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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Susan Sontag

A bucket list is a To DO list – specifically things you want to do before you die. Seeing the words written down is a great way to challenge ourselves to Live Life to the Fullest… What are your dreams and goals? What are things you want to accomplish? Are there places you want to go and see? On your death bed, what is the 1 thing you wish you had done?! 

This list started as a graduation project in High School – everyone in my English class was told to write a list of 10 items they wanted to do within the next 5 years. (At the time, we referred to them as a Life List, but it’s now commonly referred to as a Bucket List because of the 2007 movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman).

Though high school was ages ago, I still continue to add to that list. There are actually a few items that I never would have thought of, but in that moment, I knew it had to be added to the bucket list just to mark it completed.

I hope my bucket list inspires you to create your own. Now get out there and live your life to the fullest. What’s on your bucket list?

✓ GREEN is anything that has been completed/accomplished.
✓ DARK BLUE are are links to articles, photos, or stories of that bucket list item.
•  BLACK is still to do – yes, the undone part is very long so I better get busy and I better live awhile.
•  RED is a bucket list item that I decided not to do or is now impossible to accomplish.

Achievement

• Break a Guinness World Record
• Write a book

Adventure

 Drive over 100 MPH  GA Go Skydiving – Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (Nov 2012)  •  Indoor Skydiving

“Adventure is worthwhile.”

Aesop
What adventurous items are on your bucket list?

Animals

 Lunch with Shamu at Sea World
 Ride a Camel – Dubai, UAE (2012)
 
Ride a Mechanical Bull
 
See a Sloth – Caribbean
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Ride a Mule – into the Grand Canyon
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Ride an elephant – FL
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Ride Horseback 
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Swim with Dolphins – FL, Caribbean
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Swim with Manatees – Caribbean
 
Whale Watching Alaska
 • Bison in Yellowstone
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Horseback ride on the beach
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See a Koala Bear
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See a Platypus
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Watch turtles hatch and run for the ocean

Career

Help Small Businesses with their Marketing
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Design entire album for Artist/Band
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Have a gallery showing
 Have a photograph I’ve taken be in an international magazine
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Have a photograph I’ve taken be on the cover of a magazine
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Photograph an Album Cover for an Artist/Band
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Photograph a favorite Musician – BB King, Buddy Guy, John Mayer
✓ Study under a renowned professional photographer
 • Have a full gallery show
 • Photograph an Iconic Image
 • See my photography hang in an airport

Charity & Contribution

✓ Build a Habitat for Humanity Home 
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Sponsor a family for Christmas
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Take 6 months off of work to do Charity and Volunteer work
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Donate my Hair
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Donate a million dollars to charity anonymously

“As one person, you cannot change the world, but you can change the world of one person.”

Unknown, but wise

Creativity

✓ Build a piece of furniture  a bench
✓ Own a handmade piece of pottery from the Enchanted Circle New Mexico
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Own an original piece of art
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Paint a piece of art on canvas good enough to hang
✓ Write a Limerick in Limerick Ireland
 •  Make a piece of pottery
 •  Make something from hand-blown glass
 •  Recreate a childhood picture

Education & Learning

✓ Google Certifications  Digital Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Google Analytics, Mobile Marketing, Creating a Local Search Presence, Google Analytics for Beginners Certified, Advanced Google Analytics Certified, Google Analytics Individual Qualification (GAIQ)
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Learn a foreign language – Spanish
✓ Learn CPR – Certified
✓ Learn Mnemonic Alphabet
✓ Learn Sign Language
✓ Learn to play chess
✓ Learn to use a skill saw
✓ Learn to Weld
✓ Protégé to a renowned photographer
 Read novels on top 100 Greatest Ever List  The Great Gatsby, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Lolita, The Grapes of Wrath, The Wings of the Dove, Lord of the Flies, A Farewell to Arms, The Call of the Wild, Catch-22, The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Red Badge of Courage, Dracula, To Kill a Mockingbird
✓ Start a business book club  Badass Your Business Book Club
 •  Knit a Scarf
 •  Learn a Magic Card Trick
 •  Learn to Sew
 •  Learn to juggle:

“Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”

Brian Tracy

Education gives you the knowledge to be who you want to be! What do you want to learn? What books are on your bucket list?

