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Bucket Lists

I don’t know about you, but I find constructing a manageable Bucket List to be no easy task. If I were to write a full inventory of everything I want to see, everywhere I want to go and everything I want to do, it would be thousands of items long. Seriously!

The fact is, I want to go everywhere! I want to see everything! I want to experience new cultures, to try new foods, to explore new landscapes, to encounter... well, you get the idea. Nowhere and nothing is too remote or too insignificant to be on my full-length Bucket List.

I often joke I’ll need about 7½ lifetimes to see everything I want to. And actually, it’s not that far from the truth! If only...
But in the name of practicality and realism, I’ve tried to knock together a couple of lists, comprising some of the goals I’ve already accomplished and others I still strive towards. It goes without saying, these are provisional reckonings, of course.

On the left are Bucket List items I’ve already achieved. Some were on my list for years before being realised. Others I didn’t even know should be on my list until I was already there, like experiencing the underground river of Río Secreto in Mexico, or witnessing the World’s Largest Pistachio in New Mexico!

On the right is a stream-of-consciousness Bucket List of goals I’ve yet to fulfill. Some I already know I'll achieve this year, others I'll probably never realise. But I figure there's nothing wrong with dreaming!

Both lists are really just a catalogue of things that popped into my head while I was writing. If you were to ask me to repeat this task in 10 minutes, they'd probably look very different!

 

My Current, But Ever-Changing, Bucket Lists (in no particular order)

 

Achieved

 

Not Yet Achieved (But I’m Working On It!)

     

- See the Pyramids of Giza

- Visit all 50 US states

- See molten lava (by helicopter in Hawaii)

- Hike Río Secreto, Mexico

- Swim with wild dolphins

- Ride mules down a cliff to the Kalaupapa Leper Colony on Molokai

- Watch a Space Shuttle launch

- Swim with wild manta rays

- Hike on a glacier

- Explore the ruins of Pompeii

- Celebrate Midsummer Day in Sweden

- See the Nazca Lines, Peru, from the air

- Travel to Jerusalem

- Climb Dunn’s River and Mayfield Falls in Jamaica

- Climb a Mayan pyramid (Coba, Mexico)

- Attend a traditional Luau in Hawaii

- Visit the original Geysir (geyser) in Iceland

- Ride mules down a cliff to the Kalaupapa Leper Colony on Molokai

- See the World’s Largest Pistachio, New Mexico

- Ring in the New Year in Prague

- Visit the 9/11 Memorial

- See a wild bear

- Explore Budapest

- Visit Stonehenge, England

- Look down into the Grand Canyon

- Visit the VLA (Very Large Array), New Mexico

- Walk down Bourbon Street, New Orleans

- Stand in Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah

- Watch the surise from the  summit of Haleakala, Maui

- Tour the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

- See a Formula 1 race (actually, it's 7 and counting!)

- Visit the Medieval City of Carcassonne, France

- Take a cruise ship to Alaska

- Chalk up 50 countries

- Stand on the Grid at the Indy 500

 

- Visit all 50 US state capitols

- Go on a balloon ride over the Serengeti (like Ben & Sam do in Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration)

- Visit Istanbul, Turkey

- Hike in the Himalayas

- Look down on Machu Picchu, Peru

- See Loch Ness, Scotland

- Witness the Northern (or Southern) Lights

- Say ‘Hi’ to the Moai on Easter Island

- See a ballgame at all 30 active MLB stadiums

- See the Nazca Lines, Peru, from the air

- Visit the Galapagos Islands

- See Petra, Jordan

- Fly in a fighter jet

- Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ireland

- Experience a solar eclipse

- Witness lava flowing into the sea on Hawaii (tried twice so far, with no luck!)

- Travel to outer space (OK, this one might be pushing it!)

- Visit the Valley of the Kings, Egypt

- Stand on continental Antarctica

- Visit all the Canadian provinces & territories

- Experience weightlessness

- Visit Budapest and see the Hungarian Formula 1 race

- Attend the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix (Oh, who am I kidding... attend all the F1 GPs!)

- Say ‘Hi’ to the Moai on Easter Island

- Explore the streets and canals of Venice... Again

- Visit random small place I’ve never even heard of in the middle of nowhere

- Experience Angkor Wat, Cambodia

- Chalk up 100 countries

- Swim the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

- Sail the Greek Islands

- Meet the Terracotta Warriors, Shaanxi Province, China

- Set foot on Greenland

 

 
 
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