EVAN NICKEL

MY BUCKET LIST

Hey, welcome to my bucket list! I wrote the very first version of this list when I was 14 years old. Back then it only had just over a hundred things on it.  But the crazy thing about life is that the longer you live, the more things you want to experience, see, try and learn.  So as I’ve grown, so too has this list.   I estimate it will take approximately a lifetime to complete.

My Personal Rules

1. I can add a new item at any time.

If I hear of a cool place or if someone tells me about an awesome adventure, it goes on the list. Zero hesitation.

 2. I can add an item to the list and immediately cross it off.

Often the best experiences in life happen unexpectedly without advanced planning. If something unanticipated happens, it can immediately go on the list and immediately be crossed off.

 3. I can remove an item at any time.

Life changes. Priorities change. If I see something on this list that no longer interests me in any way, it immediately goes away.

 4. I cannot get upset if I fail to accomplish everything on this list.

This list represents all my ambitions in life. I’m a really ambitious person and I acknowledge to cross everything off this list is an enormous undertaking. This list is to help me reach my goals. It will not stand as a reminder of my failures.

Status: 83/478

17.36%

Crossed off by Date:

(Click each year to expand)

  • Visit the Angel Oak – January 1, 2019
  • Leave a $100 tip – January 3, 2019
  • Walk down Jones Street – January 3, 2019
  • Eat crickets – January 7, 2019
  • Make a pizza from scratch  – February 8, 2019
  • Go in a hot tub outside during winter – February 15, 2019
  • Eat in an old-timey rail car diner – February 16, 2019
  • Eat cactus – March 6, 2019
  • Make a blanket fort with a loved one – March 9, 2019
  • Visit a shipwreck – August 24, 2019
  • Spend a night in a haunted place – March 10, 2018
  • Attend the Boston Marathon – April 16, 2018
  • Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame – July 1, 2018
  • Walk across the Mississippi River – July 19, 2018
  • See the world’s tallest structure (#2) – July 19, 2018
  • Go inside a nuclear missile silo – July 19, 2018
  • Learn to pick a lock – October 22, 2018
  • Visit MOMA – October 25, 2018
  • Buy a cup of coffee for a cold Salvation Army Bell Ringer – December 8, 2018
  • Go ice skating in NYC – December 9, 2018
  • Drink fresh milk from a coconut – December 25, 2018
  • Have a star named after me – December 26, 2018

The Top 10

      1.  Meet the love of my life
      2.  Marry the love of my life
      3. Have children with the love of my life
      4. Create a home with an inviting, comfortable, loving atmosphere
      5. Witness and be present at significant moments of my child’s life
      6. Live long enough to meet my grandchildren
      7. Always be there for my parents
      8. Make a difference in the life of (one, five, ten) people
      9. Visit the moon
      10. Meet Taylor Swift

        Personal Development

      11. Stop procrastinating
      12. Become proactive
      13. Learn how to listen actively
      14. Study/improve my body language
      15. Increase personal willpower
      16. Write my manifesto

        Body and Health

      17. Run a 5k
      18. Run a 10K
      19. Run a half marathon
      20. Run a marathon
      21. Complete 40 consecutive pull-ups
      22. Complete 100 consecutive push-ups
      23. Run a mile in under 5 minutes
      24. Go on a multi-day bike ride
      25. Bike 100 miles in single day
      26. Participate in a triathlon
      27. Climb to the top of a rope in a gym
      28. Complete an adventure run
      29. Go a week drinking only water

