My Husband and I are introverts by nature- I more social than he, but an introvert none-the-less. As such, nights out are rare, and when we do go out we tend to prefer seclusion more than anything. That’s why when I stumbled across the “Penny Date” idea on Facebook this week I jumped at the chance to share it with him.
The concept and rules are relatively simple. You get a penny and this is your only tool for determining where you end up for your date. Each side represents a direction you take, with heads being a right turn, and tails being a left turn. You and your partner then pick a number 10 through 20 and head out, flipping the coin at each intersection you come to and turning in the direction it lands on. This continues until the coin has been flipped for the chosen number of times, all the way up until you arrive at your final destination. That is where you will have your date!
We knew that we wanted a picnic style date, and so we made the decision and scheduled the date ahead of time. As a result I had all day do prep and cook a lovely meal of Filet Mignon, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, and Sauted Green Beans for the main course, and individual Clafoutis for desert. When it was time we headed out!
Neither of us had a penny on hand, so we chose a quarter instead. Originally we had decided on 25 turns representing the currency we were using. Unfortunately, after a while it became apparent that we would wind up too far out in the country on backroads we weren’t familiar with if we kept going, so we chose to stop the number at 15 instead, halfway through our trip.
Our last flip landed us on private property. Trespassing charges, however, were not ideal for a date so we opted to keep following the final road until we found a suitable spot. Not too much further up the road we wound up on one of the many overpasses crossing our section of Insterstate-35 and decided to stop there. It was such a lovely view with the local Wind Farm in the background and the noise of cars driving under us.
All in all, it was definitely an experience that we would like to eventually repeat!