26 years of dreams

hello bucket list friends. Yesterday was my birthday and it is so crazy to be on the other side of 25! I can’t believe I’m 26 years old now. Time moves much faster then I used to think it did.   That is one reason why I made my bucket list. Life gets so busy and it is very important to take time to do things that you have always dreamed about.  My list has inspired me to make my dreams come true. I can’t wait to cross off more list items .

 

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Goodbye summer 2016

Hello my bucket list friends. As the summer comes to an end, I like to reflect on all the fun things I did during it. I got to do a lot this summer, everything from movies and shopping to concerts and vacations. I’ve created a lot of great memories this summer that I will have with me forever. This summer I got to do some of the things I love most in life such as shopping, traveling and spending time with my family and friends. My vacations to San Diego and New York were both awesome and I’m so thankful for all the time I got to spend with the ones I love.  Summer is my favorite time of year and it is always sad to see it come to an end but I have some fun things planed that are coming up very soon. I should be crossing off another bucket list item it just a little bit. Goodbye summer 2016 I will miss you very much !

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New York adventures

Hello bucket list friends! I recently returned from an amazing trip to New York . I had never been to the east coast before and I’m glad that I was able to experience it.  The fist night that my mom, sister and I arrived in New York we decided to walk to Times Square after dinner and if I had to describe it with one word it would be crazy! It was amazing to see a place that I had seen on TV many times before but it was so hard to walk. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many people in one place at once. It was worth seeing once but we didn’t want to go back there after we left. The next day we had a full day of activities ahead of us. We rode the subway for the first time it was fun except for it being so hot inside the stations.  We also went on a hop on hop off bus tour that came with free ear phones! After the bus tour we went on a walking tour of Wall Street. The tour was full of Historical facts and interesting information. We also got to see a lot of amazing things on the tour including the famous bull statue. The tour ended right by the 9/11 memorial. After exploring the outside of the memorial we decided to get some lunch before going into the museum.  For lunch we found a food court in a nearby mall. All three of us chose something different. That’s the best thing about food courts there is so many options. My favorite thing about lunch was this awesome cupcake I had. After lunch we went to the 9/11 museum. Going to the 9/11 museum was a very emotional experience.  Walking through the museum took me right back to that day, I was eleven years old when it happened. The museum was like a time portal taking you back to 2001. Everything was very well put together in the museum. After the museum we got to go to the top of the One world trade center.  The views of the city from the tower were simply amazing!  The second day was very busy and I was looking forward to more busy days ahead. On the third day went to Columbia University because my sister is interested in going there. The campus is so beautiful it was a fun place to explore. Next we went to the central park zoo. I love animals and I was very excited to go. We had a hard time finding the zoo but once we did I was not disappointed. First we ate lunch at the zoo restaurant before exploring the zoo.  The first thing was saw at the zoo was some colorful birds; then we explored the rainforest area. I loved seeing all the rainforest animals but it was even more humid in that area than it already was outside so after a while I was ready to explore other parts of the zoo.  I really enjoyed watching the bears; there was one bear that was trying to avoid the water. It was interesting to watcher her climb around the water areas. My favorite animals that I saw were the penguins they were so fun to watch. They were very active swimming and jumping into the water. The air conditioned viewing area was also a great place to relax and cool down.  On our way out of the zoo we saw a seal it jumped up on the edge of the pool; it was awesome being that close to a seal. I stopped by the gift shop and got some fun souvenirs. I had a great time at the zoo. That night we went to Rockefeller center and we got some amazing Ben and Jerrys ice cream before going to the top of the Rock. It was a great day and the next day also had a lot of fun to offer.  The next day started off with a bus tour call the Ride. The Ride is a really fun tour where there are performers on the sidewalk waiting for the bus to come by. It is a very entertaining tour and I would do it again. After the Ride it was time for some fancy New York food. Then came time for something that I was very excited about, The Lion King on Broadway! When I was a kid I became a big fan of the Lion King and I still love the movie today.  The Musical version was simply amazing! It the whole play was put together wonderfully and it was everything I thought it would be and more. I highly recommend this play.  We went on a very informative tour of Rockefeller Center to finish our day.  The next day we set off to see the statue of liberty. We decided to take a subway but because it was the weekend the schedules were different so we ended up in Brooklyn but after we called an Uber car we were on our way.  We took a ferry then after a short ride we were there. It was pretty amazing to see something in person that I had seen so many pictures of before. We did not have to special tickets so we could not go inside but we got a really good look at the statue. I got some really great pictures and I had a really great time there. We also went to Ellis Island and we explored the museum of immigration.   We took the ferry back then we went to explore Madame Tussauds wax museum.  I had a good time taking pictures with wax figures of celebrities. All the areas were fun to walk though we had a fun time there.  Our next stop was John’s pizzeria for some amazing New York pizza! We had one more thing to do before heading back to the hotel. We went to go explore the famous Empire state building! I just couldn’t get enough views of the beautiful city!   The next day was our last day in New York.  First we decided to get breakfast at  Ess-A-Bagel The line was out the door ! It was a long wait but the food was pretty great! After our breakfast we went to explore the metropolitan museum of art. It was so huge and there was so much to see . It was hard to get in at first because there were so many people but once we were able to walk around it was simply beautiful . We were not able to see everything because we did not have time but I’m glad we got to go see some of it .  After the museum we went on a tour of radio city music hall . Radio City music hall was so beautiful and it has so much history I highly recommend taking the tour.  After the tour it was time for some yummy ice cream and visit to ST. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Cathedral is beautiful inside and out. We finished our last day with dinner at T.G.I Fridays. My trip to New York was amazing! I hope I can go back someday.

