MY BUCKET LIST

Welcome to my bucket list. I wrote the very first version of this list when I was 14 years old (back in 2007!) Back then it only had just over a hundred things on it. 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.

My personal rules

I have established four rules to ensure that my bucket list works best for me.

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. This list does not define me or my progress through life.

Simple as that.

Browse Bucket List by Category

💌 My Top 10

These are the ten things fundamental to the story I want to live with my life.

#1 – Fall in love with another person with every ounce of my being

#2 – Continually be her best friend and partner

#3 – Find and create daily adventures to share with her

#4 – Build a family rooted in love and honesty

#5 – Create a home that represents acceptance and safety

#6 – Pursue work that challenges my brain and moves the world forward

#7 – Be a life-long learner who seeks knowledge and wisdom above worldly drivel

#8 – Seek the open road/river/ocean/sky/path and take the time to appreciate it all

#9 – Remain strong in the morals, values, and ideals that represent me

#10 – Acknowledge my faults, recognize my mistakes, and actively seek growth

🧗 Adventures

Life is an adventure, but this list is composed of some real adventures I want to have.

  1.    Go horseback riding on a beach
  2.    Spend a night in a haunted place ✔
  3.    Claim an undiscovered island
  4.    Go on a road trip ✔
  5.    See a double rainbow ✔
  6.    Go rock climbing ✔
  7.    Abseil down the Gaping-Gill
  8.    Canoe the Boundary Waters ✔
  9.    Travel down the Mississippi River
  10.   Walk across the Mississippi River ✔
  11.    Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  12.    Hike Tour de Mont Blanc
  13.    Hike the Torres del Plaine Circut
  14.    Hike the Kalalau trail
  15.    Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge
  16.    Hike the Inca Trail
  17.    Hike the Annapurna Circut
  18.    Hike the Tongariro Northern Circut
  19.    Go kloofing
  20.    Complete a 5/5 star geocache
  21.    Visit the Titanic in a submarine
  22.    Take a canopy tour
  23.    Witness a meteor shower in the desert
  24.    Hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim
  25.    Visit a shipwreck ✔
  26.    Explore a real castle
  27.    Walk behind a waterfall ✔
  28.    Ride a gondola in Venice while wearing a mask
  29.    Kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs
  30.    Hike on the Appalachian Trail ✔
  31.    Circumnavigate the globe
  32.    Experience 24 hours of daylight in Alaska
  33.    See the Northern Lights
  34.    Swim in every ocean (2/4)
  35.    Experience weightlessness
  36.    Go tornado/storm chasing
  37.    Sleep in a barn on a haystack
  38.    Sleep in an igloo ✔
  39.    Go skinny dipping ✔
  40.    Yodel on a remote mountain top
  41.    Cross the tallest bridges in the world
  42.    Bungee jumping 
  43.    Go inside a nuclear missile silo ✔
  44.    Go cavern diving
  45.    Hike through a slot canyon ✔️
  46.    Walk one of the Spanish Pilgrimage Trails
  47.    Camp on a true island
  48.    Go indoor skydiving ✔
  49.    Climb a water tower
  50.    Cross an entire country on foot
  51.    Go into a zero-gravity room
  52.    Swim in all of the Great Lakes (3/5)
  53.    Visit the moon
 

🎨 Art

The many wonderful pieces of art that span millennia that I have the desire to see.

