The Bucket List

August 2010:

Because 1001 days is a bit limited, I’ve conceded defeat on certain items that I know I won’t complete (due to time and/or money) on this list plus every other thing I want to accomplish before I take my last breath … plus some others that weren’t on that list …

Creative (non photography)
Finish writing both of the Nanowrimo books I’ve started.
Write a travel article and have it published–online or in print.
Participate in Nanowrimo again.
Design the floor plan and interior design for my future *dream* home
Build the knock-off version of the Pottery Barn bed I want (the bed ‘base’ not the headboard).
Make a patchwork quilt.

Photography related
Publish a book of my photography to sell.
Have an image (or images) published in a major publication.
Take a day trip every other month to photograph area towns and communities.
Photograph the campuses of Baylor, UT-Austin, SMU, TCU, OU, Oral Roberts, Trinity University, Austin College–and go back and finish photographing A&M and Southwestern (Southwestern: 11.10.08).
Photograph a celebrity (commissioned, that is).
Photograph a member of European royalty (commissioned, that is).
Attend a photo workshop.
Attend a photo retreat.
Photograph all the dance halls in Central Texas. (Gruene Hall 1.2011)
Have a 40×60 canvas of one of my travel/fine art images made to decorate a future home with.
Sell a large canvas of one of my travel/fine art images.

Visit the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) + Ireland.
Travel with a friend for a long weekend. Done 10.2012
Take a weekend trip within Texas by myself. Done 1.2011
Visit Stonehenge (either in the UK or Texas–yes, we have a mini one here!).
Hike through Palo Duro Canyon.
Go to Dublin (Texas) for St. Patrick’s Day.
Ride the Texas State Railroad from Palestine to Rusk again & back and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad from Ft Worth to Grapevine and back.
Travel the Pacific Coast Highway.
Visit San Francisco, Sausalito, Catalina Island, Big Sur, & Napa.
Visit Portland & Bend, Oregon along with the Columbia River Gorge and Cannon Beach.
Visit Seattle –while there, ride a ferry, visit Pike’s Place Market, stand at the top of the Space Needle, and tour the Seattle Public Library.
Visit Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Halifax.
Visit every one of the 58 national parks in the United States (14 visited to date (5.2013): Grand Canyon NP (x2), Carlsbad Caverns NP, Hot Springs NP, Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP, Theodore Roosevelt NP, Rocky Mountain NP, Wind Cave NP, Mesa Verde NP, Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Great Sand Dunes NP & Preserve)
Visit as many National Parks Sites as possible (to date (5.2013): Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, Oklahoma City National Memorial, Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, Devils Tower National Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Monument, Capulin Volcano National Monument (x2), Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Pecos National Historic Park, Bandelier National Monument, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Colorado National Monument, Curecanti NRA)
Visit every national park in the Canadian Rockies (1 visited to date: Waterton Lakes NP).
Stay at one of the lodges in the Canadian Rockies.
Stay at one of the lodges at Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, & Glacier NP (one at each park) + the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. Stayed at Lake McDonald Lodge at Glacier NP in 6/09.
Visit all the Disney Parks around the world (Disneyland (x2) – 1986, 1997; WDW – 2004).
See the pyramids in Egypt.
Take an African safari.
Travel Route 66 in its entirety from Chicago to Santa Monica. (so far: past stops in Williams, AZ in 1985, 1997; Arcadia – Foyil, OK – 2009; Amarillo – Adrian, TX – 2010; Edmond, OK to Shamrock, TX – 2011; Amarillo, TX to Santa Fe, NM (skipping part of the old route)- 2012; Amarillo to Santa Fe, NM (via Clines Corner, NM) – 2013)
Travel the Lincoln Highway from coast to coast.
Visit Monument Valley & the Four Corners  (done 5/2013)
Ride in a hot air balloon (bonus if its in Cappadocia, Turkey).
Visit all 50 states (20 down, 30 to go: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah).
Visit all the Canadian provinces & territories (2 provinces down, 8 provinces & 3 territories to go: Alberta, Saskatchewan).
Take a TransCanada Rail trip.
Visit all the Australian States.
Spend a month in New Zealand.
Visit Paris, Normandy, Provence, and Nice in France.
Visit the Dalmatian Coast (Croatia).
Take a gondola ride in Venice.
Tour all the historic and religious sites in Rome.
Spend some time along the Almafi Coast, particularly Positano.
Visit Athens, Greece and the Greek Isles.
Visit Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
Spend at least a month traveling throughout Germany.
Visit a monastery and a Buddhist temple in Asia.
Visit Nepal.
Play a round a golf at St. Andrews in Scotland.
See the aurora borealis.
See the Marfa Lights.
Set foot on all seven continents (two down: North America & Europe).
Stand atop the Great Wall of China.
Pay my respects at the memorial in Hiroshima (since I was born on the anniversary of the city’s bombing).
Stand inside the Taj Mahal.
Zip line through a jungle canopy.
Live in another country for at least an entire summer.
See The Alhambra in Spain.
Visit Easter Island.
Visit Instanbul, Turkey.
Hike to Machu Picchu in Peru.
Visit Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Tour Petra in Jordan.
Visit all seven Wonders of the World.
Vacation at Martha’s Vineyard or anywhere in the Hamptons or Cape Cod.
Travel to a Summer or Winter Olympic games and attend either the opening or closing ceremonies.
Spend Independence Day in Philly, Boston, and Washington DC.

