I Need to Celebrate Fifty Fun Firsts

fifty fun firstsIn less than two months I’ll hit a new decade and I’ve decided to make the transition fun. I think I have Pedro convinced to try it too. We want to accomplish fifty fun firsts in our fiftieth year (try saying that ten times fast!). Some of the things on our list will overlap, because we love trying new things together.  Other things he has no desire to try (and since cancer and it’s side effects, some things aren’t physically possible–backpacking, for instance).

New decades provide a great opportunity to evaluate my routines and branch out to try new things—if they don’t fit at least I tried something different. With fewer than fifty days until the commencement of my fiftieth year, I need some help coming up with ideas.

I have a few personal guidelines for my fifty fun firsts list. The firsts can’t cost too much, because we live on a budget. In addition, now is not the time to try anything immoral or illegal. Now that that’s out of the way, I need your help in generating ideas for my list!

The top of my list includes hiking the Grand Canyon from rim to rim in one day (I think it’s 21.5 miles). I’ve done the south rim to the river and back up again (17 miles) in one day, so I’m fairly confident that I’m ready for the big trip.

Another must do on my list is to visit Havasu Falls—we have a couple of students who live in Supai, and I keep telling them I’m going to hike down and visit them. The time has arrived (ok, I’ll have to wait until October because the trail down gets a little toasty in May).

I’ve always wanted to drive to Alaska, which we’ll be doing this summer. Sarah will be working up there again, so we have the perfect excuse for a road trip.

Three down, forty-seven to go. I would love to hear your suggestions for fifty fun firsts to do in my fiftieth year. This information might help you help me: I love to read a wide variety of genres. I enjoy physical challenges. If any of you live in Alaska or have visited before, I could use ideas on what to see and where to go.

I’ll keep everyone posted on my final fifty—thank you in advance to helping me out!

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Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Those are ambitious goals! I can’t think of any to add off the top of my head, but if I think of anything I’ll come back. And as someone on the far side of my 50s – no fears, they’re not bad at all. 🙂
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  • You’ll have to walk on a glacier (but I have no idea if that’s a first). pan for gold and maybe you could see the tide bole in…oh dear, I cannot remember where in Alaska. There are lots of firsts up there.

  • I imagine that you can find a great number of firsts on the way. Visit as many National Parks on the way. That’s something that I want to do. I went to Alaska two years ago – took a cruise. Enjoy!!!!

  • What a fun idea! Wishing you all the best! It sounds as if compiling the list may be nearly as much fun as accomplishing it!
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  • Let’s see–visit North Dakota! 😛
    Try a food you have never tried before.
    Learn a new skill.
    Make snow cream….ok it might be too warm for that already!
    Learn the guitar or another instrument.

    Ok those are my ideas for now. I am sure I will think of more later. Ill let you know! 🙂
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  • Barbara

    Would you like to visit Chicken, Alaska, former home of the teacher in the book Tisha. If you haven’t read the book, put that on your list too. It is an important teacher story. And by the way, Tisha isn’t her name, it is how the locals pronounced, “Teacher.”

    Go one the Cassiar highway, and stop to see bears and wolves eating salmon at Hyder, the only place in SE Alaska that you can drive to. This part of the trip needs to be after the end of July for the best viewing.

    Drive the Alaska highway the other direction, and make sure you stop for a soak in the hot springs at Laird.

    Do buy a copy of the Milepost. It is a mile-by-mile guide to the whole driving experience, with notes for every milepost along the way, including maps, historical information, places to say, eat and buy gas.

    I hope you get to see a trumpeter swan. You can sometimes see them by the road just before Beaver Creek, where you cross over into Alaska. We saw them last time up by Fairbanks, and out at a remote lake near a former gold mine, with babies!

    Take a wildlife cruise out of Seward, so you can see all the sea birds, including puffins. And then there are humpback whales and sea otters. Yes, put all of these on your list of 50.

    We drove to Alaska 3 summers ago, and also when our kids were younger. My husband grew up there. I love the experience.

    I’ve got more to say about 50, but hopefully it will turn into a blog post.

    Happy Birthday.

    • Thanks for the tips! I didn’t realize that Tisha took place in Chicken–now I’ll have to reread the book AND visit Chicken!
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  • I know! Visit me in South Carolina! Try karate – I started it last year at the age of 62. I was doing pretty well but had to drop out for awhile bc of a weak back, but I’m about to start it up again. 🙂 Blessings, Anita!
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  • Delisa

    Anita, if you haven’t already done this at some point…go FLY! Specifically, find the nearest ifly and DO IT! I did it just last week and still don’t have the right words to describe it! “FUN” doesn’t even come close! Also, you’ll LOVE Havasu Falls (or at least I did when I was in my 20’s)!

  • FUN! Go to Mt. McKinley (Denali), fly in one of the planes that lands on the glacier field and walk on it.

  • Mari-Carmen Gallego

    Come to Albuquerque in October and take a balloon ride (a bit pricey)

    Here is an easy and cheap one: kiss your grandchild! 🙂

  • Come see us in Belen (30 miles south of ABQ), help walk dogs.

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  • What a cool idea! Sure beats looking ahead to 60!

    You inspire, yes, you do, Anita!

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  • Hey, Anita, I believe this is my first visit here. The name of your site is too cute. 🙂 Happy, almost, 50th to you! Wow, I was thinking it was 50 things to do during your 50s, but I now see it’s for your 50th year. You’re going to have quite an adventurous year. 🙂 Hmmmm, perhaps write a small ebook, or something? Don’t know if that’d be a first for you or not. Or, volunteer in a way you haven’t before? Hope you guys have a wonderful fiftieth year, and beyond. ((grace upon grace))
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  • To pre-write 50 blog posts so when you are on your Alaskan road trip you don’t have to be encumbered with writing. OR, 50 blog posts WHILE on the trip, featuring one amazing photograph each post.
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