Entertainment / Events

✓ Attend Cirque du Soleil Alegria, Mystere, Zumanity, Varekai, Le Rêve
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Attend a Centennial Celebration NC. Wright Brothers, 100 yrs in flight
✓ March in a parade  Gasparilla Parade Tampa, FL
✓ Scavenger Hunt – 2019 Marietta, GA came in 4th out of 30 teams
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See a Broadway Play Rock of Ages 10/23/2011
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See Fireworks at Disney
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See a Space Shuttle Launch Live  I did, but it was the Challenger 1986
✓ Watch Groundhog Day movie on GroundHog Day   2019
✓ Visit a Renaissance Fair, dressed in costume  GA 2017
 •  Attend a Movie Premiere
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Attend an Olympic Game
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Attend Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Attend an authentic Luau
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Attend Carnival, Venice Italy
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Attend Loy Krathong – sky lantern festival in Thailand
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Attend Mardi Gras
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Attend New Year’s Eve in Time Square
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Attend a Pow-Wow
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Attend a unique small-town festival
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Be part of a flash mob
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Celebrate a foreign holiday in a different country
•   Participate in a scavenger hunt
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See a drive-in movie
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See a performance at the Sydney Opera House, Australia
 •  See Fireworks in Washington, DC for July 4th

“Embrace the detours."

Kevin Charbonneau
What events are on your bucket list?

Experience

Acupuncture
✓ Climb a lighthouse – Cape Hatteras, NC
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Desert Safari – United Arab Emirates May 2013
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Double Decker Bus – Hong Kong
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Drive a Submarine – USS Hampton
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Drive on the Left Side of the Road – South Island, New Zealand 2012
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Drive through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
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Fly in a Biplane
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Go to top of Empire State Building
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Hot air balloon ride – Oregon
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Jazz in the French Quarter
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Live in a foreign country 3+ months – United Arab Emirates
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Maze – Corn Maze
Ride Air Boat – Florida Everglades
✓ Ride a Cable Car – San Francisco
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Ride a Dhow boat – United Arab Emirates
✓ Ride Fire truck ladder – 10 stories high 2017
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Ride a Gondola – Las Vegas
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Ride a Harley Davidson Motorcycle – California Coast State Route 1
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Ride a 2 seated helicopter
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Ride a jet helicopter
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Ride a paddle-wheel boat
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Ride a Segway
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Ride in a Tuk Tuk – Cambodia
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Roll down hill on side like a kid
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Roller Coasters at CedarPoint
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See Air Force One
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See a Meteor Shower
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See a Stealth Bomber
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See The Girl With The Pearl Earring – High Museum of Art, Atlanta June 2013
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Silence – Doubtful Sound, New Zealand – Nov 2012
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Sleep overnight on a train – Norway Oslo to Bergen
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Spend the day on a US Submarine – USS Hampton Nuclear Submarine
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Spend the night at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
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Spend the Night in a Monastery – Monastery of Holy Spirit Conyers, GA
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Swim in a fountain
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Time Travel – Delta flight from LAX to SYD skipped Nov 13th 2012
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Visit top 5 tourist attractions in my town – Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-cola, Fox Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Piedmont Park
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Walk on a Glacier – Alaska, Iceland
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Watch the sunset and consecutive sunrise while sitting on the beach – Rota, Spain; Keflavík, Iceland
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Win a game of chess
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Witness a Solar Eclipse – GA; TN; From airplane over Australia
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Witness a Total Solar Eclipse21 August 2017
 •  5-Star Hotel
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Balloon Festival
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Bio-luminescent Water
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Dude Ranch
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Fence Surf at St. Marteen airport (planes landing right over top of head)
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Firetruck Ride Along
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Fly a kite
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Fly in a blimp
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Ice Bar
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Native American Sweat Lodge Ceremony
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Old Faithful Erupt
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Seaplane Flight
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See the Northern Lights
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Silent Retreat
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Sleep in a capsule hotel
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Spend the night in a castle
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Spend the night on the Great Wall
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Spend the night in an Igloo
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Spend the night in a Yurt
 •  Stay in an over-water suite in French Polynesia
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Swim in the Dead Sea
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Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
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Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world (off the coast of Chile, 1,000 yards long, 20 acres, 115 deep on one end, 66 million gallons of water)
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Train Ride High Speed
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Train Ride Steam Locomotive
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Walk to Milford Sound loveliest walk in the world, runs 33 miles and takes 3 days, New Zealand
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Walk on Stilts
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Walk the streets of Pompeii (Campania, Italy)
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Weightlessness
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White Christmas

