Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.
After a wild 2015 of trekking gorillas and chimpanzees, searching for polar bears, taking selfies with penguins, swimming with whale sharks, and diving with great white sharks, I didn’t know what to focus on for this year’s list. I’ve accomplished so much since I started creating a yearly list. People often ask me if I’m running out of ideas, but my list actually keeps getting longer. It becomes more difficult to focus on yearly ideas because there is so much I want to accomplish, witness, experience, and learn in my life. For the first time in five years, my list isn’t complete and it’s already January 4th. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far but I’m going to continue editing until the end of the week.
2016 Bucket List:
Mall of America (The largest mall in the US)
Joshua Tree National Park
Avenue of the Giants
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Yosemite National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Ride the Skunk Train through redwoods
Swim with beluga whales in Churchill, Manitoba
Go off-roading in dune buggies
Follow Route 66
Underwater Scooter Adventure
Seaplane Flight Tour
Take the train across several states with Athena
Camp on the beach with Athena and Darren
Teach Athena to use a mask and snorkel
Stay at LEGOLAND hotel
Aquarium of the Pacific
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Take Athena for her first ski lesson
Take Athena to Disneyland on her birthday
Universal Studios Hollywood
Ride the Ferris wheel in Santa Monica
Spend a month in Canada with my family
Take Athena boogie boarding for the first time
Create an outdoor space in our yard that we love
I’d love for a major focus to be on discovering more of California. We are proud to call this state our home and we look forward to knowing it like the back of our hands.
What a great list!
Embarking on a long train journey across the States has been on my bucket list since I was about 16. I’m in my early twenties now, living in the UK and working hard to make my dreams happen someday. I can’t wait to see more of the world!
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Are you from the UK? Have you been to the US before? Train travel in the US is very different from train travel in Europe but I’d love to explore more by train as well. When you visit, be sure to message me and I’ll show you are southern California 🙂
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Yes, I’m from England. I’ve never been to the States before, but I’m fascinated by the country and I’ve read a lot about the US. I enjoy listening to American radio – I download NPR podcasts for my commute. 🙂
That’s very kind of you, thank you. 🙂 California and New England appeal to me in particular. Very different areas, but then that’s part of the appeal of the US. There is so much diversity!
You should put Romania on your bucket list too! Plenty to see, to do, and it would be great for your whole family, including Athena! 🙂 Have an awesome year, I know you’ll tick every box of your bucket list for 2016! 🙂
I’m going to look into the possibilities of Romania today. You might see it there by the end of the week. I haven’t been before and this is the second time in the last month that someone suggested it. Maybe it’s a sign.
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Well if you decide to come, don’t hesitate to contact me! I’ve lived in Romania all my life and can help you out with recommendations if you need any 🙂 Best, Adri
I spent the day thinking about the possibilities for Romania. I’m thinking about Bulgaria in the summer so a short trip to Romania doesn’t seem all that far off. I think I will add it to my list. 🙂
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You mustn’t miss Transylvania then – the central region around Brasov (with Peles and Bran Castle), the small city of Sighisoara and the amazing Sibiu! On the way you can explore many old medieval Saxon fortified churches, or even hike in the mountains if you wish to do so! Whatever you do, have fun! 🙂
I’m from the Island of Hawai’i, the Big Island. Have you had the opportunity to see a lava flow up close and personal (occasionally too close to homes and towns for comfort). It is always awe inspiring and beautiful. Or you could come in the winter, ski down the north face of Mauna Kea in the morning and then go Boogie Boarding in the afternoon.
Happy New Year! I visited the Big Island two years ago but it was without my daughter. I’d love to return with her and my husband. Hawaii is one of our favorite places in the world and we’re trying to visit a new island every year. Are flights expensive between the islands? It would be ideal to island hop.
I’d love to know when you’re in Yosemite (my backyard playground) so I can stop by and say hi.
I was thinking about July for Yosemite. Will you be around in the summer? We’d like to visit in early July and then spend the rest of the summer in eastern Canada with our family.
wow, that’s quite a list………I wish you every success
Thank you! Sometimes I set my expectations so high but I never feel disappointed. There’s so much to experience! What’s on your list this year?
