Years ago, long before I had ever heard the term “bucket list”, I kept a list of things I wanted to accomplish and places I wanted to see. I wish I’d kept that list, but I still remember many of the items on it.
The list as I remember went something like this:1) Take and Pass CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) test.
2) Take cannery class at Ohio State and get license to make and sell processed foods.
3) See Northern Lights
4) See Mount Rushmore
5) See Southern Cross
6) Take Hot Air Balloon Ride
7) Take Helicopter Ride
8) Ride a mule down the Grand Canyon
9) See a Moose
I don’t remember what else that first list consisted of, but before I retired in 1997 I had acquired my CPP and also my cannery license.
As the years passed I’d add things, and I’d draw a line through the ones that were realized. I think 1999 was a banner year… my daughter and I spent 2 weeks in New Zealand. Each night the weather would be cloudy and overcast… no night sky! Finally, the last 2 nights we were there we saw the Southern Cross. I probably have pictures of it stashed somewhere, but that was before digital days. It probably sounds odd to want to see a constellation, but then… maybe this blog, The Odd Essay, is aptly named.
Me.. at the Grand Canyon - 2007
The above picture was taken on April 7, 2007. One of the several times Bill & I have visited the Grand Canyon. Guess I can cross through that entry , but I never tire of visiting there.
Bill and I started our RVing adventure in early 2001... we headed for Alaska.
Finally... Finally... Finally.....
I saw a moose!
In fact, we saw moose fairly often during our stay on the Kenai. Since then we've spent several summers in Maine where moose (and bear and porcupine) are plentiful with almost daily sightings. I still get excited whenever I see these guys and always carry my camera with me. (By the way, this photo won a laptop and binoculars for me in a photo contest)
I'm scared of heights... but still have a few "high altitude" items on my list. Riding in a hot air balloon was right at the top. My brother and I were on the schedule for the 2nd flight of the day at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque one year. We were on the chase crew for the first flight... and wouldn't you know? That balloon crashed into a huge cottonwood tree, just missing some high power lines, and ripped the whole side out of balloon. So much for THAT ride!
A few years later Bill & I were in Colorado Springs....
That's me in the gondola wearing the red headband. The picture on the right is our shadow as we float over the countryside. Pike's Peak is in the background.
Another line crossed off my bucket list!
As long as I'm writing about getting high.... I've always wanted to take a helicopter ride.
We were in Churchill, Manitoba on a Tundra Buggy.... a company was offering helicopter rides out over the frozen tundra to see the polar bears. The upper left picture is of me when the ride was over. If I look like I have a silly grin on my face, I really do! The lower right picture is one of many I took while up in the whirlybird.
Another Drop in the Bucket!
Not all of my bucket list takes me off the ground... a few things on my list took us over water....
Who hasn't wanted to see the Golden Gate Bridge?
I think I sang "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" until Bill would gladly have gagged me. But seeing THE BRIDGE and riding a cable car had been on that list a LONG time.
By the way, that's an Adventure Caravan jacket and cap Bill is wearing. We were on one of their tours and I highly recommend that company.
Before I retired, a person I worked with told me that her husband had worked on the Mackinac Bridge up in Michigan. I was fascinated by her stories of that job.
Yep! That got added to my list way back then. I'm always glad it's Bill who's driving the rig at times like this!!!!
I used to subscribe to National Geographic. One article that has always stayed with me was of the monarch butterflies migration to Mexico. For years and years their destination was a mystery. I can still see the cover of that particular magazine although I have no idea what year that was.
Naturally, THAT place went on my list! In 2009, we cut short our winter in Mexico and headed back to the Valley. We had some time on our hands before heading north again and just happened on to a travel agency offering the butterfly tour. The bus trip was a week-long tour of parts of Mexico that we'd never seen. But the highlight for me was seeing these thousands of Monarchs in their winter habitat... a sight I'll NEVER forget!
Another Drop in the Bucket!
How close have you been to a whale?
Maybe I should ask instead... is seeing a whale close up on YOUR bucket list? It was on mine, and we were so close I could have reached out and touched the barnacles on her back. This was in Guerreo Negro, in Baja Sur.
Bill loves to go parasailing. He's had the opportunity to do just that a few times in Mexico or along some beach in the Caribbean. I've stood on the ground, watching (and praying) and taking pictures. I REALLY wanted to do that... I REALLY did....
But... just couldn't get up the nerve.
We were in Michigan a few years ago and saw a parasail company that offered ....
YES!!! I could do that!
And I did!
It was tons of fun and I could do it again.... IF I'm in a harness with that guy in the picture on the right. Doesn't he look like he's having fun?
Not all my bucket list is on the water or in the air...
Another item from Waaaaaay back... grade school, I'm sure...
was to see...
We spent a couple of weeks checking out Yellowstone... don't think we saw even one bear. But, by gosh, we counted down the minutes until Old Faithful blew again!
As time went on and I realized I could add the most outlandish items to my list if I wanted to, I added stuff like...
Riding in a Gondola in Venice, Italy....
Seeing some ruins in Greece....
Traveling isn't the only thing on my list, but I'd never been out of Ohio until I was fifteen years old, so it's no wonder I've added so many things to see.
I wish I still had a copy of that original list... just as a reminder that you can wish for anything you want.... and nothing is too outrageous to attain if you really want it.
My bucket list has been filled many times. And that's the thing about it... that bucket will keep
filling up with ideas as long as I live.
That's All for Today....