My filled bucket list
Recently I saw a list of things that people have put on their “to do before dying list” or as popularly known, a Bucket List.
I never had time to think of the things that I have done in that manner, but can list some pretty unusual things that might qualify.
It is interesting to know that on other‘s list, I have no desire to fulfill any of the items.
Sometimes the things one does or places visited can be enough.
Instead of hiking the Pacific or Appalachian Trails, I camped out and saw the fire-fall in Yosemite.
Some unique things that I have done are as follows:
Visited two Communist countries on my own.
China, and Yugoslavia.
Learned to fly a plane and sailplane.
Paddled an outrigger canoe in a tropical lagoon, by myself.
Climbed all thirteen stories of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
Visited the Parthenon.
Saw the shell of the ancient volcano on Santorini.
Shopped in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
Learned to ride a motorcycle and a horse.
Learned two foreign languages.
Took the helm of a 22 foot sloop.
Climbed the Eifel Tower to the first platform.
Toured the red light district of Paris by night.
Piloted a small plane across the country.
Took off and landed a passenger jet in a trainer.
Went back to school at an advanced age and graduated with a Masters at 58.
Made a successful life in New York after that!
The great thing about doing unusual things and exploring little known places is that I can look back on an eventful life and not have anything to desire. There is no place on earth that I want to visit at the cost of waiting around in airports for hours, or risking my old bones in extreme sports like bungee diving or white water kayaking.
People who want to have adventure should do it while they are young, and not wait until it is almost too late.
Of course many do not have the money to do interesting things until they are retired, but if you can’t do it do not fret, there is always The Discovery Channel.