Bucket List



6/19/12-After finishing my 30 Under 30 list, I have now decided that I want to create an actual 'bucket list.  Here it is!  I will keep it updated when I think of something new or complete an item.  Let me know what you think!  The list includes things I want to do, places I want to see, and people I want to meet.  I know I am forgetting stuff so I will keep adding items as I go along!


10/12/17-For an EXCELLENT explanation of why you should do everything you want to do and follow your dreams, read this article.  










Things I want to do and/or Experiences:
Take a surfing class-Complete!
Run a Disney race challenge
Marry the Man of my dreams
Go to the Blue Bell Creamery tour in Brenham (still closed but I'm keeping an eye on it just in case it open again!)
Ride on a Bicycle Bar Tour
Stay at Great Wolf Lodge (any of them)
Meet a past/present President of the US
Learn how to milk a cow
Get hypnotized
Bet on a horse/dog race
Go ice fishing
Learn how to play chess
Start an herb garden
Host a dinner party
Try nitrogen ice cream-Complete!
Dive in a submarine
Be on a jumbotron at a stadium
Try Lumi Snow in Dallas-Complete!
Attend the Luling Watermelon Thump Festival (late June)
Attend the Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival (2nd weekend in June)
Attend the Mansfield Pickle Parade (around St. Patrick's Day)
Find a pearl in an oyster/mussel
Sponsor a child in another country for (at least) a year
Feed an animal at a zoo-Complete!
Buy some Bitcoin
Learn how to make a balloon animal (maybe take a class)
Ride a unicycle
Go to a sporting event and sit in the Suite Level-Complete!
Make and bury a time capsule
Buy a piece of stock (is it even called a piece?)
Attend or Host a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party-Complete
Take a bubble bath lit with candles and champagne/wine
Learn how to use chopsticks (eat rice)
Ride a tandem bike
Take a segway tour
Write a book and have it published (novel or children's book)
Take a trapeze class
Complete a mud run obstacle course-Complete!
Go to a festival somewhere in Texas that a town/city is known for
Learn how to make my own tamales
See a Flamingo in its natural habitat-Complete!
Get my hair blown out-Complete!
Stay at a bed and breakfast
Go to an Escape Room-Complete!
Plant a placenta tree (when I have kids)
Dance with Ellen Degeneres
Eat at a pitch black restaurant
Take a food challenge-Complete!
Walk on a pink sand beach
Swim with sea turtles
Walk on a nude beach in my birthday suit
Try a Voodoo Donut
Eat at a fondue restaurant-Complete!
Ride on a flamingo carousel-Complete!
Take a self defense class-Complete!
Watch the sunrise and sunset in one day
See a tall waterfall (go behind it, if possible)
Pan for gold
Go the the Lighthouse Maze in Kemah-Complete!
Learn how to pickle/preserve/can stuff-make my own
Go to Santa's Wonderland in Brenham
Go on a Pub Crawl-Complete!
Volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving or Christmas-Complete!
Be on a Kiss Cam with my (future) hubby at a sporting event
Eat at a (reputable) food truck-Complete!
Go to a professional basketball game-Complete!
Go emerald mining 
See a bald eagle in its natural habitat
Go diamond mining-Complete!
Make 5 craft projects from Pinterest pins
Make 5 recipes from Pinterest pins
See wild horses on a beach
Be on the Dave Ramsey Radio show screaming "I'm debt free!"
Watch Hocus Pocus in its entirety-what is it about that movie??-Complete!!
Go to a star viewing observatory-Complete!
Fly first class to another country
Buy a house and/or 5+ acres of land 
Become a millionaire/billionaire
Open a Swiss bank account (not sure why, but it sounds mysterious!)
Sleep in a castle
Go to a polo match
Go on an overseas mission trip-Complete!
Go to a tea plantation
Buy a RV and remodel it
Stay in a Yotel Pod (hotel type pod in airport)