        Places to Visit

      30. Step foot in all 50 U.S. States  (48/50)
      31. Washington D.C. ✔
      32. New York City ✔
      33. Seattle ✔
      34. San Fransisco ✔
      35. Savannah, GA ✔
      36. Boston ✔
      37. Los Angeles
      38. Las Vegas ✔
      39. London
      40. Tokyo
      41. Beijing
      42. Hong Kong
      43. Paris
      44. Norway
      45. Rio De Janerio
      46. Blue Lagoon – Iceland
      47. Ik Kil – Mexico
      48. Machu Picchu – Peru
      49. Japanese Tunnel of Lights
      50. Singapore
      51. Platform 9 3/4 – London
      52. Hobbit Huts – New Zealand
      53. Arc du Triomphe – France
      54. Hana – Hawaii
      55. Glory Hole at Monticello Dam
      56. The Hell Hole – Karakum Desert
      57. Beachy Head Chalk Cliff
      58. Irish Sky Garden
      59. Natural History Museum in London
      60. Anne Frank’s house
      61. Dome on the Rock – Jerusalem
      62. Montana Magica Lodge
      63. Giza, Egypt
      64. Dubai – United Arab Emirates
      65. Auschwitz – Poland
      66. Stonehenge – England
      67. Eiffel Tower – France
      68. Taj Mahal – India
      69. Vatican City
      70. Easter Island
      71. Great Wall of China
      72. Ground Zero – New York City ✔
      73. Horseshoe Bend
      74. Any black sand beach
      75. Dealey Plaza
      76. Petra
      77. The Galapagos Islands
      78. Easter Island
      79. The Louvre
      80. Visit MOMA ✔
      81. The British Museum
      82. The National Gallery in London
      83. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
      84. The Art Institute of Chicago ✔
      85. The National Air and Space Museum ✔
      86. The Holocaust Memorial Museum ✔
      87. The Newseum
      88. Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame ✔
      89. Cape Canaveral ✔
      90. The NASA Museum/control center in Houston
      91. The Grand Canyon ✔
      92. Niagara Falls ✔
      93. The Dead Sea
      94. Churchill Downs ✔
      95. Fort Knox ✔
      96. The Four Corners ✔
      97. Abbey Road Crosswalk
      98. See the world’s tallest structures (#1,  #2,  #3,  #4✔,  #5✔)
      99. Jay Walker’s library
      100. Club 33 at Disney Land
      101. Angel Oak in South Carolina ✔
      102. Powell’s Bookstore
      103. Jones Street (Savannah, GA) ✔
      104. Visit a pink sand beach
      105. See Holland in bloom
      106. Stay in an overwater bungalow
      107. Visit a real blues bar in Chicago

