Watch the Moonrise
by Dave

A Romantic Moonrise
What could be better than enjoying a romantic sunset with your date? How about sitting together in the dark, just the two of you, and watching a full moon come up over the horizon? They're both great date ideas, but if done properly, a moonrise may have the edge because of its originality and the fact that, well, you're alone in the dark right? This date can be as simple as parking somewhere with a view and watching the moon rise from the hood of your car or as complicated as finding a secluded spot, laying down a blanket, and having wine and dessert while you enjoy the show.

The Date
Fist off, you'll need to find a day when the moon is at least somewhat full and rising while it's dark. To do this, pull up one of the moonrise calendars in the Links section and take a look at the schedule. A full moon is ideal, but two or three days on either side of the full moon should be good enough. Next, whether you decide to go all out or just want a simple view, you'll need to find a good place to see the moonrise. The moon rises and sets in roughly the same place as the sun each day, but if you want to make sure, go to your spot the night before and see exactly where it's rising this time of year. One tip for spots: moonlight reflecting on the water always sets a romantic mood, try to place water between you and the moon if possible.

You'll want to arrive and be set up before the moon starts to peek above the horizon, but remember that moonrise calendars assume a perfectly flat horizon and the moon will come into view later in hilly or mountainous areas. It's fun to add a little surprise to this idea by not telling your date that the moon will be rising, just take them out for some quiet time together and watch them light up when the moon makes its appearance.

Those of you who are eager to try this date, but can't seem to find a good moonrise time, may want to consider watching the moon set as an alternative. It's not as impressive or surprising, but is still a very romantic date. Arrive an hour before moonset.

When it comes to food and drinks, a good rule for nighttime dates is to keep it very simple, bringing along finger foods and drinks only. Suggestions include:

  • Baguette or French bread with cheese or for dipping in something like hummus
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Strawberries, berries, grapes off the bunch
  • Hot soup in a thermos
  • Chocolates or chocolate-dipped strawberries
  • Wine, hot cocoa, cider, coffee or tea

If the idea is to spend an hour or two in a secluded spot, make sure to stop at a restroom before arriving. Also, it may get cold at night, don't forget to bring an extra blanket along. Snuggling is recommended!

As with any outdoor date idea, the wrong weather can ruin your carefully laid plans. Be sure to have a backup.

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Tips

Don't forget to bring a flashlight and blanket!

Links

Moonrise calendar (outlined circle = full moon)
Moonrise calendar
Weather forecast

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