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…