Happy Tuesday everyone!
Mom and Dad are busy getting the resort ready, so Jordan and I decided post this week and we put together a checklist of 3 bucket list destinations to travel.
I got the idea when I recently watched the “Bucket List” with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, it’s a great movie if you have not seen it. It follows two terminally ill men on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket.” There is one line from the movie that I really enjoyed:
Morgan Freeman’s character wrote on his bucket list, “Witness something majestic.”
I like this line because there may be many things that are truly majestic, but you must true to yourself to find or experience something that allows you to be able to check it off the list.
Lake Tahoe, California
Camp and hike at Lake Tahoe because of the natural and calming beauty of the mountains.
Experience the different culture, enjoy the gorgeous beaches, and ride an elephant.
Greece (Athens and Santorini)
One place I (Jordan) have always wanted to visit is Greece. More specifically Santorini and Athens, they both look amazing. The main reason to visit Santorini is for the white buildings that line the mountain sides and Athens for its rich history.
Walk the busy streets of Tokyo and visit the historic monuments, maybe one day travel the countryside.
Visit the beaches of Barcelona and view all the magnificent architecture.
Wyoming (Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park)
Jackson Hole and the Tetons is a recent addition to my bucket list, I (Dillon) want to see the mountains and the wildlife. Maybe visit in the winter and go snowboarding, but I think it would be a relaxing and peaceful place to visit.
Thank you for listening to our bucket list. What are your bucket list destinations you would like to travel too?
Jordan and Dillon
P.S. Always keep dreaming because you are always achieving.
What does a road trip mean to you?
Our family has gone on many road trips and has made many great memories, like trips to Florida, Texas, and a variety of other places as well. To me, a road trip is an experience to learn, gain a better understanding of people in different areas, and an exciting new adventure to enjoy our wonderful world.
Whether you are traveling alone or with good company, here are a few tips for a road trip:
Things to pack:
– Snacks and a beverages
Tip: frozen water bottles, they keep the items in your cooler cold and a refreshing beverage
-A map or an atlas (besides your cellphone)
-A small pillow and small blanket
Tip: suggested for long distance travel, especially if it is winter or below 60 degrees
-Some form of entertainment (Sudoku, book (hard copy or audio), tablet, etc.)
-Know where you are going and the routes you want to take. It makes things less stressful and saves you time if you have a deadline.
-Check the weather, so you can prepare for the conditions and you can pace yourself properly to be able to make you destination on time.
I hope all these tips help you, but the most important thing about a road trip is to have fun and enjoy the experience because it is either a great time to bond, think, or just relax.
I hope everyone is having a great start to their weeks.
Thank you for your time and reading our blog.
P.S. My favorite part is singing in the car even though I am not very good.
Day 4 (Thursday 04/07/2016
Today was the last day of our journey and the mission was to get home before dark.
We left Kansas with the sun shining in are face, it was bright and sunny through Missouri and Iowa. Once we crossed into Minnesota the rain started to fall. There was not much stopping unless it was for gas, a bathroom break, and groceries in Baxter.
We traveled 550 miles and once we came around the corner to see our driveway and the Little Boy Resort sign, I was stirred up with emotions and how much I am looking forward to the coming season. Of course, not much after arriving home it began to snow. Home sweet home!
I am happy to be home safe.
Enjoy your weekend,
P.S. As soon as we got home, I had Troy start the wood stove. I just keep telling myself, it’s only going to get warmer outside.
Day 3 (Wednesday 04/07/16)
I hope everyone is having a great week.
To start our day, we made a quick stop at Bass Pro in Springfield, MO, the original Bass Pro. Truthfully, we should of planned for 5 hours, next time, what an amazing place. After leaving Springfield, we were headed to Kansas.
It rained much of the morning while on are way to Kansas City. We Plannedl to do lunch with some of our guests at a place they say is “The Best BBQ Around.” I think our son, Dillon, would disagree and say that Texas BBQ is better. So, we met Keith Gloe and Jay Mader at Joe’s Kansas City BBQ. WOW! Delicious, the BBQ defiantly exceeded our expectations and is probably some of the best BBQ I have ever had.
After leaving Kansas City, we were on are way to visit our Little Boy Lake neighbors, Dick and Dina. But, we had to make another pit stop at Bass Pro in Olathe, Kansas. Olathe is a suburb on the Southwest side of Kansas City, which is also where Dick and Dina live. We spent a few hours at Bass Pro and got a few things for the kids at the resort. We had a wonderful visit, and Dina always does some good home cooking for us. It is always a joy to see them and after today we are excited to see everyone at the lake this summer.
