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STEVEM
12-23-2007, 23:57
I saw an ad tonight for a new film starring Jack Nicholson entitled "The Bucket List". Essentially the plot revolves around two terminally ill men doing the things they had always dreamed about doing before they "kicked the bucket".

I've seen two young men die this year, both of pancreatic cancer. Niether had a clue that 2006 was the last Christmas they'd spend with their families. I also know a special young lady who is currently battling breast cancer. She's 39 and her son is 5. She's doing well and I know her only wish is to see her little boy grow up.

My dad always wanted to fish for northern pike in Canada. Other than TV guide, the only thing he ever read was fishing magazines. He never went on that trip.

With the new year coming, I think I'll start working on my list. I was able to check one off this year, my daughter finally graduated from college with her nursing degree.

Anyway, whats on your "bucket List"? What are the places, things and experiences you want to see, do and have before you "kick the bucket"?

ChinMusic
12-24-2007, 00:03
1. AT
2. PCT
3. Alaskan RV trip
4. Living in as many cool places in my RV as time will allow.

Bare Bear
12-24-2007, 00:06
Hey Chin, I'm planning on a Alaska RV trip right after TM in April. Come by Stecoah Gap the first two weeks of April. Three RV in our little caravan so far.............

oops56
12-24-2007, 00:12
Well to me i done and seen all going to. There just one thing like to see is a real ufo close up.

Jan LiteShoe
12-24-2007, 00:15
A good topic! Using death as your advisor can quickly get to the bottom line of what's really important.

I can honestly say I could go tonight with few regrets. I've had a super life, and have laughed and loved and tasted freedom, and also submitted willingly to the yoke of a task I wanted to undertake. The only regrets have been unkindnesses, not missed experiences.

That said, if I have a few years remaining, I'd love to see Alaska, Corsica, the Pyranees, take a trip down what remains of the river through the Grand Canyon, see South America, Scotland, Australia, Thailand, walk across Ireland, horse-pack again in the Bob Marshall, walk in the Swiss Alps in summertime ("the hills are alive..."), walk out west and visit the national parks...
;-)

I've been a Hospice volunteer, blessed with the privilege of sitting with folks as they thundered down to their Bottom Line. Pretty much what they regretted was hurting people. Even unfulfilled dreams faded before the demands of the heart. Be kind. Hurry!
;-)

Tin Man
12-24-2007, 00:15
Hike the Whites...it's on the agenda for 2008.

Demortor
12-24-2007, 00:18
1. AT
2. PCT
3. CDT
4. Salmon Fish in Alaska
5. Climb Denali

rafe
12-24-2007, 00:18
I want to see Mt. Everest. Not climb it, but at least see it from base camp.

ATbound
12-24-2007, 00:21
go into space so i can take a picture of earth from there
be able to make a difference in someone's life
climb mt. mckinley (denali)

we all have a choice. we can either get busy living or get busy dying. personally i'm trying to live.

J5man
12-24-2007, 00:23
Fish in Alaska and visit Gimmelwald, Swizterland.

4eyedbuzzard
12-24-2007, 00:24
I've got a list:

I'd like to see my four children successfully settle into adult life - they are 15, 17, 19, 21 right now.

I'd like to be blessed with a few grandchildren.

I'd like to play the Old Course at St. Andrews

I'd like to see Italy, Greece, Israel, Egypt, and Russia - Archaeology and Art mostly.

I'd like to give thru-hiking another shot(abandoned an attempt in 1976), but realistically, it may not be for me. We'll see. I will try again in 2010 with my daughter and see how far I/we get. At worst it'll be a great long section hike.:) When I was younger, I always wanted to be an elite mountaineer - climb Everest, do the seven summits, etc, but twice came down with pretty severe AMS just above 4000 meters, and once with HAPE(at 5500 meters). Pretty much the end of aspiring to do that. Hiking lower mountains will simply have to do for this lifetime.

