Being a Fangirl, a Crossfit Junkie and an Ice Queen Make This 2015 Bucket List

Jumping into 2015 with Converse All Stars and a bad haircut.
Jumping into 2015 with Converse All Stars and a bad haircut.
Melanie Levi

Editor's note: It's time to put 2014 into the history books and look forward to 2015 -- but not before one last bash to kick off the transition in style, something you can plan with our New Year's Eve Guide listings. Do you have even bigger plans for the coming twelve months? Now's the time to start thinking about them. To help, five of our writers have laid out their goals for 2015. Find all of their bucket lists on the Show and Tell blog.

As we close the book on 2014, I'm reflecting on the ups and downs that filled this year's chapters. On New Year's Eve, I'll be covered in glitter and toasting myself for gaining independence, embarking on a "big girl" career and making a life for myself in Denver. I'd like to think that 2015 is full of promise and will offer me the opportunity to cross a few more things off my bucket list.

See also: Sacking Peyton Manning, Dancing Boylesque, Digging Up Bones Make This 2015 Bucket List

Manitou Springs Incline
Manitou Springs Incline
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1. Climb the Incline at Manitou Springs

Sidelined by knee surgery this past summer, I spent part of the year being infuriated by every photo I saw of someone striking a yoga post in their sports bra at the top of the Incline, the former-narrow­-gauge-­railway-­turned-­hiking-­trail. It has also been giving me extreme FOMO. I plan to climb the steep one-­mile trail by spring. What's a measly 2,000­foot increase in altitude, right?

Because everyone has to have a "get healthy" resolution, right?
Because everyone has to have a "get healthy" resolution, right?
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2. Go to one of the dozens of Crossfit gyms in the Highland Sometimes it seems like it's easier to find a Crossfit gym than a liquor store in my Highland neighborhood. Even so, I've never managed to do more than pass one on my way home from the bar. Just once, I'd like to put myself through a Crossfit workout just to say I did it. It won't be appropriate for me to call the gym "a box" or use terms like "PR" and "AMRAP" -which stand for personal record and as many reps as possible ­­ until I work out with these athletes.

The Goonies is best viewed from this height.
The Goonies is best viewed from this height.
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3. Go to Film on the Rocks

Every summer, I tell myself that I'll make the trek up to Red Rocks to catch a film. I've gone to my fair share of concerts at the outdoor venue, but there's something about watching Jurassic Park while sitting on a rock formation that sounds really appealing.

Nothing says good time like checkered Vans and eyeliner.
Nothing says good time like checkered Vans and eyeliner.
Derrick Austinson Photography

4. Relive my emo days at the Vans Warped Tour

I'll admit it: Sometimes I like to pretend it's 2004 and listen to My Chemical Romance and Newfound Glory. This year I'd like to kick it old­school and throw on my checkered Vans and a pound of eye makeup for the Warped Tour. I am more than prepared to fan­girl with the best of them. I was fourteen once, too, you know.

The soul of the Beat Generation still lives in this bar.
The soul of the Beat Generation still lives in this bar.
Tim Cummins

5. Go to My Brother's Bar

I find the Beat Generation fascinating, and this iconic Denver bar was a frequent stop for Jack Kerouac back in the day. I'd like to order a drink and find the photo of Kerouac and Neal Cassady that's hanging in the back of the bar. I'll also marvel at the letter, posted by the bathrooms, that's signed by the On the Road poet.

Keep reading to see more Colorado bucket list items...



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