Panama, harpy eagle at Belize Zoo

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!

Here are a few things on our bucket list that we’d most like to do, and we’re ticking them off whenever we can.

If it’s in green italics, we’ve accomplished it, but it doesn’t mean we don’t want to do it again.  That’s the problem with travel; once you get a taste for it, it’s a hard habit to give up.

1 – Snorkel in the warm waves with sea turtles

Green sea turtles, Maui Hawaii, USA

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

3 – Buy Oru kayaks

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 musher Jeff King during 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 at Caracol in Belize
Caracol, Belize

10 – Survive a fierce summer thunderstorm in our tiny tent in Romania’s Carpathian mountains

driving the Transfagarasan Highway in the Carpathian Mountains
Transfăgărășan Highway, Carpathian Mountains, Romania

11 – Ride an Icelandic pony because it would be really, really fun

12 – Backpack through the Australian Outback

13 – See a Patagonian puma in the wild

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

ice fishing on Norton Sound in Alaska
Norton Sound, Alaska, USA

15 – Float in the Black Sea

16 – Go on a solo camping trip 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 – Ride a camel in the desert

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

Pearl Tower from the Bund in Shanghai China
The Bund, Shanghai, China

19 – Spend a night in the Hoia Baciu Haunted Forest of Romania

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, Schwangau, Germany

24 – Stand 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 France’s Mer de Glace Glacier

inside the Mer de Glace Glacier in France
Mer de Glace Glacier, Montenvers, France

30 – Convince Trav that he wants to hike the famous Pacific Crest Trail (I figure I’m 1/3 of the way there.)

31 – Hike the Pacific Crest Trail, whining through all of southern California

32 – Zip-line off the Great Wall of China at Simatai

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

33 – Soak in Iceland’s geothermal Blue Lagoon

34 – Drive the entire Alaska Highway

35 – Marry the love of my life and my best friend – a funny, smart, and very sweet 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 in Croatia

turquoise waters at Plitvice National Park in Croatia
Plitviče Lakes National Park, Croatia

41 – Stand 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)

different treehouses at Out n About Treehouses in Oregon
Out’n’About Treehouse Treesort, Cave Junction, Oregon, USA

48 – Visit with a friendly, chirping Harpy eagle in the rainforest

Panama the harpy eagle perched on a branch at the Belize Zoo
Panama, harpy eagle, Belize Zoo, 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’s on your bucket list?

What do you think we should add to ours?

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



6 thoughts on “Bucket List”

  1. 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. 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.

    1. 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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