  1.    David (Michelangelo)
  2.    Sistine Chapel ceiling (Michelangelo)
  3.    The Scream (Munch)
  4.    American Gothic (Wood) ✔
  5.    A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Seurat) ✔
  6.    Nighthawks (Hopper) ✔
  7.    Mona Lisa (da Vinci)
  8.    Lady With an Ermine (da Vinci)
  9.    Birth of Venus (Botticelli)
  10.    The Last Supper (da Vinci)
  11.    Girl with a Pearl Earring (Vermeer)
  12.    The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Hokusai)
  13.    Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (Friedrich)
  14.    Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat (van Gogh)
  15.    The Starry Night (van Gogh) ✔
  16.    Persistence of Memory (Dali)
  17.    Convex and Concave (Escher)
  18.    Campbell’s Soup Cans (Warhol)
  19.    The Son of Man (Magritte)
  20.    The Wounded Angel (Simberg)
  21.     Christina’s World (Wyeth)
  22.    The Old Guitarist (Picasso) ✔
  23.    Dogs Playing Poker (Coolidge)
  24.    Massacre of the Innocents (Rubens)
  25.    Whistler’s Mother (Whistler)
  26.    Composition 8 (Kandinsky)
  27.    Guernica (Picasso)
  28.    Night Watch (Rembrandt)
  29.    School of Athens (Raphael)
  30.    The Garden of Earthly Delights (Bosch)
  31.    Pieta (Michelangelo)
  32.    Primavera (Botticelli)
  33.    The Battle of Alexander at Issus (Altdorfer)
  34.    Two Men Contemplating the Moon (Friedrich)
  35.    Dull Gret (Bruegel)
  36.    The Thinker (Rodin)
  37.    Washington Crossing the Delaware (Leutze)
  38.    Las Meninas (Velázquez)
  39.    Venus de Milo (Antioch)
  40.    Portrait of Henry VIII (Holbein)
  41.     A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie (Bierstadt)
  42.    Napoleon Crossing the Alps (David)
  43.    Laocoön and His Sons (Various)
  44.    The Stages of Life (Friedrich)
  45.    Impression, Sunrise (Monet)
  46.    Castle Scharfenberg at Night (Oehme)
  47.    Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond (Monet) ✔
  48.    Saturn Devouring His Son (Goya)
  49.    Four Seasons in One Head (Arcimboldo)
  50.    I and the Village (Chagall) ✔
  51.    Boy on High Dive (Rockwell)
  52.    The Sleeping Gypsy (Rousseau) ✔
  53.    Big Self-Portrait (Close)
  54.    The Winged Victory of Samothrace (Unknown)
  55.    Ginevra de’ Benci (da Vinci)

🏃 Athleticism

The various ways I want to physically push myself.

  1.    Run a 5k
  2.    Run a 10K
  3.    Run a half marathon
  4.    Run a marathon
  5.    Complete 40 consecutive pull-ups
  6.    Complete 100 consecutive push-ups
  7.    Run a mile in under 5 minutes
  8.    Go on a multi-day bike ride
  9.    Bike 100 miles in a single day
  10.    Participate in a triathlon
  11.    Climb to the top of a rope in a gym
  12.    Complete an adventure run
  13.    Go a week drinking only water
  14.    Complete a Tough Mudder
  15.    Complete a Warrior Dash
  16.    Complete a Spartan Race
  17.    Complete a GORUCK Challenge
  18.    Do a muscle-up

🏙️ Cities

No two cities are the same. Each one it’s own living, breathing energy.

  1.    Washington D.C. ✔
  2.    New York City ✔
  3.    Seattle ✔
  4.    Portland ✔
  5.    San Fransisco ✔
  6.    Savannah, GA ✔
  7.    Charleston ✔
  8.    Boston ✔
  9.    Los Angeles
  10.    Las Vegas ✔
  11.    London
  12.    Tokyo
  13.    Beijing
  14.    Hong Kong
  15.    Paris
  16.    Rio De Janerio
  17.    Egypt
  18.    Dubai
  19.    Vatican City
  20.    Rome
  21.    Venice

📺 Content

The books and movies that I want to consume.

  1.    Watch the AFI 100 Greatest Movies of All-Time (checklist)
  2.    Watch all the movies that won the Oscar for best movie (checklist)
  3.    See everything by Stanley Kubrick
  4.    See everything by Charlie Chaplin
  5.    See everything by Alfred Hitchcock
  6.    See everything by Orson Welles
  7.    See everything by Wes Anderson
  8.    See everything by the Coen Brothers
  9.    See everything by Martin Scorsese
  10.    See everything by Steven Spielberg
  11.    See everything by David Fincher
  12.    See everything by Christopher Nolan
  13.    Read 3+ plays by Shakespeare
  14.    Read everything by Malcolm Gladwell
  15.    Read 3+ books by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16.    Read everything by Stephen King
  17.    Read 3+ books by John Steinbeck
  18.    Read 3+ books by Ernest Hemingway
  19.    Read 52 books in a single year

🌎 Countries

I would love to visit as many countries as my time on earth allows.

  1.    United States (born here!)
  2.    Canada

🎟️ Events

Even an introvert such as myself wants to experience all these events at least once.

