What would you classify as a date?

I've seen a lot of posts/comments on here and other sites about dates always having to cost a lot of money and being a hassle to plan, and I just want to know what do you consider to be a good place to go on a date? What do you think would be good activities to do on a date?

Maybe I'm lame, but I've never been interested in the cliche dates, like the movies or going to dinner. I'd enjoy it, don't get me wrong, but I'd be more interested in going to the beach or hiking one of the trails that overlook the town. I guess when I think of a date I think of it like a portion of time we've set aside where it's only going to be the two of us, and the location or activity doesn't matter a whole lot. Yeah, sure, first dates will probably look a bit different, but every date after the first? I'd even be okay with us writing down five things we want to do and then taking turns crossing items off the list until we had it down to two, then set the dates and do those things.

So what do you think? What makes a date. . . well, a date?
What would you classify as a date?
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