Friday, September 22, 2017

5 Things on My Fall Bucket List

This post is sponsored by prAna in partnership with FitApproach. 
All opinions and images are my own.

Happy first day of Fall!

Growing up, spring was always my favorite season. It brought new life after the harsh Minnesota winter. It was a sign that summer was just around the corner. You could feel the excitement as the days grew longer and the end of the school year drew nearer.

Now that I am living in Las Vegas, I still love spring, but fall is quickly becoming one of my favorite seasons. I love the summer heat, but I also love the crisp, cool fall mornings. The flavors of pumpkin and apple are in abundance. The return of sweaters and long pants. It's all so comforting, like a hug from an old friend.

Fall Bucket List

It's no secret that I've been looking forward to fall for several weeks now, so it's about time I came up with a short list of things I want to be sure to do now that fall is here.

My Fall Bucket List

Jeff and I are heading out for a long road trip in the beginning of October. We're heading up to the PNW to visit his family and to pick up a tote we left with his brother when we moved here 5 years ago. I'm pretty excited for the road trip and to cross the first two items off my list. :-)

Golden Gate State Park

We've been to San Francisco before and even walked halfway across the Golden Gate bridge, but it was Christmastime and cold and dark. We're planning this stop in the early morning. Perhaps we'll be able to catch the sunrise.

Cathedral Gorge State Park

I've been wanting to visit this NV state park for a few years now. It's less than 2 hours from Vegas, but we've never made the time. It's a short detour along our route back from Washington, so it seems perfect to include it as a stop on this road trip.

Bellagio Conservatory

One of the things I love most in Las Vegas is the Bellagio Conservatory. They change the display with the seasons, and it's always fun to see the new theme. This summer it was a tour of Italy and the fall theme is Proud as a Peacock. I'm excited to see all the beautiful flowers.

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Las Vegas Balloon Festival

A few years ago, I stopped at this festival before heading out for an 18-mile run. It was fascinating to watch the balloons take off. They have an evening Glow Show which sounds fascinating. There are lots of other activities as well, and I hope to spend a bit more time at the festival rather than just a few minutes before a long run.

Gilcrease Orchard

A Vegas gem that I've not yet experienced! They have a variety of fruits and veggies to pick yourself, but I'm most excited to try their apple cider. It's their signature item and perfect for a fall day, right? The pumpkin patch opens Sept 30, and I've read that apple picking starts sometime in Oct. I'm excited to get up early one Saturday morning to check it out.

In addition to these bigger items, I also plan on taking more walks with Sallie and maybe even Jeff. We also really want to get back on our bikes because it's been months since we've gone for a bike ride.

And, of course, there will be plenty of Starbucks fall treats.

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Many thanks to prAna for the amazing Harlene Top and the comfy London Jean from their new fall collection. These will be perfect for my road trip and many of my other fall activities.

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What are you looking forward to this fall?
Any local events that are unique to where you live?

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  1. What is fall like in Vegas? I imagine it's still pretty hot there but I don't know!

    1. Hot is relative. 😉 It's in the mid-60s right now and gorgeous! It'll likely stay like this through to Dec. Fall lasts quite awhile here, which I love!!

  2. Since this is my first fall in Colorado, I'm not sure what festivals there are. Dallas has Oktoberfest, but it's always hot and uncomfortable. I never went because I preferred to say in the AC.

    1. I bet there are some really fun things to do in CO in the fall. It's got to be so beautiful there right now!

  3. I've been to Vegas twice, both times in the Fall and have always loved seeing the Bellagio decorated! I bet this year's theme will be spectacular!

    1. I've seen a few pictures and it looks gorgeous. (as always) We visit it often and usually just breeze right through it, but this fall, I want to go slow and really take it in.

  4. Well, I'm headed to Vegas, but not until November. I might have to look up the Bellagio Conservatory to see what's happening there...although I won't have much downtime when I'm there.

    1. It will still be the fall Proud as a Peacock display when you're here in Nov. You should definitely check it out. They always do such an amazing job.

  5. The Balloon Festival looks interesting.

  6. I think it's warmer here in Chicago than in LV. Who would have thought? I do love that prAna on you!

    1. It's rare, but every once in awhile weather in better in the Midwest. :-D

  7. It is nice to see you in regular clothes! I am loving my Prana clothes this fall too. Now it just needs to cool off so I can wear them

    1. Thanks, Deborah! It really felt like fall the past few days, but I've heard it's warming up again this week. :(

  8. Sunrise on the golden gate bridge sounds epic!

  9. The balloon festival sounds so exciting and I dream of running the Golden Gate some day

  10. Ooh a long fall sounds lovely! Looks like the perfect outfit to enjoy all your fall adventures!