Quite a lot to ask for.:sun

Tin Man
12-24-2007, 00:34
I'd like to play the Old Course at St. Andrews



I played it and I would rather play anywhere else in Scotland. It is right on the North Sea and conditions are usually brutal (cold, windy, rainy). The fairways are concrete, the rough is impossible, and the greens are like putting on glass. If you do go, don't get into a pot bunker. The only way out is with an overhand toss.

Personally, my number one pick of wish to play courses is Augusta National.

rafe
12-24-2007, 00:40
I'd like to be blessed with a few grandchildren.
Consider yourself lucky. I'll have to settle for nieces and nephews.



I'd like to see Italy, Greece, Israel, Egypt, and Russia - Archaeology and Art mostly.I've got three out five from that list.


I'd like to give thru-hiking another shotOr failing that, just pick up where you left off...

4eyedbuzzard
12-24-2007, 00:43
I played it and I would rather play anywhere else in Scotland. It is right on the North Sea and conditions are usually brutal (cold, windy, rainy). The fairways are concrete, the rough is impossible, and the greens are like putting on glass. If you do go, don't get into a pot bunker. The only way out is with an overhand toss.

Personally, my number one pick of wish to play courses is Augusta National.

I there's nay wind and rain, there's nay golf.;) I almost think that if the weather wasn't nasty while playing the Old Course that somehow I wouldn't be getting the true experience.

Getting on The National is really difficult even if you're connected to
VIP's. My friend played it once as the guest of one of the old money southern members. Found out after the fact they could have used a fourth. Aaaarrrrrggghhh! I've played a lot of other famous courses(Pine Valley, Spyglass, Pebble, Pinehurst) but I agree with you on your choice. I don't even list it as a desire though 'cause it's basically just not going to happen.

4eyedbuzzard
12-24-2007, 00:52
Consider yourself lucky. I'll have to settle for nieces and nephews.

I do!


I've got three out five from that list.

I somhow missed that whole part of the world while travelling on business years ago. Got to some of the others while commissioning chem process facilities: France and Holland, Romania and East Germany prior to the collapse of the Soviet Bloc. Columbia and Mexico on coffee plants.


Or failing that, just pick up where you left off...

A definite possibility. We are looking at several alternate itineraries as well.

slow
12-24-2007, 00:58
Do more Orphange work.
Hike Lake Clark Alaska...coming soon.
Hike Lake Biaikal Russia.

mobileman
12-24-2007, 01:19
I would like to complete the entire AT, openly admiring,appreciating,enjoying the beauty wonders and spirituality that those who have gone before me speak of. Forgive others totaly, accept without reservation, give unconditional love and be an example of compassion to those I am fortunate enough to meet along lifes way. When meeting my maker, hope that I have at least met his minimum standards.

Kerosene
12-24-2007, 01:21
1. Complete the AT (slated for September 2013 atop Katahdin)
2. Work on an AT trail crew for a few weeks to give back a little
3. Hike a bunch of other mid-length trails in successive years (JMT, Wonderland, Tahoe Rim, Coho)
4. Visit New Zealand, Florence, Scotland, BWI
5. Attend a men's World Cup match
6. Form a men's quartet and perform again

hair
12-24-2007, 02:27
1. Get married and have a family
2. Thru hike

not necessarily in that order. Living is something you do now or never.

Marta
12-24-2007, 06:54
I've always got a list. I try to knock off at least one thing a year. When I do one, I move on to the next, and rough out plans for the next two or three.

Foreign hikes: 1) Above the Artic Circle in Europe (planned for 2008) 2) Hike to Everest Base Camp (2010?)

US: 1) PCT 2) CDT 3) Grand Canyon 4) See other places too numerous to mention--long list

Spend more time skiing.

Lellers
12-24-2007, 07:17
Not necessarily in this order, but mostly in this order:

See my boys grow up into honorable manhood (almost there!), see the Grand Canyon, attend Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, donate my hair to Locks of Love (another inch to go!), become involved in an adult literacy program and teach someone to read.

