My Bucket List

I’ve been a fan of lists in every aspect of my life, but for some reason I’ve never kept a life to-do list, otherwise known as a bucket list. I’ve finally given in, thanks to inspiration from Stacey’s fourth novel “This is 35,” which is based on a bucket list of items for the main character to accomplish before she turns 35.

I’m also inspired by my 40th birthday on Jan. 8, 2017. I’m not getting any younger, and it’s time I start organizing all these things I want to do in life. This list will be added to as we go along.

The list is somewhat in no particular order.

Travel/Experience:

General Travel Experiences:

  1. Stay in an ice hotel
  2. Visit every state:
    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    California
    Colorado
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Washington
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming
  3. Visit all seven continents
    North America
    South America
    Africa
    Asia
    Australia
    Antarctica
  4. Walk on a glacier
  5. Visit an all-inclusive resort (again)
  6. Attend a crab boil
  7. Have a white Christmas travel experience
  8. Winter vacation
  9. Fly fishing
  10. Snow ski
  11. Go on a cruise
  12. Go camping
  13. Watch sunrise and sunset in one day
  14. Whale watching
  15. Ride an airboat in the Everglades
  16. Flyboarding
  17. Stand Up Paddle Board
  18. Rappel
  19. Snorkel
  20. Attend a big music festival
  21. Alcatraz at night
  22. Zip line in a rainforest
  23. Propose in an awesome place
  24. Travel internationally (first time in 1998)
  25. Sleep in a hostel
  26. Explore a rainforest
  27. Climb a lighthouse
  28. Deep-sea fishing

U.S. Travel Experiences:

  1. See Alaskan glaciers
  2. Kenai Peninsula (Alaska)
  3. Denali National Park (Alaska)
  4. Ride a dog sled (Alaska)
  5. Go ice fishing
  6. Drive Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica)
  7. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  8. See Redwoods
  9. Ride train in U.S.
  10. Whitewater rafting
  11. Chase a tornado
  12. Great Salt Lake
  13. Sedona in Arizona
  14. Drive Pacific Coast Highway in California (SoCal to NoCal)
  15. Yosemite National Park
  16. Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado
  17. Sea experience/Mystic Seaport in Connecticut
  18. Kauai
  19. Maui
  20. Oahu
  21. Acadia National Park in Maine
  22. Cape Cod
  23. Martha’s Vineyard
  24. Drive Natchez Trace
  25. Glacier National Park
  26. Fall road trip in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire
  27. Adirondacks
  28. Catskills
  29. Finger Lakes
  30. Cooperstown
  31. Asheville and Biltmore Estate North Carolina
  32. Outer Banks
  33. Crater Lake National Park
  34. Portland, Oregon
  35. Newport, Rhode Island, cliff walk
  36. Charleston, South Carolina
  37. Badlands
  38. Black Hills
  39. Mount Rushmore
  40. Vermont winter (like movie “White Christmas”)
  41. Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
  42. Grand Teton National Park
  43. Yellowstone National Park
  44. Glacier National Park
  45. Kentucky Bourbon Trail
  46. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  47. San Juan Islands, Washington
  48. San Antonio River Walk
  49. Bryce Canyon National Park
  50. Moab Utah and Arches National Park
  51. Monument Valley
  52. Zion National Park
  53. Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, Philadelphia
  54. Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
  55. New York City
  56. Walk Brooklyn Bridge
  57. Oregon coast
  58. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  59. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
  60. Taos Pueblo
  61. Boston Freedom Trail
  62. Disneyland
  63. Disney World
  64. Savannah
  65. Drive across Continental Divide in Colorado
  66. Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
  67. Napa/Sonoma
  68. Death Valley National Park, Califonria
  69. Carmel by the Sea
  70. Eat Philly Cheesesteak in South Philadelphia
  71. Pike Place Market
  72. DC memorials and monuments
  73. White House
  74. Las Vegas
  75. Niagara Falls (Technically from Canada)
  76. Broadway Musical
  77. Drive Golden Gate Bridge
  78. Hollywood (sign and walk of fame)
  79. Santa Monica Pier
  80. Drive to Big Sur
  81. Ride cable car in San Francisco
  82. Puerto Rico
  83. Alamo
  84. Bike San Antonio mission trail
  85. Swim in the Pacific Ocean
  86. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean

Europe Travel Experiences:

