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A Summer Travel Bucket-List to Redeem 2020: A Month by Month Plan

Updated on May 25, 2020
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Marcy is a school counselor at an alternative school in Illinois. Other than education and her family, her passion has always been writing.

Saving 2020

I think most people would agree, 2020 has had a rocky start, and I am thinking about all the ways I can bring some normalcy back to my life. One of those ways is getting out there and going places. Take a look at my 3-month summer activity plan which I hope refreshes my spirit and calms my restlessness.

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A view of the docks in Bayfield, Wisconsin, way up north on Lake Superior.A view through the pines at Pine Point Lodge on Twin Bear Lake, Wisconsin.The Moccasin Bar in Hayward, Wisconsin.Twin Bear Lake, near Iron River, Wisconsin.
A view of the docks in Bayfield, Wisconsin, way up north on Lake Superior.
A view of the docks in Bayfield, Wisconsin, way up north on Lake Superior.
A view through the pines at Pine Point Lodge on Twin Bear Lake, Wisconsin.
A view through the pines at Pine Point Lodge on Twin Bear Lake, Wisconsin.
The Moccasin Bar in Hayward, Wisconsin.
The Moccasin Bar in Hayward, Wisconsin.
Twin Bear Lake, near Iron River, Wisconsin.
Twin Bear Lake, near Iron River, Wisconsin.

JUNE: Wisconsin Trip

We planned our bi-annual trip Up North in October 2019. For the past three months, I have worried this might be the year we have to skip a traditional vacation. It looks as if our plans might work out, so I'm making it June's activity. Here is my to-do list while we are there:

  1. We will be spending some time with family who live on Twin Bear Lake up near Iron River. I hope to go out on the lake and have an Old Fashioned from Pine Point Lodge.
  2. Walking the streets of Hayward and looking in all the little shops is a must-do. Then I'm sure we will relax at the Moccasin Bar for a while.
  3. We plan to take a day-trip up to Bayfield, and ride the ferry to Madeline Island, where we can rent mopeds to sightsee and shop.
  4. I'm sure we will spend one afternoon at the Casino. It's a vacation. Why not?
  5. One of our favorite things to do is just relax and enjoy the sights. When that gets old, I'm sure we will make ourselves at home at the Deerfoot Lodge bar and restaurant.

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Backwater Jack's at Lake of the Ozarks. This is a cool place with indoor and outdoor restaurant seating, an indoor bar, and an outdoor pool with swim-up bar. People drive here by car or boat for good food, drinks, and fun.The swim-up bar at Backwater Jacks.
Backwater Jack's at Lake of the Ozarks. This is a cool place with indoor and outdoor restaurant seating, an indoor bar, and an outdoor pool with swim-up bar. People drive here by car or boat for good food, drinks, and fun.
Backwater Jack's at Lake of the Ozarks. This is a cool place with indoor and outdoor restaurant seating, an indoor bar, and an outdoor pool with swim-up bar. People drive here by car or boat for good food, drinks, and fun.
The swim-up bar at Backwater Jacks.
The swim-up bar at Backwater Jacks.

July: Lake of the Ozarks Girls' Trip

There's just something about The Lake in the heat of July. This summer I hope to take my daughters down to Lake of the Ozarks for some good ole' poolside relaxation and outlet mall shopping. Our family has vacationed at The Lake for 30 years, so there's no reason to stop now. Here is the unofficial list of plans for our July get-away:

  1. My friends from college have a boat at The Lake, and we love getting together with them for a boat-day.
  2. I'm sure one of our first stops will be the huge outlet mall with discounted name brands. Over the years, the mall has dwindled in size and popularity, but it is still worth going.
  3. My favorite jewelry store, Duncan II Jewelry, is always a place to browse, and sometimes to buy.
  4. An afternoon at DogPatch is on the list, of course. Dogpatch is about a mile-long strip with souvenir shops, bars, and restaurants. There is a cute little boutique at DogPatch my girls just love, and Marty Byrd's bar, named after the main character in the Netflix series Ozark. We also like Tucker's Shuckers' frozen daiquiris, yum.
  5. Main Street Shoppes is always another excellent shopping venue. This small outdoor mall has unique boutiques, antique stores, small businesses selling handmade and unique gifts, and a General Store with souvenirs, an old-time candy counter, and more.

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Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium 2018 just before a Cards vs Cubs game. That place was packed!Friends and I enjoying a few drinks with the bartender at Big Daddy's on the Landing.
Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium 2018 just before a Cards vs Cubs game. That place was packed!
Ballpark Village near Busch Stadium 2018 just before a Cards vs Cubs game. That place was packed!
Friends and I enjoying a few drinks with the bartender at Big Daddy's on the Landing.
Friends and I enjoying a few drinks with the bartender at Big Daddy's on the Landing.

August: Busch Stadium St. Louis Cardinal Ballgame

I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, and like almost everyone else in the states, I am missing major league baseball the year. I love watching games from home or even at a pub, but the experience of going to the ballpark is unmatched. I'm quite partial to the St. Louis Cardinals, and honestly, I have nothing to compare my experiences to because I have only been to one MLB stadium, Busch Stadium. So, when I say the atmosphere there and in Ballpark Village is the best of any, I'm not entirely fair. I'm sure any stadium full of home-team fans is just as impressive. As much as I love the atmosphere, however, I dislike the fact that everything costs so much. $9 hot dogs and $18 frozen drinks is a bit ridiculous, but it's not something we do a lot. I am hopeful that by August or September, the stadiums will be open, so we can once again have this phenomenal experience. Here is a list of other activities for our St. Louis get-away:

1. Visit the Arch. I've been there several times, but it is always interesting and fun to ride to the top.

2. Walk Laclede's Landing and sightsee and people watch.

3. Go to Big Daddy's on the Landing for some terrific pub grub and a few drinks. Big Daddy's has a great vibe and some of the best margaritas.

4. Go to Maggie O'Brien's for some Irish pub atmosphere.

5. Do a little sightseeing and browsing at Union Station.


Wrapping Up 2020

Even though the beginning of 2020 was a rough one, I have a plan for salvaging the year, starting with this summer. Now that all of the states are relaxing restrictions, I am beginning to plan and be ready to get out and go. Hopefully, the ballparks open before the end of summer, but I am prepared for the fact that the St. Louis trip might have to wait until next season. However, I should attain all of my other travel goals with ease.

© 2020 Marcy Bialeschki

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    • Marcy Bialeschki profile imageAUTHOR

      Marcy Bialeschki 

      14 months ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      Thanks Bill,

      I am looking forward to doing something. I may not get to do as much as I want to, but I'm trying to be optimistic. Wishing you a great summer, too.

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Any summer that includes a Cardinal game is a good summer. :) I watched the Netflix series "Ozark" and became aware of the Lake of the Ozarks. Pretty spectacular place. I had no idea how big it was. Anyway, wishing you a great summer.

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      Marcy Bialeschki 

      14 months ago from Cerro Gordo, IL

      I think to some degree, it will be the same in the US. Right now, all places are just opening with restrictions. My salon opens with one client per stylist in the building on Friday. My appointment is Saturday morning. I was told to wear my mask. I am in Illinois and we are further behind on opening than states that had fewer cases. All of our border states -- Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin -- are opening earlier and faster than Illinois. It's weird here in the states.

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      It sounds like travel plans are much more advanced for you than us. In the UK, vacation plans are very much on hold. This being the start of half term week, when many often try to get a few days away. Day trippers are being discouraged from crowding into beauty spots where most amenities are still closed. Places to stay have yet to reopen. It's going to be a while yet before normality and restriction free holidays return for the UK.

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