Sly
12-24-2007, 07:49
Check Your Bucket! (http://cdbaby.com/mp3lofi/drivers-03.m3u)

Frolicking Dinosaurs
12-24-2007, 07:57
Wobble down the AT and enjoy it.
Die happy 'cause I've emptied my bucket

MOWGLI
12-24-2007, 09:17
Interesting thread. It's amazing how little comes to mind at first. I've done an awful lot in my life! Hiking the JMT with my youngest this summer is right up there. That's gonna be a blast! Live long enough to have some Grandchildren.

My wife wants to take a road trip down the West Coast in 2009 for our 20th anniversary. That should be fun. I want to visit lots of old towns along the way and visit some of the really big Redwood groves. I'd like to go a few places like Alaska, and hike the Wonderland Trail, and maybe the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim. Go to Scotland and find some ancestors. Visit Antarctica.

I guess once I thought a bit, things started to flow.

Smile
12-24-2007, 09:20
I heard this was a great movie, hope to get to see it sometime this year.

STEVEM
12-24-2007, 09:30
Here's one thats on my list:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISDiS0a--y0

Its 8:00 long, but worth it. turn up the volume.

Smile
12-24-2007, 09:48
Great slideshow, thanks! What did you have to carry in your packs, I see no tent :)

oldfivetango
12-24-2007, 09:50
The first thing I would like to do is make all the junk
mail go away.Not for me-for everybody.It would save alot
of precious resources,including landfill space.

As for the rest,a nice back operation would be nice so
I could travel and not be a prisoner to the Travel Channel.
Oldfivetango

STEVEM
12-24-2007, 09:55
Great slideshow, thanks! What did you have to carry in your packs, I see no tent :)

Sorry for any confussion, It's not my film. Wish it was. Maybe it's a trip I can take with my daughter before she starts a career and family of her own.

Rouen
12-25-2007, 20:40
not necessarily in this order, except for #1, thats already in the works.

1) finish degree program in environmental science
2) AT
3) PCT
4) ADT
5) CDT

terms, order and goals are subject to change

Belew
12-25-2007, 21:31
1. travel through America
2. be able play blues mando in front of a huge crowd at a fest and all the folks really dig it.
3. find love for once that last till I kick the bucket.

That's all I really want. I can do the first when ever but I want to do it with #3.
The second will take a lot of practice and playing.
The third could happen at anytime.

Merry Christmas!

4eyedbuzzard
12-25-2007, 22:11
The first thing I would like to do is make all the junk
mail go away.Not for me-for everybody.It would save alot
of precious resources,including landfill space.

Hey, it's not junk mail. It's Bulk Business Mail. And it pays my wife's salary GD it! Please find a cause that does not include cutting my family's disposable income!:D


As for the rest,a nice back operation would be nice so
I could travel and not be a prisoner to the Travel Channel.
Oldfivetango

Yeah, I few replacement spinal discs would be nice here as well...:(

rainmaker
12-25-2007, 22:34
1. Complete the AT before I qualify for Medicare. Times awastin!
2. Complete a Transamerica Bike ride, route not yet determined.
3. Complete the BMT and the Long Trail.
4. Hike the IAT.
5. Kayak the Maine Islands Seakayaking trail.
6. Canoe all the main rivers of South Carolina.
7. Introduce my four grandchildren to hiking and camping.
8. Learn Celtic.

Almost There
12-25-2007, 22:52
Been actually thinking about this one alot lately.

