Ever wish Valentine’s Day was in the Summer?

By: Stephanie Capilongo

Ever wish Valentine’s Day was in the Summer? Where date ideas go beyond restaurants. You could go kayaking? Swimming? Hiking? Biking? Watch the sunset? Sounds great right? Unfortunately, living in Pittsburgh limits our outdoor creativity for Valentines Day. But what if I told you there is a solution where you can spend Valentine’s Day outdoors.

Health Benefits

Afraid of Pittsburgh winter? A few health benefits may well convince you it’s not “all that bad”. Winter activities boost your immune system; Therefore you and your partner are less likely to get sick, and your energy levels improve too. Also, a healthy dose of Vitamin D, especially when experiencing it together, can enhance your mood.

Winter Outdoor Dates

Go on a hike. This is slightly different than your typical Valentine Date. Hiking allows you to spend quality time with each other. There are little to no interruptions on the trail. You can engage in deeper conversations, and hiking is proven to relieve the winter blues. Here are some popular hiking trails around Pittsburgh!

Fear the cold will distract you from conversation?

Layer up. Research before you trek in the cold. Bring extra layers and socks. This leaves little room for error and can help avoid an argument. If you’re moving, and your layers are effective, you’ll be more prepared. Check out REI’s guide on layering up.

Not a fan of hiking on trails? Luckily Pittsburgh has numerous urban hikes. You and your significant other can explore the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, it’s like an outdoor art exhibit. You can take in the urban atmosphere while making stops at local coffee shops and breweries. Check out the article by Next Pittsburgh that gives you some of their favorite urban hikes and routes.

On one of your urban hikes, don’t forget to bring a love lock. This tradition dates back 100 years ago during World War I. It’s a tradition that is widely famous for connecting you and your partner to a location and throwing out the key to symbolize a lasting love. What’s a better place for a lock of love than on one of Pittsburgh’s many bridges. Here are the top love lock bridges in Pittsburgh.

1. Roberto Clemente Bridge

2. Rachel Carson Bridge

3. Andy Warhol Bridge

4. Schenley Park Bridge

Want more of an adventure?

Pittsburgh has numerous ice skating rinks, where you and your partner can challenge each other on the ice. Not only is ice skating a test of balance for yourself but also for your partner. It challenges both to work in unison, and if you fall, the other will catch you. Think of it like the ultimate test of physical and mental strength.

Then there is skiing. Skiing is unique, and whether it’s your first time or your 50th, it is a guaranteed fun and exhilarating date idea. It will provide endorphins to enhance your mood which can only be good for your relationship.

Be Unique

Don’t settle on a date where you’re stuck indoors and barely able to hear each other. Spend it right by going outdoors. It’s open yet quiet so that conversations are heard and memories are made.

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  • Ever wish Valentine’s Day was in the Summer?

    February 13, 2018

    By: Stephanie Capilongo

    Ever wish Valentine’s Day was in the Summer? Where date ideas go beyond restaurants. You could go kayaking? Swimming? Hiking? Biking? Watch the sunset? Sounds great right? Unfortunately, living in Pittsburgh limits our outdoor creativity for Valentines Day. But what if I told you there is a solution where you can spend Valentine’s Day outdoors.

    Health Benefits

    Afraid of Pittsburgh winter? A few health benefits may well convince you it’s not “all that bad”. Winter activities boost your immune system; Therefore you and your partner are less likely to get sick,

     » Read more about: Ever wish Valentine’s Day was in the Summer?  »

  • Getting to Know Our Staff: Fifteen Questions with… Billy Dixon

    February 6, 2018

    There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes brain power that goes into planning your favorite programs, be it public, family-friendly, or custom outings. Learn about those who work inside so you can get outside. This week we’ll be interviewing Billy Dixon, our Program Administrator.Billy Blog 2

    1. Briefly tell us about your background: where did you grow up, where did you go to school, and what brought you to Venture Outdoors?

    I grew up in Evans City, Pennsylvania just 40 minutes north of the city and went to school at the University of Pittsburgh. I got a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing.

     » Read more about: Getting to Know Our Staff: Fifteen Questions with… Billy Dixon  »

  • The Cowboy of Riverview Park, Moses Carper

    January 30, 2018

    By: Ashley Martin, Trip Leader Specialist

     

    Moses Carper was known by many as the “Cowboy of Riverview Park” but he was so much more. His signature cowboy hat, boots and chaps were unforgettable, but his passion to better his community and the people around him is what made him a legend. He was a selfless, caring, and passionate person who truly cared about bettering the lives of those around him. Moses was the founder of the nonprofit known as Children Youth (ChiYou) Corral in the Northside. ChiYou Corral provides inner-city kids with opportunities to experience a more rural lifestyle and encourages stewardship through equestrian activities.

     » Read more about: The Cowboy of Riverview Park, Moses Carper  »

  • Why Do You Volunteer?

    January 23, 2018

    By: Sara Cardamone

    Whether Trip Leaders, interns, or event volunteers, we have many dedicated individuals working alongside us. We appreciate all of our volunteers and we couldn’t do it without them!

    For today’s blog, we asked the question, “Why do you volunteer with Venture Outdoors?”. Here are some of their answers:

    “Why do I volunteer for Venture Outdoors? Mostly for my eight-year-old daughter. I want Mollie to know that women can be bold and adventurous and just as cool and daring as men. We can hike and kayak and swim and geocache.

     » Read more about: Why Do You Volunteer?  »

  • Getting to Know Our Staff: 14 Questions with… Vanessa Bashur

    January 16, 2018

    There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into planning your favorite outdoors adventures! Learn about those who work inside to get you outside.This week we’ll be interviewing Vanessa, our Kayak Pittsburgh Director.Vanessa Blog 2

    1. Briefly tell us about your background: where did you grow up, where did you go to school, and what brought you to Venture Outdoors?

    I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geography & Mineralogy from Montana State University in 2005. I have been with Venture Outdoors for 5+ years and currently serve as our Kayak Pittsburgh Director.

     » Read more about: Getting to Know Our Staff: 14 Questions with… Vanessa Bashur  »

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