August 1, 2011

10 Ideas for your Summer Bucket List

In about a month’s time, colleges in Colorado will start their fall semesters. So time is ticking down on getting in all those summer activities.

If you haven’t filled your Summer Bucket List, here are a few Web sites that may help you out.

Idea #1:

Plan your adventure with the Colorado Tourism Guide: More specifically, the site lists 10 Magical Moments on Colorado’s Public Lands.

Idea #2:

Attend some Colorado Festivals: More specifically and with a bit of “shameless commerce,” as they say on Car Talk, FRCC music instructor Steve Mullins is producing three music festivals this summer, and the festivals for mandolin and banjola are coming in August.

Idea #3:

Hike, bike, or trek on The Colorado Trail: It’s a 500-mile trail from Denver (Waterton Canyon) to Durango, with access along 28 segments. You can hike, trek, mountain bike, horse ride, or use pack animals.

Idea #4:

Explore Rocky Mountain National Park: More than 350 miles of hiking trails, plus camping and scenic drives.

Idea #5:

Get on the river with the Colorado River Outfitters Association: Information about 19 rivers in Colorado – 19! – and association members.

Idea #6:

Go fish: The Division of Parks and Wildlife (we have to get used to that new name) recommends 101 places to take a kid fishing and is plugging a Cast, Blast ‘N Twang women-only seminar to learn the basics of fly-fishing, .22 pistols, shotguns, and archery. It’s Saturday, Aug. 6, in Steamboat Springs. For a family (children 8 and older) introduction, there’s First Shot – Intro to Archery, Fishing, and Shooting, a free event at the division’s North Denver office, also on Aug. 6.

Idea #7:

Play a new golf course: A search engine from the Colorado Golf Association.

Idea #9:

Find a tennis court: A search engine from the Colorado Tennis Association.

Idea #10:

Beat the heat with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II: I’m a few segments behind before I get to this one.

What’s on your Summer Bucket List? Let us know below.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a retired soccer referee and newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.