Not in any specific order, except for the first:

1. Have a child or children
2. Thru hike either the AT or PCT
3. Hike the trail along Hadrian's Wall
4. Move back somewhere there is snow
5. Get my Phd in History
6. One day own a hostel or outfitter, already have the name picked out.
7. Know that I have made my family happy and proud

Spirit Walker
12-25-2007, 22:52
There are things I'd like to do - visit Australia and New Zealand, see Machu Picchu, go back to Alaska, hike the CDT again - but the most important things on my life list have been accomplished. If I died tomorrow, I would have few regrets.

greg burke
12-25-2007, 23:13
Hike the A.T. befor I'm 50 2012 or sooner.

A-Train
12-26-2007, 01:26
Good thread. Hopefully i'll get to do most of this some day as I'm 24.

-Finally become proficient in spanish and live in S. America somewhere, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador again or Bolivia.

-learn how to surf in Costa Rica.

-return back to the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans to reconnect with the resident I volunteered with.

-CDT

-Canadian Rockies trip.

-Alaskan Trip.

-Get a chance to spend some time with my dad and brother fishing in Canada, the UP or northern Minnesota.

-Canoe trip in the Boundary Waters, Minn.

-A few weeks playing and bagging peaks in the High Peaks of the Adirondaks

-a walk across Ireland and Scotland, with lots of good beer.

-Nepalese Himalayas

-Greek Islands.

-Glacier Nat'l Park

ZEKE #2
12-26-2007, 21:32
Thru hike the AT
March in the Macey's Thanksgiving parade
Enjoy as many days as I can with my family

Kirby
12-26-2007, 21:45
Bucket list(in no particular order):
*Finish the entire Appalachian Trail
*Graduate High School
*Attend American University, receive a a double major in international relations and government affairs/foreign policy
*Climb to Mount Everest base camp, if not the entire mountain
*Go to Antarctica
*Climb Vinson Massif, Aconcagua, K2, and Cho Oyo
*Visit Africa
*Work at a foreign United States embassy

Can't think of anything else at the moment,
Kirby

Tinker
12-26-2007, 23:33
The song "Live like you were dying" comes to mind.

"I'd feel deeper and I'd love sweeter.........."

I really feel at a loss to answer this question. I'm still fleeing my own mortality and am in deep denial.

Sure makes one think though.

4eyedbuzzard
12-26-2007, 23:57
*Climb to Mount Everest base camp, if not the entire mountain
*Go to Antarctica
*Climb Vinson Massif, Aconcagua, K2, and Cho Oyo


Reminds me of someone I once knew...:)

K2, huh? Very scary stuff.

turtle fast
12-27-2007, 00:13
HMMM....
1. Get my financual affairs in order, check on my life insurance policies.
2. Preplan my funeral the way I want it...
3. Quit my job!!!
4. Thru hike the AT and taking time to see the sunsets and smell the
flowers. Invite friends and family on sections to have some personal time
with individual family members.
5. Give a waitress that was genuinely nice to me a tip she would never
forget!!!
6. Hike the Inca trail to Machu Pichu, Killamonjaro (sp), and whatever else
that crossed my mind that I could physically do.
7. Spend my last month with my wife and reading my Bible to cram for the
"final exam"!

Mags
12-27-2007, 00:43
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
--Raymond Carver, LATE FRAGMENT

(If you have not read Raymond Carver, you should...)

I've been blessed with many wondeful journeys over
the years.

I've seen sunsets over deserts, felt the wind
against my face, tasted ripe huckleberries, heard
my footsteps walk ancient stairways in the ancesteral
village, smelt the dampness of a New England autumn.

Now to find someone who shares the passion. :)

A-Train
12-27-2007, 02:24
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
--Raymond Carver, LATE FRAGMENT

(If you have not read Raymond Carver, you should...)

I've been blessed with many wondeful journeys over
the years.

I've seen sunsets over deserts, felt the wind
against my face, tasted ripe huckleberries, heard
my footsteps walk ancient stairways in the ancesteral
village, smelt the dampness of a New England autumn.

