Expanding the Cherry List

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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
Antarctica Cruise
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
Explore Madagascar
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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      1. Jacqueline, Go!!! Book it fast! I think you are going to love it. Stay a few weeks. It’s a small country, but there is plenty to see. And rent a car and drive. I’m very excited for you.

    1. Jacqueline, Such diverse options. I think Oxford is absolutely beautiful. Guatemala is on my list as well. I have friends living in Lake Atitlan and it looks amazing. Plus I want to see all the Mayan ruins. Good luck getting to these two soon.

  1. I love the quote by Lawrence Block!
    I also have a “cherry list” (here’s a post I wrote a few years ago with some ideas: http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2013/05/the-professional-hobos-bucket-list-past-present-and-ongoing/), but I’ve also learned that life happens along the way while we’re busy making plans, and some of the things that have happened to me (even since writing that post) are things I couldn’t possibly have imagined…and yet are things of my dreams.

  2. I love cherries too, Corinne, and your idea of a ‘cherry list’ makes me smile every time you mention it. In my case, I should have a list of places I wouldn’t like to visit because that would be shorter. My cherry list is way too long.

    1. Anda, I like the name, too. I think it captures more of what we’re about. And I agree, for me, it would be much, much simpler to write a list of where I won’t go. In fact so short, it might have absolutely nothing on it.

    1. Eileen, You are so right, and you know I love it that way. Take an opportunity when it arises. That’s another reason it’s a “cherry on top” list, rather than a “I won’t be fulfilled” list.

  3. I am not a big fan of bucket list but have to say I feel sort of inspired after reading them. I want to go to Teotihuacan and other Pre-Hispanic cities in Mexico too. For cave exploration, I can recommend the ATM Cave in Belize. That is one crazy adventure. You walk thru the wet parts of the cave first before taking some stairs sand moving to the dry part of the cave. That is where the Mayan remains are.

  4. I have to say that reading these posts gives me a different perspective on my own travels. As a foreign service family, our travels are not always our own choice (at least not all the way) and I am very much a home body. Jim – I love the idea of keeping bees and eating your own honey. I have two friends who do that back in Arlington, Virginia. I also have a friend who creates an environment to help Monarch butterflies. If I could stay long enough in a place to do both….(Moscow not being that place, I fear)…I would love that. But I do agree with the sentiment of setting out to do one thing, and ending up finding something else. I realize that I have experienced that almost everywhere I have traveled, because very often travel is arranged to get away from everyday life and take a break.

    I do not have a list of any kind, at the moment, I’m starting to be inspired to create one. I may then develop a new perspective on my future travels.

    1. Anne, Our list is extremely changeable. We love the spontaneous…thrive on it! However, I do think I want to keep certain experiences in mind so when that opportunity is close, I can grab it.

  5. One of the side effects of reading so many travel blogs is that my cherry list keeps growing and growing. I like that you’ve clarified that your helicopter ride should not be on a medevac, ha ha. I was just talking to the librarian at our middle school and found out that she was awarded a spot on the National Geographic Expedition cruise to Antarctica. It’s such a great opportunity for her, especially since I know that a school librarian’s salary typically cannot pay for such a fantastic voyage. I myself would also like to go there, but I’d be a bit nervous about crossing the Drake since I’m so prone to seasickness.

    1. Michele, Me too. Everytime I’m on a ship and they say it’s going to get rough. I feel it. It’s not going to stop me from going to Antarctica someday, though. I really want to go.

  6. We’ve got some of the same cherries – I’d love to see the Lalibela churches in Ethiopia and go on an Antarctic cruise. Raising bees not so much. I like all types of berries – so mine might have to be a very berry list :-))

  7. Hi Jim and Corinne, I’m loving your cherry list. I have more than a bucketful of cherries. For me, a National Geographic Expedition to Antarctica would be heaven and the first cherry on top of my bucket. For hubby, his biggest cherry is an African photo safari. We also want to take a private jet tour and relocate to another country or two. In our opinons, life is too short to be stuck in one spot.

    1. Linda, We like how you two think! Hmmm a private jet tour? Never thought of that, and we applaud anyone who wants to relocate and live for a while in other countries. We think it’s the best way to get to know a place.

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