Maryann Davidson - Harley Davidson Motorcycle ride along the west coast

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s time to start ticking things off your bucket list. What things do you want to experience in your life?

Food & Drinks

✓ Amish Dinner – with Amish family in Pennsylvania
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Australian Meat Pie – New Zealand; Marietta, GA
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Baklava – New Zealand
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Beignet at Cafe Du Monde New Orleans
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Belgium Waffles – Belgium 2017
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Bellini – New Orleans
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Black Pudding – Ireland, Iceland
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Boston Cream Donut in Boston – 2012
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Breakfast for Dinner – do this one all the time 🙂
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Brewery Hop in Belgium
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Brewery Tour
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Buffalo Wings in Buffalo NY
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Cantillon Brewery – 2017
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Carve a Pumpkin
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Ceviche
Charcoal Drink – Miami Beach 2019
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Chocolate (Belgium Dark) – Belgium
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Churros
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Cook Chicken Tikka Masala
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Cook Macaroons
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Cooking Class in a Foreign Country – seafood Paella in Barcelona Spain
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Croissant in France
✓ Cronut  – Chicago
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Cuban Coffee – Havana
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Durian Fruit
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Eat at a Michelin Star Restaurant – Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong
 
Deep Dish Pizza – Lou Malnati’s in Chicago
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Dim Sum – Hong Kong
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Escargot
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Ethiopian Food
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Fish Pie in Ireland
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Fish Tacos in Hawaii
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Fly to an International Destination Just to Have Lunch – Milan, Italy (Pizza, 2013); London England (Fish & Chips, 2013)
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Fondue – Dante’s Down the Hatch
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Food Tour – Asheville, Paris
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Fresh Coconut – Cambodia
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Fresh Honey from the Hive – Bulgaria
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Fried Green Tomatoes – Whistle Stop Cafe GA
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Frog Legs
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Gaufres (waffles) in France
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Glass of Wine while sitting in a Paris Cafe
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Hell’s Kitchen – 2014
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Hot Pot
✓ Impossible Burger – 2019 Asheville
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International Night Market – GA 2017
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Key Lime Pie – Kenny’s Key Lime Pie
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Learn to Make Pizza Crust
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Lunch in Cinderella’s Castle
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Make a Gingerbread House
 Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie from scratch, including roasting pumpkin – Thanksgiving 2019
✓ Milk a Cow
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Mixology Bar – Caribbean Cruise
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Molecular Gastronomy – Martinis at Elevation Chophouse Kennesaw, GA
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Murder Mystery Dinner
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Paella – Barcelona
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Pavlova – New Zealand
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Peking Duck – Hong Kong
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Picnic Lunch
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Pizza in Italy – 2013
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Pizza in NY
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Poutine – Manitoulin Island Canada
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Rocky Mountain Oysters – Texas
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Rolled Ice Cream
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Root Beer Float
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S’More Buffet
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Sausages of Multiple Varieties – Norway
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Scottish Breakfast – Scotland
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Soup Dumplings – Hong Kong
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Squirrel – Dubai
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Sushi
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Tapas in Barcelona Spain
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Taste Wine / Beer Directly from the Barrel – Mercier Orchard
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Travel Somewhere Just to Have Lunch – Chicago (Kuma’s Korner);  Milan, Italy; 3 Floyds Brewery
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Trifungo – Puerto Rico
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Afternoon Tea with Friends
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Bagels in NY
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Bizarre Food
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Black Truffle
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Bottomless Brunch
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Chef’s Table
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Chicken and Waffles
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Conveyor Belt Sushi
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Crazy Ice Cream Flavor
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Create Your Own Cocktail
•  Empanadas in Argentina
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Fancy Hot Dog
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Food Factory Tour
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Go Fruit Picking
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Go Vegan for a Week
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Gumbo
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Have a Food Fight
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Hunt for Truffles
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Kobe Beef
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Largest Tub of Movie Popcorn at the Movies
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Make Fresh Pasta
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Make Homemade Ice Cream
•  Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie from scratch, including roasting pumpkin
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Make Pie from Fruit I’ve Picked
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Order Everything on a Menu
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Order the most expensive bottle of wine at a restaurant
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Sushi in Japan
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Tom Yum soup in Thailand
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Vineyard Tour
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Wade in a Cranberry Bog