  1.    Attend the Olympics
  2.    Attend an MLB game  (150100, 500) ✔
  3.    Attend an NBA game ✔
  4.    Attend an NFL game ✔
  5.    Attend an NHL game
  6.    Attend a professional soccer game ✔
  7.    See U2 in concert
  8.    See Coldplay in concert
  9.    See Imagine Dragons in concert ✔
  10.    See Carrie Underwood in concert
  11.    See Lorde in concert ✔
  12.    Attend a Native American Pow Wow
  13.    Take part in a sky lantern festival
  14.    Attend a film premiere
  15.    Attend the midnight release of a movie ✔
  16.    Attend a gallery opening
  17.    Get VIP passes to a show
  18.    See a TED talk live
  19.    Give a TED talk
  20.    See a Broadway performance
  21.    See the Lion King on Broadway
  22.    See Les Miserables on Broadway
  23.    See a Cirque de Soleil show ✔
  24.    See a Ringling Bros. circus show ✔
  25.    Attend the Overammergau Passion Play
  26.    See an opera in Sydney
  27.    Hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons live
  28.    Hear Beethovens 5th and 9th Symphonies live
  29.    See a play at the Globe Theatre
  30.    Attend a beach bonfire ✔
  31.    Attend Wimbledon
  32.    Mardi Gras in NOLA
  33.    Carnival (Brazil)
  34.    Blue Man Group ✔
  35.    SXSW
  36.    Burning Man
  37.    Running of the Bulls
  38.    Boston Marathon ✔
  39.    Tomatina
  40.    Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
  41.    Attend the Monaco Grand Prix
  42.    Listen to one of the world’s great orchestras perform

🍳 Food & Drink

There is so much good food and drink across the planet a lot of it I am interested in trying.

Drink fresh milk from a coconut ✔

  1.    Taste 200 different fruits
  2.    Eat at the Heart Attack Grill
  3.    Eat in an old-timey rail car diner ✔
  4.    Hot dog at Coney Island
  5.    Ahi poke
  6.    Ants
  7.    Crickets ✔
  8.    Beef tongue
  9.    Bird nest soup
  10.    Bone marrow
  11.    Cactus ✔
  12.    Century egg
  13.    Cheeks
  14.    Chicken feet
  15.    Dim sum
  16.    Elk
  17.    Foie gras
  18.    Frickles
  19.    Green Tuna Fruit
  20.    Haggis
  21.    Head cheese
  22.    Heart
  23.    Lamb tongue
  24.    Lamb brains
  25.    Lambs rump
  26.    Mochi ✔
  27.    Pigeon
  28.    Pigs feet
  29.    Rabbit
  30.    Reindeer
  31.    Scrapple
  32.    Snake
  33.    Wild Boar
  34.    Yak
  35.    Tripe
  36.    Create my own cocktail
  37.    Drink at a distillery ✔
  38.    Eat a meal cooked by a celebrity chef
  39.    Eat a molecular gastronomy dinner
  40.    Eat alone at a restaurant ✔
  41.    Extract honey from a beehive
  42.    Hunt for wild mushrooms
  43.    Dine on the Champs-Elysees
  44.    Have a wine collection
  45.    Go to T.G.I. Friday’s on a Friday
  46.    Eat at a 5 star restaurant
  47.    Deep fried Oreo
  48.    Philly Cheesecake in Philly ✔
  49.    Try 50 different kinds of beer
  50.    Sanyou Cave Hanging Cliff Restaurant
  51.    Make a pizza from scratch ✔
  52.    Not eat out for an entire week
  53.    Have a candle lit dinner
  54.    Eat gelato in Italy
  55.    Eat crepes in France
  56.    Eat at Dans le Noir
  57.    Eat dragon’s beard candy
  58.    Eat Bitterballen in Amsterdam
  59.    Eat a smoothie in a fruit bowl at Loco Coco (NYC)
  60.    Drink glitter beer
  61.    Eat a soft pretzel from an NYC cart
  62.    Wine tasting in California
  63.    Visit the Champagne region in France

The IBA Official Cocktails (I want to try them all!)