Sit on a jury
Spend the night in a haunted place
Complete a marathon-Complete!
Play Paintball
Complete an Ironman Race
See a kangaroo in its natural habitat
See a panda bear in its natural habitat 
Take a dance class
Stay at a dude ranch
Take a trip with my mom
Help a homeless person like this
Watch a TV show being taped-Complete! and Complete!
Go through a hidden chamber or secret passageway (I read too many Nancy Drew books as a kid)
Buy something from an infomercial the first time I see it on TV
Go on a multi-winery tour while being driven around
Dance in the rain (carryover from my 30 under 30 list)
Walk in the rain and don't be in a hurry to get somewhere-Complete!
Sleep under the stars 
Pick cherries
Play laser tag
Drive across America, Coast-to-Coast
Go inside a lighthouse (maybe during a storm!)
Take a ceramic painting class
Grow a vegetable and herb garden-Complete!
Take a survival class
Take an edible plants class-Complete!
Get acupuncture done-Complete!
Fly a kite-Complete!
Go apple picking
Go strawberry picking-Complete!
Attend a masquerade party
Go on a last minute trip (24 hours or less notice)
Ride on an elephant
Ride on a camel
Kiss under the mistletoe
Run in a relay race-Complete!
Go to a $10,000 per table/person dinner
Complete a triathlon-Complete!
Be an extra in a movie
Achieve zero debt
Be in a snowball fight
See the Nutcracker Ballet-Complete!
Have a professional photo shoot done
Go to a drive-in theater and see a movie-Complete!
Try cupping therapy-Complete!
Earn 6 figures in a year
Fly on a private jet
Drink Cristal Champagne 
Go to a midnight movie release-Complete!
Find a piece of sea glass in the sand-Complete!
Have a backyard camping excursion
See a penguin in its natural habitat
Meet Richard Simmons (travel to L.A. and go to his studio)-Complete!
Parasail
Rappel down a waterfall
Rappel into a cave
Walk a suspension bridge 
Build a snowman
Take a glass blowing class-Complete!
Jump into a pool fully clothed
Take an origami class-Complete!
Learn how to make soap-Complete
Sew something I can wear-Complete!
Jump off a high cliff into a lake/ocean
Use a Snuba Machine underwater
Walk on hot coals
Bathe an elephant
Climb up a volcano
See a sea lion in its natural habitat
Sleep in an igloo
Write/receive a love note on my bathroom mirror with lipstick
Bicycle across the Golden Gate Bridge
Work on a pottery wheel-Complete!
Attend a film premiere with a red carpet
Attend a wedding in a different country
Be a game show contestant
See a Cirque du Soleil Show-Complete!
Watch a space shuttle launch in person
Spend a weekend or week at a resort spa
Wear fake eyelashes to an event or party-Complete!
Have $X emergency fund in savings (secret amount known only in my head)
Stay at an all-inclusive resort
Stay in a 5-Star Resort
Take an aerial yoga class-Complete!
Go to or host a cookie exchange
Hunt for wild mushrooms/truffles (Napa Valley Truffle Festival)
Learn how to make cheese
Stomp Grapes (like I Love Lucy!)-Complete!
Toss pizza dough in the air
Wade in a cranberry bog
Slide down a firehouse pole
Start a fire without matches
Plant a tree
Do a polar bear plunge-Complete!
Sit in the front row at a basketball game
Watch all the Oscar nominated best pictures one year
Go to a World Series Game
Go to the Super Bowl
Take a paddle board yoga class-Complete!
Attend a luau
Wear a fresh lei
Get my fortune from one of lose Zultan machines-Complete!
Celebrate a Holiday in a Different Country-Complete!
See a Blowhole
Sleep in a hostel
Sleep on an overnight train
Attend a yoga retreat
Go to the Mary Kay Museum and take a pic in Mary Kay Ash's office-Complete!
Stay in an underwater hotel
See flamingos in their natural habitat-Complete!
Take a train across the country
Throw a dart at a map and just go
Tour a Vineyard-Complete!
Visit a ghost town 
Hike on/through a glacier
Go to the Summer Olympics


