February in Southern California consists mostly of weather varying between 65-75 degrees, which is the best kind of weather for being outside. Not too hot, not too cold; just perfect for layering up and basking in the breeze. Valentine’s Day this year was skirt-and-cardigan weather, making an early picnic dinner an ideal date night. Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in search of a quiet spot (which was really difficult to do…it seems a lot of people had beachside picnics in mind that day), we listened to our favorite music and griped about the traffic. Finally, we found noticed an unoccupied patch of grass overlooking Huntington Beach, miraculously found parking nearby, and set up camp.
Spiced boiled eggs, fresh feta and string cheese, olive/tomato salad, homemade bread, and raspberries…and of course champagne (what’s V-Day without champagne?). The people watching was excellent, although the traffic noise wasn’t, and we spent the time asking each other thought-provoking (according to Google) questions. There really is something about spending time in nature with those you love, doing “nothing” and talking about “nothing.” You can feel the universe around you so strongly you can almost touch it.