Bucket List – Items #14 – 17

It’s been a while since I worked on my new bucket list. At my last count I had 13 items…

  1. Coffee with a friend in our local Starbucks
  2. To be a bridesmaid
  3. To visit New Zealand
  4. To live on the ocean
  5. To own a Class B motorhome (Roadtrek ideally)
  6. Waist length hair
  7. Day-trip to Frankenmuth & Bronners
  8. Reschedule & enjoy my belated 45th birthday vacation
  9. Acceptance of RADS diagnosis and limitations that places on my life
  10. Despite RADS diagnosis, work on improving the quality of my life and work at getting back to work.
  11. year long road trip following 70 degree (21 C) weather throughout the contiguous United States.
  12. Lose steroid weight and return to a healthy weight
  13. Get out walking, locally and a little further afield on walking trails and then snowshoeing as determined by the weather

If you’ve been reading my posts you’ll know that I was able to do a little towards number 13. Unfortunately, my reactivity then increased and the weather deteriorated so I haven’t been able to get out much in the past few weeks. Hopefully, that will change soon.

I’m also actively working on items 9 and 10.

I haven’t managed to cross any off completely yet but some of them are within sight, which is a good feeling.

So what’s next?

A trip to Harrison Hot Springs in BC. I’ve visited a number of times both staying in the resort with their pools, which make use of the hot springs themselves, and camping in the area using the local pool to access the Hot Springs. Unfortunately the sand castle competition, which I’ve visited in the past is no longer running. However, there are lots of other events in the summer to experience.

I’ve always loved the idea of skydiving and have a good friend back in Edmonton who was a member of a local group and I went out often to watch them on the weekends. However, with brittle bones it’s not really advisable for me. However, I was reading the other day about indoor skydiving and how a centre down in the USA had been able to help a child with much more severe OI than I have skydive safely. So I’m going to add indoor skydiving to my list. It may not be in Niagara but at least I know there is somewhere that does it and maybe I could plan it for next year, along with attending the Niagara wine tasting festival that I had to cancel attending this year.

When I was a student in England my first husband had a good friend whose dad was getting his pilot’s licence as a hot air balloon pilot. As a result, we spent many weekends camping and chasing that balloon all over the English countryside. Usually a group of us would get together at a balloon meet, often held at a Stately home during a festival or fete and due to the weather conditions we’d fly early morning and just before dusk in the evening. This was before cell phones were prevalent so air-to-ground radio was all the communication we had, if we were lucky. We had some amazing adventures. I tended to drive the chase vehicle leaving others to navigate (following the balloon by sight and matching that to the roads on the map and the best way of getting to it to retrieve the balloon and passengers once they landed). Anyway, during that time I heard a lot about the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival and always wanted to attend. So that’s also on my list.

All three of these bucket list items include extensive travel so given my current health restrictions perhaps I’d better add something a little more realistically attainable at this time….

Go on a picnic. Nice and simple and at this time of year it will involve staying in my car. However, there are some lovely places within a few minutes drive of my home (That are also not far from the local Emerg and that also have cell cover) where I could pack up the dogs and take a picnic to sit for a little while looking out at the countryside or the St. Mary’s River or Lake Superior. Stretching my boundaries a little from only ever leaving home to attend medical appointments or very rarely to pick up groceries.

So here’s my updated list:

  1. Coffee with a friend in our local Starbucks
  2. To be a bridesmaid
  3. To visit New Zealand
  4. To live on the ocean
  5. To own a Class B motorhome (Roadtrek ideally)
  6. Waist length hair
  7. Day-trip to Frankenmuth & Bronners
  8. Reschedule & enjoy my belated 45th birthday vacation
  9. Acceptance of RADS diagnosis and limitations that places on my life
  10. Despite RADS diagnosis, work on improving the quality of my life and work at getting back to work.
  11. year long road trip following 70 degree (21 C) weather throughout the contiguous United States.
  12. Lose steroid weight and return to a healthy weight
  13. Get out walking, locally and a little further afield on walking trails and then snowshoeing as determined by the weather
  14. Visit Harrison Hot Springs in BC
  15. Go indoor skydiving
  16. Attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
  17. Go on a picnic

 

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