Spring Bucket List

The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are my favorite of the seasons, but in my part of the world, spring is a short one. I wanted to make sure to really honor this time and take advantage of all it offers! So, I made a Spring Bucket List.

The weather in my area goes from a (hopefully) rainy winter to a million fucking degrees practically overnight. The nice days of spring, where the air is touched with just a breath of warmth and the sun isn’t yet so menacing, bring an energy of growth and movement. It’s fabulous, warming, energizing and you want to just drink it up. Yet it’s a fleeting season.

To prevent a “what do you want to do this weekend?” / “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” conversation with my husband (which often transforms into just sitting around the house), I did some brainstorming and came up with some perfect spring activities.

I’ve scribbled this out and hung on my fridge, as a reminder of ways to savor the spring season!

Ready to say goodbye to Winter? Get ready to embrace spring with a Spring Bucket List of ways to make the most of this short season!

My Spring Bucket List

Outside Spring Activities:

Go on a waterfall hike. Many waterfalls in my area dry up by late summer, so spring is the best time to see them, full and rushing from spring snowmelt and late winter rains.

Go on a wildflower hike. It’s always fun to stumble across meadows full of wildflowers, but it’s hit or miss. This year, I’m researching locations where they are most likely to make a show.

Go bird watching. Whenever I’m out on my dog walks along the river, I’m always amazed at how many birds there are! This spring, I’ll make sure to take a few hours and bring my binoculars and camera.

Go foraging. Spring is the best time to forage for nettles, asparagus, elderflower, miners lettuce, fir tips, wild strawberries, redbud blooms, and plantain.

At home Spring Activities:

Plant flowers. I’m hoping to sow seeds for cosmos, sunflowers, and zinnias, and plant amongst my vegetables.

Plant summer veggies. I’ve already got my tomato plants started indoors, but I also plan on growing corn, butternut squash, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, and beans.

Spring clean the house. Not super exciting, but something that needs to be done. I love using the energy of spring to go through stuff, purge, and get rid of the shit I don’t need.

Around Town Spring Activites:

Go to a Yard Sale, Flea Market or Antique Fair. This goes great right after my last activity, right? I don’t actually need anything, but once the weather warms up, sales like this start happening. I love looking for vintage silver for my photography or pretty baskets for harvesting.

Feed the Ducks. I always feel so envious when I see families feeding the ducks at the park! So much simple fun! This spring, I’ll load up on bird seed (bread is bad for ducks!) and head to my local park.

Have a Spring Bonfire. We have a fire pit, but we rarely use it. Which is a shame. It seems frivolous to have one on a weeknight, and on weekends I always want to have people over to enjoy it with us but short notice, everyone is busy. If the weather is good, I’m saying we just have one any night of the week, alone or with friends!

Go on a Bike Ride. There are no reasons not to!

What would you include on your Spring List? Leave a comment and let me know!

Ready to say goodbye to Winter? Get ready to embrace spring with a Spring Bucket List of ways to make the most of this short season!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Susan
    February 11, 2018 at 8:37 am

    I am enjoying your blog. Keep up the good work. Your description about weather going from hopefully raining to a million f#%?ing degrees makes me think you must live near me in Sacramento! I would describe it no other way. 😉

    • Reply
      Melissa Keyser
      February 13, 2018 at 7:58 am

      HA! YES! I’m in the North Oak Park neighborhood. The heat here is brutal! I’m from Santa Cruz originally and then was in Sonoma County for a decade. Anything over 80 makes me miserable!

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