A summer weekend in Idaho

Hello,my bucket list friends! Last weekend I went on a little getaway to Idaho. I have family that lives there. I try to go a few times a year. However, this weekend was the first time I was able to go this year. It was a short visit but I was able to do a good amount things before it was time to head back home. I can’t wait to tell you all about it so let’s get to it!

Friday- On Friday I worked a half day, then after a quick stop at Best Buy to get a headphone adapter,I went to the airport. After I got checked in and made it through security, I still had some time before my flight so I went to the store and got some souvenires from my home state. I know it’s far from perfect but I do love California! Anyways,after that it was time to head to Idaho. The flight was normal and uneventful. When I landed I stopped and got some Idaho souvenires. After that I got my luggage, met up with my mom and went to my grandparents house. It was great to see them and their dog again. After talking with them for a while. My mom drove me to get something to eat because I was hungry after a day of working and traveling. We ened up going to a restaurant that neither of us had been to before it was called smoky mountain Pizzeria grill. There was a bit of wait but the food was really good so it was worth it. There was also a vending machine that gave out random toys for a quarter each so that was pretty cool. After dinner we went to Walmart to get a few things. A few fun things I got were a squishy strawberry toy,Barbie stickers, and and Idaho button. It was a pretty good way to start off my weekend in Idaho.

Saturday- I was really looking forward to Saturday because I had bought tickets for a museum in Boise. We got Starbucks before going to the museum. I had been to this museum before but they host different exhibits so it was going to be different then it was before The main exhibit they had this time was Sue the T.rex. I  had seen Sue before but it had been a very long time ago. It was nice to see her again. There was also a small exhibit about the moon. My favorite part of that exhibit was the moon themed art work. The next part of the museum was a hands on area that was closed the last time I visited the museum. My favorite part of that area was this machine that made beautiful works of art. Also in the museum there is another T. rex named Tinker. It  was nice to see that T. Rex again too. After exploring the museum,we went to the gift shop on the way out. My favorite thing that I got was a Sue keychain. After the museum my mom and I went to a Idaho gift shop that we had visited once before. I was excited to go shopping for more fun Idaho souvenires. My favorite things that I got are two Idaho shaped Christmas ornaments that you paint. I can’t wait to paint one of them. I got two of them so my mom can paint one also. After our fun in Boise, we went to a restaurant to celebrate a faimly members birthday. It was great to see even more family and to celebrate together. Later on that day I went to Goodwill. The prices at this Goodwill are lower then at home. I was happy to find some Barbie dolls, a Lion King coloring/ tracing book, and two My Little Pony toys. I also got some books. I’m happy I managed to do so much in one day.

Sunday – This was my last full day in Idaho before flying home the next day. We went to lunch at a Mexican restaurant that is a favorite of my faimly that lives in Idaho. I got some very yummy vegetarian Mexican food. After lunch my mom and I went to visit another family member. This family member has a farm. I love going there and seeing all the animals. I got to see a very cute calf that I had not seen before. I also got to meet some super cute kittens! I loved taking pictures with the animals and I can’t wait to see them again. Later on that evening my mom and I went swimming! There is a community pool in my grandparents neighborhood. I’ve been swimming at this pool before and I love it. I love that it has a fountain. I’m very happy to say that I’ve gone swimming four times this summer.

Monday- This was the day we went back home. If I’m being honest I really didn’t want to leave. It had been a great trip but it was pretty short. I wasn’t ready to leave yet. However, it was time to go. Usually we get nonstop flights to and from Idaho However, this time we were not able to and we had to stop in Utah first. We didn’t have a lot of time before our second flight but we didn’t have any problems getting to the flight on time. It was a very quick but very fun trip to Idaho and I’m excited to go back!

Rock On – Christina Epperly

Trader Joe’s key lime kettle popcorn review

Hello, my bucket list friends! I have a pretty big sweet tooth and I enjoy trying out new snacks. When I saw this flavor of kettle popcorn,I really wanted to try it. First of all I really liked the design of the bag plus the package used a good amout of my favorite color (green) so I already started to like this snack from the beginning. On the bag there were four words that described the taste. These words gave me an idea about the flavor adventure I was about to go on. The four words listed on the bag are sweet,salty,tart and tangy. These words do a great job of describing the flavor explosion of this snack. There are so many flavors going on with this snack that it is so overwhelming in the best way possible. It has a strong and sweet lime flavor. There is also a some classic kettle corn flavor mixed in. There is so many flavors going on in this snack and somehow it works really well. I highly recommend trying this snack! Thanks for reading this fun review.