"Life is like a sandwich. You have to fill it with the best ingredients."

Unknown
What delicious food is on your bucket list?

Miscellaneous

✓ Donate item to museum
✓ Dye Hair – first time Red color 2019
✓ Go UP the down escalator
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Own an Arcade Cabinet
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Play a game of chess with really big chess pieces
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Walk through operating car wash – Kentucky 2011
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Withdrawal money from ATM – 1st time ever was in Time Square
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Complete a Jigsaw Puzzle of more than 1000 Pieces
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Hide a Time Capsule
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Name a star in the Universe
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Perform an activity for 365 days straight
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Throw a themed Halloween party
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Write something in wet cement

"Design a life you are inspired to live."

Annette White
What are you doing outside the box?

Music

✓ Listen to my favorite song being sung to me
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BB King Atlanta; Chicago
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John Mayer – Orange Beach
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Journey 
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Sing Karaoke on Stage 
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Walk Off The Earth in Concert 2018
 •  Audioslave Concert  (though I did have a private “concert” with Chris Cornell)
 •  Adele 
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Backstage at a concert
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Concert in a foreign country
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Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater
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Concert or symphony at the Hollywood Bowl in LA

"I am an architect of days that haven't happened yet."

John Mayer - Face to Call Home
What musician is on your bucket list?

People

✓ Do a life altering/changing deed for someone anonymously
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Have a deep meaningful once-in-a-lifetime conversation with a stranger 
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Help someone fulfill their dream 
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Meet and shake hands with a US President  – Jimmy Carter
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See a US President give a speech live  – George Bush Jr.; Jimmy Carter
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Write a handwritten letter to a stranger
 •  Have lunch with WWII Soldier
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Help someone check off an item on their bucket list
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Put change into someone’s expired parking meter
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Send someone on their dream vacation

Personal

✓ 21 day Grateful Challenge
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Find my passion – Photography, Travel, Volunteering
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Forgive the unforgivable
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Heal my past and let it go
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Invent something
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Kick negative habits – watched too much mindless television
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Make cake from scratch for someone
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Receive a hand-written letter
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Receive a cake from scratch cake for my birthday
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Try to do at least one kind deed daily
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Learn not to take what others say and do personally
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Pay it Forward
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Release negative emotions and limiting beliefs
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Write a letter to my future self

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”