  1.    Alexander
  2.    Americano
  3.    Angel Face
  4.    Aviation
  5.    Barracuda
  6.    Bee’s Knees
  7.    Bellini
  8.    Between the Sheets
  9.    Black Russian ✔️
  10.    Bloody Mary ✔️
  11.    Boulevardier
  12.    Bramble
  13.    Brandy Crusta
  14.    Caipirinha
  15.    Canchanchara
  16.    Casino
  17.    Champagne cocktail
  18.    Clover Club
  19.    Corpse Reviver #2
  20.    Cosmopolitan
  21.    Cuba libre
  22.    Daiquiri
  23.    Dark ‘n’ Stormy
  24.    Dry martini ✔️
  25.    Espresso martini
  26.    Fernandito
  27.    French 75
  28.    French Connection
  29.    French martini
  30.    Gin fizz
  31.    Golden dream
  32.    Grasshopper
  33.    Hanky Panky
  34.    Hemingway Special
  35.    Horse’s Neck
  36.    Illegal
  37.    Irish coffee ✔️
  38.    John Collins
  39.    Kir
  40.    Last Word
  41.    Lemon drop martini
  42.    Long Island iced tea ✔️
  43.    Mai Tai
  44.    Manhattan
  45.    Margarita ✔️
  46.    Martinez
  47.    Mary Pickford
  48.    Mimosa ✔️
  49.    Mint julep
  50.    Mojito ✔️
  51.    Monkey Gland
  52.    Moscow mule ✔️
  53.    Naked and Famous
  54.    Negroni
  55.    New York Sour
  56.    Old Cuban
  57.    Old fashioned ✔️
  58.    Paloma
  59.    Paper Plane
  60.    Paradise
  61.    Penicillin
  62.    Piña Colada
  63.    Pisco Sour
  64.    Planter’s Punch
  65.    Porto flip
  66.    Ramos fizz
  67.    Russian Spring Punch
  68.    Rusty Nail
  69.    Sazerac
  70.    Sea Breeze
  71.    Sex on the Beach
  72.    Sidecar
  73.    Singapore Sling
  74.    Southside
  75.    Spicy Fifty
  76.    Spritz
  77.    Stinger
  78.    Suffering Bastard
  79.    Tequila Sunrise
  80.    Tipperary
  81.    Tommy’s margarita
  82.    Trinidad Sour
  83.    Tuxedo
  84.    Ve.n.to
  85.    Vesper
  86.    Vieux Carré
  87.    Whiskey sour
  88.    White Lady
  89.    Yellow Bird
  90.    Zombie 

🏨 Historic Hotels

I love the history and majesty of unique hotels. Historic Hotels Worldwide is an organization that recognizes and celebrates these special places. According to their website, there are a total of 506 hotels across 42 different countries with this distinction.

  1.    John Rutledge House Inn (stayed 2018, 2019) ✔️
  2.   Hotel Colorado (stayed 2020) ✔️

🍀 Miscellaneous

These are all the things that did not fit in another category.

