Annual Bucket List Update

happiness, hiking, appalachian trail
My Polar Bear Selfie

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. ~ Jawaharial Nehru

There are two ways to look at bucket lists. The first is to create a list you hope to complete before the end of your life and keep checking off items as you go along. The other way is the way I choose to do it, which has been to create an original list and then periodically update it by taking off things I’ve accomplished and adding in new items. Doing it this way you have to be good with knowing you’ll never complete the list. But I like this approach because it keeps me searching for new cool things to experience. When I do my updates, as well as pulling off of things I’ve already done, I also pull off things that I no longer have an interest in doing. For example, in this update I pulled off seeing Rainbow Mountain in Peru. I pulled it because I’ve learned a few things since I put it on the list. First, it’s not quite as spectacular in reality as it is in post produced photos I’ve seen. Secondly, I’ve come to learn there are a lot of similar mountains all over the world.

This exercise is one I really like doing, it both allows me to reminisce about the things I’ve done and go looking for new ideas.

Over the years I’ve been fortunate to do a lot. I’ve hiked in the high passes of the Himalayas, across Scotland, done a thousand miles on the Appalachian Trail. I’ve traveled to some amazing places, Petra, China, Tibet, Marrakesh, Oaxaca and Burning Man. I’ve written three books, Appalachian Trail Happiness, Otherness and Athena’s Addict. I’ve had some incredible experiences in nature, seeing a Jaguar in Brazil, photographing polar bears in Canada and most recently hugging a whale in Baja.

I’m an intensely curious person and there is so much more I want to do. I think as long as you are searching, learning, growing and finding new adventures, you never truly grow old, no matter how many years you’ve lived. ~ Rev Kane

  1.  See the Great Pyramid at Giza
  2.  Travel to outer space
  3.  Complete the Appalachian Trail
  4.  Hike at least 500 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail
  5.  Go Zorbing
  6.  Hike in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco
  7.  Hike the Overland Track in Australia
  8.  Hike 500km on the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand
  9.  Hike to Machu Pichu
  10.  Hike in Patagonia
  11.  Do a walking tour in Kenya
  12.  Hike at least 500 miles on the Trans-Canada Trail
  13.  Bicycle across the United States
  14.  See Stonehenge
  15.  Walk on the Glaciers of Greenland
  16.  Go to Iceland
  17.  See Mount McKinley
  18.  travel in a submarine
  19.  Kayak the coast of California
  20.  Kayak the Zambezi River
  21.  See mountain Gorillas in the wild
  22.  See an elephant in the wild
  23.  See a lion in the wild
  24.  See a hippo in the wild
  25.  See a right whale in the wild
  26.  See a grizzly bear in the wild
  27.  See a tiger in the wild
  28.  See a snow leopard
  29.  Go on a bigfoot expedition
  30.  Photograph the great migration
  31.  Swim in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
  32.  See Iguazu Falls in Brazil
  33.  Do a cage dive with Great White Sharks
  34.  See a Rhino in the wild
  35.  Go to Thai Elephant Sanctuary
  36.  Learn to wild forage
  37.  Hike the Muir Trail
  38.  Hike Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon
  39.  Photograph the Wave in Arizona
  40.  Go to Tonga
  41.  Go to Tuvalu
  42.  Go to the Cook Islands
  43.  Visit Cappadocia, Turkey
  44.  Go to Up Helly Aa
  45.  Go to Angkor Wat
  46.  Go to the Great Barrier Reef
  47.  Visit Australia
  48.  Go to Antarctica
  49.  Visit the Galapagos Islands
  50.  Visit Vietnam
  51.  Go to Carnival in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
  52.  Surf a sand dune in Fortaleza, Brazil
  53.  Visit Italy
  54.  See the Taj Mahal
  55.  Backpack in India
  56.  Backpack in Thailand
  57.  Go to Bangkok
  58.  Visit Alcatraz
  59.  Visit Norway
  60.  Attend Diwali in India
  61.  Run with the Bulls in Spain
  62.  Visit Cuba
  63.  Take a hot air balloon ride
  64.  Skydive
  65.  Do Peyote
  66.  Do Ayahuasca
  67.  Search for a buried treasure
  68.  Do a century bicycle ride
  69.  Pan for gold
  70.  Go to Timbuktu
  71.  Go to the Louvre Museum
  72.  Go to the Van Gogh Museum
  73.  Climb Kilimanjaro
  74.  On the same day, sunrise from Mt. Whitney, sunrise from Death Valley
  75.  Go to Glacier National Park
  76.  Stay in an underwater hotel
  77.  Swim in a Great Lake
  78.  Learn how to surf
  79.  Take a long distance train trip
  80.  Visit the John Day Fossil Beds
  81.  See an Orca in the wild
  82.  Meet a penguin
  83.  Photograph Antelope Canyon in Arizona
  84.  Run a 5K
  85.  Visit Bhutan
  86.  Photograph the race track in Death Valley
  87.  Go Parasailing
  88.  Learn how to play the saxophone
  89.  Learn Akido
  90.  Publish a book of fiction
  91.  Catch a stage of the Tour De France live
  92.  Swim in Jellyfish Lake – Palau
  93.  Attend the Triple Crown
  94.  Too personal to post
  95.  Hike to Kuang Si Falls in Laos
  96.  Take a boat from Manaus to Fortaleza, Brazil on the Amazon
  97.  Vagabond for at least 3 months
  98.  Create an art prank like fairy houses
  99. Find a meteorite
  100. Swim in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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