As the summer quickly draws to a close, I and my husband realized a few days ago that we haven’t done even half of our summer bucket list. Every year since we tied the knot, my hubby and I have made a list of things that are reasonably affordable and memorable. This bucket list gets dumped out every September and refilled every June. Past lists have included things like trips to Niagara Falls, Ocean City, south of the order (in South Carolina) and Blair, now known as Burkittsville MD., the town that is home of the legend that was made into a movie known as the “Blair Witch Project.” From year to year, the list has some weird and silly places and activities. Sometimes, items are mundane and boring to some people, but for us it’s interesting and fun.
COVID-19 has kept our yearly tradition, of compiling a list and checking things, unfinished. Between last summer and this summer, we have put together a decent list of things to do and see, all either in the confines of Arizona state or a few hours’ drive. With California, New Mexico, and Nevada relatively close by, the possibilities are numerous.
Fun Activities for Us and the Kids
The new bucket list that we came up with had quite a few easy fun things to do, mainly because our two children, who are eight and thirteen, have not had a very active summer. The Arizona school year started in July instead of August or September like many other school systems. We did get to put a check next to a few things. We even let the kids add a few items to the bucket list. Some of their favorites included: go-kart racing, indoor rock climbing and virtual reality gaming.
Playing Virtual Reality Games
My four-man team wreaked havoc on the virtual zombie hordes and fun was had by all. After gearing up for battle, my kids and husband were laughing because my virtual Avatar was kind of short. I got the last laugh by adjusting the height on my Edge 3 Power Wheelchair. Elevating my power chair 12 inches with iLevel took my Avatar from short in stature to tall and commanding in a few seconds.
Visiting a Candy Shop
My husband and I were feeling nostalgic, and we decided that we really needed some of the old school candy staples that we grew up with. So, we put a check next to “visit a vintage candy shop.” We only meant to grab a few items and ended up becoming adult kids in a candy store! We took home Atomic Fireballs, Runts, Cow Tales, Bit-O-Honey, Pop Rocks, Candy Cigarettes, Chic-O-Sticks, Push Pops, Bottle Caps and Candy Necklaces. My Edge 3 Power Wheelchair with iLevel chair gave me an advantage over my husband. I elevated high enough to see all the hidden gems and it let me reach wherever I needed to secure my candy treasures.
About Merlisha Henderson: Merlisha uses an Edge 3 Power Wheelchair for mobility and lives in Arizona with her family. As a wife, mother and disability advocate in her community, she stays active and independent, working toward bringing equality and access to all. Click here to learn more about Merlisha.
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