Guest Post today from Sally Perkins

“The first thing you realize when you go hiking is that it’s a mistake. We’re not walking anywhere in particular. There’s not at the end of the trail, a bar or pub or cheese fries, it’s just walking”. Jim Gaffigan, the comedian most famous for his laziness and food jokes, has turned to an anti-hiking mantra – “I’m an adult, I have a driver’s license”. But what if you’re on a date and she suggests going for a hike? Well here’s how you can combine your love of comedy with your date’s love for the great outdoors.

Improv Games for Your Hike

What better way to show your charming and funny side, then taking part in some improv games on your hike. It’ll distract your date from realizing you’re sweating profusely, and distract you from the fact that you've chosen to go on a hiking date

·        The Hitch Hiker: Pretend to be a hitch hiker, hiking a ride. One of you can be the hitch hiker with a particular character tick or emotion which the other, the driver, then takes over. Since you’ll be outdoors, you can even use props from the hike or draw from your environment.

·        The Blind Date Show: This is a very typical improv game, but could be great for a first date. Each of you can create a persona and take turns asking questions of your date to figure out what the persona is.

·        Human Props: One of you can use the other as a prop to act out a situation. Since you’re outdoors, maybe try a situation such as being stranded in the woods, camping, or escaping a bear.

·        Two Realities: Each of you creates your own world with a location, character, and time. Without telling each other, establish your worlds and try to guess what they are. Once you figure it out, add elements of each world together to create a cohesive story.  

What to Bring

Since it’s a date, you should probably be prepared. According to Jim Gaffigan, everyone these days seems to be dressed up as if there could be an impromptu hike at a moment’s notice. But if this isn’t you, it’s important you dress for the part. Wear moisture-wicker clothing to help you stay cool so that you aren’t slick with sweat when you initiate the cuddle sesh. You may also want to bring snacks or a picnic to play out the date. Your snack basket can also be a great source of props for any improv exercises or games. You will seem like a romantic, and you’ll have more material to work with.

With these tools and activities, you won’t even notice you’re on a hike, and your date will be wooed by your comedic performance. Hiking doesn’t have to be just for people that don’t have driver’s licenses. 

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