Take a belly dancing class.
Take a self-defense class.
Take shooting lessons–handgun, obviously.
Get my CHL (concealed handgun license).
Run a 5K at least twice a year. (2013 – check)
Finish a 10K.
Finish a half marathon.
Finish a marathon.
Finish a sprint triathlon.
Run a mile in 8 minutes or less once again.
Play golf on a real course (i.e. not putt putt).
Revive my family genealogy research site.
Take a basic yoga class.
Learn how to dance (salsa or another ballroom dance).
Go white water rafting.
Go rock climbing (indoor and outdoor).
Summit one of the fourteeners in Colorado.
Stand atop Half Dome in Yosemite.
Ride a mechanical bull.
Learn how to play chess.
Learn how to knit.
Attend a UT home game at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin.
Attend the Texas-OU game.
Attend a NFL game.
Attend a NHL game.
Attend at least one NBA game each season.

See a musical (live).
See Trans-Siberian Orchestra live.
Start a small book club.
Drink a Guinness in a pub in Ireland.
Learn conversational Spanish (re-learn!), French, Italian, German, and Dutch.
Relearn what sign language I used to know.
Attend a concert/event at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.
Attend Coachella, Sturgis, and Burning Man.

Life & Family
Find a full-time teaching position in criminal justice or political science at a junior/community college.
Find a way to work abroad (Europe, Australia, or NZ) for awhile.
Find a church home.
Save up a sizable down payment for a home.
Buy or build a home.
Read the Bible from cover to cover.
Spend an afternoon outdoors reading a book in a hammock or on a blanket.
Draft a will, power of attorney, and medical power of attorney.
Meet or discover a man with whom I would like to spend the rest of my life.
Have a child (or two or three).
Retire no later than age 57 with enough money to comfortably enjoy retirement.
Complete a Masters of Library Science degree.
Own both a Newfoundland and West Highland Terrier breed dog.

Volunteer at the local humane society and for CASA.
Start a memorial scholarship at my high school in memory of classmates that have passed on.
Do something anonymously for someone in need.

Own a piece a jewelry from Tiffany & Co.
Try a Jamba Juice. (Done – December 2010!)
Submit a secret to Post Secret.
Watch the entire BBC Planet Earth series.
Wear a cute dress for no particular reason.
Shop at Harrods in London (or the Vienna airport!).