Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

April 2, 2012

Bucket List

My sweet baby and I were talking about how much traveling we want to do, both realistic trips and dream trips. There are a few overlapping destinations, and I think parts of my list are a little bit more unrealistic and will, more than likely, remain just dreams.  Let's face it, the odds of my getting to beachcomb on the Falkland Islands are pretty slim.  Or taking that cruise to Antarctica. Or New Zealand.  It's possible I could get to Iceland one day, and the British Isles.  I do think my Scot boyfriend should see his homeland.

We also diverge on a few trip ideas...mostly because I resist going to warm climates and he's growing weary of the raw, cold, snowy New England winters.  

So he tossed out the idea of both of us making our Travel Bucket Lists and comparing them to see what we can start planning.  

I've actually had my Bucket List, on the side of this blog for awhile now.  I really regret not doing the rest of the Pacific Northwest Stuff.  Big time.  But he wants to go back up there someday, so at least I know it's still on the table. For now, I will list things I'd like to see within the next few years:

Watkins Glen State Park, NY.  Never really occurred to me to go here till I saw a pic of it recently.  Now I have to go.  It's in the Fingerlake Region of Upstate NY, on Lake Seneca.  

Niagara Falls, NY and/or Canada.  For now I'd be happy to see the American side.  My parents took me to the Canadian side in 6th grade, and I do want to see it again too, but for now NY would be optimum.

Mount Desert Island, Maine/Acadia National Park.  And many other places in Maine as well...any coastal community, Mt. Katahdin, Lubec (the easternmost incorporated place in the 50 states), etc. Angie is eagerly awaiting my visit to see her in Bar Harbor. 

Vermont.  Except for one time when my dad got lost and accidentally drove over the border of NH into VT, I have never set foot in that state.  This trip would be preferably taken in the fall, for the foliage.

Shelling on Sanibel Island in Florida.  It should be noted that I absolutely cannot stand the State of Florida.  It's too hot, too flat, too humid, ugly and yucky.  But my desire for great beachcombing over rides my hatred of that state.  The shells here are amazing.

Walt Disney World/Universal.  My parents took me to Disney in 6th and 8th grades.  They went a 3rd time, w/o me, when I was in college.  I would very much like to see it now, and also visit Universal and the Harry Potter part. Disney also happens to be his fave place on the entire planet, and he's been here dozens of times He wants very much to take me and show me around.  

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This would also taken in Asheville, NC. 

Rte. 66 of course.  I assumed he would want to honeymoon at Disney, but he tossed out Rte. 66 and I eagerly agreed.

The Canadian Maritimes. Pick a Province, any Province. (just not Quebec. lol)

Bermuda.  Reeeeeally need to beachcomb here.  My friend Barit told me that there is some decent glass on the beaches.  

I'm certainly not gonna turn down any suggestions for RV trips across the USA or Canada, and I'm game to see anything, like Savannah, GA or New Orleans.  But for now, this is my new Bucket List.


  1. I love your Bucket List. I share a couple of those destination wishes with you. Len and I tossed out the idea of going to Niagara Falls this past weekend but I really want to take the kids with us. So we'll most likely head up there with the camper this summer.
    I would love to go back to Disney but Len has no desire. So that's probably out.
    We'll definitely go to the Maritimes. Len's from New Brunswick but I would love to go see New Foundland and Labrador.

  2. I'm visiting from the A-Z Challenge.
    You have some great destinations/locations on your bucket list!
    Disney sounds like a dream... aaah, maybe one day...

  3. So glad I found your blog - - your photos are gorgeous! And, by the way, there IS no happier place in the world than Disney!

  4. Nice list! I'd love to visit any of those places too!

  5. I wanna go to Disney too. I've never been. As for my recent mountainous home,well take my word for it,drive like a Yankee,not like a lost tourist,and you'll be fine!

  6. Alan and I talked about travels too. Since he has Irish in him, we did talk about going to Ireland and of course going to beer breweries. hehe This is a great post! I definitely wish I can afford to travel. Oh well. Time will come I guess.

    A Ladybug's Life


  7. Wow! What an amazing list and beautiful pictures! There are some great destinations in your list and I'd love to go to many of them!

    Great blog :) I hope your wishes come true and you get to travel to all of the places! Especially Iceland!

    Nikki – inspire nordic

  8. Wonderful, JoJo!! Gorgeous pix!! Yes, Niagara Falls is an absolute must! And Bev, let me know if/when you're going!! ;)

  9. I think I'd rather poke my own eyes out than go to ANY Disney!

    I always said I'd like to see the Parthenon one day, but now I'd prefer to see tigers in a properly preserved wild protected from appalling poaching humans or those who want to destory their habitat.

  10. Thanks for this visit - this is great. Hmm didn;t know that re Angie

  11. Yes I agree, the Sanibel shells are incredible... I have never found any as good, before or since.

    Never been to Maine, but its on my list!

  12. Visiting from the a-z blogging challenge. Was amazed to see the first photograph when your page was loading. Liked all the photographs. Good luck with your bucket list. I too have loads of things to do and places to visit and the list is a never ending one. Good luck.

  13. Great bucket list. My brother and SIL went to Sanibel Island for their honeymoon. When they came back, my brother was covered with the worst road rash I'd ever seen. Turns out they had rented a motorbike and took a tumble, LOL. I've been to Disney World but so long ago that I, like you, would like to go back to see what's new and exciting. I remember I was so impressed by the 'Hall of Presidents'.