THIS list is the heart of MY BUCKET LIST project

I've kept nearly every item from the original, which I wrote at 17.



Participate in a traveling service trip (Original List)

Visit Greece  (Original List)

Visit the Colosseum (Original List)

Climb the Eiffel Tower (Original List)

Marvel at the Taj Mahal (Original List)

Go to the Grand Canyon (Original List)  

Statue of Liberty (Original List)

Visit Ellis Island (Original List) 

Travel to Cambodia (Added 2014)

Travel to Vietnam (Added 2014)

Travel to Thailand (Added in 2014) 

Travel to Peru (Added in 2015)

Travel to Argentina (Added in 2015)

Tour Utah National Parks (Added in 2015) 

Travel to Uruguay (Added in 2015)

Eat something delicious from Pikes Place Market - 2015

Hike to Machu Picchu (Original List)

Visit all EU countries - (Original List)

Visit all 50 States -  (Original List)

Collect something from all 50 States -  (Original List)

See the Northern Lights (Original List)

Find my favorite spot in the whole wide world (Original List)

Write my name in the sand of the West Coast (Original List)

Backpack in the Rockies (Original List)

4 Corners - 4 places at once! (Original List)

Visit Mount Rushmore (Original List)

Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef (Original List)

Walk along the Great Wall of China (Original List)

Go on an African Safari (Original List)

Get a face full of mist from Iguazu Falls (Original List)

Visit Bangkok, Thailand (Original List)


Graduate from college (Original List)

Own my own home (Original List)

Find a career that is fulfilling - (Original List)


Attend my brothers' graduations (Original List)

Find my better half (Original List)

Marry that person (Original List)

Get a dog! (Original List)

Tell my best friend that she looks beautiful on her wedding day (Original List)


Go to a HS reunion and not be as awkward as I am now (Original List)


Learn how to cook one thing extremely well (Original List)

Learn how to not say "Yes" when I really want to say "I would rather wake up with my head stapled to the carpet" (Original List)

Learn to become more thankful, less resentful (Original List)

Learn how to use my DSLR (Original List)

Read the Bible--cover to cover but not all at one time (Original List)

Chart my family tree (Original List)

Create a list of the Top 5 fiction authors that satisfies me (Original List)

Learn some of the major constellations (Original List)

Always keep up my French (Original List)

Learn how to say "cheers" in 10 different languages (Original List)

Learn some sign language beyond the alphabet (Original List)


Run an 8k (Original List)

Run a 10k  (Original List)

Run a Half Marathon (Original List)

Try Yoga (Original List)

Snow ski and not fall down (Added in 2013)

Learn a Martial Art (Original List)

Put up a wall taller than me (waterski) - 2014

Bonus! Go Ziplining! - 2015

Complete a Sprint Triathlon

Learn a proper dance...of the ballroom variety

Go sailing


Ride in a hot air balloon

Go geocaching

Try paddle boarding




Skinny dip

Buy/sell shares

Wine taste  - 2011

Be a bartender for a night - 2010

Treat myself to a full body massage - 

Fly a kite - 2008

Carve my initials into a tree - 

Overcome a fear - 2013

Catch, cook, and eat a fish - 2014

Contribute to a Wikipedia article (2009, for Mark Cuban)

Sleep outside underneath the stars - 2010

Find a dang Sonic  - 2007 (back when Sonics were only south of the Mason Dixon Line, and this feat required some work!)

Win a contest

Buy a lottery ticket

Write a letter of thanks to a good product/service - 2011

Keep in touch with old friends - Ongoing

Collect my loose change in a large water bottle and then donate it to charity - Ongoing

Record (after the fact) some of the meaningful conversations I have with strangers. - Ongoing

Karaoke 2009, 2015

Vote (Obviously)

De-clutter.  Get rid of 100 things. - 2014

Go on a brewery tour - 

Host a cookie exchange - 2012

Launch this blog as my own site - 2014

Write a charity into my will

Attend a religious service once a week, every week, for a year

Regularly volunteer my time at a charity of my choice

Go to a wacky festival

Throw a formal New Years' Eve party

Attend at least one major sporting event--the Olympic Games, the Super Bowl, the World Series...

Send a message in a bottle

Write a fan letter to a my current or childhood hero.

Invent a drink and name it after myself

Take one picture and only one picture each day for a week.  Put together a collage.

Go a whole week without watching TV

Build a tree house

Assemble a pointless collection

Bury a grudge

Make jam from scratch

Find the best fish tacos.  Ever.

Buy a homeless person a hot meal

Always know my neighbors

Grow my own basil/oregano/herbs

Send flowers to my mom for no apparent reason