I guess I have to chime in on the whole bucket list issue. Am I opposed to the idea of a bucket list, or as we like to call it, a cherry list? Of course not, it doesn’t even bother me to think of it as a list of things that we want to do while we’re still on this earth. But, I have to agree with the morbidity in it. I don’t like the idea of crossing off items and getting closer to the end of the list. What comes after that list item is checked off? Is it then time to “kick the bucket” after we just filled it up? What I’ve discovered is that you’ll never cross off that last item. For every item on the list that you try and accomplish, you’re going to find at least three new things to add while you’re doing it. I don’t look at that as one step forward, three steps back, however, I think of it as one step forward, three new paths to follow. No, if I can still get there, I’ll still find things out there to fascinate and educate me about this amazing planet.
Anyway, cherries are my favorite fruit. In Turkey we’d buy them at the orchard for about five bucks for a five kilo bag. That’s the life, just driving down the road, enjoying cherries and leaving the pits along the roadside to hopefully, someday, grow even more cherry trees. I guess the point is, I love cherries, if I eat my way through five kilos, there’s always another cherry season coming up and another five kilos to work my way through. Call it a bucket list, a cherry list, a to do list, a things I really want to see someday list, or whatever, but make a list, grab a bag of cherries, and head out the door.
Here’s some of the cherries still in my bag:
Hot air balloon over the Serengeti
Ride the metro through Moscow’s metro stations
Fly in a helicopter (and not on a medevac!)
Spelunking in a cave, any cave, but it has to be real spelunking, not just walking along a path
Rafting through the Grand Canyon
Riding a motorcycle across a continent
Sleep under the stars in Natural Bridges, Utah
Learn to surf
Sail port to port in a tall ship
See whales; narwhal, blue whale, and shark whale are still on my list
Fly over the Nazca lines in Peru
Explore the Amazonian rain forest
Smoke a cigar while driving an old classic car in Cuba (okay, maybe I won’t actually smoke the cigar, just chew on it for awhile)
Timbuktu and the mud brick Djinguereber Mosque
Drive across the Andes on the Paso Los Libertadores between Chile and Argentina
Boating around the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas
Raise Bees and eat my own honey
See a tornado (from a safe distance)
See polar bears in the wild
Trekking in the Himalayas, I don’t need to climb Mt. Everest, but I would like to see it
Bet on a horse at the Kentucky Derby
Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
The ancient Aztec city, Teotihuacan, in Mexico
We’d love to hear more of your cherry list items in the comments (I’m always looking to add to my list).
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