Bucket List

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This is my bucket list. It’s a work in progress, ever evolving. These are in no specific order – I write them as I think of them and cross them off as I complete them. ūüôā

Creative Fun:

  • Hang one of my paintings in my house (believe it or not, I haven’t hung any of my own art!)
  • Make a painting on a large canvas (bigger than my comfort zone)
  • Sell an original painting
  • Sell a print of one of my paintings
  • Have a pair of yoga pants made with my art on them
  • Make a video showing people how to create one of my paintings
  • Take astrophotography photos
  • Get one of my portraits published in a photography magazine (Senior Style Guide – February 2015, and Denim + Grace – May 2015)
  • Get a landscape photo published in a magazine
  • Develop a simple B&W editing style

North America:

  • Swim in Havasu Falls (September 2012)
  • Hike the Na Pali Coast in Kauai (Summer 2014)
  • 40th birthday Grand Canyon rafting adventure
  • Visit every state in the U.S. (Alabama,¬†Alaska,¬†Arizona,¬†Arkansas,¬†California,¬†Colorado,¬†Connecticut,¬†Delaware,¬†Florida,¬†Georgia,¬†Hawaii,¬†Idaho,¬†Illinois,¬†Indiana,¬†Iowa,¬†Kansas,¬†Kentucky,¬†Louisiana,¬†Maine,¬†Maryland,¬†Massachusetts,¬†Michigan,¬†Minnesota,¬†Mississippi,¬†Missouri,¬†Montana,¬†Nebraska,¬†Nevada,¬†New Hampshire,¬†New Jersey,¬†New Mexico,¬†New York,¬†North Carolina,¬†North Dakota,¬†Ohio,¬†Oklahoma,¬†Oregon,¬†Pennsylvania,¬†Rhode Island,¬†South Carolina,¬†South Dakota,¬†Tennessee,¬†Texas,¬†Utah,¬†Vermont,¬†Virginia,¬†Washington,¬†West Virginia,¬†Wisconsin,¬†Wyoming,¬†District of Columbian (not a state, but totally counts ūüėČ )
  • Take a great American road trip
  • Visit a national or state park in each state of the U.S. (Alabama,¬†Alaska,¬†Arizona: Grand Canyon National Park, and Lake Havasu State park,¬†Arkansas,¬†California: Death Valley National Park, and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,¬†Colorado,¬†Connecticut,¬†Delaware,¬†Florida,¬†Georgia,¬†Hawaii: Haleakala National Park, Waimea State Park, and Na Pali Coast State Park,¬†Idaho,¬†Illinois,¬†Indiana,¬†Iowa,¬†Kansas,¬†Kentucky,¬†Louisiana,¬†Maine,¬†Maryland,¬†Massachusetts: Salem Maritime, and Boston,¬†Michigan,¬†Minnesota,¬†Mississippi,¬†Missouri,¬†Montana,¬†Nebraska,¬†Nevada: Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, and Floyd Lamb Park,¬†New Hampshire,¬†New Jersey,¬†New Mexico,¬†New York: Statue of Liberty National Monument,¬†North Carolina: Blue Ridge Parkway, Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Rock State Park, and DuPont State Forest,¬†North Dakota,¬†Ohio,¬†Oklahoma,¬†Oregon,¬†Pennsylvania,¬†Rhode Island,¬†South Carolina,¬†South Dakota,¬†Tennessee,¬†Texas: San Antonio Missions and Hamilton Pool Preserve,¬†Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park,¬†Vermont,¬†Virginia,¬†Washington,¬†West Virginia,¬†Wisconsin,¬†Wyoming)
  • Hike in Banff National Park
  • Hike the Wave (December 11, 2016)
  • Sit in a cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park
  • Sip lemonade on the porch of a lovely southern home
  • Hike the grand canyon rim to rim
  • Gaze at the Aurora Borealis
  • Paddle down the Coal River in West Virginia
  • See the Florida Everglades by moonlight
  • Set foot in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

South America:

  • Climb the highest point possible in Machu Picchu (April 2012)
  • Kayak in the Amazon (Tambopata River, April 2012)
  • Watch wild macaws fly (Tambopata Research Center, April 2012)
  • Climb a tree in the Amazon Rainforest (Tambopata Research Center, April 2012)

Europe:

  • Get lost in the Louvre (July 2006)
  • Swim in the Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
  • Take a cycling tour through Italy (or some other brilliant European location)

Asia:

  • Backpack through Southeast Asia (June 18 – August 8, 2011)
  • Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat (Summer 2011)
  • Stand in front of the treasury in Petra, Jordan
  • Float in the Dead Sea

Australia:

  • Dive the Great Barrier Reef (Whitsunday Islands, April 2014)
  • Swing in a hammock in the South Pacific (not exactly in Australia, but it’s the closest continent)

Africa:

  • Reach the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Tour the pyramids of Giza
  • Watch gorillas in the wild
  • Buy spices in Morocco
  • Witness the migration on the Serengeti

Antarctica:

  • Set foot on Antarctica; doesn’t matter what I do — just get there!

Random Adventure:

  • Run a marathon (Los Angeles Marathon, May 25, 2009)
  • Go zip lining (Fremont Street, June 11, 2011)
  • Cliff jump (Nelson’s Landing, August 7, 2014)
  • Do a mud run (Irvine Lake Mud Run, California – April 10, 2011, and Tough Mudder, Las Vegas – April 2014)
  • Have boudoir pictures taken (Pasadena, California, December 4, 2009)
  • Buy and learn to use a digital SLR camera
  • See Bon Jovi in concert (SoCal, February 27, 2010)
  • Take a drawing class (Pasadena City College, Spring 2009)
  • Live close enough to walk to work (Caltech, 2008 – 2010)
  • Take a painting class (Too many to list, ongoing)
  • Take a ballet class (Las Vegas, Fall 2012)
  • Sleep under the stars (Koh Lanta, Thailand, July 2011)
  • Eat empanadas from a street vendor (Flores, Guatemala,¬†Summer 2012)
  • Hold a wild monkey’s hand (Lopburi, Thailand, Summer 2011)
  • Go kayaking¬†(Lake Powell – October 2013, Tambopata River in the Amazon – April 2012, and Laos – June 29, 2011)
  • Go rock climbing (Malibu, California, May 8, 2010)
  • Become a certified scuba diver (SCUBAfy, Boulder City, Nevada, October 2015)
  • Have a conversation in Spanish in a Spanish-speaking country¬†(Guatemala, Summer 2012)
  • Learn to pole dance (Los Angeles, Fall 2009)
  • Take a solo trip to another country (Southeast Asia, Summer 2011)
  • Attend a yoga retreat (IG Getaway, August 2015)
  • Make a mala
  • Cycle through a state (or even another country)
  • Meet a wild penguin
  • Go dog sledding
  • Go camping with my own camping gear (I have the gear; just need to get out!)
  • Take a cooking class in the location¬†where the style originates
  • Go hot air ballooning
  • Soak in a hot tub in the snow
  • Go white water rafting
  • Swim with wild dolphins
  • Write my travel memoir-ish, fiction-ish book

Home:

  • Own a home¬†(May 2012)
  • Decorate my whole home exactly as I want (Winter 2012 and again Summer 2013!)
  • Own a home in a beautiful area in a city/town that I love; I want to walk out my front door and go for walks in¬†nature
  • Create a backyard perfect for lounging
  • Own a summer home/cabin