We are very excited to get home and we should be able to finish the road trip tomorrow.
Enjoy your evening.
P.S. Today’s blog is dedicated to Merle Haggard and in his loving memory. Rest in peace and may your music live on forever.
Died: April 6, 2016
Day 2 (Tuesday 04/05/2016)
I hope everyone had a great Tuesday!
This year we are taking a different way home than we normally do. We are making a pit stop in Kansas. We started the day driving through the Alabama countryside on Highway 231… not much traffic. Listening to the Legends 96.9: Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Donna Fargo, Kenny Rogers, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings made it all better. Old home memories… Lots of singing, good thing no one can hear us. Overall it was a nice peaceful day of driving; when Troy was driving I would be doing my Sudoku and crossword puzzles.
Most of the day was beautiful, sunny, and 65 degrees. We drove through the town of Troy and at the end of the month they have the TroyFest (April 23rd & 24th), unfortunately we missed by couple of weeks. The countryside was a beautiful sight and the lilacs are blooming.
After crossing into Mississippi, the 18 wheelers were everywhere. I felt I was a part of the set of “Smokey and the Bandit” and was passed by Cletus (Snowman) and Fred (dog) in their Kenworth Coors semi-truck trying to get the haul back to Atlanta.
Going into Arkansas we crossed over an old scenic bridge with two more right next to it. Soon after, I picked up my book and started reading. Before I knew it, we were in Springfield, Missouri and ready to stop for the night. Time flies when you have a good book you can’t not put down.
We ended the day with 850 miles and another beautiful sunset. Everywhere we travel and every state we go too, the sunsets are never the same and leave me memorized by their beauty.
P.S. “Country roads, take me home” ….. Ya gotta love a little John Denver too.
Day 1 (Monday 04/04/2016)
Good day everyone,
We had another great winter this year, but today is the day we leave for home, so I thought I would include some our highlights of the winter.
We were able to spend some time in Hawaii, see the kids and all the family for Christmas in Minnesota, a family road trip to Texas for New Years, and back to Florida for the remaining part of winter.
Troy was able to spend some time on the golf course and I was able to have my time on the beach. We were also very fortunate to see many of our friends and guest while here in Florida.
We finished packing up the car this morning, but we got one more morning around of golf with our friends at Lake Village (where we stay). We said are good byes and hit the road around 4 o’clock. Are first day, we drove 440 miles to Dothan, Alabama, which is located a few short miles from the state lines of Florida and Georgia. Dothan is sometimes referred to as “The Peanut Capital of the World” and approximately one-fourth of the U.S. peanut crop is produced nearby, with much of it being processed in the city. Troy and I are only 30 miles into Alabama, so we haven’t seen much.
Our highlights: road construction…. a beautiful sunset and a song that continues to play on the radio as we go along the country side, you probably have never heard of it before…….. “Sweet Home Alabama!”
P.S. We left on Monday… I will also have are Tuesday journey posted later today. So, sssshhhhh, don’t tell anyone.
We hope you had a great weekend.
We are in are last month before the resort opens on May 1st and it will be are 12th summer at the resort. This season is going to be another great one, reservations continue to come in, and we have a few new additions that will be announced soon.
We are on are way home from Florida. So this week, we will be adding more pictures and content to the blog (Hooked on Life’s Adventures), Instagram, and Twitter. Please like and follow us on these social networks if you have not already.
Some other exciting news, Dillon will be home for docks-in at the end of the month.
Thank you everyone for all your support.
If you would be so kind, please share are blogs, it would help a lot.
Enjoy your week!
From our family to yours,
P.S. The ice is almost gone! Good guesses: John Wolf, Jason Bull, Bob Ogilvie, Laurie Kozelka, Mary Olson, and Derek Rodes. Thank you.
It is that time of year to rejoice and be thankful, so I share with you this photo and how it reminds me of what I am thankful for.
Each day the sun must go down, it’s always a joy to reflect and be thankful for all that you accomplished in a day. Some days it may not be much and others it can be more than you thought possible. However, if you can watch as the light turns into dark then you must smile and say, “Thank you God for another day.” We are fortunate to be in Florida at this time of the year and watching the sun disappear into the ocean. It is always a beautiful sight.
With another resort season about to start, our family rejoices with cheer to see everyone again and we reflect how thankful we are to be surrounded by so many great people.
From our family to yours,
P.S. We are very excited for the resort season and all the surprises we are going share this year.