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2016 Bucket List

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2016 Bucket List

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 my 2016 bucket list. I want to continue exploring the world and experiencing new countries and cultures, but I want to spent more time with my family and discovering my new backyard – California. I’ve decided to limit my international travel to one trip every few months and spend more time in the amazing state that I call home.

This is what that looks like…

2016 Bucket List:

Destinations:

Bulgaria
Oahu
Tennessee
Minnesota
Joshua Tree National Park
San Diego
Pasadena
Palm Springs
Calaveras County
Avenue of the Giants
Muir Woods
Redwoods National Park
Russian Gulch State Park
The Pygmy Forest
Fern Canyon
Mono Lake
Mammoth Lakes
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
San Francisco
Salton Sea
Catalina Island

Adventures:

Hike to Ruby Falls, Chattanooga
Trapeze lessons 
Mall of America (The largest mall in the US)
Fly a Warbird
Scuba diving
Snorkel with turtles
Doors Off helicopter flight
Free diving with sharks
Hike Devil’s Postpile
Hike Rainbow Falls
Canoeing Mono Lake
Hike Emerald Lake
Hike Rock City in Chattanooga
Skull Canyon Ziplining
Follow Route 66
Road trip to Slab City 
Rock climbing with Athena
Ride on a riverboat with Athena
Ride on Tennessee Valley Railroad

Family:

Attend a Cirque du Soleil performance 
Take Athena to Vegas 

Visit America’s largest water park resort
 
Take Athena to a trampoline park 

Take Athena pumpkin picking
 
Go on a shopping spree with Athena 

Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram with Athena
Go to Legonland for trick or treating
Stay at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel 
Visit Knott’s Berry Farm 
Visit Gold Bug Mine
Take Athena to Disneyland on her birthday
Universal Studios Hollywood
Ride the Ferris wheel in Santa Monica

Entertainment

Wicked The Musical
Hornblower Boat Cruise
Odysseo by Cavalia
The Nutcracker

What’s on your list? The more you share it, think about it, and put it out there, the more likely you are to accomplish your dreams.

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39 thoughts on “2016 Bucket List

  1. John says:

    That’s a huge list Lesley! No visit to Vegas aye? Certainly not to the Strip, we live here and never go down there! Wishing you and your family a safe 2016 🙂

    1. Lesley says:

      Happy New Year, John!

      We love Vegas and the strip but I’m trying to visit every state in the US and I’m still missing a couple.

      What’s on your list this year? Do you have something planned or something you’re dreaming about?

  2. John says:

    That’s a huge list Lesley! No visit to Vegas aye? Certainly not to the Strip, we live here and never go down there! Wishing you and your family a safe 2016 🙂

    1. Lesley says:

      Happy New Year, John!

      We love Vegas and the strip but I’m trying to visit every state in the US and I’m still missing a couple.

      What’s on your list this year? Do you have something planned or something you’re dreaming about?

  3. Your passion for adventure wins out but it sounds wonderful to spend time with family and friends in California. Lots to do and adventures to be had here.

    1. Lesley says:

      That’s why we love living here so much. I’m planning a trip to San Francisco with Athena at the end of the month and then we hope to do a long road trip in the state at least every two months. There’s plenty to keep us busy here. 🙂

  4. Your passion for adventure wins out but it sounds wonderful to spend time with family and friends in California. Lots to do and adventures to be had here.

    1. Lesley says:

      That’s why we love living here so much. I’m planning a trip to San Francisco with Athena at the end of the month and then we hope to do a long road trip in the state at least every two months. There’s plenty to keep us busy here. 🙂

  5. Megan says:

    You’ve got a great list. Love all the California adventures. It’s a great start. It’s a great place to be since there is always so much more to explore, I’ve been here 20 years and still have so many more places to see.

    1. Lesley says:

      What’s your favorite place to explore in California?

  6. Megan says:

    You’ve got a great list. Love all the California adventures. It’s a great start. It’s a great place to be since there is always so much more to explore, I’ve been here 20 years and still have so many more places to see.

    1. Lesley says:

      What’s your favorite place to explore in California?

  7. Laura says:

    We can’t even get to half that many destinations in a year. You’re lucky to have so much time to see the world. Great activity list!

    1. Lesley says:

      Who knows if I will get to them all but it’s always great to dream big and try to accomplish as much as possible. What’s on the top of your list this year?

  8. Laura says:

    We can’t even get to half that many destinations in a year. You’re lucky to have so much time to see the world. Great activity list!

    1. Lesley says:

      Who knows if I will get to them all but it’s always great to dream big and try to accomplish as much as possible. What’s on the top of your list this year?

  9. Kim-Ling says:

    Wow! You had an action-packed 2015 and looks like you’ll be having another action-packed year to follow! I’d also love to do a Hot Air Balloon flight. I hope you can cross off all of the items on your lists!

