The Beginnings of a Summertime Bucket List

Lake Michigan Sunset

Photo by Kevin Dooley

Since I’m going back to Rochester Hills, Michigan (and my parents’ house) for the summer, I forsee a lot of boredom. Growing up, Rochester was like a prison — my high school friends and I constantly complained there was nothing to do and nowhere to go, which led to secretly drinking in many-a basement. I resented my hometown when I was 16 years old, and part of me still does. However, when I was home over Christmas, I realized that Rochester (and the state of Michigan for that matter) isn’t all that bad, as long as you know where to look.

Keeping that in mind, I’m making a Bucket List for my Summer… I guess it’s not really a Bucket List, but more like a Wish List. Basically, it’s a list that is going to keep me from going insane this summer…for as long as my wallet holds out, that is. Anyway, here is what I have so far (in no particular order)…

  • Learn how to make a good martini
  • Learn how to hit a baseball (my mother says this is a great way to meet hot guys, ha.)
  • Learn how to hit a golf ball
  • Buy pastels from the local art store and attempt to fill a sketch book
  • Finally go to The Painted Pot in Rochester and learn how to work with clay
  • Re-read some of the books on my bookshelf
  • Figure out how to circumvent the massive library fees on my library card
  • …and learn how to use the library responsibly
  • Learn how to cook (with my mama!)
  • Find a decent coffee shop (where I won’t often run into people I know) and go there to “write my novel”…or try to write it
  • Frequent Stoney Creek Metro Beach and take advantage of their bike paths and canoe service
  • See as many 4th of July fireworks displays as possible
  • Buy a tent and go camping whenever I can
  • Take at least one trip to the Upper Peninsula with said tent
  • Go to AT LEAST one Tigers game (the Detroit baseball team!)
  • Explore bars in Detroit (with help of my friend, Jameson, a Dearborn native)
  • Take a road trip to Toronto, Canada
  • Spend (at least) one weekend up north at my family’s cottage in Gaylord, MI
  • …and when there, canoe the Au Sable River
  • Take a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana to visit my friend Joy
  • Go to Cedar Point
  • Take a training/obedience class with my dog, Cooper
  • Take Cooper for frequent walks and adventures
  • Learn how to play a new instrument
  • Visit Lake Michigan. Often.
  • Finally climb that huge dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes

So, there ya have it. And this is just the beginning, folks. I know that this list is already pretty long, but hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish some of the stuff. I hope to explore Rochester, Michigan and the Midwest area as much as possible this summer. Who knows where my adventures will take me! … Hopefully far.

Have any suggestions for my summer? Want to come along on any adventures? Leave a comment!

Until next time…

Author: Alaina

writer + explorer

7 thoughts on “The Beginnings of a Summertime Bucket List”

  1. I like a lot of the items on your bucketlist! I’m looking forward to doing some of them with you… (some will be learning with you – like cooking!) You’re learning, I think, that boredom is a state of mind rather than the place you are 😉

    1. Yes, I just need to make some plans and keep active, I think. I’m glad that I’ll be able to do some of this on your buck 😉 (like the cooking!)

    1. It only sounds not boring because I’m determined for it to NOT be boring. Hmm, does that make sense? You’ll have to make sure to take some adventures out of the office, too! 🙂

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