        Adventures to Experience

      108. Free dive with giant sea turtles
      109. Hug a sloth
      110. Go horseback riding on a beach
      111. Look for Bigfoot
      112. Feed a Koala Bear
      113. Hold a tarantula
      114. Go dog-sledding
      115. Spend a night in a haunted place ✔
      116. Claim an undiscovered island
      117. Go on a road trip ✔
      118. Ride in a double-decker bus
      119. Climb the 50 state high points  (40/50)
      120. Kiss on top of a ferris wheel
      121. See a double rainbow ✔
      122. Be an extra in a Hollywood film
      123. See Halley’s Comet
      124. Feed a giraffe
      125. Go snowkiting
      126. Go volcano boarding
      127. Go white-water rafting ✔
      128. Ride a jet ski ✔
      129. Go rock climbing ✔
      130. Abseil down the Gaping-Gill
      131. Canoe the Boundary Waters ✔
      132. Travel down the Mississippi River
      133. Walk across the Mississippi River ✔
      134. Swim in the Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
      135. Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge
      136. Hike Tour de Mont Blanc
      137. Hike the Torres del Plaine Circut
      138. Hike the Kalalau trail
      139. Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge
      140. Hike the Inca Trail
      141. Hike the Annapurna Circut
      142. Hike the Tongariro Northern Circut
      143. Go kloofing
      144. Complete a 5/5 star geocache
      145. Visit the Titanic in a submarine
      146. Enter the Cage of Death
      147. Go jetleving
      148. Ride the world’s largest ferris wheel(s)
      149. Take a canopy tour
      150. Witness a meteor shower in the desert
      151. Hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim
      152. See Old Faithful erupt ✔
      153. Swim in Devil’s pool
      154. Visit a shipwreck ✔
      155. Swim under the waterfalls at Plitvice
      156. Swim in the Blue Grotto
      157. Drive the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible
      158. Swim in the Infinity Pool (Marina Bay Sands) Singapore
      159. Swim in the Great Blue Hole
      160. Spend a night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec
      161. Explore a real castle
      162. Walk behind a waterfall ✔
      163. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way
      164. Ride a gondola in Venice while wearing a mask
      165. Kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs
      166. Jump in a taxi and yell “Follow that car!” in NYC
      167. Go ice skating in NYC ✔
      168. Ride 100 different roller coasters  (44/100)
      169. Visit a glow worm cave
      170. Swim in the Bioluminescent Bay of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
      171. Ride in a Zorb Ball
      172. Witness a Total Solar Eclipse
      173. Ride Insanity at Las Vegas
      174. Play Quidditch
      175. Hike on the Appalachian Trail ✔
      176. Drive on the Autobahn
      177. Dive in a submarine
      178. Fly in a glider
      179. Fly in a hot air balloon
      180. Fly in a blimp
      181. Circumnavigate the globe
      182. Experience 24 hours of daylight in Alaska
      183. Ride Insano at Beach Park
      184. Stand on Kjeragbolten Rock
      185. Visit Salar de Uyuni during the rainy season
      186. See the Terra Cotta warriors and horses
      187. Go to the tree tunnel at Ballynoe
      188. See the Northern Lights
      189. Explore the Catacombs of Paris
      190. Swim in the world’s largest pool
      191. Stay in a tee-pee motel
      192. Climb Ayer’s Rock
      193. Swim over the Great Barrier Reef
      194. Climb the 54  14ers in Colorado
      195. Visit all 61 National Parks (35/61)
      196. See the firefly squids glow (Japan)
      197. Kiss the Blarney Stone
      198. Wine tasting in California
      199. Swim in every ocean (2/4)
      200. Ride in a tuk tuk
      201. Experience weightlessness
      202. Wrap a snake around my neck
      203. Watch fireworks from a boat on a lake
      204. Go tornado/storm chasing
      205. Drive through a dust storm
      206. Airboat across an alligator-infested swamp
      207. Navigate a personal underwater sub
      208. Hug a Redwood ✔
      209. See the salmon run
      210. Sleep in a barn on a haystack
      211. Sleep in an igloo ✔
      212. Whale watching ✔
      213. Go skinny dipping ✔
      214. Yodel on a remote mountain top
      215. Fly in the Goodyear Blimp
      216. Cross the tallest bridges in the world
      217. Go to a Renaissance festival ✔
      218. Black Friday shopping ✔
      219. Walk the Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk
      220. Bungee jumping ✔
      221. Take a random flight at an airport
      222. Experience 25 different kinds of transportation
      223. Go inside a nuclear missile silo ✔
      224. Explore an abandoned amusement park
      225. The CN Tower Edge Walk
      226. Go kitesurfing
      227. Go cavern diving
      228. Go sailing on the ocean in a wooden ship
      229. Kayak with whales
      230. Walk one of the Spanish Pilgrimage Trails
      231. Road trip from NYC to LA
      232. Camp on a true island
      233. Go para-skiing
      234. Try stand-up paddle boarding
      235. Try fire walking
      236. Try fly fishing
      237. Try ice fishing
      238. Try barefoot water-skiing
      239. Sleep in an overnight train
      240. Drive the entirety of Route 66
      241. Ride a dune buggy in the desert
      242. Go indoor skydiving ✔
      243. Climb a water tower
      244. Cross an entire country on foot
      245. Go into a zero gravity room
      246. Swim in all of the Great Lakes (3/5)

