I see these things everywhere. A new fad I guess. Everyone has a “Bucket List”. Everyone wants to do this, that or the other thing. Most of the time I would say, well, stop making lists and start doing these things. A bucket list gets you no further in completing the list other than wasting some more time writing it down so other people know what you haven’t done and will probably never do. But. Yes, always a but. I figured what the heck, may as well join the crowd this one time in my life, so here is mine – and don’t get me wrong, there are some interesting ones out there and I do have to admit, I read a lot of them and many seem very well thought out. Not dissing the list, just putting my unasked for and probably unwanted thoughts out there, and joining the crowd in my own criticism. OK, here it is:
Join the crowd at least once in my life√ 2)
Go to Afghanistan
See the Pyramids of Egypt
Travel from Kathmandu to Timbuktu
Travel through Burma
8) Buy a Chinese Junk and live on it
9) Become a pirate (well, you know, not the Somalia type, but it
goes along with the Chinese Junk)
10) Free a slave …had the opportunity but missed the chance,
Pretend I’m Indiana Jones in some far off land exploring bone
ridden caves and dodging deadly animals and the whole
Indiana Jones thing – YES!!!. Caves, check, human bones,
check, deadly animals (scorpions, barking dogs, possibility of
poisonous snakes – I’ll take it), check, little passageways
through dangerous (possibly) villages in a foreign land, check. Sweet…
13) Do the Karakoram Highway …all the way.
…along with the NWFP.
The Himalayas again
16) Bhutan …looks awesome, gonna have to bite the bullet and
17) The Trans-Himalaya Trail in Nepal …the whole thing in one
shot. None of this section crap. I see a lot of people saying it
can’t be done and you would have to run it, blah, blah, blah.
Thats BS. I could do it easily, just need the time and the
proper paperwork. No doubt about it. It’ll take months, I know,
The Nile …did it …all the way …three months. Awesome trip.
The Sahara again
21) The Sahara one more time (at least)
The Niger to Timbuktu
23) The Niger even further – from Mopti to Gao, than into Niger to
24) Agadez, The Aïr Mountains and Woodabe
25) The Amazon River
26) The Congo and DRC from Kinshasa to Kinsangani …now
there’s a trip.
27) The Lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia
28) Be able to walk out of my house with everything I own in my
Kelty 2650 pack …and not look back, worry, or have to go
back for anything else. In other word – Nomad. I gotta tell ya,
I’m really close to this, and possibly there. I have a lot of
books that I’d be like, damn, and a lot of pictures, sentimental
crap and stuff like that, but I think I could almost do this. Have
to sell the car but no big deal…
29) The Kalahari …although no big deal if I don’t see it, but why
not, always wanted to be able to say I was there
30) Southern Africa ex-South Africa …this would be easy if I would
just stop going to the Sahara
31) Stop smoking …my God, this is actually #1 on the list and an
Morocco, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Cambodia, Thailand, China,
Japan, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan,
Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali,
Senegal, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Myanmar, Afghanistan,
New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Saigon,
Hanoi, Bangkok, Yangon, Sana’a, Casablanca, Marrakech,
Timbuktu, Kathmandu, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur,J aisalmer, Jodhpur,
Udaipur, Kabul, Kuala Lumpur, London, Madrid, Venice, Cairo,
Khartoum, Omdurman, Addis Ababa, Lagos, Douala, Bamako,
Dakar, Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dialasso, Lome, Cotonou,
Damascus, Amman, Istanbul, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai …many having no desire to go back at all. Having survived all
of them once is a feat in itself.
Try to understand why the more money people have the more
they worry and complain about money.
…think I got this one, as much as I will ever understand, so
I’m checkin it off.
Never make a bucket list again …I think I got this one down
35) Be Happy
Hmmm, kind of like my list. Maybe not such a bad thing after all.
37) Go back to Bangkok …unless I live there, this will always
remain on my list. The greatest city in the world. I’ve been
there 5 or 6 times and always try to make it back if I’m in the
38) Live in a foreign, non-western, country for at least a year
39) The South Pacific. Tahiti, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Samoa,
Kiribati, Fiji …too many to name.
Another thing with the Bucket List, thinking about an older post. Sometimes you don’t know you want to see or do something …until you actually see or do it. Most of the things I’ve done or seen have been spur of the moment types. The Bucket List becomes oxy-moronic in this sense, especially in regards to travel and adventure. Travel and adventure for me is spontaneous, spur of the moment and definitely not planned. Putting together a list is planning. Blah. I would never put “Swim with Hippos” on my list, but heck, one of the most adventurous, exciting, as well as stupid things I’ve ever done. Wouldn’t take that back for anything. Watching slaves be marched in, bought and sold …Bucket List moment, absolutely not, but my God I’m glad I saw that and am aware of it now. Staring down pirates, holding an empty AK …bucket list, no. Awesome, gotta say, yes. Child soldiers. Glad I met them and talked to them. Wish it wasn’t so, but it is. Bucket List. Heck no.
Enjoy the ride and realize I can’t list what I don’t know is out
there. …check that one.
So, a little tougher to make than I thought, and kind of enjoyable actually. Definitely an interesting exercise in wants and goals too. … and if anyone wants to invest, these Junk Boats are expensive – send me an email. 🙂
A few last minute additions:
41) Papua New Guinea
42) Walk the Gobi