 

 

 

 

Rock on – Christina Epperly

 

San Diego vacation and numbers 12 and 25

 

Hello my bucket list friends! I’m very excited about this blog post because I finally crossed off some more items and I can’t wait to tell you all about them!  I just got back from a very fun vacation to San Diego. I had never been to San Diego before and I was very excited to go someplace new.  My mom and I took an early flight to San Diego so that meant that we would have plenty of time for fun even on our first day.  The view from our hotel room was beautiful and I could not  wait to start exploring the amazing city that I could see from the window. That very first day we took a tour of the Midway, It was very exciting to explore the huge ship. We took an audio tour so we got to learn a lot about the ship as we explored it. I learned a bunch of interesting information about the Midway. I had really  great time exploring the Midway .On day two I crossed off number 12 go to the San Diego zoo I will write more about that below. Day three I went to the safari park I had a great time looking at a bunch of different animals including tigers, birds and lions. I also got to ride the carousel in the safari park. It was a great day it was a hot day but a great day. On day four I went to Balboa Park and I have to say it really is an amazing place; Balboa Park has a ton of amazing museums. My mom and I visited that Natural history museum. I had a great time looking at all the displays but my favorite part was watching a 3D movie about whales it felt like you were swimming with them!  I also got to ride the carousel in Balboa park .That night we went to dinner and saw the movie Nerve.  It was a great day and there was more fun to come! On day 5 I crossed off number 25 go to LEGOLAND I will write more about that below. Day 6 was the last day before we went back home. We took a ferry to Coronado Island. I had a great time on the beach the water was nice not cold like the beaches I’m used to. We also took a free bus around town. That night I rode the Seaport Village carousel it was great way to end an amazing vacation. Now let me tell you about the items I crossed off my list .

 

#12 .Go to the San Diego zoo

I love animals and I had heard great things about the San Diego zoo so it is no surprise that this was an early item that I put on my list.  I very excited to cross this list item off, we had got tickets to the backstage pass program so we got to get close to a lot of animals. It was so cool to be just a few inches away from a sloth! I also got to feed flamingoes and giraffe. The zoo was filled with lots of amazing animals. We got to take a bus tour and we also explored the zoo on foot. It was an amazing day! I loved seeing all the animals and getting up close to some of them and I got some great souvenirs including a polar bear stuffed animal. I’m so glad I put this item on my list! I hope I get to go back to the San Diego zoo sometime.

#25.go to Lego land

I enjoy amusement parks and I have been interested in going to Lego land for a while. I was excited to get to see some awesome Lego creations and I was not disappointed. There were amazing Lego creations all over the place! The coast cruise is a great ride to take a look at some great works of Lego art. I also got to go to the sea life aquarium in LEGOLAND I had a great time looking at all the sea animals.  Keep in mind that LEGOLAND is geared towards young kids so thrill seekers will probably not enjoy the rides.  I did get to ride the carousel that they have there .It was overall a good day and I’m glad I had this item on my list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock on -Christina Epperly