We all know I’m a major planner.
I have Outlook, iCal and a paper planner to manage my life. I don’t necessarily freak out if the schedule doesn’t go as planned, but I like to have the schedule just in case. If it’s Tuesday, I want to know what I’ll be doing Friday night.
All in all, no one will ever accuse me of being spontaneous. So when J told me early in the week to, “keep your Sunday open,” it was basically the most romantic way to plan a spontaneous secret date for me.
All week I tried to trick him into telling me where we were going or what we were doing, with very little success. I’m basically 0 level sneaky. He never fell for it.
So on Sunday morning I was sitting on my couch in my PJs watching the news when I got a text about what to wear and when to meet him at his house. (workout pants, a light sweater, a bottle of water, sneakers but not my new gym ones)
Along the way we stopped at a corner market for some snacks and I had to sort of blindly guess how many snacks to buy because I was still not given any clues (although I kinda assumed we’d be hiking by this point). Clearly, I grabbed more coffee and some ruffles.
Finally, maybe an hour or so in the car, we arrived at a trail head near Mt. Rainier, and off we went. It was GORGEOUS. I know I’ve lived in Washington for 2.5 years now, but I’m still not used to the huge trees, growing green things, water turning up everywhere and stunning views.
A viewpoint along the way made me feel like we were on the top of the world, and a frozen lakebed (we didn’t test HOW frozen, and mostly went around it) provided enough little birds hopping around to feel like sleeping beauty. A sign told me we were at Glacier View Forest.
It took a couple hours to go around and we made it back to his house in time to catch the Elite Eight Gonzaga Game. In the end, the perfect day had a rough moment where I cried over losing before making it to the Final Four, but a secret date, semi-planned and managed in time to watch GU?
It was perfect.