    1. Lesley says:

      I’ve been in a hot air balloon before, but not here in California. I’d love to soar over wine country with a glass of red in my hand and the California mountains below. 🙂

      I always start out with too many things on my list and I never know if I will cross them all off but it’s a beautiful dream and a blast trying to make them all a reality.

      What tops your list this year?

  10. Kim-Ling says:

    Wow! You had an action-packed 2015 and looks like you’ll be having another action-packed year to follow! I’d also love to do a Hot Air Balloon flight. I hope you can cross off all of the items on your lists!

    1. Lesley says:

      I’ve been in a hot air balloon before, but not here in California. I’d love to soar over wine country with a glass of red in my hand and the California mountains below. 🙂

      I always start out with too many things on my list and I never know if I will cross them all off but it’s a beautiful dream and a blast trying to make them all a reality.

      What tops your list this year?

  11. That is an awesome list. When are you going to Brazil, February for Carnevale or summer for the Olympics? Thinking of Bulgaria this year as well. Athena is going to have an epic 2016 herself! Have a geat time!!

  12. That is an awesome list. When are you going to Brazil, February for Carnevale or summer for the Olympics? Thinking of Bulgaria this year as well. Athena is going to have an epic 2016 herself! Have a geat time!!

  13. Jackie says:

    I love your love for adventure! I want to do some canyoning, ride around Cuba on a scooter, hike in the Southeast Asian jungle, skydive, and paraglide in Iceland. I’m also teaching my nephews how to ski, so good luck with Athena! Right now, we are in the let’s see how fast we can get down the slopes phase. Which means, Auntie Jackie spends a lot of time racing after them making sure no one lands in a ditch! 🙂

  14. Jackie says:

    I love your love for adventure! I want to do some canyoning, ride around Cuba on a scooter, hike in the Southeast Asian jungle, skydive, and paraglide in Iceland. I’m also teaching my nephews how to ski, so good luck with Athena! Right now, we are in the let’s see how fast we can get down the slopes phase. Which means, Auntie Jackie spends a lot of time racing after them making sure no one lands in a ditch! 🙂

  15. Fun post. I can’t recommend swimming with the beluga whales in Churchill, Manitoba enough. It was astounding. Oh, and Seychelles is fantastic, too. And Zambia – Victoria Falls! The one thing on your list that really intrigues me, however, is the Skunk Train through the redwoods. Say wha???? Now it’s on my list, too – whatever the heck it is. Sounds so fun.

  16. Fun post. I can’t recommend swimming with the beluga whales in Churchill, Manitoba enough. It was astounding. Oh, and Seychelles is fantastic, too. And Zambia – Victoria Falls! The one thing on your list that really intrigues me, however, is the Skunk Train through the redwoods. Say wha???? Now it’s on my list, too – whatever the heck it is. Sounds so fun.

  17. Great list! I love your passion for the outdoors and adventure! Traveling by campervan has always been a dream for me, one day 🙂
    I look forward to following you along in 2016 as you mark everything off your list 🙂

  18. Great list! I love your passion for the outdoors and adventure! Traveling by campervan has always been a dream for me, one day 🙂
    I look forward to following you along in 2016 as you mark everything off your list 🙂

  19. christina says:

    After writing my first book and creating amazing, fun videos for my Motherpreneur TV web show and finally for friends and first clients I created my first official business here in Canada, Motherpreneur Productions! An all encompassing video production service with all the fun bells and whistles: Script writing, (if you want or need to), coaching how to look and sound great on video, filming and editing! WooPee, here we go!
    Four travel plans on the horizon already! A high five to us for new Adventures in 2016!!!
    Let’s do this!

  20. christina says:

    After writing my first book and creating amazing, fun videos for my Motherpreneur TV web show and finally for friends and first clients I created my first official business here in Canada, Motherpreneur Productions! An all encompassing video production service with all the fun bells and whistles: Script writing, (if you want or need to), coaching how to look and sound great on video, filming and editing! WooPee, here we go!
    Four travel plans on the horizon already! A high five to us for new Adventures in 2016!!!
    Let’s do this!

  21. Dariece says:

    There are so many beautiful destinations on your list for this year! So jealous of the air balloon ride you’re planning to do. Sounds like 2016 is going to be incredible for you!! Good luck with everything 🙂

  22. What a list! You forgot to put ‘Meet Joe from Joeographt’ on there 😉 that would be an adventure in itself haha! I look forward to your post and following along vicariously! Happy travels and here’s to 2016!

  23. What a list! You forgot to put ‘Meet Joe from Joeographt’ on there 😉 that would be an adventure in itself haha! I look forward to your post and following along vicariously! Happy travels and here’s to 2016!

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