  1.    Meet Taylor Swift
  2.    Have my name appear on Wikipedia
  3.    See Halley’s Comet
  4.    Witness a Total Solar Eclipse
  5.    Meet my doppleganger
  6.    Contact/meet someone with my same name
  7.    Pay the bridge toll for the person behind me
  8.    Put change into someone’s expired meter
  9.    Drive a zamboni
  10.    Send a care package to a soldier
  11.    Have a star named after me ✔
  12.    Write something in wet cement
  13.    Find a 4 leaf clover
  14.    Bowl a turkey
  15.    Buy a cup of coffee for a cold Salvation Army Bell Ringer ✔
  16.    Read the Bible cover-to-cover
  17.    Be on a jumbotron at a stadium  ✔
  18.    Build a sand sculpture ✔
  19.    Coin a word
  20.    Send a message in a bottle ✔
  21.    Find a pearl in an oyster
  22.    Finish a crossword puzzle without cheating
  23.    Meet someone famous ✔
  24.    Create a family logo
  25.    Be in a commercial
  26.    Take an improv class
  27.    Do 24 hours of silence
  28.    Teach a class
  29.    Make a hole in one
  30.    Own an original piece of artwork ✔
  31.    Be a mentor
  32.    Help someone with a check on their bucket list ✔️
  33.    Be a member of an exclusive club
  34.    Slide down a firehouse pole
  35.    Entertain the elderly at a nursing home
  36.    Shake hands with a U.S. President
  37.    Be a contestant on a television game show
  38.    Sponsor a child
  39.    Donate blood ✔
  40.    Participate in jury duty
  41.    Cut a ribbon at a major opening
  42.    Watch a live rocket launch
  43.    Have a life-changing conversation with a complete stranger ✔
  44.    Belong to a secret society
  45.    Call someone, tell them to look out their window, and be standing outside ✔
  46.    Change clothes in a phone booth
  47.    Create a world map with pins of where I’ve been
  48.    Do something absolutely spontaneous
  49.    Go in a hot tub outside during winter ✔
  50.    Kick in a door
  51.    Lay in a street in the middle of the night
  52.    Leave a $100 tip ✔
  53.    Own a large book collection ✔
  54.    Receive a standing ovation
  55.    Ride a mattress down a staircase
  56.    Send a letter to a random address 
  57.    Stay in a lighthouse
  58.    Relax in a natural hot spring ✔️
  59.    Make a blanket fort with a loved one ✔
  60.    Take underwater photos
  61.    Pan for gold in a river ✔️
  62.    Bury something to rediscover in the future with a loved one
  63.    Do something nice for someone who will never find out ✔
  64.    Appear in a news broadcast on TV
  65.    Keep a plant alive for a year
  66.    Complete a piece of art I’m proud of
  67.    Collect a penny for every year I’ve lived
  68.    Black Friday shopping ✔
  69.    Go to a Renaissance Festival ✔
  70.    Kiss on top of a Ferris wheel
  71.    Play Quidditch
  72.    Spend the night in a covered wagon
  73.    Watch fireworks from a boat ✔️
  74.    Be an extra in a Hollywood film
  75.    Ice skate in NYC during the holidays ✔️

🏔️ Mountains

All the mountains that I want to climb around the world.

The 50 State High Points (by elevation)

  1.    Denali (Alaska)
  2.    Mount Whitney (California)
  3.    Mount Elbert (Colorado) ✔️
  4.    Mount Rainier (Washington)
  5.    Gannett Peak (Wyoming)
  6.    Mauna Kea (Hawaii)
  7.    Kings Peak (Utah) ✔️
  8.    Wheeler Peak (New Mexico) ✔️
  9.    Boundary Peak (Nevada)
  10.    Granite Peak (Montana)
  11.    Borah Peak (Idaho)
  12.    Humphrey’s Peak (Arizona) ✔️
  13.    Mount Hood (Oregon)
  14.    Guadalupe Peak (Texas)
  15.    Black Elk Peak (South Dakota) ✔️
  16.    Mount Mitchell (North Carolina) ✔️
  17.    Clingman’s Dome (Tennessee) ✔️
  18.    Mount Washington (New Hampshire) ✔️
  19.    Mount Rogers (Virginia) ✔️
  20.    Panorama Point (Nebraska) ✔️
  21.    Mount Marcy (New York) ✔️
  22.    Katahdin (Maine) ✔️
  23.    Black Mesa (Oklahoma) ✔️
  24.    Spruce Knob (West Virginia) ✔️
  25.    Brasstown Bald (Georgia) ✔️
  26.    Mount Mansfield (Vermont) ✔️
  27.    Black Mountain (Kentucky) ✔️
  28.    Mount Sunflower (Kansas) ✔️
  29.    Sassafras Mountain (South Carolina) ✔️
  30.    White Butte (North Dakota) ✔️
  31.    Mount Greylock (Massachusetts) ✔️
  32.    Backbone Mountain (Maryland) ✔️
  33.    Mount Davis (Pennsylvania) ✔️
  34.    Magazine Mountain (Arkansas) ✔️
  35.    Cheaha Mountain (Alabama) ✔️
  36.    Mount Frissell-South Slope (Connecticut) ✔️
  37.    Eagle Mountain (Minnesota) ✔️
  38.    Mount Arvon (Michigan) ✔️
  39.    Timms Hill (Wisconsin) ✔️
  40.    High Point (New Jersey) ✔️
  41.    Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri) ✔️
  42.    Hawkeye Point (Iowa) ✔️
  43.    Campbell Hill (Ohio) ✔️
  44.    Hoosier Hill (Indiana) ✔️
  45.    Charles Mound (Illinois) ✔️
  46.    Jerimoth Hill (Rhode Island) ✔️
  47.    Woodall Mountain (Mississippi) ✔️
  48.    Driskill Mountain (Louisiana) ✔️
  49.    Ebright Azimuth (Delaware) ✔️
  50.    Britton Hill (Florida) ✔️