The Shawshank Redemption

Places

✓ 4 Corners (only place in the US where 4 states meet)
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Arc de Triomphe – Vegas; Paris 2017
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Alamo
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Angkor Wat
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Antelope Canyon
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Blue Lagoon – near Reykjavik, Iceland
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Bryce Canyons Utah
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Catacombs – Paris Sept 2017
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Cuba – Guantanamo; Havana; Camaguey
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Disney – World, FL
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Eiffel Tower – Vegas (1/2 size of actual); Paris 2017
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Golden Gate Bridge – Walked across
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La Sagrada Familia (Gaudí´s Temple) – Barcelona Spain
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Las Vegas
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Lincoln Memorial – 2013
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Louvre Pyramid – 2017
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Mayan Ruins – Chichen Itza
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Monument Valley – 2016
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Niagra Falls – US; Canada
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Panama Canal – rode a boat through the locks
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Park Guell – Barcelona Spain
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Portland, OR
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Rainforest – Alaska; Panama
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Redwood Forest (tallest tress on earth) – California
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Rila Monastery – Bulgaria
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Southern most point in the Continental US
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Vietnam Memorial Wall – 2013
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Visit places that sound fake – Boothill, AZ; Lovejoy, GA; Djibouti, Africa; Experiment, GA
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Visit the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa, Dubai
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Walk entire Central Park from 110th st. – 59th st.
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White House – 2013
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Zion National Park
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Alcatraz
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Crazy Horse Memorial – South Dakota
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Easter Island
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Great Barrier Reef
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Great Wall of China
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Greece Parthenon
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Guacu Falls (36 times greater than Niagara)
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Lavendar Fields – Provence France
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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – longest name of any railway station in the United Kingdom
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Machu Picchu in Peru
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Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
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Monet’s Gardens
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Mount Rushmore
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Painted Desert
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Palau
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Pearl Harbor to pay my respect
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Pyramids of Giza
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Rome Coliseum
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Skagit Valley Tulip Fields – Washington
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Stonehenge
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See the sunrise from on top of Haleakala Crater – Maui, Hawaii
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Singapore – it is a city, a state, and a country all in one
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Sistine Chapel – Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Taj Mahal, India
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Termales resort in Pereira, Columbia
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Truth and Consequences (airport)
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Universal Studios in Florida
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Yellowstone
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Zihuatanejo (locally: [siwataˈneho]) or Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.”

Proverb
What interesting places are on your bucket list?

Sports / Outdoor Activity

✓ Bike the entire silver comet bike trail – May 2016
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Bocce Ball
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Build a snowman
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Canoeing
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Hike Angel’s Landing – Zion National Park Utah
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Hike in the Grand Canyon
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Ice-skating – GA; Rockefeller Plaza NY 2011
✓ Kayaking – Milford Sound New Zealand Nov 2012
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Learn Archery
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Learn to shoot a gun proficiently
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Ride a 2 seated tandem bicycle – OR; SC
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Snorkel – Cancun, MX; Belize
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Top Golf – scored 108 on first try
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Walk over 100,000 steps in 5 days
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Water Ski
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Zip-line/Canopy Tour – Banning Mills, Guinness World Record longest and largest
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5K
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10K
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Camp in a National Park
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Curling
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Fencing
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Half Marathon
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Jump at a Trampoline House
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Para-sailing
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Scuba Diving
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Self Defense Class
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Snow Skiing
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Surfing
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Zorbing

Travel

✓ Drive entire length of I-75
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Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
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Pack a bag, go to the airport, and take a random flight out of town
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See a Saguaro cactus – AZ
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See the Spruce Goose – McMinnville, OR
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Take a Cruise – Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean
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Take a helicopter tour of Grand Canyon
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Travel Alaska’s Inside Passage
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Travel below the surface of the ocean in a US Submarine – USS Hampton Nuclear Submarine (off the coast of Fort Lauderdale)
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Travel Route 66
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Travel US Hwy 101
 •  Step foot in all 7 Continents – Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia, Antarctica
 •  Visit Every US State – AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
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Visit Every US District and Territory – AA, AE, AP, AS, CZ, DC, GU, FM, MH, MP, PR, PW, UM, VI
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Drive across America Coast-to-Coast
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Drive Hana Highway – Maui, Hawaii
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Fijian Island of Taveuni and stand on the international date line (standing in two days at once) (unable to do since the international date line has been moved off the island and out into the ocean)
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Ride the Orient Express
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Ride the Trans-Siberian Express – longest continuous rail line, stretches almost 6,000 miles (1/3 distance around globe) and crosses 8 time zones
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Take a road trip with no destination in mind
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Throw a dart at a map of the USA (while blindfolded) and travel to where the dart lands
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Train ride through Alaska

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain
Where will your bucket list take you?