Bucket List

Everyone should have a bucket list, things you want to see or do in your lifetime. Even if it’s just a visit to a local attraction you’ve always wanted to see, summiting a mountain that’s practically in your back yard, or planning that long forgotten vacation you’re always too busy to take – make time, do it!

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Our Top 50!

Here are the top 50 things on our bucket list that we’d most like to do.  We’re ticking them off whenever we can.  If it’s in green italics, we’ve made it happen.  Doesn’t mean we don’t want to do it again though!

If it’s also underlined, click the link to read more about our adventure.

#1 – Snorkel in the warm waves with sea turtles

Green Sea Turtle, Maui, Hawaii

#2 – Sky dive before I die (without it being the cause of my death)

#3 – Buy Oru origami kayaks so we can kayak anytime, anywhere

#4 – Ride horses through Idaho’s Sawtooth Range

#5 – Hike the Annapurna Circuit over Thorung La Pass in the Himalayas

#6 – Camp beneath the shadow of the Matterhorn

camping beneath the Matterhorn

The Matterhorn, Switzerland

#7 – Wave to the mushers of Alaska’s 1100+ mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race

#8 – Stand in the pounding spray of Argentina & Brazil’s Iguazú Falls

#9 – Tour Mayan ruins under the watchful eye of machine-gun-toting guards

mayan ruins in Caracol, Belize

Caracol, Belize

#10 – Drive the Transfăgărășan Highway, one of the world’s most scenic roads

Transfagarasan Highway in the Carpathian Mountains

Transfăgărășan Highway, Romania

#11 – Go on a safari in Africa

#12 – Backpack and camp in the Australian Outback

#13 – Photograph a Patagonian puma in the wild

#14 – Ice fish with adorable local school children in the Arctic

Ice fishing with local children, Norton Sound, Alaska

Norton Sound, Alaska

#15 – Float in the Black Sea

#16 – Go on a solo camping trip.  Alone.  All by myself.  Nobody to save my hide if I forget the gas canister for the camp stove or read the map upside down and get lost.

#17 – Feel the warm red sand of the Sahara Desert

#18 – Sip fancy cocktails from a sky-rise in Shanghai’s Bund District

Pearl Tower in Shanghai, China

Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China

#19 – Camp for a night in Romania’s Hoia Baciu Haunted Forest

camping in the Hoia Baciu Haunted Forest of Romania

Hoia Baciu Haunted Forest, Romania

#20 – Kayak the coast of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands

#21 – Fly in a glider

#22 – Float the Danube River from Germany to the Black Sea

#23 – Tour Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, the original Disney castle

Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

#24 – Stand right next to live lava anywhere we can find it

#25 – Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

#26 – Summit South Sister in Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range

descending South Sister summit in the Oregon Cascade Mountains

South Sister Summit, Cascade Mountains, Oregon, USA

#27 – Fly in a helicopter (Trav still needs to do this one though)

#28 – Kayak a Norwegian fjord

#29 – Hike through an ice cave inside a glacier

inside the Mer de Glace Glacier in France

Mer de Glace Glacier, Montenvers, France

#30 – Hike the Pacific Crest Trail in the US from Mexico to Canada (have to convince Travis)

#31 – Volunteer at a wildlife refuge for big cats.  Who’m I kidding?  ANY wildlife refuge.

#32 – Zip-line off the Great Wall of China

Zip lining over Mallard Lake from Great Wall of China at Simatai

Mallard Lake, Simatai Great Wall, China

#33 – Soak in Iceland’s geothermal river, Reykjadalur

#34 – Drive the entire Alaska Highway

#35 – Marry the love of my life and my best friend – a guy I’ve known since the 5th grade

wedding photo at Shore Acres State Park on the Oregon Coast

Shore Acres State Park, Oregon Coast, USA

#36 – Fall asleep in an ice dome beneath the Northern Lights

#37 – Spend a weekend in Paris visiting the Eiffel Tower and following in the footsteps of Carrie’s favorite author, Victor Hugo

bed where Victor Hugo died in Paris, France

Maison de Victor Hugo, Paris, France

#38 – Feast on sumptuous barracuda from the Caribbean on Belize’s Caye Caulker

#39 – Sleep in a glass-bottomed hut in Mo’orea, French Polynesia

#40 – Hike among the ice-blue lakes of Plitvice National Park

turquoise waters at Plitvice National Park in Croatia

Plitviče Lakes National Park, Croatia

#41 – Hike and camp beneath the jagged peaks of Chile’s Torres del Paine

#42 – Watch the sun set at a beach bonfire on the Pacific Coast

#43 – Stand on top of the Kjeragbolten in Norway

#44 – Walk the legendary halls of Bran Castle, Vlad the Impaler’s home, aka “Dracula”

wedding dress display at Bran Castle in Romania

Princess Ileana’s Room, Bran Castle, Romania

#45 – Learn how to actually roll a whitewater kayak

#46 – Be a kid again at Disneyland

#47 – Sleep in a treehouse in Oregon (Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort) 

#48 – See one of the last remaining Harpy eagles alive in the rainforest

bucket list item 48

Panama the Harpy Eagle, Belize

#49 – Hike Italy’s colorful Cinque Terre and kayak the Amalfi Coast

#50 – Visit every national park in the United States.  This is actually probably #1 on our bucket list.  We’ve visited the ones marked with blue pins but still need to visit the yellow ones.

What about you?

What’s on your bucket list?  What should we add to ours?

If you know an awesome travel destination we just have to visit, send it our way!


6 Responses

  1. rbeamanl

    We totally share some bucket list items!!! I too want to sky dive, learn to roll in a kayak, and snorkel the great barrier reef. I am hoping to learn to roll this Sunday as I am taking a kayaking class!!!!

  2. janie113

    In a recent message you asked if I had a bucket list. It made me think. So I took a look at your bucket list and I am totally amazed! You are so adventurous and I’m jealous. But it does inspire me. I shall start my own bucket list before its too late. LOL! Love you guys.

    • Two Small Potatoes

      Janle, it sounds like you’re surrounded by an amazing family who loves you and that you’ve focused on caring for them, but you deserve a bucket list that’s your very own. It’s never too late! And from your messages, I find YOU inspiring! 😉


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