We’ve all got them. Those dream adventures, the things you feel that you must do before your life is complete: the artist you must see, the destination you must visit, or even the accomplishment you must achieve. Some people call it a bucket list, some people have some other name for it. All that matters is that these are the things we dream of and the stories we will tell our kids about one day. Sometimes these are the only things that get us through another day at a job that drags us down. Sometimes they are the perfect way to mark a special occasion. The important thing is getting out and chasing those dreams. Here is my current bucket list. It started years ago and it is ever changing. This post contains affiliate links.
Traversing the Trans-America Trail in a 4wd vehicle is at the top of my bucket list. It will be an expensive and long trip, so it is on the back burner while I prepare for it. The Trans-America Trail was originally mapped for adventure motorcycle riders by Sam Carrero. This trail starts in Jellico Tennessee and will take the rider (or driver) across the country to the Oregon Coast by way of gravel roads, logging roads, farm roads, and other non-highway roads. Because it was initially mapped for motorcycles, there are some sections that a 4WD vehicle simply won’t fit through, but bypassing a little bit isn’t going to ruin the trip. I love road trips, but I can’t imagine a better way to see the country than a 3 or 4 week Off Road Cross Country adventure!
Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains are a major vacation destination many. It is the most visited National Park in the United States with over 10 million visitors in 2015. What many people don’t know is right in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park you can see the only species of firefly in North America that can synchronize its bio-luminescence with other individuals! I had not heard of these fireflies until just a few years ago, and now I can not wait to see them. Getting a chance to see them is a little tricky though (Check out this handy guide to seeing the Synchronous Fireflies). Parking passes for the main viewing areas are issued via a lottery system due to the popularity and to protect the habitat. The peak viewing time is somewhere towards the end of May and into June. The specific weeks change yearly due to environmental fluctuations, but you can keep up with it at the National Parks’ page on Synchronous Fireflies.