I’m not a bucket lister, really. I live in the moment. I’m thrilled at the things I’ve done in life but never want to hold myself to a list that will probably change over time. And I don’t want to have a list that reminds me to live or else feel full of regret.
When I was in college, if I had made a bucket list, it would have included bungee jumping and skydiving – two things that have not crossed my mind in over a decade. The reason? I have abso-frick-lutely no desire to do either of them anymore. So it’s safe to say that as we get older, as we mature, as we grow fearful or complacent or simply change our minds, what we want to get out of life changes.
One of my passions that has never changed or faltered is traveling. I love to travel and completely explore new places. Thank goodness I married a man that feels the exact same way. We love to shop the shops, eat the local food, and even spend time wandering around grocery stores (the ultimate slice of life, in our opinion).
But when you live someplace, you forget to look at your surroundings with the traveler’s eye. Now that we know we are leaving North Carolina (side note: my husband has a new job in the Washington, DC area and we are in the process of planning a move), I can’t help but look around and think of all the things I’ll miss. I can’t take my house, my yard, my friends with me. But I can take memories.
Although I’ve explored a pretty good portion of the state, there’s still just a little bit more that I want to do (or do again). It’s not like I’ll never be in this state ever again but I want to make some plans to enjoy just a little bit of family travel before I relocate.
Our Last Minute North Carolina Bucket List
Here’s what I want to do (in no particular order):
- Head to Boone for the scenery and a trip to the Tweetsie Railroad and Grandfather Mountain
- Drive to Wilmington for the day for a tour of the battleship USS North Carolina and a lovely seafood lunch on the water
- Take a walk through the outdoor sculpture park at the North Carolina Museum of Art
- Go for a ride on the New Hope Valley Railway
- Spend the weekend in Asheville touring the Biltmore Estate and enjoying the Inn on Biltmore
- Take my husband to lunch at the Umstead
- Spend the day at the Fort Fisher Aquarium
- Head out to Kernersville to see the wacky old Körner’s Folly
- Walk around Old Salem in Winston-Salem
- Take a long weekend at the Outer Banks showing my son the Wright Brothers memorial and head to the Cape Hatteras lighthouse
- Visit the North Carolina Zoo (for about the 134th time) and stop at Johnson’s Burgers for, well, a burger
- Take a tour of the RagApple Lassie Vineyards and enjoy a few samples 😉
- Pick some strawberries from a local farm
In other words, I want to keep us busy! We are working hard to get our house ready to sell (which is A LOT of work) but as my husband put it, we want to put the F back in FUN. And of course, I’ll share with you.
And for you fellow tarheels, what other must-sees for family travel and fun have I left off my list? What would you put on a North Carolina bucket list?