Life List

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” ~ Helen Keller

This is not a list of accomplishments, it’s list of things I’ve said to myself, “I really want to…”  It’s been around in some form or other since I’ve been in high school.  Spiral bound notebooks, slips of paper, my faulty memory, an unrecoverable file on an old, crashed hard drive; all hold pieces of what once was “Things to do before I turn 30″ which evolved into “Things to do before I turn 40″ before I finally decided to go with the classic title of “Life List.”

Stop back to see what I add and what I accomplish.

[Last updated: November 21, 2011]

Things to Learn:

  1. Learn how to whistle with my fingers.
  2. Learn how to play guitar.
  3. Learn how to rock climb.
  4. Learn sign language.
  5. Learn to use chopsticks.  (Use them well, that is.)
  6. Learn SLR photography. (Although… still learning.)
  7. Learn how to ride a unicycle.
  8. Learn yoga.
  9. Learn to double dutch jump rope.
  10. Learn to play backgammon.

Things to Accomplish/Experience:

  1. Compete in a mountain bike race.
  2. Backpack part of the Appalachian Trail. (Certainly setting the bar middling here, I know.)
  3. Hike the Grand Canyon, to the bottom and back up.
  4. Take a ride through the Everglades on one of those big-propeller air boats
  5. Dance with Matt.
  6. Jump off of the cliff at Rick’s in Jamaica.
  7. See an Eagles concert.
  8. See a Weezer Concert. [Summer 2011]
  9. Take an overnight train trip. (The train they call the City of New Orleans, perhaps?)
  10. Climb to the top of the big pyramid at Chichen Itza.
  11. Eat at Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House. (Since 1153!)
  12. Meet President Clinton.
  13. See a stage of the Tour de France in person.
  14. Take a cross-country road trip with my kids.
  15. See a moose in the wild.
  16. Ride a zipline.
  17. See a solar eclipse.
  18. Own a classic Chanel suit.
  19. See the Aurora Borealis

Places to Visit/See:

  1. National Parks:
    • Yellowstone National Park
    • Grand Teton National Park
    • Grand Canyon National Park
    • Mesa Verde National Park
    • Rocky Mountain National Park
    • Great Smokey Mountain National Park
    • Acadia National Park (I’ve been to Mount Desert Island several times, just never made it into the park.)
    • Shenandoah National Park
  2. England:
    • Katherine of Aragon’s grave
    • Stonehenge
    • Hever Castle
    • National Portrait Gallery
    • Hampton Court
    • Globe Theatre (I know…it’s a reconstruction. I still want to see a play in it.)
    • Greenwich
    • Tower of London
  3. Scotland
    • Hadrian’s Wall
    • Edinburgh Castle
  4. Ireland
  5. Puerto Rico
  6. U.S. Virgin Islands
  7. China
    • Great Wall of China
    • The Forbidden City
  8. Italy
    • Florence
    • Venice
  9. Greece
  10. Las Vegas
  11. Machu Picchu

Visit all 50 States:

  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 (Well, I did drive briefly across the border into Texas once after taking a wrong turn in Texarkana)
  44. Utah
  45. Vermont
  46. Virginia
  47. Washington
  48. West Virginia
  49. Wisconsin
  50. Wyoming

Things once on my list that will never happen now:

  1. Meet Jimmy Stewart.
  2. See a Grateful Dead concert.

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