Now to find someone who shares the passion. :)

Let me know when you find her Mags. Maybe she has a sister?:)

Pokey2006
12-27-2007, 04:07
I only just started working on my longtime list a couple of years ago. Hiking the AT and seeing the Himalayas were first to get checked off. I'm hoping to do another three or four of these in the next few years.

--Returning to the Canadian maritimes to bike the Cabot Trail
--Biking across the U.S.
--Biking around Ireland
--Going on a safari in Africa
--Climbing Kilimanjaro
--Everest Base Camp trek
--A trip to Sweden (I'm of Swedish descent)
--Seeking remote Incan ruins deep in the jungle.
--Walking the length of the Great Wall of China
--Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Everyone should have a list. Even if there's only a couple things on it, it's good to have dreams!

rafe
12-27-2007, 10:03
7. Spend my last month with my wife and reading my Bible to cram for the
"final exam"!

not a terribly flattering notion of g*d. ;) Can't you just bring a cheat-sheet?

envirodiver
12-27-2007, 11:03
1. Watch my daughters (18 & 20) continue down the path to become the women that they seem to be heading towards, and maybe even help with a few bumps along the way.
2. See them find wonderful relationships
3. Be able to have and spend time with Grandchildren, intorduce them to the outdoors
3. Hike more and see more.
4. Spend a week in the Boundry Waters Canoe Area.
5. Blow up my TV
6. Throw away the papers
7. Move to the country
8. Build me a home
9. Have a little garden
10. Eat a lot of peaches
11. Try to find Jesus on my own

rafe
12-27-2007, 11:18
5. Blow up my TV
6. Throw away the papers
7. Move to the country
8. Build me a home
9. Have a little garden
10. Eat a lot of peaches
11. Try to find Jesus on my own

Everyone needs their own level-headed dancer. ;) :D

envirodiver
12-27-2007, 11:49
Everyone needs their own level-headed dancer. ;) :D

That is also on my list, but I'm currently on my way to Omaha, so I guess It will just have to wait.

Mags
12-27-2007, 12:16
Let me know when you find her Mags. Maybe she has a sister?:)

If you find her fiirst, let me know if she has a sister as well. :sun

urbanhiker
12-27-2007, 14:01
Greetings Stevem and colleagues,

Thanks to stevem for posting such an emotional topic. My dad passed away from Pancreatic cancer. I think he died doing what he loves the most. Surgery, even during his hallucinations (Opiates) he kept talking and moving his hands as if he was doing eye surgery.

I have compiled a list of 101 things I want to do;however, I have to admit that I have become a weak person as I have let work and society dictate who I am.

Thanks to all of your wonderfull postings, I dedicate the rest of my life to truly focusing on what is important and starting with the biggest item on my list. Walking the AT, I will probably start this March and do TN as a section hike. I pray to god that this experience will let me dump my corporate job and move into the real world.

Sorry for the long post.

samer aka urbanhiker

ShakeyLeggs
12-27-2007, 14:21
1. AT
2. PCT
3. CDT
4. Inca Trail
5. See My Sons Get Married and settle into married life
6. Bounce some grandkids on my knee
7. Spoil said grandkids then give them back hehe
8. Get to see the wonder in said grandkids eyes like I saw in my sons eyes as I introduced them to backpacking and the great, beautiful backcountry.
9. Find someone who enjoys backpacking as much as i do and give marriage another try.

Not in any special order

wakapak
12-27-2007, 21:25
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
--Raymond Carver, LATE FRAGMENT

(If you have not read Raymond Carver, you should...)

I've been blessed with many wondeful journeys over
the years.

I've seen sunsets over deserts, felt the wind
against my face, tasted ripe huckleberries, heard
my footsteps walk ancient stairways in the ancesteral
village, smelt the dampness of a New England autumn.