        Things to Eat/Drink

      247. Drink fresh milk from a coconut ✔
      248. Taste 200 different fruits
      249. Eat at the Heart Attack Grill
      250. Eat in an old-timey rail car diner ✔
      251. Hot dog at Coney Island
      252. Ahi poke
      253. Ants
      254. Crickets ✔
      255. Beef tongue
      256. Bird nest soup
      257. Bone marrow
      258. Cactus ✔
      259. Century egg
      260. Cheeks
      261. Chicken feet
      262. Dim sum
      263. Elk
      264. Foie gras
      265. Frickles
      266. Green Tuna Fruit
      267. Haggis
      268. Head cheese
      269. Heart
      270. Lamb tongue
      271. Lamb brains
      272. Lambs rump
      273. Mochi ✔
      274. Pigeon
      275. Pigs feet
      276. Rabbit
      277. Reindeer
      278. Scrapple
      279. Snake
      280. Wild Boar
      281. Yak
      282. Tripe
      283. Create my own cocktail
      284. Drink at a distillery ✔
      285. Eat a meal cooked by a celebrity chef
      286. Eat a molecular gastronomy dinner
      287. Eat alone at a restaurant ✔
      288. Extract honey from a beehive
      289. Hunt for wild mushrooms
      290. Dine on the Champs-Elysees
      291. Have a wine collection
      292. Go to T.G.I. Friday’s on a Friday
      293. Eat at a 5 star restaurant
      294. Deep fried Oreo
      295. Philly Cheesecake in Philly ✔
      296. Try 50 different kinds of beer
      297. Sanyou Cave Hanging Cliff Restaurant
      298. Make a pizza from scratch ✔
      299. Not eat out for an entire week
      300. Have a candle lit dinner
      301. Eat gelato in Italy
      302. Eat crepes in France
      303. Eat at Dans le Noir
      304. Eat dragon’s beard candy
      305. Eat Bitterballen in Amsterdam
      306. Eat a smoothie in a fruit bowl at Loco Coco (NYC)
      307. Drink glitter beer
      308. Eat a soft pretzel from an NYC cart

        Skills to Learn

      309. Solve a Rubik’s cube ✔
      310. Learn to jump on a pogo stick
      311. Take up gourmet cooking
      312. Learn how to do a wall flip
      313. Learn Morse Code
      314. Learn Sign Language ✔
      315. Fold origami
      316. Stick shift
      317. Ukulele
      318. Bagpipes
      319. Learn to pick a lock ✔
      320. Scuba diving
      321. Paddleboarding
      322. Curling
      323. Walking on stilts
      324. Chopsticks
      325. Memorize a poem
      326. Start a fire without matches
      327. Building a house of cards
      328. Building a domino run ✔
      329. Learn to say “hello” in 10 languages
      330. Learn to say “thank you” in 10 languages
      331. Learn to Ballroom dance
      332. Learn to Waltz
      333. Learn to Tango
      334. Learn to Salsa
      335. Learn Esperanto
      336. Archery
      337. Rip a telephone book in half
      338. Daily meditation
      339. Do a muscle-up
      340. Learn some parkour moves
      341. Walk 50 feet on a slackline
      342. Complete a Tough Mudder
      343. Complete a Warrior Dash
      344. Complete a Spartan Race
      345. Complete a GORUCK Challenge

