Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Outdoor fun!

I've come across a lot of lists on Facebook and blogs of "how many of these have you done."  Some of the lists are practical, some are applicable if you have an adventurous palate, or enjoy beer.  

Today I came across this list : The 50 Things to Do Before you're 11 ¾.  

It's courtesy of this Telegraph  article (newspaper in the UK)

It always amazes me how different British English is from American English and yet at the same time, the languages are so similar. 

I've bolded the ones I've done--how about you?-- and tried to translate others.

1. Climb a tree
2. Roll down a really big hill
3. Camp out in the wild
4. Build a den
5. Skim a stone

6. Run around in the rain
7. Fly a kite
8. Catch a fish with a net (does catching minnows in a ditch count?)
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
10. Play conkers (British game with two nuts connected by a string)

11. Throw some snow
12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
13. Make a mud pie
14. Dam a stream
15. Go sledging  (in the game of Cricket, I believe)

16. Bury someone in the sand
17. Set up a snail race
18. Balance on a fallen tree
19. Swing on a rope swing
20. Make a mud slide

21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
22. Take a look inside a tree
23. Visit an island
24. Feel like you're flying in the wind
25. Make a grass trumpet

26. Hunt for fossils and bones
27. Watch the sun wake up
28. Climb a huge hill
29. Get behind a waterfall
30. Feed a bird from your hand (Does a squirrel count?  4-H trip to DC. Farm girl amazes that squirrels aren't scared of humans!)

31. Hunt for bugs
32. Find some frogspawn
33. Catch a butterfly in a net
34. Track wild animals
35. Discover what's in a pond

36. Call an owl
37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
38. Bring up a butterfly  (not sure of British to American English translation)
39. Catch a crab
40. Go on a nature walk at night

41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
42. Go wild swimming
43. Go rafting (I think we could add "tubing down rivers" here)
44. Light a fire without matches  (I think we did this in a college class, but can't quite recollect. I did kill a rabbit that weekend).
45. Find your way with a map and compass

46. Try bouldering (not sure I want to try this at all!)
47. Cook on a campfire
48. Try abseiling (Rapelling in American English) 
49. Find a geocache
50. Canoe down a river  (I've been IN a canoe, just not down a river) 

36/50, not bad, right?  Being a farm girl meant a lot of exploring. It's amazing what we did as kids and how we can scare the parents when we reminisce.

This morning I wasn't quite up to being as adventurous.  I decided to get the bicycling done indoors instead of out in the 37┬║ temps. It'd have been a good morning to run, but not to bike (with added windchill). 



  1. I like this list! Haven't come close to them all but many give me nice memories of childhood!

    1. Good childhood memories are something everyone should have! I remember jumping hay bales with my sister--something we weren't suppose to do, but was fun!