It is the time of the year when a lot of us make resolutions (even though we are at the middle of the month already). Last January, I made a bucket list for the year and was very happy with what I accomplished. I was able to do a lot of new things.
I enjoyed so much the exercise of creating a bucket list for the year that I have created another one for 2013.
“Bucket list” is just a name I am using. In reality, it is an ideas, dreams, thoughts list. It is a place where I am recording experiences I want try. I am not worried about tackling every item on the list just because they are forced goals for the year. This is more a conscious effort to avoid getting stuck in the same old patterns. This is a desire to keep growing by going to different places.
As I have said before, I am concentrating in local or close to home experiences. I am not being unrealistic because I know my limits.
Remember you don’t need to go far or spend a lot of money to have a great adventure. All you need is to use your imagination and a little creativity.
Without further ado, here is my bucket list.
Around Los Angeles
Hike around Malibu Go to El Matador Beach (in Malibu) Hike a trail that ends in a waterfall Eat in Little Ethiopia Try new ethnic Chinese dishes in the San Gabriel Valley Take the ferry to Balboa Island (Newport Beach) Visit the Skirball Cultural Center Try a new ice cream flavor
Participate in another food tour or foraging adventure
Pay a visit to the USS Iowa in San Pedro Take a good look at Beverly Hills – I don’t even remember the last time we drove by. I have never walked around or taken a good look at this famous area
Take a tour to see the Hollywood Sign up close
Eat at a shabu shabu restaurant
Visit Adamson House in Malibu
Go to the Gibbon Rescue Center
Take a cooking class
Close to Home
See wildflowers (Anza-Borrego Desert, Flower Fields in Carlsbad, Ridgecrest)
Go to San Juan Capistrano Go to La Jolla (in San Diego County) Go to Temecula Go to Ventura Explore more of the San Ynez Valley (Lompoc, Los Olivos, etc.) Visit Crystal Cove State Park
Ride a balloon at the Orange County Great Park
Visit Laguna Beach Summer Festivals
Do the Laurel Loop Canyon at the Laguna Beach Wilderness Park
A Little Bit Further
Visit at least 1 National Park (Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon)
Visit Calico Ghost Town
Short trip to a domestic destination – Options include Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Santa Fe. I already set up some fare alerts to see where I can go.
Where I Have to Go
Las Vegas – I know, I have to go again! This time I am going to meet with my aunt who is coming from Puerto Rico for work reasons. In fact, I am leaving tomorrow. Lets what new things I can do there.
Two international trips – Hopefully, I can visit a new country this year and it would be cool to discover a new region of Mexico.
Hope this gives you some ideas. But remember, ideas do not bring any change if they don’ turn into action. Hope you have a fantastic year!
What new things are planning for 2013? Let me know in the comments section below.