If you visit http://bucketlist.org/featured/ you’ll see the World’s Bucket List. The top picks from around the world. My children and I are all adventurers. We have lived a full and adventurous life and I was encouraged to see that so many things on the list that others have not done, that we have. And as a family, we end up doing the thing we love again and again. Do I want more? I am not sure; I am pretty happy with my life. But, I ask myself, is there anything on the Featured List (the most up-to-date favorites of the universe’s Bucket List) that I have yet to do? Well, let’s cross off the impossibly expensive or downright dangerous items and I came up with a list of 8 that I will do, in 2015:
- Get a Dog. We love dogs and they are great companionship and force us to get regular fresh air and exercise. All good things for a retiree.
- Go to the Drive In. We’ve recently heard of a Drive In, in Lexington, VA, called Hull’s Drive In. It has been open since 1950 and is very reminiscent of ones that I remember.
- Take a Segway Tour. We have been on a few Segway Tours and I absolutely LOVE the one in Richmond called River City Segs. The tour that we loved the best was called The River City Ride. It took us on a really scenic route and didn’t delve so much into the standard historic dialogue. It was very relaxed and showed us a different side of Richmond. Highly recommend.
- Sail. I have sailed plenty of times (in fact got married on a tall sail, in Yorktown) but we are planning a sunset cruise aboard the Schooner Alliance of Yorktown, before the summer is over.
- Fly a Plane. I am not going to fly a plane, again. I have done that, but I am going to a small-town airport here in town, that I have heard of, again and again. I hear the lunch at Charly’s Airport Restaurant, at the Williamsburg – Jamestown Airport (KJGG), is amazing! You sit right on the runway and watch the prop planes and small jets and an occasional hilocopter land right in front of you. I will give you my opinion, after I try their nearly world-famous sandwiches.
- Feed a Giraffe. The Virginia Safari Park is in Natural Bridge (we can throw another Bucket List item on the list: seeing one of the Wonders of the World) has a tour (either in your own car or the Wagon Ride) that winds its way through 180 acres of safari. We’ll be taking the Wagon Ride – the wife’s quote, “who wants a buffalo’s slobber in our vehicle?” There is a giraffe to feed there, by hand, but I am not quite sure I will be crossing this one off my Bucket List.
- Ride a horse on the beach. Riding horses on the beach isn’t our thing, but we do want to see the wild mustangs of Corolla, North Carolina. They have a jeep adventure tour that comes widely recommended. You bounce over the beach, then through the dunes and end up seeing wild mustangs, in their natural habitat, in a small-group setting. Back Country Safari Tours is the one we are headed for.
- Ride the Tempesto. This Busch Gardens rollercoaster opened April of 2015 and this is the seventh coaster, at Busch Gardens. It has a daunting 154-foot loop; I am not scared!
When you think of Williamsburg, Virginia, you automatically think of Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. But, there are so many fabulous things to do, here. I hope you learn to love every one of them, as much as we do. And if you haven’t experienced some of our amazing attractions, add them to your own Bucket List.
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