Bucket List

I stole this idea from my dear friend Megan Reichart, who just so happens to be one of my top notch travel companions.  She has her Bucket List on her blog, too.  She is also the first person I convinced to make a bucket list.

Tally - 19/101

  1. Skydive 
  2. Drive a car at 100mph (7/2012) in my dad's convertible on I-81 in Virginia.
  3. Waterski
  4. Backpack in Europe
  5. SCUBA dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  6. Swim with dolphins (7/2012) with Rachel during our Shem Creek/Crab Bank Island kayak trip during our Charleston, SC, mini-vacation.  Because of a recent realization about the treatment of dolphins in captivity, it is against my nature-hippy beliefs to swim with dolphins in the traditional capacity. 
  7. Volunteer abroad
  8. African safari
  9. Try moonshine (12/2011) on the night of my 23rd birthday at my boss's apartment
  10. Learn how to French braid my own hair
  11. Climb Old Rag (2/2011) in February 2011 without any traction devices, was with Brad and my dad
  12. Thru-hike the AT
  13. See turtles hatch (e.g. The Last Song)
  14. Harry Potter Project (re-read books, re-watch movies, visit the HP theme park in Orlando)
  15. Run a half-marathon
  16. Learn conversational Spanish
  17. Learn to play the guitar
  18. Beat a video game
  19. Take an exotic dance class
  20. Drive a speedboat
  21. Go jet skiing
  22. Swim with sharks
  23. Be in two places at once (10/2012) Stood with one foot in West Virginia and one foot in Virginia after hiking Tibbet Knob in the George Washington National Forest
  24. Go bungee jumping
  25. Learn how to snowboard
  26. Meet a Philadelphia Eagle
  27. Make a kite and fly it in Big Meadows
  28. Achieve my ideal weight of 147lbs 
  29. Shower in a waterfall (6/2011) Whiteoak Canyon Upperfalls with Brad, naked, but we went out separately.  Also, we didn't use soap because that's not environmentally-friendly
  30. Item 30
  31. Write a novel—50,000 words or more
  32. Visit all fifty states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)
  33. Go on a helicopter ride (8/2011) Brad and I did this at the Rockingham County Fair before we went to the Demolition Derby
  34. Ride in a hot air balloon
  35. Learn how to shoot a handgun (3/2011) Brad taught me at the indoor range here in Harrisonburg
  36. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  37. Dance on a bar (7/2010) at Jack Brown's in Harrisonburg, VA on my friend's 21st birthday
  38. Gamble in Vegas
  39. Climb up the Statue of Liberty
  40. Visit Ground Zero (3/2012) Went with Megan Reichart and her friend, Elizabeth
  41. Ride the Tower of Terror
  42. Go to a Broadway show (3/2012) Went with Megan Reichart, and her friends, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Seth.  We saw Death of a Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield
  43. Visit Auschwitz
  44. Get certified to teach yoga
  45. Witness a solar eclipse
  46. Learn to make pottery
  47. Visit 10 different countries at least 7 on different continents
  48. Grow a vegetable garden
  49. Make a list of 100 books and read them
  50. Eat gumbo or jambalaya in Louisiana
  51. Gamble in a riverboat casino on the Mississippi
  52. Experience weightlessness
  53. Write a children’s book, get it published, and read it at my old elementary schools
  54. Build a Habitat for Humanity house
  55. Give up meat for a year
  56. Visit a castle
  57. Stand on the glass ledge at the Grand Canyon
  58. Participate in the Susan G. Komen 3 Days for a Cure
  59. Go whale watching
  60. See the Rockefeller Christmas tree lit (12/2012) with John Lohmann, Jessie Kreuger, and John's cousin after Santacon NYC 2012. I remember it better because I went again the next day with Megan.
  61. Eat sushi (3/2011)  Ate it at Market One on campus at JMU
  62. Climb an active volcano
  63. Run a mile in 8 minutes or less
  64. Get married...maybe
  65. Buy a house
  66. Surf in the Pacific
  67. Solve a Rubik’s Cube
  68. Get a tattoo
  69. Visit a Wonder of the World
  70. Bake a not shitty two-layer cake from scratch (3/2011) Two layer strawberry cake with strawberry cream cheese icing for my dad's b-day
  71. Learn how to drive stick
  72. Sleep in a haunted house
  73. Ride a horse bareback
  74. Finish reading Atlas Shrugged (8/2010) Finished in the parking lot of a Dick's Sporting Goods in Myrtle Beach, SC
  75. Drink a beer with an Irishman in an Irish bar in Ireland
  76. Sleep under the stars (10/2012) I fell asleep at like 7PM before the sunset, but I woke up to see the sky blanketed with stars. Brad and I were in our tent (sans rain fly so we could see the stars) in the backcountry of Shenandoah National Park.
  77. Skinny dip (7/2010) in the Delaware Water Gap after late at night after a few too many adult beverages
  78. Watch a sunrise in just a blanket in a majestic place
  79. Item 79
  80. Hold a snake
  81. Go on the Gettysburg National Cemetery self-guided walking tour
  82. Write “Who is John Galt” at the Rivercity Café in Myrtle
  83. Watch every episode of M*A*S*H
  84. Visit all of my old houses including Arkansas Children's Hospital
  85. Sing karaoke for at least 30 people
  86. Finish all the hikes in the Shenandoah National Park guidebook
  87. Write a poem and recite it at a poetry reading
  88. Take Rex on a walk every day for a year straight
  89. Unplug for 48 hours (10/2012) 3-day backpacking trip in the North District of Shenandoah National Park. 
  90. Go on an Alaskan cruise
  91. Go to an airport and buy a ticket for the next flight out
  92. Watch a meteor shower
  93. See a bobcat and a coyote in the wild
  94. Take a canopy tour on a zipline
  95. Name a star after my favorite literary character
  96. Plant an apple tree in the  yard of the house that I someday have with Brad and eat an apple from it
  97. Name one of my children after the place he/she was conceived
  98. Overnight train ride (12/2011) From Washington, DC to Los Angeles, CA on The Capitol and The Southwest Chief
  99. Ride on all of the cross-country Amtrak routes (Southwest Chief)
  100. Go whitewater rafting
  101. Go hang-gliding