On a recent Saturday, two young customers were our guest fish feeders for the afternoon. The parents told us that feeding the fish at Bass Pro Shops was on their kids bucket list. Each summer, the children make a list of things they would like to do over the course of the summer. Most weren't extravagant trips or activities, but simple things they thought would be fun. Feeding the fish at Bass Pro Shops was on the list, along with taking a train ride, and visiting a 50-foot treehouse somewhere in Nebraska.
What a great idea...for kids AND adults. Think about all the fun, simple things you can do, places you can go, and sights you can see. Just write them down and scratch them off after doing them (just thinking them doesn't count!). Because of the popular movie, these lists are often called bucket lists. However, I like to call them Enjoy Life lists or, for kids, it could be an Enjoy the Summer list. My Enjoy Life list includes going to the San Diego Zoo, going to each Iowa county to experience one new place previously not experienced, experiencing a flock of migrating snow geese "taking off," renting a cabin at a state park, going to the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge and hiking the trail, experience fishing with my husband and hunting with him this fall as the photographer, cooking new wild game recipes, giving kayaking a second chance (my first time didn't go so well!), and visiting Big Cedar Lodge.
What is on your Enjoy Life list? It's not too late to make an Enjoy Summer List with your kids, either. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Go fishing
- Go hiking
- Learn a new outdoor skill - archery, kayaking, canoeing, Dutch oven cooking, camping
- Go camping in the backyard
- Tackle an elaborate wild game recipe
- Pick an Iowa park and take a hike.
- Try zip-lining
- Rent a cabin at one of our state parks and cook your meals over the open fire
- Get up a little earlier and take a walk each morning
- Take a train ride (I borrowed that one from Aurora and Vince - some small towns have restored trains on which they offer short rides)
- Go to a small town festival...or two...or three. We have plenty of them - but choose festivals and towns you've never visited.
- Go to the Iowa State Fair and visit every building and display.
- Sign up to feed the fish at your local Bass Pro Shop
You get the idea. Help your kids make a list...and maybe jot down a few ideas for yourself, too.