I knew my boyfriend Derek was taking me to Newport Beach, but I didn't know what he had planned for the evening. When we arrived, we had some time to kill, so we decided to go swimming in the cool Pacific Ocean. Although we didn't stay in the water for long, something really hit home. I realized it didn't really matter what we did because just doing something together was enough. We were appreciating every moment together before his two year deployment to Japan. The mood from our pre-date transferred over to our gondola ride, which was more fun than romantic. However, we became more romantic after eating mexican food on the beach, while watching the big, orange-yellow sun set below the mountains. He orginally was going to go back to San Diego that night, but ended up coming back home with me instead.