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Old 13-01-2012, 11:23   #1
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Bucket List - Top Things You've Checked Off!

Ok....with the wide diverse group we have on CF we should have some REALLY interesting finds!! Lets Hear Them!!

Here's some of the items Iíve checked off my Bucket List to start things off....

#1 - Took up Sailing at age 47 and have chartered Monohulls & Catamarans 40'+ in length. Great time with Family & Friends. Why didn't I think to do that sooner?? (Buying a boat and living aboard Ė Still on the list waiting for a check mark!)

#2 - Played Golf my whole life and shot 18 Holes in under par once - 68!! (Still waiting for the Hole in One.)

#3 - Rode my Honda ST1300 Motorcycle over 1000 miles in One Day and also road it over a 10,000 foot high mountain pass - Beartooth Pass between Red Lodge, Montana and Yellowstone Park.

#4 - Drove the Florida Keys twice - Soooo Beautiful!. 'Nuf Said!

#5 - Have traveled through 9 of 10 Canadian Provinces (missing Newfoundland) and all but 7 of the USofA States!

#6 - Traveled through Europe and saw the Coliseum and St. Peter's in Rome, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tower of London, swam in the Mediterranean, took a cog train through the Swiss Alps, Drank Beer at a Beer Garden in Munich, toured a Concentration Camp (Dachau-that makes you think about a few things), Took a River Boat ride past Castles on the Rhine River, Rode the TGV high speed train from Geneva to Paris and saw the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

#7 - Cruised on 3 Cruise Ships through Pacific Mexico, Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas.

#8 - Spent a week in Cuba and toured around Havana! Came home with a box of hand rolled Cohibas!

#9 - Volunteered My Time to Minor Sports, Cub Scouts, United Way and Church. You meet some fine kids and people along the way and make some great friendships.

#10 - Married to a Beautiful & Wonderful wife for 26 years and have 3 Fine Sons!

Nothing on the meeting famous people side, no magazine covers, havenít won a lottery, haven't played in a Rock Band, etc...but I know there are lots of you out there with some interesting items to share!

Your turn!

Wherever we want to go, we go. That's what a ship is you know - it's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that's what a ship needs. But what a ship is...really is, is freedom. ~Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow
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Old 13-01-2012, 11:45   #2
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Re: Bucket List - Top Things You've Checked Off!

Stuff I've done:

- started skydiving solo
- got comfortable snowboarding
- got my real no-kidding captain's license and have been working in that field
- sailed comfortably in a gale

Stuff I'd like to do:

- watch my daughter grow up
- have a 50th wedding anniversary
- sail drake's passage (not in any rush, but it would be nice to do)
- sail to antartica
- motorcycle tour the us, doing the national parks
- hike the pacific crest trail

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Old 13-01-2012, 14:24   #3
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Re: Bucket List - Top Things You've Checked Off!

Interesting topic:

- Happily married with 2 wonderful kids
- Restored a couple of old houses
- Restored a couple of old cars
- Got a boat of my own
- Built a business from scratch, and in doing do significantly improved the lives of many people
- Retired at 47
- Crossed the Drake Passage
- Went to Antarctica
- Went to So. George Is.
- Live with the ocean about 20' from my house

And most important - no regrets.
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Old 13-01-2012, 15:29   #4
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Re: Bucket List - Top Things You've Checked Off!

first item is to find a better starting word than "well".
The first 60+ 49 39 umm 29 years of my life have provided enough buckets that I now live without trying to come up with more ways to scare the hell out of any of my family or friends.
It didn't sink all the way - you can still see the mast
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Old 13-01-2012, 16:11   #5
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Re: Bucket List - Top Things You've Checked Off!

I have:
Finished grad school
worked in the corporate world for 3+ years
built a home
purchased the boat the wife and I plan to live on
Sold the old boat!

I plan to:
move aboard this spring
rent out the house this summer
sell the damn house
quit the job and sail AWAY
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Old 13-01-2012, 16:50   #6
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Re: Bucket List - Top Things You've Checked Off!

I was never a believer in bucket lists, and still don't like the concept, but I recently had a dulce de leche filled donut and simultaneously added and crossed it off my bucket list.

Really, they are that good.

My list is empty again, but my life is more full.


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Old 13-01-2012, 19:55   #7
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Re: Bucket List - Top Things You've Checked Off!

Interesting. I honestly feel kind of conflicted on whether to post. Kind of feels like boasting. I've done some cool stuff, and other people have done other cools stuff.

I'm also not sure of the bucket list definition people are using. A bucket list is a list of life long goals. My list keeps evolving, and I keep doing neat things that I never would have thought to put on the list. One of the coolest things I ever did was to sign off the first Viking Series 400 Twin Otter for its first flight. It was a really big deal, and I'm really proud of what that signature meant, but I didn't really have that on a list of things to do before I die, so I don't think it would really count.

Maybe I'll stop being shy and share a few:
Bucket list type stuff:
Offshore skipper certification
Sailed Victoria to SF
bought own sailboat
pilot's license
glider license
motorcycle license
advanced scuba license
skydive license
backpacked through Europe and Australia solo
lived in New Zealand
climbed Kilimanjaro
climbed grade 6 frozen waterfall
learned to whitewater kayak (culminating in trip over waterfall, upside down and backwards - oops)
PhD in aerospace engineering from Princeton
rode a century (100 miles by bike)

Mostly I just like becoming reasonably accomplished at things. I'd add sea kayaking, backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and ski touring to the list of things that I've had the chance to get reasonably good at but don't have a specific accomplishment to point to.

Still to go: be debt free, sail around the world, raise cool kids, and most importantly, develop an independent, international, and adventurous lifestyle that breaks us from the 9 to 5. Cruising comes to mind as an example of that.

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