Now to find someone who shares the passion. :)

Great Quote...looks like I'll have to read some Raymond Carver! :)

I've seen many sunrises and sunsets in quite a few beautiful places, and experienced some of the most wondrous things.....
And I still crave more adventure, more experiences...I want to see more of this beautiful planet we live on, and meet more of the wonderful souls that inhabit it....
just a few on my list....travel to India and volunteer in Mother Teresa's places, trek through Nepal, Tibet and to Everest base camp, sit with some of the monks in Tibet....
travel to as many different places and truly experience them as much as possible....
i would also love to gather all my friends, in all my walks of life together, to see them experience each other....

and I too, like many others and Mags here...would love to find someone to share my passion of nature, of the world, of the magnificence that life is with....

Ahhh, but to dream....

Heater
12-27-2007, 21:46
1. AT
2. PCT
3. Alaskan RV trip
4. Living in as many cool places in my RV as time will allow.

Ours are similar.

1. Same
2. Same
3. Alaskan Fishing trip.
4. Used to want to RV but it will cost too much for gas by the time I am ready to go. Maybe just one long summer or winter excursion per year in a small camper. I like the Bigfoot truck campers.

Crazy Larry #1
12-27-2007, 21:58
I want to continue on the path that I am on, although I want to become more honest about me.

I would like to go see Alaska and the Northern Territories.......

Heater
12-27-2007, 22:27
Reminds me of someone I once knew...:)

K2, huh? Very scary stuff.

About a 25% death rate, I think. :eek:

longwe tru
12-27-2007, 22:38
When I think about my bucket list I realize how full my bucket already is!!! But there is always room for more:

Thru Hike AT
PCT
CDT
Visit Alaska
Walk the length of the Great Wall of China
Hike in the Andes
Visit the top: North Pole and bottom: South Pole of the globe
live each day with a smile and hope in my heart

STEVEM
12-28-2007, 00:39
I've enjoyed reading the thoughtful responses to my question. I'm not exactly sure why I started this thread, probably just the time of year or maybe a side effect of cheap wine.

Driving home from work tonight I saw a glove in the middle of the road. This brought back memories of my Dad.

My Dad would leave for work very early in the morning, probably 4:30 AM. There were several ski areas near our home which he would drive past on his way to work. I'm not sure when or why, but he started picking up lost gloves and mittens that he saw in the road. He put a cardboard box near the backdoor of our home to store the mismatched gloves and mittens, and it wasn't long before the box was filled. When my brothers and I would go out to play in the snow we'd pick our mittens and gloves from the box, sometimes a glove on the left hand and a mitten on the right, maybe blue on one hand and red on the other. When we'd come in my Mom would hang the wet gloves near the furnace to dry and we could pick another dry pair from the box.

I doubt that we were all that poor, or that any of this was necessary and I do remember having a normal pair of matching gloves to wear to school. Maybe it was just Dads way of assuring that his 3 boys never had to wear a pair of wet gloves. Or, maybe he really was that cheap.

Anyway, I'm planning to do a little hiking this weekend and I think I'll wear a pair of mismatched gloves or mittens. I know I can find some in my drawer or, better yet, I'll see if I can find that lost glove on my way to work tomorrow morning. I think my dad would approve.

It won't be a world class adventure, but I suspect I'll have a memorable hike.

bredler
12-28-2007, 00:54
-Finish my college education
-continue my love for learning
-master the tablas
-Hike the whole AT
-read more (got a head start on that)
-skydive/and/or/paraglide (check it out, it's cool as *****)

Great thread stevem

P.S.
I think if L. Wolf saw this, he threw up in his mouth a little. HAHAHAHA

bredler
12-28-2007, 00:55
P.S.
I think if L. Wolf saw this thread, he threw up in his mouth a little. HAHAHAHA


^thought I'd clarify^

Smile
12-28-2007, 00:56
STEVEM, great story. Very cool dad :)

SunnyWalker
12-28-2007, 22:06
Make peace with God. Number one.
AT. Number two.
PCT. Number three.
I got number one down, working on number two, have not started number three yet. -SunnyWalker

Bearpaw
12-28-2007, 22:39
I made a bucket list of sorts when I started seeing friends die while I was in the Marine Corps.

