Our Go Out & Play List

First a bit of housekeeping…I wanted to let everyone know that our 2018 Food Waste Project is back on track. For the past few months, we’ve been locked out of the dumpster area of our “favorite” store. The store reopened on Wednesday and today is their grand opening. In fact, if you’re reading this early enough in the day, that’s probably where we are.

Angie was super excited to see that we were back in business and after browsing the new and improved aisles on Friday, we took a quick peek in the dumpster. It was mostly boxes this time, but we did find one lonely apple rolling on the asphalt. We also noticed on the wall by the check out, the store has posted info on their sustainability policies. I didn’t see anything specific to food waste, so time will have to tell whether the store’s new look also yields a new attitude on dealing with waste. If not, our “time off” from dumpster diving has not been wasted (no pun intended). We found a wealth of new sharing partners for any upcoming food finds.

June is just a few days away and with it comes two things: summer and our apartment lease renewal (otherwise known as the 10th Annual Great Lease Debate). This time every year, we look at the rent increase and cry. Then we talk about tiny houses, RVs, and moving to another apartment. It’s a process, one that some of my family members find silly, but it works. After researching and weighing our options, we usually conclude that staying put is the most cost-effective solution.

Given that we aren’t leaving the area (just yet), we thought it might be fun to create a summer bucket list to get out and enjoy some of our local parks and attractions. We call it our “Go Out & Play List” and on it we tried to include a few things we have not done before.

  • Hit golf balls at the driving range
  • Go tubing
  • Visit a cave
  • Take a train ride
  • Attend a community event
  • Visit a museum
  • Go letterboxing
  • Go to a movie, concert, or play in the park
  • Go swimming:
    • in a lake
    • in a creek
    • in a waterfall
    • in a pool
  • Go for a hike:
    • by moonlight
    • overnight
    • to a waterfall
    • more than 6 miles long
    • in the morning/sunrise
    • somewhere new
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Rent kayaks
  • Host a family dinner picnic in the park

To get a jumpstart on our summer bucket list, we bought a couple of 99 cent golf clubs at Goodwill last Wednesday and went to the driving range. For two years, we have lived less than a mile from a golf course, having no idea that it was a public course owned/operated by the Parks Department. What that means exactly is this – it’s CHEAP! We spent an hour hitting balls for just $3.50. Since neither of us had swung a club in nearly a decade (and one of us has never played a single round of golf in her life – that would be me), it was a comical experience. The laughter alone was worth the effort.

Afterwards, we dipped our toes in the creek and picked up our 3rd CSA basket of the season.

It was a wonderful day!

Having a playlist of summer activities is a great idea for everyone. When those times come (and they will) that you want to go outside but just can’t think of exactly what you want to do for the day, having a list comes in handy.

What’s on your summer bucket list?