Summer 2015 Bucket List

Thanks to a little quiz on Facebook I have been diagnosed with “full-blown” OCD so it’s no wonder why I’m obsessed with making lists, because I suffer from an obsessive compulsive desire to accomplish things, among several other obsessive compulsive tendencies I might add.

That being said, it’s time to put some thought into what I’d like to accomplish this summer and pen it to a bucket list.  Why a literal bucket list you ask?  Because by having a bucket list, I have a reminder of what’s really important to me as far as travel and adventure and it nudges me to take action.  It’s a forum for anything and everything I want to do whether it’s big, small or random; just simply a way of planning the highlights of my summer.  Perhaps it’s because I live in a climate where we hibernate for 6 months out of the year so when spring and summer arrives, it’s a race against time to see what all we can pack in to the warmer months.

I have big dreams this summer so let’s get started.

  • Travel to Chimney Rock and nearby Lake Lure, North Carolina.  I first visited this beautiful area nestled in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge back in 1991 when my daughter and I drove through the area on the way to visit my brother.  I instantly fell in love with the area and promised myself a return visit which is planned for mid-May.
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN.  The Arboretum is a top visitor attraction in the Minneapolis metro area and features more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails.  It’s practically in my backyard but unfortunately I don’t take advantage of the beauty of these gardens as often as I should considering how much I enjoy botanical destinations.
  • Napa Valley and San Francisco, California.  Need I say more?  I’ll be in the area on business so why not make it a long weekend and enjoy what the area has to offer.
  • Zip-lining, the ultimate outdoor adventure!  At Kerfoot Canopy Tours, Henderson, Minnesota.  Yes, I know this was on my lengthy bucket list for last summer but I ran out of time and didn’t get this checked off so it’s rolling over to 2015.  I’m an endorphin addict and this is the monkey that feeds my addiction!  I find the sound of the zip soaring through the treetops exhilarating, a thrill like no other!
  • Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park, South Dakota.  A family vacation in August my daughter, son-in-law, Little Mister, The Hurricane and myself traveling west.  We’ve been planning this for several months now and are all excited for the kiddos first long distance drive.  The Hurricane is just beginning to watch a movie from start to finish so we’ll be sure and pack all her favorites for this family adventure.  This trip will include visits to Deadwood, Crazy Horse Monument, Wall Drug and the Corn Palace
  • Torchlight 5K, Minneapolis, MN.  This is one of my favorite 5K’s, right up there with the Turkey Day 5K.  This July evening race begins at the historic Basilica of Saint Mary and follows the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade route through downtown Minneapolis.  The course offers up close views of the Guthrie, Gold Medal Park, the Mighty Mississippi River, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Main.  And of course the free beer at the post-race party is a heck of a reason to participate!
  • Camping (glamping), anywhere in Minnesota or Wisconsin.  This will be my second summer without the cabin so last summer in the absence of 4 solid walls, a queen size bed, electricity and a modern kitchen…I decided to take up camping again.  It had been years and I have to say I absolutely loved it!  But there are certain conveniences I wasn’t about to sacrifice so you’ll just have to wait and see how glam’d up camping can be!  I’ll be sure and blog about it and include plenty of photos of the glamp-site.
  • Kayaking on any of our 10,000 lakes.  Well last summer my kayak didn’t get much use because the lake I live near flooded, which included the area where I rent a rack for my yak.  Once the water receded there was a bacteria warning so that pretty much soured me on the idea of paddling locally.  Hopefully Mother Nature will be a little kinder this summer and spare us from all the rain.  I’d also like to paddle the St. Croix river this summer with my cousin and her husband.
  • Memphis, Tennessee, the home of the blues and the birthplace of Rock and Roll!  With my deep passion for music I’ll be in my glory listening to live music on Beale Street and of course taking a tour of Graceland, the legendary home of Elvis Presley.   I don’t think I’ll be sporting my Blue Suede Shoes though because June in Memphis will sure to be hot and humid.
  • Duck Boats and Wisconsin Dells Waterpark.  Lets just call this one Grammie Camp…three days and two nights of fun and adventure with the kiddos.  We’ll be staying at one of the many water parks in The Dells and when we’re taking a break from the park we’ll ride the duck boats (amphibious vehicles) down the Wisconsin River and into beautiful Lake Delton.

When you create a bucket list, whether it be on paper or notes on your mobile device, your list will give you significant clarity and focus on what you want to accomplish over the summer months and you’ll be more likely to follow through with what you wanted to do.  Your list doesn’t have to be all about fun and adventure like mine, maybe it includes staining the deck or painting the trim on the house…either way you’re more likely to take action when you have it on a list.  And by all means, once you check something off your list, feel free to add another item because bucket lists are ever-changing.

I’ll be sure and post along the way as I carry out the activities on my bucket list this summer.

What’s on your summer bucket list?  Stretch your imagination for adventure and have fun!




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