Other United States Peaks

  1.    Pikes Peak (Colorado)
  2.    Long’s Peak (Colorado)
  3.    Mount Massive (Colorado)
  4.    Lassen Peak (California)
  5.    Half Dome (California)
  6.    Mount Adams (New Hampshire)
  7.    Mount Jefferson (New Hampshire)

Other Peaks Around the World

  1.    Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
  2.    Mount Fuji (Japan)
  3.    Chimborazo (Ecuador)

🏞️ National Parks

I would love to visit all of the 62 National Parks in the United States.

  1.    Acadia ✔️
  2.    American Samoa
  3.    Arches ✔️
  4.    Badlands ✔️
  5.    Big Bend
  6.    Biscayne
  7.    Black Canyon of the Gunnison ✔️
  8.    Bryce Canyon ✔️
  9.    Canyonlands ✔️
  10.    Capitol Reef
  11.    Carlsbad Caverns
  12.    Channel Islands
  13.    Congaree ✔️
  14.    Crater Lake ✔️
  15.    Cuyahoga Valley ✔️
  16.    Death Valley
  17.    Denali
  18.    Dry Tortugas
  19.    Everglades
  20.    Gates of the Artic
  21.    Gateway Arch ✔️
  22.    Glacier ✔️
  23.    Glacier Bay
  24.    Grand Canyon ✔️
  25.    Grand Teton ✔️
  26.    Great Basin
  27.    Great Sand Dunes ✔️
  28.    Great Smoky Mountains ✔️
  29.    Guadalupe Mountains
  30.    Haleakala
  31.    Hawaii Volcanoes
  32.    Hot Springs
  33.    Indiana Dunes
  34.    Isle Royale
  35.    Joshua Tree
  36.    Katmai
  37.    Kenai Fjords
  38.    Kings Canyon
  39.    Kobuk Valley
  40.    Lake Clark
  41.    Lassen Volcanic
  42.    Mammoth Cave ✔️
  43.    Mesa Verde ✔️
  44.    Mount Rainier ✔️
  45.    North Cascades
  46.    Olympic ✔️
  47.    Petrified Forest ✔️
  48.    Pinnacles
  49.    Redwood ✔️
  50.    Rocky Mountain ✔️
  51.    Saguaro
  52.   Sequoia
  53.    Shenandoah
  54.    Theodore Roosevelt ✔️
  55.    Virgin Islands
  56.    Voyageurs ✔️
  57.    White Sands
  58.    Wind Cave ✔️
  59.    Wrangell-St. Elias
  60.    Yellowstone ✔️
  61.    Yosemite ✔️
  62.    Zion ✔️

🌲 Nature

The natural world is the best world. This list includes some spectacular places.

  1.    Blue Lagoon – Iceland
  2.    Ik Kil – Mexico
  3.    The Hell Hole – Karakum Desert
  4.    Beachy Head Chalk Cliff
  5.    Horseshoe Bend ✔️
  6.    Any black sand beach
  7.    The Galapagos Islands
  8.    Niagara Falls ✔
  9.    The Dead Sea
  10.    Angel Oak in South Carolina ✔
  11.   Visit a pink sand beach
  12.    See Holland in bloom
  13.    The Four Corners ✔
  14.    Monument Valley ✔️
  15.    The Blue Grotto
  16.    The Great Blue Hole
  17.    Old Faithful erupting ✔
  18.    Waterfalls of Plitvice
  19.    Devil’s Pool
  20.    Bioluminescent Bay
  21.    Glow worm cave
  22.    Kjeragbolten Rock
  23.    Salar de Uyuni during the rainy season
  24.    The Tree Tunnel at Ballynoe
  25.    Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  26.    The Great Barrier Reef
  27.    The Wild Atlantic Way
  28.    Firefly squid of Japan
  29.    Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve
  30.    Kayak with whales
  31.    Free dive with giant sea turtles
  32.    Hug a sloth
  33.    Feed a Koala Bear
  34.    Hold a tarantula
  35.    Feed a giraffe
  36.    See the salmon run
  37.    Wrap a snake around my neck
  38.    Hunt for bigfoot
  39.    Hug a Redwood ✔️
  40.    Maroon Bells
  41.    See the aspen trees turn yellow 
  42.    Go whale watching ✔️
  43.    Locate a Moon Tree

💼 Professional

Things that have to do with career or financial success.