One of my all time favorite quotes


Places I want to see:
Travel to all 196 countries-11 down, 189 to go! (USA, Costa Rica, Honduras, Kenya, Cozumel, Belize, Venezuela, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Marteen, St. Croix )
Go on a cruise-Complete!
Visit every continent-3 down-4 to go! (Completed-North America, South America, Africa)
Go on an African Safari-Complete!
Ride the Orient Express
Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
See all of 7 Wonders of the World
Go on a biblical tour
See the Four Corners

TRAVEL (INSIDE THE USA):
     Visit All 50 States
     Visit all 54 Texas State Parks
     Visit all 58 National Parks
Travel on Route 66-Complete!



Alaska-Northern Lights,Trek the Mendenhall Glacier Caves, go fly fishing, see the North Pole
Arkansas-Soak in the hot springs!, go to Crater of Diamonds National Park and hunt for diamonds-Complete!
Arizona-Hike into Antelope Canyon, helicopter the Grand Canyon, Walk the wave, take a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, swim at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Mooney Falls, Havasu Falls, walk on the glass floor overlook and see the Grand Canyon
Arizona/Utah border-Antelope Canyons on Navao lands
California-Do the Half-Dome Ascent in Yosemite, Rappel into Moaning Caverns, Walk on Glass Beach (@Fort Bragg), Disney Land, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, travel on the Musical Road in Los Angeles,  eat at Barton G's (Los Angeles), go tree camping in Elk, hunt for mushrooms in Napa Valley, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame-Complete!, see the giant Sequoias at Sequoia National Forest, Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, Ride on a Cable Car in San Francisco,
Colorado-Ice Castles at Silverthorne, swim in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs and get a massage, soak in the Dunton Hot Springs
Florida-Disney World-Dole Whip, Mickey Waffle, Take KC to Bibbiti Bobbiti Boutique, Meet Cinderella and Aurora, see the animal carved tree, go to Cinderella's Royal table, get a Mickey cinnamon roll, Mickey pretzel, go on a backstage tour, go to Disney with my family, catch the fireworks show, attend a Mickey holiday party (either Halloween or Christmas), make a wish in Cinderella's Wishing Well, Try and pull the sword from the stone, Explore the Everglades, Harry Potter World-Complete!, take the 7 mile bridge from Miami to the Keys, eat at Barton G's (Miami)
Hawaii-go to the Dole Pineapple Farm, Climb the Haiku Stairs of Oahu, walk on Wainapananpa Black Sand Beach, attend a luau, go tubing in a sugar plantation, go to the Jurassic Park tour, see lava flowing down, see the Nakalele Blowhole in Maui, go on a submarine with Atlantis Adventures, get a pearl jewelry made (find my own pearl in an oyster), Wailua Falls in Kauai
Indiana-Centennial Falls in the Coeur d'Alene National Fores
Kentucky-Go to the Kentucky Derby
Louisiana-Stay at the Myrtles Plantation, see the oaks at Oak Valley Plantation, ride an air boat in a swamp, eat a beignet at Cafe du Monde, ride on a street car
Maine-Eat a whole lobster and a lobster roll while overlooking the bay (at different meals!)
Maryland-Wisp Resort Mountain Coaster (in McHenry)
Massachusetts-Boston, Salem, cranberry bog (Sept to Oct), Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket
Minnesota-go to the Mall of America and ride the roller coaster
Montana-see the peebles in Pebble Shore Lake in Glacier National Park
New Mexico-Carlsbad Caverns, Dila Cliff Dwellings
