Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summer Bucket List

While driving from one office to another this morning, my co-worker asked me, "What is your summer bucket list?"  Although I already had some goals for the summer, I really never thought about calling it my "summer bucket list".  To me, a bucket list is the list of things you want to do before you die - pretty depressing.   I believe in exploring and experiencing new things in a more organic fashion.

After thinking about the summer bucket list throughout the entire day, I've realized  it's grown on me.  The main reason is because summer in the Colorado High Country is short lived and pass away quickly.  Summer weather starts in mid June and ends mid August, depending on the year.  Because of the short summers, the season always makes me restless because I hate the thought of having to work inside.  I just can't express  how much it bothers me.  Most of my previous jobs have allowed me to have either have the summers off or were centered around working and living outside.  So, you can imagine the past few summers being quite a struggle for me.

Moving back to the summer bucket list - since many fourteen thousand foot peak trails or other high country trails aren't open until mid to late June (due to the snow factor), a person really only has 2 to 2 1/2 months to fit in a certain number of stellar trips.   With that in mind, I've decided to share my summer's bucket list:

Tara's 2013 Summer Bucket List:

  1. Hike Mt. Princeton  - a fourteen thousand foot mountain  (I hiked this mountain years ago, but my daughter wants to experience the hike as we see it daily while driving into town - see photo below)
  2. Hike one other 14er
  3. Three day August backpacking trip with my bosom buddy somewhere local - maybe along the Colorado Trail Collegiate Peaks segments
  4. Camper camping at least three times
  5. Multiple fishing trips
  6. Helping my hubby recover from knee surgery
  7. Supporting my daughter to and from work for Southwest Youth Conservation Corps
  8. Finishing the Buena Vista Autumn Color Half Marathon run in under 2 hours (this really takes place in autumn - not summer)

click here for a fabulous PREZI of my bucket list

Mt. Princeton - on the way down Trout Creek Pass.  My morning view 5 days a week.

What is your 2013 summer bucket list?  Please share!