Friday July 13, 2012 | 08:37 AM

If you're looking to move a budding relationship from the hand-holding level to the I'm-going-to-make-out-with-your-face level, few things are as romantically foolproof as a sunset.

When you combine the sunset with a canoe and the breathtaking natural environment of the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center the Mush-O-Meter level soars right off the charts.

Take your relationship one step closer to serious on Saturday with a sunset paddle through the marsh from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sure there will be an Audubon guide along for the ride (in another canoe) but that will just add to the anticipation of the heavy petting to come after the boats come out of the water.

Paddlers are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. so boats and floatation devices can be sorted out. The fee is $12 per person non-members and the views you'll get will be worth far more.

Stretching over 3,100 acres, the marsh is the largest salt water marsh in the state. It includes tidal marsh, salt creeks, freshwater marsh and uplands. According to Audubon volunteers sunset paddlers may see black-horned night herons heading out for their evening or snowy or great egrets returning to their nests.

Audubon takes reservations for this tour so call 883-5100 to make yours. And you can probably leave the Barry White CD at home.

 

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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

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