New York-Tree Lighting Ceremony, See the Rockettes Musical, Party in NYC for New Years, have afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton, see the National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY), go ice skating in Rockefeller Center
Nevada-See Area 51-Complete!,Las Vegas-Britney Spears show-Complete, flamingo habitat at the Flamingo Hotel-Complete!stay at the Flamingo Hotel (because, flamingos!)-Complete!do the Zipline over Fremont Street-Complete!, see the volcano erupt at the Mirage Casino, Fly Ranch Geyser
North Carolina-climb to the top of Chimney Rock, take a tour of the Biltmore Estate, cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge, take a train into the Great Smokey Mountains, Witness the "Shadow of the Bear" at Rhodes Big View Overlook
Oregon-Multnomah Falls, Oneonta Gorge Hike, Horsetail falls Tunnel Falls on Eagle Creek Trail, go to VooDoo donuts and get a donut
South Carolina-visit the Charleston Tea Plantation
Tennessee-DollyLand, Ruby Falls (near Chattanooga), watch the Dave Ramsey show being tapped (near Nashville), see a performance at the Grand Ole' Opry, see the fireflies at the Smokey Mountains National Park, eat a "Elvis Sandwich" in Graceland
Texas-Marfa Lights, Cadillac Ranch-Complete!, see Dolan Falls, walk along the River Walk in San Antonio during Christmas time, Climb Mount Cristo Rey near El Paso, drink a beer in Shiner, TX-Complete!, climb up Jacob's Ladder in Waco-Complete!, see the meteor crater in Odessa, go to the State Line Avenue in the post office in Texarkana, tour the Capital building in Austin, visit Dinosaur Valley State Park and see a fossil-Complete!, see Cattail Falls in Big Bend, swim at Hamilton Pool-Complete!, see Gorman Falls, run the Blue Bell Fun Run-Complete!, go to Chappel Hill Lavender Farm-Complete!, look at bluebonnets on the Willow City Loop (outside Fredericksburg), go to the Texas Sandfest in Port Aransas, visit the Texas State Fair and try a fried item I've never had-Complete!, see a Sea Turtle hatchling release (April-August) on South Padre Island, go pearl hunting in either Caddo Lake or San Angelo
Utah-Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park-Subway, 
      Washington DC-Thomas Jefferson Memorial-Complete!, Arlington National Cemetery-Complete!, Washington Monument-Complete!, see the Hope Diamond at the National Museum of Natural History-Complete!, go to the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality Museum-Complete!, see the Lincoln Memorial-Complete!, Vietnam War Memorial-Complete!  Tour the Capital Building-Complete! See Air Force One or Marine Force One-Complete!  See the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, see the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Tour the White House, see the Tidal Basin while the Cherry Blossom Trees are in bloom, Ride in a swan paddle boat in the Tidal Basin, have a Georgetown Cupcake
      Washington-Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Seattle-Space Needle, Pike's Place Market,             Whale watching via boat or Kayak, Forks, WA and LaPush tour, leave gum on the Seattle Gum Wall, get a drink at the original Starbucks, pick cherries or apples at a local farm, see the Fremont Troll, Voodoo Donuts, North Cascades National Park-all of it but especially Thorton Lake, buy a coke from the Mystery Coke Machine, visit the "UP" house, hike at Mt. Rainer State Park
      West Virginia-Stay at the Greenbriar Resort and tour the bunker
       Wyoming-See Old Faithful Erupt in Yellowstone National Park