  1.    Write and publish a book
  2.    Write my memoir
  3.    Become proficient in HTML/CSS ✔️
  4.    Design a website ✔
  5.    Start a blog ✔
  6.    Get 1,000 subscribers
  7.    Make $100,000 online
  8.    Become a millionaire
  9.    Help my parents retire early
  10.    Google search my name and have 1 page of stuff

🏹 Skills

I never want to stop learning. Here are some of the things I want to learn to do.

  1.    Solve a Rubik’s cube ✔
  2.    Learn to jump on a pogo stick
  3.    Take up gourmet cooking
  4.    Learn how to do a wall flip
  5.    Learn Morse Code
  6.    Learn Sign Language ✔
  7.    Fold origami
  8.    Stick shift
  9.    Ukulele
  10.    Bagpipes
  11.    Learn to pick a lock ✔
  12.    Scuba diving
  13.    Curling
  14.    Walking on stilts
  15.    Chopsticks
  16.    Memorize a poem
  17.    Start a fire without matches
  18.    Building a house of cards
  19.    Building a domino run ✔
  20.    Learn to say “hello” in 10 languages
  21.    Learn to say “thank you” in 10 languages
  22.    Learn to Ballroom dance
  23.    Learn to Waltz
  24.    Learn to Tango
  25.    Learn to Salsa
  26.    Learn Esperanto
  27.    Archery
  28.    Rip a telephone book in half
  29.    Daily meditation
  30.    Learn some parkour moves
  31.    Walk 50 feet on a slackline
  32.    Try fire walking
  33.    Try fly fishing
  34.    Try ice fishing

🇺🇸 States

I would love to visit all of the 50 United States. My home country.

  1.    Alabama ✔️
  2.    Alaska
  3.    Arizona ✔️
  4.    Arkansas ✔️
  5.    California ✔️
  6.    Colorado ✔️
  7.    Connecticut ✔️
  8.    Delaware ✔️
  9.    Florida ✔️
  10.    Georgia ✔️
  11.    Hawaii
  12.    Idaho ✔️
  13.    Illinois ✔️
  14.    Indiana ✔️
  15.    Iowa ✔️
  16.    Kansas ✔️
  17.    Kentucky ✔️
  18.    Louisiana ✔️
  19.    Maine ✔️
  20.    Maryland ✔️
  21.    Massachusetts ✔️
  22.    Michigan ✔️
  23.    Minnesota ✔️
  24.    Mississippi ✔️
  25.    Missouri ✔️
  26.    Montana ✔️
  27.    Nebraska ✔️
  28.    Nevada ✔️
  29.    New Hampshire ✔️
  30.    New Jersey ✔️
  31.    New Mexico ✔️
  32.    New York ✔️
  33.    North Carolina ✔️
  34.    North Dakota ✔️
  35.    Ohio ✔️
  36.    Oklahoma ✔️
  37.    Oregon ✔️
  38.    Pennsylvania ✔️
  39.    Rhode Island ✔️
  40.    South Carolina ✔️
  41.    South Dakota ✔️
  42.    Tennessee ✔️
  43.    Texas ✔️
  44.    Utah ✔️
  45.    Vermont ✔️
  46.    Virginia ✔️
  47.    Washington ✔️
  48.    West Virginia ✔️
  49.    Wisconsin ✔️
  50.    Wyoming ✔️

🏛️ Structures

All the monuments, museums, and buildings that I fancy to see.

