West Coast Bucket List

Feb 23

Even though we don’t know exactly when we are leaving, John and I know that we will be moving back east relatively soon. I actually remember that when we were on our first date (which neither of us thought was an actual “date” at the time) we talked about wanting to leave Los Angeles. Not in the sense that we were stubbing cigarettes out with the heels of our cowboy boots and saying things like “Let’s get out of Dodge” with raspy voices – more like we just both felt a pull. It was the kind of conversation where you are both acting like you are just casually asking questions, showing general interest – when what you are really doing is trying to find out if the other person wants the same life as you want so that you can be married in a few years… We talked about our families and about the cost of living, and about how we couldn’t explain why the Atlantic was so much better than the Pacific.

And now that this time is upon us, I’ve started to create a “bucket list” for the West Coast. The thing that makes this hard is that while simultaneously wanting to have new adventures here before we leave, we are also trying to save as much money as possible so that when we move it won’t be stressful and unhappy. Striking that balance can be pretty hard, but we are trying to make it work. And since I have a best friend in LA and a best friend in San Fran – I’m sure we’ll be back to cross things off that we can’t cross off in the next 6 months.

A conservative list of the places we still need to see together:

*Big Bear*  – Since we just went on our first ski trip in Tahoe last weekend, we could attempt more than a bunny slope the next time around….

*Big Sur*  – We’ve passed through, but never taken the time to soak in the views, sun and surf in this impressive location.

*Mexico’s Pacific Coast* – We hope to make this our 1st Anniversary trip. I am currently scavenging Groupon Getaways for deals to resorts in Cabo, etc. Hopefully we’ll make it work!!!!

*Grand Canyon* – This doesn’t technically apply as a West Coast attraction. But it does seem like a great place to conveniently pass by when we are on our way across the country. So we’ll attempt to work this into the move.

Other things that were on the list that we’ve already crossed off successfully: Skiing in Tahoe, Hiking in Yosemite, exploring San Francisco together (including Alcatraz), biking and hiking on Catalina Island, eating traditional food in Solvang, gambling in Las Vegas, and drinking wine in Santa Barbara.

And you know what’s great about this? Is that I can’t wait to do and see all of these new things with John. I marvel at how much goofy, silly fun we can have together. And I marvel at how I am actually getting better at having fun and being adventurous because of his presence in my life.

How lucky I am.

One comment

  1. Love your west coast bucket list! Really fun- ill keep an eye out for Cabo coupons!

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