Summer Bucket List Review

Summer Bucket List Review

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Summer Bucket List

Keith and I decided we were going to stay local this summer. There were events we wanted to attend in our hometown and summer activities that we hadn’t had the chance to do yet. We had lots of family/friends visiting or passing through Utah so this was a great opportunity to explore closer to home.

Keith and I created a summer bucket list and were determined to check off as much as possible. We planned lots of activities for throughout the week and on the weekends. Between our visitors and the bucket list, we sure kept busy! We got started early Spring and are still working on the list well into Fall!

Family/Friends

Keith and I were most excited about the family and friends who would be visiting us or passing through Utah.  Starting mid-May with my mom and John and ending today in October with Yi, we had seven groups/visitors we met up with!

We made so many memories and are so thankful for the time spent with everyone!

Grand Canyon

My mom and John

Cousins

Cousins

Cousins

Cousins

More Cousins (and Friends)

More Cousins (and Friends)

Making Memories

Friends

Somehow we didn't get a picture with Pete, but here he is enjoying the Tetons.

Somehow we didn’t get a picture with Pete, but here he is enjoying the Tetons.


Friends

Friends


Local Fun

Keith and I wanted to take advantage of all the summer activities in the area. Nearly every town near us has special summer festivals, parades, carnivals, races, etc. There were also things to check off the list that were specific to summer dates or weather and we didn’t want to miss out again like we had last summer.

Tulip Festival

The Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point was such a nice and relaxing Spring evening out. Keith and I strolled through the nearly 300,000 bulbs of tulips imported from Holland. We had only been to Ashton Gardens for the Christmas lights so this was a great chance to see the gardens in a new season.

Tulip Festival at Ashton Gardens

Tulip Festival at Ashton Gardens

Tulip Festival at Ashton Gardens

Tulip Festival at Ashton Gardens

Thanksgiving Point - Ashton Gardens

Thanksgiving Point – Ashton Gardens

"Secret Garden"

“Secret Garden”

Strawberry Days

Keith and I had heard several times what a bummer it was that we missed Strawberry Days in Pleasant Grove.  We were determined to attend this summer.  Strawberry Days was established in 1921 and the rodeo is the longest continually running rodeo in Utah!  The fun filled week includes so many activities throughout the days and evenings.  Along with the rodeo, there is a carnival, a parade, concerts, contests, pancake breakfast, tours, etc.

Pleasant Grove Carnival

Pleasant Grove Carnival

Strawberry Days Dessert

Strawberry Days Dessert

Pleasant Grove Parade

Pleasant Grove Parade

Pleasant Grove Parade- Follow the Flag

Pleasant Grove Parade- Follow the Flag

Timpanogos Cave

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is located 6 miles from our house and we had not visited it yet!  The tours are available May-September and tickets are limited per day. We had missed out on this the two summers prior so it was a must for us.  Hiking 1.5 miles to the cave entrance and gaining almost 1000 feet is not super easy,  but totally worth the hike.  Keith and I thought the cave tour was very informational and surreal to think it’s in the mountain just above our house.  The view of the canyon and valley during the hike were also exceptional.

Path to Timpanogos Cave

Path to Timpanogos Cave

inside Timpanogos Cave

inside Timpanogos Cave

Long way to Wendover, Nevada

Keith and I wanted to take a road trip to Wendover. . . but we wanted to take the long way and drive the Transcontinental Railroad Backcountry Byway on the way out and drive the Pony Express Trail backroad on the way home. There were lots of unique sites along the way!

Wendover is located along the Utah – Nevada border. Gambling is illegal in Utah, so as soon as you cross into Nevada there is a small strip of casinos.  Keith and I are not big gamblers, but we wanted to see the casinos and found there was so much more to explore in Wendover.

Golden Spike National Monument

Golden Spike National Monument

ATK Rocket Garden

ATK Rocket Garden

Spiral Jetty

Spiral Jetty

Sun Tunnels

Sun Tunnels

Wendover, Nevada - small gambling strip

Wendover, Nevada – small gambling strip

Red Garter Hotel and Casino

Red Garter Hotel and Casino

Enola Gay Hanger Restoration Project

Enola Gay Hanger Restoration Project

Atomic Bomb Training Site

Atomic Bomb Training Site

Historic Wendover Air Field

Historic Wendover Air Field

Great collection of artifacts located here

Great collection of artifacts located here

gutted plane used in the 1997 movie, Con Air

gutted plane used in the 1997 movie, Con Air

inside the gutted plane

inside the gutted plane

Dugway Geode Beds along the Pony Express Trail

Dugway Geode Beds along the Pony Express Trail

Utah Herd Management Area along the Pony Express Trail

Utah Herd Management Area along the Pony Express Trail

More Fun

Check out more of what we did this summer!

Clark Planetarium

Clark Planetarium

Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City

Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City

Utah Lake Festival

Utah Lake Festival

Utah Lake Festival

Lots of Activity for the Utah Lake Festival

Utah Grizzlies Game

Utah Grizzlies Game

Spring Walk with Lexi

Spring Walk with Lexi

Camping- overlooking the Salt Flats

Camping- overlooking the Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats

Park Silly Sunday Market

Park Silly Sunday Market

Food, Beer and Bands start at 10am!

Food, Beer and Bands start at 10am!

Hill Air Force Base, UT

Hill Air Force Base, UT

Hill Air Force Base Air Show

Hill Air Force Base Air Show

Great variety of planes at the show

Great variety of planes at the show

They put on a great show!

They put on a great show!

United State Air Force Thunderbirds!

United State Air Force Thunderbirds!

United State Air Force Thunderbirds!

United State Air Force Thunderbirds!

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Tibble Fork Reservoir

quality time relaxing

quality time relaxing

Paddle boarding

Paddle boarding

Deer Creek Island

Deer Creek Island

Salt Lake City Bee's- minor league baseball

Salt Lake City Bee’s- minor league baseball

Bee's Game

Bee’s Game

Oktoberfest at Snowbird

Oktoberfest at Snowbird

Riding Peruvian Chairlift at Snowbird

Riding Peruvian Chairlift at Snowbird

Summer Bucket List Review: Part 2

Wow!!! I intended on doing one post for this, but there is so much more that we did. The next post will feature hiking and jeep rides!

Do you have a bucket list? Is it one big list or do you break it down into smaller chunks? Making a summer list really helped us focus on what to do now… I think I’ll keep doing this for each season or year.