It's not too early to start planning for Valentine's Day. It offers a great excuse to get out of the house and try something new. Of course, dinner and a movie is fine, but what if you are in the mood for something different?
It can be fun to get the adrenaline pumping now and again. However, some activities might require some additional training or may be better left to professionals. While you and your date may agree to try something a little on the edge, make sure you end your evening at home, rather than the hospital.
Two romantic date ideas that may be recipes for disaster
Horseback riding on the beach looks so romantic in brochures and on TV. The pictures seem peaceful and tranquil -- waves crashing at your horse's feet and the sand cleanly under their hooves instead of between your toes. Although horses used for these rides are probably well-trained, they can still be unpredictable. Even experienced riders can be thrown and injured.
If you do want to take this adventure, talk to the owners about their horses and the riding experience they provide. They should have extensive knowledge of the health and training of their horses and be very familiar with the area you will be riding on. They should also provide you and your loved one with instructions on basic riding skills and safety.
Parasailing allows participants to float above the ocean, far from the maddening crowds. It combines peacefulness with a bit of a thrill.
As you can imagine, parasailing is not without its dangers. Before booking your rides, ask about the safety record of the company. Does the staff operating the boat have the knowledge and skills to handle emergencies that may come up when pulling someone through the sky? Lastly, check the weather one last time before leaping into the air. The weather on the ocean can change quickly, and it can be better for you to change your mind than ruin a perfectly good date.
Taking precautions doesn't mean you need to be boring. Research your options, and keep your sweetie safe.