        Miscellaneous/Bizarre

      346. Have my name appear on Wikipedia
      347. Meet my doppleganger
      348. Contact/meet someone with my same name
      349. Pay the bridge toll for the person behind me
      350. Put change into someone’s expired meter
      351. Drive a zamboni
      352. Send a care package to a soldier
      353. Have a star named after me ✔
      354. Write something in wet cement
      355. Find a 4 leaf clover
      356. Bowl a turkey
      357. Buy a cup of coffee for a cold Salvation Army Bell Ringer ✔
      358. Read the Bible cover-to-cover
      359. Be on a jumbotron at a stadium  ✔
      360. Build a sand sculpture ✔
      361. Coin a word
      362. Send a message in a bottle ✔
      363. Find a pearl in an oyster
      364. Finish a crossword puzzle without cheating
      365. Meet someone famous ✔
      366. Create a family logo
      367. Be in a commercial
      368. Take an improv class
      369. Do 24 hours of silence
      370. Teach a class
      371. Make a hole in one
      372. Own an original piece of artwork ✔
      373. Be a mentor
      374. Help someone with a check on their bucket list
      375. Be a member of an exclusive club
      376. Slide down a firehouse pole
      377. Entertain the elderly at a nursing home
      378. Shake hands with a U.S. President
      379. Be a contestant on a television game show
      380. Sponsor a child
      381. Donate blood
      382. Participate in jury duty
      383. Cut a ribbon at a major opening
      384. Watch a live rocket launch
      385. Have a life-changing conversation with a complete stranger
      386. Watch the AFI 100 Greatest Movies of All-Time (checklist)
      387. Watch all the movies that won the Oscar for best movie (checklist)
      388. See everything by Stanley Kubrick
      389. See everything by Charlie Chaplin
      390. See everything by Alfred Hitchcock
      391. See everything by Orson Welles
      392. See everything by Wes Anderson
      393. See everything by the Coen Brothers
      394. See everything by Martin Scorsese
      395. See everything by Steven Spielberg
      396. See everything by David Fincher
      397. See everything by Christopher Nolan
      398. Read everything by Shakespeare
      399. Read everything by Malcolm Gladwell
      400. Read everything by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      401. Read everything by Stephen King
      402. Read everything by John Steinbeck
      403. Read everything by Ernest Hemingway
      404. Read everything by Robert Jordan
      405. Belong to a secret society
      406. Call someone, tell them to look out their window, and be standing outside ✔
      407. Change clothes in a phone booth
      408. Create a world map with pins of where I’ve been
      409. Do something absolutely spontaneous
      410. Go in a hot tub outside during winter ✔
      411. Kick in a door
      412. Lay in a street in the middle of the night
      413. Leave a $100 tip ✔
      414. Own a large book collection ✔
      415. Receive a standing ovation
      416. Ride a mattress down a staircase
      417. Send a letter to a random address
      418. Stay in a lighthouse
      419. Make a blanket fort with a loved one ✔
      420. Take underwater photos
      421. Bury something to rediscover in the future with a loved one
      422. Do something nice for someone who will never find out
      423. Appear in a news broadcast on TV
      424. Keep a plant alive for a year
      425. Complete a piece of art I’m proud of
      426. Collect a penny for every year I’ve lived

        Events to Attend

      427. Attend the Olympics
      428. Attend an MLB game  (150100, 500) ✔
      429. Attend an NBA game ✔
      430. Attend an NFL game ✔
      431. Attend an NHL game
      432. Attend a professional soccer game ✔
      433. See U2 in concert
      434. See Coldplay in concert
      435. See Imagine Dragons in concert ✔
      436. See Carrie Underwood in concert
      437. See Lorde in concert ✔
      438. Attend a Native American Pow Wow
      439. Take part in a sky lantern festival
      440. Attend a film premiere
      441. Attend the midnight release of a movie ✔
      442. Attend a gallery opening
      443. Get VIP passes to a show
      444. See a TED talk live
      445. Give a TED talk
      446. See a Broadway performance
      447. See the Lion King on Broadway
      448. See Les Miserables on Broadway
      449. See a Cirque de Soleil show ✔
      450. See a Ringling Bros. circus show ✔
      451. Attend the Overammergau Passion Play
      452. See an opera in Sydney
      453. Hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons live
      454. Hear Beethovens 5th and 9th Symphonies live
      455. See a play at the Globe Theatre
      456. Attend a beach bonfire ✔
      457. Attend Wimbledon
      458. Mardi Gras in NOLA
      459. Carnival (Brazil)
      460. Blue Man Group ✔
      461. SXSW
      462. Burning Man
      463. Running of the Bulls
      464. Boston Marathon ✔
      465. Tomatina
      466. Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
      467. Attend the Monaco Grand Prix
      468. Listen to one of the world’s great orchestras perform

        Business and Finance

      469. Write and publish a book
      470. Write my memoir
      471. Become proficient in HTML/CSS ✔
      472. Design a website ✔
      473. Start a blog ✔
      474. Get 1,000 subscribers
      475. Make $100,000 online
      476. Become a millionaire
      477. Help my parents retire early
      478. Google search my name and have 1 page of stuff

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