BUCKET LIST - What have you crossed off - Do you have one - What's on it
After I got married, started my career, and had kids, the bucket list (goal) items changed. In general they became things like....save enough money for our 3 kids to go to college, take trip to Hawaii with my wife, schedule several memorable family vacation trips to warmer locales (FL, SC, CA, Aruba), teach all of my kids how to slalom waterski, get my son into duck hunting (and kill several of the sought after birds in WI like canvasbacks and redheads), and catch his first big musky (he caught/released a WI 51" x 23.25" casting last year).
In regard to travel, my job has taken me all over Europe (England, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Spain, France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy) and Japan. It is a memorable experience driving the autobahn in Germany or riding the bullet trains in Japan (190 mph). Volunteer Mission trips have taken my immediate family members to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, South Africa, and Zambia.
I’ve successfully hunted wild hogs in Texas, antelope in Wyoming, black bear in New Brunswick, ducks in North Dakota, fly-in fishing trip to Canada, caught stripers in Maine, red fish in the gulf, and have killed numerous deer and caught numerous fish all over the mid west. Have checked off 33 states. Been to some pretty cool places with my wife. Trips up the east coast and all over the south have been memorable.
Still to go? As long as God blesses me with longevity and the resources, elk, moose, caribou, javelina, and a South Africa trip intrigue me. On the domestic side, I would love to go to Ireland and Alaska with my wife. Possibly Western Europe, as I’d love to see Normandy. At 30 years old now I hope all of these will be in the cards some day.
Of everywhere I have been, nowhere in the world brings me the peace and tranquility of being at my cabin in the north woods.
Unforseen family issues and a desire to be financially secure are mostly complete. Unfortunately the body has not held up enough for any real strenuous adventure.
Had the opportunity to hike near Mount Everest about 10 - 12 years ago with a former Professor, but the aforementioned issues squashed that . I have hunted Montana 3 times and bear in Wisconsin. Do still want to see Western Europe. That may happen yet .
Wife has a niece in Australia also . May do that .
Local National Guard post would bring a Howitzer to the UWSP football games. They would fire off a blank after every touchdown and at end of game. We did the sports coverage for the games and walked over to talk to the Guardsmen. They let me set it off after the next score. That was Awesome!
Brought a small container of black powder and a roll of duct tape to Boy Scout camp. A few of us worked together to make a baseball sized ball of “fun”. After “taps” we snuck over to the living quarters of a jerk of a counselor. We stuffed the ball of fun into a little toy bird, set it just outside his cabin, and lit the delayed fuse which gave us about 30-45 seconds to run for it. Kablooey! Pretty sure the whole camp heard it, even the folks camping across the lake. Good times. Wasn’t very friendly, courteous, or kind, but it was at least a little thrifty.