E is for Explore, Errands, Exercise

For my A to Z this year I’m EXPLORING the different things you can do on a date. As I’ve said, next month my husband and I will be married 38 years and I don’t think that being married that long is a reason to give up on dating.

Case in point, a couple of years ago we went to Oregon to visit hubby’s mother and while we have been there many times, we usually just stay around the house. His mom is 96, doesn’t go out anymore and takes naps during the day so this time I said, “Let’s go do something different while we’re here,” We found the Lava Butte in the Deschutes National Forest. It was very interesting to see the remnants of the volcano. We walked all the way up to the top where there is a fire lookout. The weather was gorgeous and the view spectacular. Even if you are familiar with an area, it is fun to go exploring new things.

Exercise is another thing that you can do together, even if it something as simple as taking a walk around the block. I will admit that exercise is not something that I enjoy doing but taking a walk around the block isn’t bad. This was before we had our dog, Benny. As you can see above, the path around the cinder cone and the ramp we had to climb to get to the lookout at the top of the Butte got us some exercise as well!

And lastly there are errands. You may not think that’s a fun date but I’ll tell you it certainly is nice to have his company when I go to the grocery store or Costco. Most of the time it is more expensive because he always seems to find things to add to the cart but it’s still nice that he’s there. We’ve had some pretty deep discussions as we go from place to place. Just the other day we went looking for material to put a fence around the front yard so we can let Benny go outside and play without worrying he’ll run into the street.

So what do you think, am I covering some good date ideas? Can I make it through the rest of the alphabet? Would you consider running errands a date?

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39 Responses to E is for Explore, Errands, Exercise

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  5. My husband and I try to go hiking every weekend. It’s one of the things we love to do together. Weekends In Maine

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  6. debscarey says:

    When I walk for exercise, I prefer to walk alone. Although Himself is much taller than I, he walks slower. Even though I’m old and creaky, I’m still a strider (something I learned to do while living in London). But, we do like to run errands together – it was strange during the lockdowns not to be able to go grocery shopping together. Can’t think of a different E to suggest – may need coffee!

    Debs visiting this year from
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    • scr4pl80 says:

      You made me think back to the time of standing in line to get in the grocery store one at a time. My husband can’t walk very fast either because of his heart and back issues so it’s a slow stroll for us too.


  7. We do everything together… hardly ever see one without the other! Guess we are always on a date!

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  8. LA says:


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  9. I actually would consider running errands to be a date!
    Two birds with one stone.. lol

    I’m positive you can make it through the challenge! Good luck :))

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  10. 38 years and still dating πŸ™‚

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  11. J-Dub says:

    Exercise of walking is all I can handle any more. B will walk with me but he prefers something more active.

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  12. Scarlett79 says:

    I absolutely love, love, love the look of your blog !!! I crashed my site earlier in the year, (so sad) as my IT guy has gone dark. I would love to rebuild my site to look something like your blog site πŸ™‚ Very crisp and clean. Could I bother you with for your site’s theme. I would love to use it πŸ˜‰ Thanks and what a great topic to cover for AtoZ !! I really need ideas for me and the husband. Blessing dear…Scarlet ❀

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  13. gigglingfattie says:

    Once, for a first (and only) date, a guy had a lot going on and last minute had to take his friend to the hospital for something and had to cancel our date. As soon as he was available he asked if i still had some free time and we went to the car wash LOL it was kinda fun.

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  14. joyweesemoll says:

    My husband and I take a walk in the neighborhood nearly every day. It’s usually our best opportunity to talk about what’s going on in our day.

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  15. While I’ll count exploring as preferred, the exercise of walking and talking is lovely as well. But to count errands as a date, absolutely requires the edition of some sort of food or beverage treat. πŸ™‚

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  16. E.A. Wickham says:

    My husband and I go to Costco at least once a month together. It’s something he really looks forward to. We also walk together every morning, since he works remotely and isn’t in an office.

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  17. Tamara says:

    Oregon is on my travel bucket list. There must be lots of nice places like Crater Lake. Glad you took the opportunity and went out there to explore.
    My husband joins me to the grocery store probably once a year, and he’s usually like a kid in a candy store. It takes patience πŸ˜‰

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      There are a lot of neat things in Oregon but as I said, we mostly just go and stay with his mom. Usually he goes by himself to visit because I’m working but this time we went together for almost a week.


  18. afshan18 says:

    In Covid all three Es u mentioned come under dating…..


    Any errand is a date now

    Good luck

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  19. CG says:

    Yes to all and yes to errand dating. After all it is the deep discussions that make it a worthy date! Good for you! Chris

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