Townie Summer Bucket List

I have come to the realization that I am a townie.  

A Townie, as described by is this:

Townie (noun):Outside of England, this is a term used by students who have went to a new city for school to describe the natives of that town. It is often seen as derogatory by those who use it, but townies themselves often embrace it as a badge of honour.

Now, I have gone to school, graduated with a degree, have a job within my degree - but beside all those things, I reside in the same town where I grew up. 

Some people scoff at this, like I am a failure in some way - but the truth of the matter is, I never planned for my life to take this direction - it just happened.  And I love it.  I REALLY LOVE IT.

And what makes it bearable is my friends - the other "accidental townies" whose lives have followed a similar path and brought us all back home to an rural Wisconsin water-town.

We made a list.

A list of things to do during the summer.  An essential summer.  An endless summer.

Ladies and Gents, I present to you


  • Drive-In
  • Classic / Horror Movie Afternoon
  • Como Zoo
  • Road Trip to Spring Green, WI
  • Road Trip to Anywhere
  • Saints' Game
  • Jay's Roof
  • Summer Concert / Festival
  • Free Thursday at the Walker
  • Karaoke
  • Be Beached Whales
  • Casino
  • Zach's Trampoline
  • Jenna's Cabin
  • The Barn
  • Camping
  • Willow River Waterfall
  • Apple River Tubin'
  • Scavenger Hunt / Geocaching
  • Graffiti
  • Protest
  • Pubcrawl
  • Arts & Farts & Crafts
  • Bike Rides / Tour de Franzia
  • Bar Chart
  • TA Truck Stop Breakfast
  • Canoe
  • Nostalgic Yearbook Day
  • Walks
  • Fun Runs
  • Minnesota State Fair
  • County Fair
  • Fondue / Cook outs
  • Chalk Drawing
  • Fun Fest
  • Brew Beer
  • Hikes
  • Cultivate an Herb Garden / Grow Something


A lot of these things we have already done, a lot of these things have been forgotten. I hope I am able to cross some of these things off my list.  I heard on the radio that the summer of your 24th year is supposed to be the best time of your life - so far it's just been hot and stupid.

But here's to optimism.  The summer isn't over yet.