Bucket List

Here it is, my Bucket List. Now to be completely honest, I only assembled this list a couple of years ago so I included items that I have done in the past, like backpack through Europe (which I did in ’98) and go white-water rafting (again, did that in the ‘90s). But those are certainly things I’m proud to say that I have done, so they warrant being on the list with the word ‘done’ beside them.

I’m also regularly updating the list with things that I remember or think of, that need to be on it. But I’m also keeping it real. I’m not going to put on the list: throw-a-dart-and-travel- to-wherever-it-lands, because let’s be honest, I have no desire to go to the southwest Atlantic Ocean (because you know that’s where my dart would hit). I want to spend my time and energy (and my money) on other BL items.

Looking at the list now, I have noticed that it is rather North American centric… so I am going to endeavor to add more worldly destinations but again, keeping it real.

  1. Start a blog – done
  2. Attend a baseball game at Fenway Park – done
  3. Attend a baseball game at Wrigley Field
  4. Attend the Winter Olympics – done
  5. Attend the Summer Olympics
  6. Attend the Kentucky Derby
  7. Get something published
  8. See Stonehenge done
  9. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  10. Hike the Chilkoot trail
  11. Hold a koala
  12. Visit every US state and every Canadian province. Ones remaining:
    1. Washington, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, KansasMissouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas
    2. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI, Newfoundland, NWT, Nunavut
  13. Go up in a hot air balloon
  14. See an erupting volcano
  15. Road trip through the USA – done
  16. See the northern lights
  17. Go dog sledding
  18. Go indoor sky-diving – done
  19. See icebergs in Newfoundland done
  20. Stick gum on the gum wall in Seattle
  21. Carry the Olympic torch during an official relay
  22. Ride a cable-car in San Francisco – done
  23. Visit Alcaraz – done
  24. Ski in Colorado – done
  25. Whistle with my fingers
  26. Volunteer at an Olympics
  27. Go white-water rafting – done
  28. Backpack through Europe* – done
  29. Drive Route 66 from Chicago to LA
  30. Drive the Pacific Coast
  31. See the California Redwoods
  32. Visit Juno Beach in France
  33. Visit my mother-in-law’s home town in the Netherlands with my daughters, so they can understand their Dutch heritage
  34. Visit South Africa


* this particular trip included all kinds of Bucket List-worthy sites, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Eiffel Tower, Nice, France, the Duomo in Florence, Italy; the Coliseum in Rome, Venice, Oktoberfest/Munich, the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate, Amsterdam, Brugge and so many more.