  1. Ride a bike in Amsterdam
  2. Visit the Amalfi Coast
  3. Auschwitz
  4. Visit Iceland
  5. Swim in Blue Lagoon
  6. See the Northern Lights (from anywhere)
  7. Munich (Oktoberfest optional)
  8. Christmas market in Germany
  9. Italy’s Lake District
  10. Pompeii
  11. Santorini
  12. Take iconic photo of white houses and sunset in Oia Santorini
  13. Walk the Camino de Santiago across Spain
  14. Sleep in Tuscan Villa
  15. United Kingdom:
  16. Cotswolds
  17. Canterbury
  18. The Lake District
  19. Hadrian’s Wall
  20. Windsor Castle
  21. Land’s End (England)
  22. Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
  23. Ireland:
  24. Kinsale seaside village
  25. Dublin
  26. Guinness Brewery
  27. Dingle Peninsula
  28. Ring of Kerry
  29. Cliffs of Moher
  30. Austrian Alps
  31. Vienna Austria, especially at Christmas
  32. Belgium breweries
  33. Amsterdam (Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum)
  34. La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  35. Madrid Spain
  36. France:
  37. Bordeaux wine region
  38. Day in Reims in Champagne region
  39. Mont-Saint-Michel
  40. Provencal Experience
  41. Monte Carlo, Monaco
  42. Germany:
  43. The German Alpine Road (Deutsche Alpenstrasse): through the Bavarian Alps along the border between Germany and Austria
  44. The Romantic Road (Romantische Strasse): stretches for 180 miles from Wurzburg south to Fussen on the border with Austria. Lined by dozens of medieval towns, villages and castles.
  45. Munich at Christmas
  46. Berlin
  47. Rhine Valley, specifically 50-mile stretch from Mainz to Koblenz with vineyards, forests, castles and tiny villages
  48. Greece:
  49. Crete
  50. Mykonos
  51. Santorini
  52. Athens: Acropolis
  53. Delphi
  54. Italy:
  55. Naples National Archaeological Museum
  56. Pompeii
  57. Amalfi Coast
  58. Lake Como
  59. Florence Italy
  60. Venice
  61. Ride a gondola in Venice
  62. Walk the Roman Forum
  63. Visit Roman Colosseum
  64. Chianti region
  65. San Gimignano
  66. Siena
  67. See Normandy D-Day beaches (Omaha and Utah; American cemetery)
  68. Paris
  69. Walk up the Eiffel Tower 
  70. Versailles
  71. Giverny and Monet’s Gardens
  72. Bath
  73. Straford-Upon-Avon
  74. Stonehenge
  75. Drive through Yorkshire
  76. York
  77. Scotland castles
  78. Edinburgh Castle
  79. Visit the Highlands
  80. Walk the Normandy D-Day beaches

Other International Experiences:

  1. Great Wall of China
  2. Beijing
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Tokyo
  5. Thailand beaches
  6. Great Barrier Reef
  7. Great Ocean Road, near Melbourne Australia
  8. Cable Beach, Australia
  9. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  10. New Zealand’s Milford Sound
  11. Mount Cook National Park New Zealand
  12. Fiji Islands
  13. Stay in an overwater bungalow in South Pacific, possibly in Bora Bora
  14. Brazil
  15. Machu Picchu
  16. Float the Dead Sea
  17. Jerusalem, Israel
  18. African safari
  19. Egyptian Pyramids
  20. Cuba
  21. Montreal
  22. Newfoundland
  23. Acapulco
  24. Mexico City
  25. Costa Rica
  26. Panama Canal
  27. Iguazu Falls in Argentina
  28. Rio de Janerio
  29. Chile wine region
  30. Chile Easter Island
  31. Machu Picchu, Peru
  32. Antarctica
  33. Bahamas

Sports Experiences:

  1. Cooperstown
  2. Spring training
  3. Attend World Cup
  4. Super Bowl
  5. Attend a championship parade
  6. Attend Kentucky Derby
  7. Indianapolis 500
  8. NASCAR Sunday race
  9. Attend baseball all-star game
  10. Attend every MLB ballpark
    Baltimore Camden Yards
    Boston Fenway Park
    Toronto Rodgers Center
    Tampa Tropicana Field
    New York Yankee Stadium
    Detroit Comerica Park
    Chicago White Sox Guaranteed Rate Field
    Kansas City Kauffman Stadium
    Cleveland Progressive Field
    Minneapolis Target Field
    Anaheim Angel Stadium
    Arlington Globe Life Park
    Houston Minute Maid Park
    Oakland Coliseum
    Seattle Safeco Field
    New York Mets Citi Field
    Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park
    Miami Marlins Park
    Washington Nationals Park
    Atlanta Turner Field
    St. Louis Busch Stadium
    Cincinnati Great American Ballpark
    Milwaukee Miller Park
    Pittsburgh PNC Park
    Chicago Wrigley Field
    San Francisco AT&T Park
    Phoenix Chase Field
    Denver Coors Field
    Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
    San Diego Petco Park
  11. Tour de France
  12. Wimbledon
  13. NBA courtside seats
  14. College World Series in Omaha
  15. Attend game at Lambeau Field
  16. Minor league baseball road trip
  17. Attend the Olympics (Atlanta 1996)
  18. Attend the World Series (2010)
  19. Attend the Olympics (again)
  20. Attend English Premier League game
  21. Attend at least one game of all four North American major sports leagues