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You know what? Nothing, weird right? I had such an amazing year 2015 and I had nothing really planned, so I figure I’ll go with that option again and see where I end up! It’s kind of liberating. I have a lot of study going on this year and some projects I wish to do, but that’s it, nothing is planned or set in stone.
If you get up to San Franciso I’d love to meet you and maybe find the very best activity for your daughter and my 3 & 5 year old granddaughters. Of course Disneyland is top of the list for them–they just returned from 4 days there. I’m doing a blog post tomorrow.
I think I will be making the trip to San Francisco at the end of this month. I’d love to meet you. I’ll keep you posted. Athena loves meeting other kids. It would be fun to have a play date.
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Wow what an amazing year you have ahead, the seaplane flight will be so amazing.
Greenland sounds like a kick. Give me a shout if you get to SF, I owe you a big “Thank You” for the Jet Pack adventure in 2014.
I’m planning San Francisco at the end of the month, Allan. It would be great to meet up, but you don’t own me anything for the jetpack flight. You won that all on your own. 🙂
Thanks, Lesley. You have my email, let’s see what we can do.
Well, I may be a bit biased, but you’re right about there being so much to see in California, that you should spend some time on that :). I’ve spent most of my life in California, yet I have never been to Yosemite (going to try to correct that this summer).
Check the Redwoods of Humboldt County. Lots of beaches such as Agate Beach near Trinidad (CA)
I love, love, LOVE that you are committing to exploring more of California! I don’t know if it’s the allure of faraway places, but we forget sometimes that there are magical wonderful things right there in our own backyards! We’re committing to really getting to know Hawaii in depth since we’re probably going to be moving this summer. I’d hate to leave the islands without fully appreciating them.
Looks to be another adventurous year for you and your family!
If possible, a ride on the Pacific Surfliner and the Lake Shasta Caverns could be fun.
Sounds like a great and fun list, Lesley. A little bit of everything. Can’t think of anything to add to it. Happy 2016!!
Looks like a great list. I’m glad to see those National Parks on the list. This year is the National Park Service’s centennial. I’m hoping to get to Utah with the family and visit the Mighty 5 (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reed, Bryce Canyon and Zion). Happy 2016!
Sounds amazing! Do you do all of your travel independently or tend to go through companies?
I am planning travel in Borneo because it’s very diverse – a PADI course and mountain climbing is also on my bucket list for there but it looks like you’ve definitely got that covered! 🙂
LOVED Lassen! I need to get back there myself! Hey, for dumb fun for the kidlet, Up near Crescent City and the Redwoods are the Trees of Mystery and a life size talking Paul Bunyon, with Babe the Big blue ox! Kids (ok and dads) love it!
Happy New Year Lesley! Please let me know if you come to SF, and we can meet for coffee! Also let me know if you end up going to Chile. I’ve traveled there once with my fiance, and once with a group of my middle school students. It’s magical! My favorite part is up north in the Atacama desert! : )
What a great list! I can’t wait to get started! Oops, I mean, I can’t wait for you to get started so I can read all about your wonderful experiences!
Impressive list! Looking forward to reading your experiences. The PADI certification is definitely also oin my long term list. I have made mine: http://adventurousmom.me/2016/01/06/our-travel-bucket-list-2016/#more-278 but it’s not as long, taking it a bit quiet with a new baby this year.
Looks like it is going to be an awesome year!!
Great list! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you 🙂
Super great list. I can’t wait to read about your adventures. I have lots of posts on Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Yosemite, and Maui if you need ideas. Happy Travels.
You will be up in my next of the woods if you want to connect for a joint adventure!
As always, a good list Lesley. And I have been to many of the places. You have a grand year ahead of you. –Curt
I love Bucket Lists! I’ve done one myself – Loving the blog!
For all the things we have done with our kids and the adventures we have taken them on they will still say their favourite was surfing lessons. So much fun that when we asked if they would like to go to Disneyland or return to the camping a surfing spot they both picked surfing, that says a lot.
Wow… such an awesome list… love it.. WIsh you all the best for this year. 🙂 Go girl 🙂
Awesome blog, I love what you’re doing! If you make it out to Minnesota to see the Mall of America, you should check out the Northland and specifically Duluth. I’m a California transplant living out in Duluth and it’s an awesome town, especially if you’re interested in the outdoors. We even have the largest lake in the United States, sometimes it feels like the ocean because you can’t see across the entire thing.