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The beauty about adventure is that sometimes you never know what you’re getting yourself into. You head out on your own, one item at a time, next thing you know, you found three or four things that should have been on the list in the first place. Bucket list growth or the bucket list effect is all natural, in fact it must be the adventure pheromones just attracting other adventures!
These bucket list adventures that lead to other unexpected excitement are by far my favorite! For example a surf adventure can lead to surfing, but also camping, shmores, running on the beach, putting a message in a bottle, or even shaving your buddies head! The most memorable adventures are always spontaneous and these are things that when you look back you will be so, oh so glad you did them before kicking the bucket.
For me the largest bucket list effect call to arms was a road trip with some good buddies. With university behind us we set out to shake off the cobwebs of the library by embracing sunshine, lollipops and zero F***s to give! My friends and I conquered the west this way.
We drove down from Vancouver, British Columbia down the coast to Los Angeles and looped back up through Las Vegas.
After our first long drive we had a proper stay for a two nights in Portland. I separated from the buds and headed to an awesome little café to finish up that last final paper I had due. I know lame… but wherever I went, I did not miss out on what Portland truly perfected, food trucks, hipsters and beer! But what ever you do, don’t forget to get your picture with the elephant bum!
Then off to the campsites along the coast with warm weather, good tunes, good buds, and a dedicated driver eager to get to the campsite to crack a frosty. I highly recommend camping along the coast. It leads to some classic, must go onto your bucket list stuff. Such as seeing the entirety of this beautiful coast, my professional meadow frolicking moments, but more importantly driving through a tree!
From there on out it was big cities San Francisco, Los Angeles and then Vegas. Each deserves a blurb of its own and each has a story between the destinations.
In the end, the things that you take away are very important! Like don’t spend more than a weekend in Vegas, Drakes Bay has the best oysters, always use the washroom when there is a chance, and don’t stare at a mermaids tail or an elephants bum for too long – it’s rude. These cheesy lessons and tourist moments combined with the big, awesome wonders of the world are truly what make a fantastic bucket list road trip.