It started as:

1) Survive my time in the Marine Corps. (done)
2) Thru-hike the AT (done)
3) Summit Denali (I have since scrapped this one because I realize it's just another mountain, and I've climbed plenty)
4) Make a living in the outdoors (sort of done - worked as a NOLS Instructor for three seasons 2001-2003)
5) Find the love of my life (done at least half a dozen times :o )

Now that I've had close to a decade to mature, my list looks more like:
6) Complete lots of smaller trails (LT, JMT, etc)(partially begun)
7) Section hike the PCT.
8) Hike the Scottish Highlands from the North Sea to the Atlantic coast.
9) Finish building the Cumberland Trail in Tennessee. (begun)

And the really important ones:
10) Marry the woman I've chosen (and who miraculously chose me back - will complete in May '08)
11) Raise children who will be genuinely good people.
12) Walk trails with my family whenever possible.

Ravendog
12-30-2007, 14:01
Ahh, the bucket:

1. Finish my Master's in Engineering (two long difficult classes left)
2. Try to help my son realize he has an arm that can put him through college (key word try, not demand, etc.)
3. Become a Scoutmaster (my son is 10)
4. Catch the perfect wave (caught a few in Costa Rica, and one that was close to perfect, but I'll keep striving for perfection during my annual trek to Costa Rica)
5. Become fluent en Espanol (in Spanish)
6. Thru hike the AT, but this will have to wait until I can take the time off (how many over 60's do this, I wonder)
7. Hike Patagonia
8. Take a train ride across northern Canada
9. Sail a long way
10. Teach high school math as a hobby when I can retire, and help kids out along the way

Dang, I've got to get to work.

Marta
12-30-2007, 14:23
The Charlotte Observer is starting a "bucket list" competition. I wonder what they'd think of mine? Probably not noble enough.

Frosty
01-09-2008, 13:17
I'm not exactly sure why I started this thread, probably just the time of year...maybe it's the time of year
Yes and maybe it's the time of man
And I don't know who I am
But life is for learning

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (and Woodstock) aside, this is a very interesting thread.

I'm amazed at how many bucket lists are comparable to mine. Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised, though, given that this list is comprised of dreamers and adventurers. This thread almost begs to be a subtopic in the Hooking Up forum, to facilitate the fulfillment of more bucket dreams.

My own bucket list is longer than can be fulfilled with the time I likely have left on this planet, so I guess I need to prioritize and GET MOVING.

Thanks for starting this thread.

Chenango
01-09-2008, 13:39
Started my bucket list a few months ago.

Go to Disney with wife (and no kids)Hike the Appalachian Trail - 2010Retire - 2009Learn to speak a foreign languageRide a motorcycleVisit AlaskaHike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Live at least a few weeks in a remote area, e.g., a mountain top or a winter retreat centerHike up Gros Morne Mountain with wife on a clear dayBe a grandfather (not up to me)Live in a smaller houseVisit Israel

I can do these things.

Chenango
01-09-2008, 13:39
Learn to format a post on WB.

Lyle
01-09-2008, 13:43
Not necessarily in this order:

-Finish Sectioning AT
-Thru-hike PCT
-Build my retirment home (straw bale or cordwood) (Attending a cordwood workshop this summer)
-Thru-hike Colorado Trail
-Thru-hike Long Trail
-Trail crew on CDT
-Hike minimum of 100 miles of NCT in each state
-See/explore Grand Canyon
-Bicycle across US (this will incoporate visiting the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Coast, two other items I need to do) (As Tony Robbins would advise - gotta Chunk!) :-)
-Help my unofficial, adopted grand daughter finish her education and start her adult life on good footing (still has quite a few years to go, but on the right path!)

So many things left to do, gotta make more time somehow. :-)

Tipi Walter
01-09-2008, 14:07
My bucket list is real simple: To live out permanently.