TRAVEL (ABROAD):

Amsterdam-tulip gardens! 
Argentina-see the Iguazu Falls
Aruba-see the Flamingos on Flamingo Beach
Australia-See an Opera at the Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, see a kangaroo, Lake Hillier, see the red crab migration on Christmas Island
Bahamas-Walk on the Pink Sand Beach, Swim with Pigs At Big Major Cay, swim in Dean’s Blue Hole
Belgium-Dine at the hanging restaurant
Bolivia-Laguna Colorada walk on the "glass" Salar de Uyni
Bora Bora-Sleep in an Overwater Bungalow
Cambodia-Song Saa-a private island
Canada-Cliff walk in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park-Vancouver, spend a week or weekend on Prince Edward Island
Chile-Swim in the World’s Largest Pool, Easter Island Statues, Torres del Paine National Park
China-See the Hanging Temple in Mount Hengshan, take the Walk of Faith on Tianmen Mountain, walk on the Great Wall of China, take the walk of faith on theTianmen Skywalk, Huangshan Walkway
Costa Rica-Release baby turtles into the ocean at Osa Peninsula, attend a yoga retreat
Croatia-Plitvice Lakes
Ecuador-Explore the Galapagos Islands, swing at the End of the World in the town Banos on the trail to Casa del Arbol, explore Pailon del Diablo, see the hand at Atacama, kayak the Route of the Glaciers, explore the Blue Lagoon
Egypt-See the Great Pyramids
England-Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace,Platform 9 3/4, Tintagle-King Arthur's Birthplace, Tower of London, Crown Jewels, Westminster Abbey, Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire, visit the Roald Dahl Museum, attend a British tea
Finland-Kakslauttanen Resort (see Northern Lights while sleeping in an igloo)
France-See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, See the Eiffel Tower Glitter at Night, Put a Love Lock on Pont des Arts Bridge, Palace of Versailles
Germany-Drink Beer at Oktoberfest, shop at the Christmas markets, see the Neuschwanstein Castle, see the Majdanek Concentration Camp
Greece-Watch the Sunset in Santorini, Explore the Acropolis, Melisani Lake, Kefallonia, Zakynthos Island
Guatemala-see the active volcano, Pacaya and hike it
Holland-Tour a Windmill
Hong Kong-Climb to Tin Tian, Big Buddha 
Iceland-Soak in the Blue Lagoon, Elephant Rock, soak in the Secret Lagoon, walk through the Glacier Langjokull tunnel, Hvitserkur Troll rock, snorkel between techtonic plates in Hingvellir National Park
India-see the Taj Mahal, get a henna tattoo, go on the Slow Local train in Mumbai during rush hour, attend the Holi Festival (usually in March), go on a camel safari to the desert
Indonesia-Komodo National Park
Ireland-Kiss the Blarney Stone, Drink at the Guinness Brewery, Giants Causeway, go during St. Patrick's Day and watch the parades
Israel-Float in the Dead Sea (also in Jordan)
Italy-Walk Across the Tibetan Bridge in Claviere, Swim in the Blue Grotto, Sleep in a Tuscan Villa, Ride a Vespa in Tuscany, make a wish in the Trevi FountainSee the Leaning Tower of Pisa and do the hands up thing, Vatican to see the Pope speak, Sistine Chapel, ride a Gondola, see the colosseum, slide directly into the ocean on the slide in Sicily
Jamaica-zipline and swim over Dunn's River Falls, cliff jumping in Negril, swim in the Luminious Lagoon in Falmouth, Secrets Falls
Japan-Walk Through the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Visit the Jigokudani Monkey Park, Aogashima Volcano, attend a Japanese Tea Ceremony in Tokyo
Jordan-Float in the Dead Sea (also in Israel)
Laos-Explore Tam Ting Caves, Float Down Mekong River
Maldives-Eat in the Underwater Hotel
Mexico-Swim in a Cenote, go to the hidden beach on the Marieta Islands (Puerto Vallarta), go to the Xcaret resort and float the river in Riviera Maya (Cancun)
Monaco-Gamble at the casino
Nepal-See Mount Everest
Netherlands-See the Kinderdijk Windmills, Van Gogh Museum, Giethoorn, Ann Frank House, tulip gardens, see the town with no roads-Giethoorn
New Zealand-Hike the Franz Josef Glacier, Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, dig a hot tub water bath on Coromandel Peninsula, see the Hobbit Village in Matamata, hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, ride the Wellington Cable Car, kayak around Abel Tasman national park, hike the Queen Charlotte trail, go whale watching in Kaikoura, go str gazing on Lake Tekapo, canoe up the Punakaiki river (Jurassic Park was filmed there)
Norway-Sit on the Edge of Preikestolen
Palau-Explore the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, swim in Jellyfish Lake at Ngardmau Falls, have a natural mud bath in the Milky Way
Peru-Machu Picchu
Phillipines-dine at the foot of a waterfall in Villa Escudero is located in Quezon Province
Poland-Hike Through the Crooked Forest
Russia-Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
Scotland-Loch Ness Monster Lake, Fairy Pools at the Isle of Skye, The Callanish Stones (Isle of Lewis)
Slovenia-Lake Bled, Skocjan Caves, Soca River
South Africa-Sit at the edge of Devil's Pool in Zambia
Spain-Great Tomato Fight
Sri Lanka-climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock
Switzerland-go to the Äscher mountain restaurant, zipline the Swiss Alps, go Canyoning in Interlaken, go skywalking (ropes course) in the Swiss Alps, ride up the roller coaster type elevator at Gelmerbahn Talstation
Tasmania-see the Tessellated pavement
Thailand-Island of Phi Phi
Transylvania-Dracula's Castle, 7 Ladders Canyon
Turkey-Go to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and buy a lamp, swim in the Pamukkale hot springs
Ukraine-Kleven, Ukraine (Abandoned Tunnel of Love)
Venezuela-Hike up to Angel Falls,  Canaima camp, El Sapo waterfall (walk behind it!!!)
Vietnam-Hang Son Doong (cave exploring and overnight adventure), Rice Terrace Fields in Mu Cang Chai, shop at the floating market and buy some fruit




























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