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My Summer Bucket List

Feet against the sky

My son’s last day of school was Friday, so we’re officially in Summer mode now. I’ve been thinking of how we might like to spend our 12 precious sunny weeks, because you know how quickly the days and weeks will fly by. So I thought I’d make a bucket list just for summertime. Would you like to make one, too?

Here’s what I hope to do this summer:

Take picnics.

Go on a vacation to the beach.


Eat our fill of sweet corn, peaches, tomatoes, blueberries, and watermelon.

Take fun photographs. (For inspiration, I’m currently enjoying Andrea Scher’s wonderful Superhero Photo class.)

Learn something new.


Take the dogs to the dog park.

Go camping.

Eat Dreamsicles.

ice cream

Make homemade ice cream.

Play tennis.

Go to the mountains.

Ride bikes.

Read some great books. (I’m enjoying the novel Me Before You by Jojo Moyes this week, thanks to my dear friend Laura.)

Go on a road trip.


Play mini golf.

Lie in the grass and look at the stars.

Visit the farmer’s market.

Walk down to the park at dusk and try to spot the neighborhood Great Horned Owls.


Ride a Ferris wheel.

How about you? What’s on your summer bucket list? I’d love to hear your ideas and plans.

P.S. Grateful thanks to ILoveButter for the mouth-watering ice cream photo, and Groman123 for the colorful Ferris wheel photo.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 16 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

5 thoughts on “My Summer Bucket List”

  1. Great bucket list! Homemade ice cream is delicious, and it would be so cool to spot some owls! I hope you see some!

    I just found out I’m pregnant again (yay! #2!) and really want to go to see either Montreal or Quebec city this summer, before baby #2 is born (let’s not kid ourselves… probably not going to do it for like 2 more years if I don’t get to this summer!)

    My litter brothers are visiting me from Alberta, so we’re going to go around Ontario, where I live, and see all sorta of fun stuff n_n

    • Congratulations on your happy news! I hope you and your family have a splendid summer, and I like your idea to seek out fun things to do right in your own town.

  2. Thanks for the simple living tips. Here are some of my tips:

    1.Flora and fauna admiration: Take photograph every tree and plants in a square meter after every 100 meter of you travel in village area and share these pictures with local population and get the local names of the same. They will give also the medicinal use of such plants or animals or insects. This creates awareness in you and the people of the need for unity and harmony with the nature.

    2. Smile competition for children, adults and the old : sing some songs and distribute some sweets among them and informally ask individuals and groups of 5 to smile and present these pictures to them and ask them to select the top ten smiles from each group and give them some symbolic awards. You can also get a written permission to use these photos for web based sharing with appropriate quotations or reflections.

    3. Share cooking skills with the local people and learn their skills also and document the same for dissemination.

    4. Plant a few trees and write the name of three and date and the name of the person who planted it on a local stone.

    These are some of the things I do to experience simple living.


    • These are such fun, inspirational ideas. I think we should all participate in a Smile Competition this summer! 🙂
      Thanks for sharing, Chacko. xoxo

  3. Loved reading this! Really lovely. My daughter starts school in September, so my plans are to spend a lot of time with her and have as much fun as possible.


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