As the title reads, this is a list of 30 things that I want to accomplish before I turn 30. And it’s exactly that, my list. So naturally it’s tailored to the things I haven’t done. If there is anything on my list you have already completed or a place you have already been, please, comment below with advice and ideas. Any and all assistance is appreciated!
This list is not going to consist of “learn to love myself” or “remember to take time for x” suggestions. I learned those things a long time ago. Hell, I’ve mastered the part where I take time to do things… But, what it will be full of are lots of travel plans and things I feel like a 30 year old should have accomplished.
With less than a year and a half to check off all of these bullets, and because travel relies on funds permitting, the destination items have been kept fairly close to where we reside in Florida.
- The first place that had to go onto this list is called Coral Castle located in Leisure City, Florida. I think the reason this idea presented itself so quickly is because my husband has been telling me since we met (5 1/2 yrs. ago) that he wants to go see it. I guess technically that makes it on his bucket list.. but I really want to go, too. It’s resemblance to Stonehenge is undeniably alluring, as it is a mystery how this architecture was erected. The stones are so large and the builder had no access to the heavy machinery we have today. His name was Edward Leedskalnin (1887-1951) who built Coral Castle in the 20th century with his own two hands. Let Leonard Nimoy tell you more about it in this video.
- Providence Canyon, Georgia – This gorgeous “Little Grand Canyon” looks breathtaking. A friend of mine told me about it, and I can’t wait to go check it out. Obviously, the real Grand Canyon is on my ultimate bucket list, but to be completed so soon with so many other destinations, this mini-version will do more than suffice.
- Bok Tower Gardens – These gardens vaunt acres of seasonal greenery with ferns, palms, oaks and pines. Particularly, if you go in the spring you can see azaleas, camellias, and magnolias abloom throughout the property. On top of the hundreds of species of plant-life, these gardens are also home to over 120 different types of birds. In fact, the Bok Tower Gardens is a dubbed stop on the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. (I might add bird watching to my ‘40 things to do before 40′ list, seems fun.) The gardens also help to preserve living space for the federally threatened Gopher tortoise and Eastern indigo snake. Jay and I considered this as a possible venue for our wedding, but we went with a quiet backyard wedding instead. Can’t wait to check this place out!
- Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Florida – If you want to see manatees, this is the place to be. Through the winter, they flock to Three Sisters Springs at the heart of the Crystal River for warmth. I think most people can see why I’d love to visit these adorable sea cows.
- Kayak the Great Calusa Blueway Trail – Not that I will finish this trail, considering it is 190 miles of canoeing/kayaking bliss, but we will surely visit and explore.Estero Bay, Great Calusa Blueway Trail
- Bahia Honda State Park – Came across this gem on Instagram >>Clear water? WE’RE THERE. #LoveFL
Go see some really good stand-up comedy, live. Not that I have seen any bad stand-up, either. I haven’t seen any! Precisely why it is on my list. Some people may be saying “been there, done that”.. It surprises me, too, because I love stand-up. It is one of those things where if I am going to watch something on the television it is either going to be stand-up comedy or a documentary. But for some odd reason we have never been to a live comedy show. Bo Burnham, here we come!
- Bathtub Beach – It got its name due to the thick foam that builds from the waves churning up the reef then crashing onto the shore during the high tide. It is recommended for those that want to snorkel that they go when it is low tide. When I told Jay-Cee this was on my list the first thing he said was that it sounded gross. Which, I guess, I have to agree.. but seeing as there is a reef only about 100 feet off the shore, that was enough for him to want to go; since his passion is coral propagation. Besides, we’re not afraid of a little sea foam.
- Create and/or learn 30 new recipes.
- Las Vegas, Nevada – Duh.
- The Great Salt Lake – I figure while we’re in Nevada, we can see what’s up in Utah and check out this massive wonder.
- Be able to participate in a few solid minutes of small talk in a foreign language. French, preferably. I am however, already primed in Spanish. Will I take the easy road? Stay tuned.
- Have a professional portrait taken. I haven’t had a professional portrait taken since I graduated high school, almost 11 years ago. I owe it to LinkedIn.
- Acquire a concealed weapons permit. In every ounce of my being, without exception, I think that all able-bodied persons should know how to properly use a firearm in a chaotic and frantic situation-but that’s for another blog entry.
- Write a fictional story. Real events are easy, the details are written for you. A fictional story will be challenging.
- Take an astronomy class. I am quite confident in saying that there is almost nothing more interesting to me than what is going on in the vast endlessness that is: the sky. Any steps I take to become better and more familiarized with this curiosity, the better.
- Finish a half-marathon – What am I getting myself into? Seriously though, I used to run all the time. Well, jog.. I should say I used to jog all the time. I even did the Gate River Run with a gal-pal, but that was almost 7 years ago and I was much more lean and cared for my body more prudently. I really must get back to that. Don’t get me wrong, I am no couch potato; but I could most certainly up my game.Those are my feet, and my pups.. and well, my meme. I made this awhile back for my Health & Prosperity Facebook page and I came across it a few days ago. It inspired me to add completing a half-marathon to my short-term bucket list.
- Go to Burning Man – “Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.” See about it here.
- Accrue some resume-worthy volunteer time.
- Go whitewater rafting. Luckily, there is a place right here in Florida that we can go to do this! It is called Florida Whitewater Rafting. Depending on your experience, there are excursions on different rivers from beginner levels to advanced.
- Monkey Jungle in Miami, Florida – This seems fascinating to me. I came across this video and had to add it to this list. I love that the humans are the ones who are caged off from the animals for viewing, instead of caging the animal. It’s been around since the 1930’s; check out this vintage advertisement>>
- Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – This place will be exquisite to tour.
- Start my 401k.
- Research my family tree. This may also include a blood test to find out the exact origins of my blood. I am not sure what I hope to get out of this, but my curiosity is unbearable.
- Stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center – During one of our many drives across the state, Jay-Cee and I accidentally stumbled onto a Gaylord Palms resort to use their, um, facilities. We had no idea where we were until he went inside. He returned from this gorgeous building, all excited, exclaiming that I just had to go inside and see this place. So, we went inside to take a gander and it’s a nice place. We decided that we have to go back and stay just for the experience. Looks like it would be neat during the Christmas season.
- Florida Caverns State Park – These stunning caverns help make up for the fact that we are somewhat lacking topographically in Florida. Florida Caverns State Park is the only state park in Florida to provide cavern tours to the public and one of the very few that have dry caves.
- Stay where we stayed on our wedding night, on our 4th wedding anniversary. If you are particularly interested in this destination, check back in November for our next anniversary and I’ll tell you all about this wonderful bed and breakfast. We seriously loved this place!
- Buy some stock. It is time to start investing in the future and in the companies that are likely to increase in value.
- Make a ‘40 things to do before I turn 40‘ list.
- Successfully contour my make-up.