Friday, 3 June 2016

Summer Bucket List

Welcome to June! The official start of summer is still a few weeks away but the start of June always feels like we're already right in the mix of things doesn't it? 

I was looking back on my Spring Bucket List post and I'm pretty impressed that I actually conquered everything on the list. We had a fantastic weekend away in Canmore, just recently checked out the Sherlock Holmes exhibit and I even started running outside again (just got that one in under the wire!) Now it's time to look ahead and plan out some fun events for the upcoming months. Any tips? What do you guys have on your list? 

Here's a few of the things I'm hoping to accomplish this summer...

Day-Tripping
I'm a big fan of packing up the pups and heading out of the city to explore. Edmonton has a really amazing system of trails in the river valley but they can get a little chaotic on warm weekend days so it's nice to escape the city and get away from the crowds. One of our favourite spots is the Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area located East of the city. There's a ton of great trails and it's free entry. Elk Island is in the same area and is also great but you do have to pay to get in and it's often much busier. Devon also has a great trail system that's actually a continuation of the Edmonton river valley trails. I've also got a couple of places on our list that we've never been too, Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area and Miquelon Lake Provincial Park.



St.Albert Farmer's Market
I grew up in St.Albert and they have one of the biggest and best farmer's markets around but I haven't actually been to it in years. This year I'm going to make it happen. I really love wandering around farmer's markets in the summer, stocking up on fresh fruit and veggies and discovering unique products from locals. The first market is on June 11th and it runs everyday Saturday from 10am until 3pm right through until October 8th. Parking in the area can be a bit of a hassles but they're offering a free park and ride service, if you're like us and need to drive from Edmonton that might be the way to go. 

Roman Shades DIY
This video popped up on my Facebook and I'm kind of in love with the idea. We actually have these exact same blinds throughout our house and a lot of them are in not so great condition...we have a ledge in the bay window in our living room that the dogs like to jump up on and they have destroyed the blinds there. I'm hardly an avid DIYer but this really doesn't look that hard (famous last words!) I'm going to test it out on the blinds in our spare bedroom and see how it goes. The only concern I have is what they will look like from the back...probably pretty ugly if they are rolled all the way down hey? I think you could attach just a plain (and cheaper) piece of fabric to the back when you're done though, so you don't still see the slats. 



Summer Festivals
Edmonton is known for it's fantastic festivals and it's one of my favourite things about this city. During the summer it feels like there's something going on every weekend! You'll find me out and about at as many as possible, I'm planning to do a full post on the festivals so keep an eye out for that in the next few weeks. The ones that are on my must-attend list (at least so far) are Taste of Edmonton (because food...July 21-30), Heritage Festival (also food...July 30-August 1), and The Fringe (live shows...August 11-21). This year I also want to make it to one of the Freewill Shakespeare shows at Hawrelak Park, they've got a couple of 'cask nights' with Alley Kat Brewery that sound pretty tempting. My summer bucket list could pretty much be filled with festivals/events but I grouped them here as one instead. 

Tragically Hip Concert
I'm feeling pretty lucky that I was actually able to score tickets to one of the Tragically Hip shows in Edmonton during the pre-sale. It sounds like a bit of a disaster but I lucked out and picked up four...total fluke I guess. They seemed to all sell out within a couple of minutes but I kept refreshing and about 20 minutes later some popped up. Buying concert tickets is the worst, seriously, someone fix this ok?! Anyways, full disclosure...I'm not exactly a big Tragically Hip fan but the bf and my girlfriend are so I'll do my homework, get a little more familiar with their music and go to the show. Either way, I'm sure the show will be pretty incredible considering the circumstances.


Run a 5K 
I'm adding this to the list to force myself into it. As I've said in an earlier post, I'm working on the Couch to 5k program (again!) and will likely need a little motivation to stick with it and registering for a race will help with that...so will putting it here for everyone to see ;) I don't have a race picked out yet, I was thinking maybe Pets in the Park but that's on June 26 which seems really soon. There never seems to be a shortage of races happening during the summer though so I'll probably hold off a little and see what comes up. 

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