pictographs. (Sorry, no photos were allowed in the cave to preserve this ancient artwork). Total cost: $32
Date 22: Memorial Day Hike
For Memorial Day, we took a short hike through Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park, where we took a moment to look around a Revolutionary War-era cemetery. Angie decided to chase a butterfly and caused us to miss the entrance to the trailhead so I locked her in the stocks. Total cost: $0
Date 23: Picking Berries Again
Blueberry season opened and Angie had to be among the first ones there. Sadly, the berries weren’t as ready as she was so we only picked a quart. Total cost: $4
Week 24: Camping in Crossville
A date that lasted the whole weekend? Oh yeah! Despite the rainy weather, we enjoyed two full days of exploring the eastern edge of Middle Tennessee. Our original plan was to tour the multitude of waterfalls there but the rain made that too dangerous. (When we returned home, we realized just how dangerous. Someone was killed in a flash flood at one of the waterfalls on our list!) Instead, we found a few letterboxes, visited one waterfall (Ozone Falls), and toured a cemetery that Angie found on Atlas Obscura. We also found an old-school merry-go-round in the oddest of places – another cemetery! Total cost: $65