Rock On – Christina Epperly

A Tuesday evening at the beach

Hello,my bucket list friends! I live pretty close to the beach but I don’t go very often.  However for the second time this summer I made it to the beach. After work on Tuesday my mom and I went to the beach and we brought Axle (a very cute dog ) with us. We went to the same beach that we went to last time. This time when we arrived there were a few parking places to choose from. I went to the store first because I was pretty hungry after work. This time we decided to walk on the beach in the other direction then we had last time. I enjoyed walking on the beach and putting my feet in the water. This part of the beach had a lot of rocks that made it hard to walk close to the water. However, it was fun to look at the rocks and shells on the beach. I also had a fun time taking pictures. I love taking selfies but there is something especially fun about taking selfies at the beach. The weather was comfortable and Axle had a great time as always. He was very happy that I got some cheese at the store. After walking on the rocky part of the beach we went back and walked the other way for a little while. Going to the beach was a great way to wrap up a weekday. Thanks for reading!

Rock On- Christina Epperly

Things I love June 2022

Hello, my bucket list friends! It’s time for another things I love post! It’s just mind blowing to me that 2022 is already half over!! It’s seems like every year time goes by a little bit faster! Anyways I did a lot of fun things this month and July is already off to a good start! Before we get further into the fun that July has in-store, let’s take a look back at the things I loved in June 2022!

Colorado vacation – This month I went on a great vacation to Colorado. I got to go to some amazing places including the Denver zoo, the Denver art museum, Pikes Peak, and The Royal Gorge Bridge. You can read about it HERE,HERE, HERE and HERE.

Summer shopping spree- I went on my summer shopping spree this month. I went to the Dollar Tree on Friday and then I went to the mall on Saturday. You can read about it HERE.

Dominic- My neighbor got a new horse named Dominic. He is such a sweetheart and I’m happy to have him as a friend. (You can read more about it HERE )

Beach day- This month I took a mental health day and I went to the beach. ( You can read about it HERE)

Frozen yogurt article – I wrote an article about the time a cup of frozen yogurt won me a gift card for a contest on Vocal Media. You can read it HERE.

Thanks for reading about the things I loved in June 2022.

Rock On- Christina Epperly

Mental health beach day

Hello,my bucket list friends! On Monday I took a mental health day. I have OCD and sometimes I’m in need of a mental health day. Monday was of of thoes days. On this mental health day I decided it would be a good idea to go to the beach. I live about 20 minutes or so from the beach but I don’t go very often and the weekends are the worst time to go due to the crowds. Since I had nothing else planned that day my mom and I along with one of our favorite dogs in the whole world went to one my favorite beaches. Even though it was a Monday the parking lot was full when we got there but we didn’t have to wait long for a space to become available. It was a beautiful summer day and it was so nice to walk along the beach and put my feet in the water. I took a lot of pictures and Axle (the dog) had great time running on the beach and saying hi to other dogs. My friend lives even closer to the beach then I do so she met us at the beach. It was great to see her. It can be hard to find time to spend with friends so I was very happy we got to spend some time together. After our walk on the beach my friend and I went to the little store by the parking lot. I was hungry after all that walking. I got some snacks and a cute turtle souvenire that was made out of shells. It was a good beach day I hope I can go again before summer ends!

Rock On- Christina Epperly

Colorado adventure June 2022 part 3

Hello, my bucket list friends!! It’s time for another post about my fun filled vacation to Colorado! In this post we continue our adventures outside of Denver. We explore some caves and ride a train plus a lot more. Let’s get to it.

Colorado day five – on the 5th day of our Colorado vacation we went on a drive to a very fun and interesting place called Glenwood Caverns adventure park! Our main reason for going here was to take a tour of the caves. There are two different caves you can tour here and they are both truly amazing. These caves are so beautiful and interesting. I really enjoyed looking at the caves. If you are ever near this place it is definitely worth checking out. There are also some rides here but we didn’t go on them. The way up to this amusement park is also a lot of fun because you take a gondola to the top of the mountain. I also went to the gift shop here. When we were ready to leave we had a little trouble because of winds we couldn’t take the gondola back down. So we had to wait a little bit. While waiting I got some ice cream. After a little bit of a wait it was time to ride the gondola back down the mountain and drive to out next adventure. We stopped at Starbucks on the way to see something really fun. The next thing I’m gonna tell you about became one of my favorite things I did in Colorado. My mom and I went to visit Isak Heartstone. Isak is a very large and very cute troll sculpture made from wood. Isak lives at the end of his own trail in Breckenridge Colorado. I had so much fun going to see this impressive sculpture. I just love the pictures I took there. This sculpture is so cute and impressive. I highly recommend going to see Isak Heartstone if you are ever in Breckenridge.

Colorado day six – this was our last full day in Colorado. Our adventure for this day was to ride the Cog railway up to Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is a very well known attraction in Colorado you can drive or even hike there but for us the train seemed like the best option. It takes over an hour for the tain the get to Pikes Peak but it is worth it. There are some beautiful views from the train on the way up. There is a gift shop at the train station but I used the pressed penny machine at the station to make souvenires. Once we got up to Pikes Peak there was a good amount of snow up there. The views here are pretty amazing. However be prepared because there is a chance of altitude sickness when visiting Pikes Peak. There are some displays inside here as well as a gift shop where I got some postcards that you can color. I’m glad we went to vist Pikes Peak I got some wonderful pictures here. It was a great way to spend the last full day of vacation.

Rock On – Christina Epperly