Well it’s official. Summer is over and it’s defiantly feeling like fall around here. I’ve already had 5 pumpkin spice lattes, Edmonton’s river valley is looking gorgeous right now, and I’ve actually lost track of how many days we’ve woken up to see snow outside [seriously, it’s got to be at least 3 of 4 so far].
A few months back I created a bucket list of all the things I wanted to do this summer. Now that my shorts and sandals are packed away and my tan has started to fade I thought it would be a good time to share what we actually crossed off the list.
My 2018 Summer Bucket List Re-cap
Take a road trip through BC
This was obviously one of the biggest highlights of the summer. Matt and I had so much fun driving through BC and I still can’t decide what I enjoyed more; relaxing in Whistler, exploring Victoria, checking out some of the Okanagan’s wineries, or taking in all that scenery [and the Tachofino tacos] along the West Coast.
Spend an afternoon touring some Okanagan wineries
This was SUCH a good day! I had so much fun checking out the wineries and tasting all the different wines. By the end of our trip we’d purchased 4 cases of wine and even joined the wine club at one of the wineries!
Go hiking in the mountains [as much as possible]
I had so many big plans to get out to the mountains this summer so it kills me a little to admit that we only made it out there once. But even though I’m disappointed that most of my trips fell through, the one day we did make it out was pretty fantastic.
We ended up tackling Vision Quest Hike which turned out to be much more challenging then I expected [turns out what I used to consider a ‘hike’ is actually just a long walk]. The trail runs straight up the side of a mountain and it took us about 2 hours to hike [and sometimes crawl] to the top. It was the hardest hike I’ve ever done, but those views at the top made it totally worth it.
Go hiking along the west coast
This was definitely one of the highlights of my summer. I really enjoyed Tofino and the couple of hikes we did while we were visiting inspired me to make hiking more of a priority at home.
Explore the Hoodoos in Drumheller
Matt and I had been talking about doing this for a few years so I was thrilled to finally be going. While we were in the area we also checked out Horseshoe Canyon which turned out to be the highlight of the trip. Matt, my brother and I ended up spending a couple of hours exploring the canyon and I remember thinking that it would be really cool to come back and camp out there for an evening [next summer maybe?]
I did manage to fit in a pretty chilly camping trip with my parents over the Labour Day Weekend. Thank goodness they are the King and Queen of glamping because I’m pretty sure I would have froze if it wasn’t for the heater in their trailer.
Plus how handsome is their dog?
Spend an evening around a campfire
Let’s be honest, I really just wanted an excuse to make smores.
Take a road trip to Frickin’ Delights Doughnuts in Devon and the Donut Mill in Red Deer
And eat all of the doughnuts…
Enjoy brunch on the patio at the Hotel MacDonald
Going for breakfast at the Hotel MacDonald is one of my favorite things to do in the summer.
Seriously, how can you beat this view?
Host/attend a summer BBQ
We ended up having a fantastic BBQ at my brother’s place. The best part? It was my birthday so he had to cook me dinner 🙂
Visit the 104th Street Farmer’s Market
This is something I’m defiantly going try to keep doing next summer. I really enjoyed spending the morning browsing all the local vendors.
Watch the sun rise over the city
Because I was awake at 4:00AM on a Sunday.
Plan a beach day
My sister and I discovered that Elk Island Park has a great beach and it’s only 45 minutes away! I’m sure we’ll be spending many more afternoons out there next summer.
What did I miss?
- Soak in a natural hot spring
- Spend a sunny afternoon drinking margaritas at Julio’s Bario’s patio
- Go longboarding [as much as we can]
- Spend an afternoon checking out one of Edmonton’s festivals
- Finally check out the ‘End of the World’
When I first created this list I had every intention of crossing everything off so I am a bit disappointed that we didn’t quite make it. That being said, it was a BUSY summer, and both Matt and I feel like we really got out and enjoyed it much more then we had in previous years. All in all, I would say the Bucket List was a success.
And he doesn’t know it yet, but I’m already thinking about all the things I’ll be putting on next summer’s bucket list 😉