And I liked Bearpaw's "Find the love of my life(done at least half a dozen times)".

I don't care how I stay outdoors, whether it be in a wood heated tipi, a canvas covered witu/hogan, a basecamp 12x12 tent, a bedroll on the ground, or on long backpacking trips using a small tent and a good sleeping bag. Just point me in the direction of a treeline, a creekside camp, an open bald in winter, a windy ridgetop, a lost rhododendron valley, or a stealth camp near a town, and I'll be happy.

The problem is, the more time I spend outdoors the more I need, and as I get older I realize this window will slam shut and yet I've only scratched the surface. The whole thing is about Beauty(the certain pristine sights in nature), and Freedom(no rent, no house, no electricity, few bills, and a home-on-the-back). The wind, rain and snow along a winding trail is a childhood fascination and a youthful mystery, the giddyness I feel now in being out is not far removed from how I felt when I was seven. It's the same.

WalkinHome
01-09-2008, 17:47
Hey Chin, I'm planning on a Alaska RV trip right after TM in April. Come by Stecoah Gap the first two weeks of April. Three RV in our little caravan so far.............

Hey Bare Bear,

That is on my short list also but not this year-maybe 2009. Keep us posted and take good notes on your trip for me. You might consider a blog. Have a great trip and be safe.

leeki pole
01-09-2008, 18:36
The song "Live like you were dying" comes to mind.

"I'd feel deeper and I'd love sweeter.........."

I really feel at a loss to answer this question. I'm still fleeing my own mortality and am in deep denial.

Sure makes one think though.

"Skydiving
Rocky Mountain climbing
Went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu"
good song:) good philosophy

leeki pole
01-09-2008, 18:46
but seriously;
See my daughters graduate from college and graduate school.
Take care of my parents.
Spend lots of time with my wife of 26 years.
Hike, anywhere, when I can find the time.
Peace.

alaska moose
01-09-2008, 19:05
Hike the AT!

KirkMcquest
01-09-2008, 19:58
1. Destroy several of my enemies

2. Live to see several people fail in fulfilling their dreams

3. Fake my own death

4. Complete my butterfly collection

5. Eat an endangered animal (preferably kill it myself)

6. Watch from a safe and remote location as society crumbles under the weight of its own hypocrisy

7. Get a big screen tv

KirkMcquest
01-09-2008, 20:08
I forgot one more;8. Stage a violent take over of WB.

superman
01-09-2008, 21:24
Things that missed the bucket:

I wanted to show my grandkids my soccer moves but my sons haven't made any grandkids yet. I played my last soccer game at age 45. I kicked the ball around with my son, who still plays in a men's soccer league, last summer and my moves are just gone.

A guy named Wildung and I were going to backpack across Europe when we got back from Vietnam. He was the guy in the site below on page 5, picture 1. He's the one next to the sarge. Didn't happen.

I'm way way behind schedule to be rich and famous.

In the bucket:

I want to hike northern England, Scottland from pub to pub. I'm supposed to visit Sweden next summer. My older son and his alien wife are going to have a second ceremony for her Swedish friends. Maybe I'll take time while I'm on that side of the ocean to hike.

I'd like to make my house energy independent. Might be easier to build a new house?

I consider from time to time going back to Vietnam to see certain places in the day light. I'm not sure if that's in my bucket or not.

To me living a simple, quiet life is a good thing to have in the bucket.

Jaybird62
01-09-2008, 23:30
"Gave forgiveness I'd been denying" Nothing sweeter than that!!

Jan LiteShoe
01-09-2008, 23:43
2. be able play blues mando in front of a huge crowd at a fest and all the folks really dig it.

The second will take a lot of practice and playing.


Talent show at Trail days!
They give really good prizes (hammocks and stuff).

My first TD, there was a woman on a fiddle who tore the strings up!
Woooeee!