  1.    Machu Picchu – Peru
  2.     Japanese Tunnel of Lights
  3.    Platform 9 3/4 – London
  4.    Hobbit Huts – New Zealand
  5.    Arc du Triomphe – France
  6.    Glory Hole at Monticello Dam
  7.    Irish Sky Garden
  8.    Natural History Museum in London
  9.    Anne Frank’s house
  10.    Dome on the Rock – Jerusalem
  11.    Montana Magica Lodge
  12.    Auschwitz – Poland
  13.    Stonehenge – England
  14.    Eiffel Tower – France
  15.    Taj Mahal – India
  16.    Easter Island
  17.    Great Wall of China
  18.    Ground Zero – New York City ✔
  19.    Dealey Plaza
  20.    Petra
  21.    Easter Island
  22.    The Louvre
  23.    Visit MOMA ✔
  24.    The British Museum
  25.    The National Gallery in London
  26.    The Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  27.    The Art Institute of Chicago ✔
  28.    The National Air and Space Museum ✔
  29.    The Holocaust Memorial Museum ✔
  30.    The Newseum
  31.    Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame ✔
  32.    Cape Canaveral ✔
  33.    The NASA Museum/control center in Houston
  34.    Churchill Downs ✔
  35.   Fort Knox ✔
  36.    Abbey Road Crosswalk
  37.    See the world’s tallest structures (#1,  #2,  #3,  #4✔,  #5✔)
  38.    Jay Walker’s library
  39.    Club 33 at Disney Land
  40.    Powell’s Bookstore ✔
  41.    Jones Street (Savannah, GA) ✔
  42.    Stay in an overwater bungalow
  43.    Visit a real blues bar in Chicago ✔
  44.    Quebec Ice Hotel
  45.    Catacombs of Paris
  46.    Terracotta Warriors
  47.    Blarney Castle
  48.    Coiling Dragon Cliff Skywalk
  49.    The CN Tower Edge Walk
  50.    Marina Bay Sands (Singapore)
  51.    Ride 100 different roller coasters  (44/100)
  52.    Ride the world’s largest Ferris wheels
  53.    Stay in a tee-pee motel
  54.    Swim in the world’s largest pool
  55.    Traverse the longest/tallest bridges of the world

✈️ Transportation

Planes, trains and automobiles. And lots of other modes of transportation on this list.

  1.    Drive on the Autobahn
  2.    Drive the entirety of Route 66
  3.    Sleep in an overnight train
  4.    Dive in a submarine
  5.    Ride a jet ski ✔
  6.    Fly in a glider
  7.    Fly in a hot air balloon
  8.    Fly in a blimp
  9.    Ride a dune buggy in the desert
  10.    Go para-skiing
  11.    Try barefoot water-skiing
  12.    Try stand-up paddle boarding
  13.    Go kitesurfing
  14.    Navigate a personal underwater sub
  15.    Airboat across an alligator-infested swamp
  16.    Drive through a dust storm
  17.    Ride in a tuk tuk
  18.    Jump in a taxi and yell “Follow that car!” in NYC
  19.     Go jetleving
  20.    Ride in a double decker bus in London
  21.    Go dog sledding
  22.    Go volcano boarding
  23.    Go white-water rafting
  24.    Go sailing on the ocean in a wooden ship
  25.     Be pulled on a reindeer sleigh ✔
  26.    Drive the 101 in a convertible
  27.    Road trip from NYC to LA
  28.    Take a random flight at the airport
  29.    Ride in a Zorb Ball

🏰 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are landmarks or areas that have been protected due to their cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. As of June 2020, UNESCO has recognized 1,121 such sites across 167 countries. As far as I know, no one has visited all of them, but as I travel I would love to check out as many as possible.

UNESCO Sites I’ve had the honor of visiting (sorted by year of establishment)

  1.    Mesa Verde National Park ✔️
  2.    Yellowstone National Park ✔️
  3.    Grand Canyon National Park ✔️
  4.    Redwood National and State Parks ✔️
  5.    Mammoth Cave National Park ✔️
  6.    Olympic National Park ✔️
  7.    Great Smoky Mountains National Park ✔️
  8.    Statue of Liberty ✔️
  9.    Yosemite National Park ✔️

Crossed off by date

  • Do something nice for someone who will never find out – January 1, 2020
  • 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
  • Create my own cocktail – May 14, 2019
  • Watch fireworks from a boat on a lake – July 4, 2019
  • Powell’s Bookstore – July 15, 2019
  • Visit a shipwreck – August 24, 2019
  • Stay at a true 5-diamond hotel – October 3, 2019
  • American Gothic [art] – October 4, 2019
  • A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte [art] – October 4, 2019
  • Nightshawks [art] – October 4, 2019
  • The Old Guitarist [art] – October 4, 2019
  • Visit a real blues bar in Chicago – October 5, 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

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