I've had this book for a while and just yesterday decided to go through it and see where I stood, so to speak.
Only 117 out of 1000, and I thought I was well traveled.
I've only been to 2 continents, Europe and North America.
Like any of these sort of "bucket lists", it's got plenty of "issues" and biases, but if you don't take it too seriously, it's kind of fun.
I can say I've been to 47 out of 50 US states and 26 of the highest elevation points; (my daughter and I started "collecting" high points and are actually members of a High Point club when we hit the lowest of the high-points in Florida.
But many of these states were essentially "fly-overs" sometimes plowing through at high-speeds in the middle of the night. It might have well been a video game at that point.
However on the other hand, I've often gone well out of my way to visit some of various state's iconic experiences, even one's that I may dread, the country's biggest state fair, in Texas of course certainly ranks high on that "list".
I've swam from Alcatraz; not on above list but one of my most memorable adventures.
Climbed the stairs to One World Trade Center, 2,226 stairs to the top, by the way; also not on the list, visiting it is but by elevator is not quite the same.
That Being Said
I still want to hit more high-points with Skye, knowing full well that we'll never get all 50; Alaska would probably cost $25,000 each and I don't force having access to those kind of funds anytime soon.
But we both really want to hit Whitney, which ironically is in our home state and the highest point in the continental US. We've hike in areas all around it and even camped at it's base-camp once. But it will take some co-ordinating and getting a reservation, not to mention getting physically prepared for it.
Getting my Black belt in Brazilian Juijitsu
I started training over 20 years ago and have made it all the way to brown belt, but have not trained regularly in over 4 years, so I'm a bit rusty. But I know I will someday be able to tie a black belt around my waist.
Going to Mongolia for the Naadam Festival
It's one of my goals for this year. It will depend greatly on my financial situation as well as work commitments.
The Boston Marathon
I pretty much thought my running days were behind me and then I signed up again to run the 50K at Burning Man. So as long as I'm getting back into marathon shape, I might as well keep the dream of Boston alive.
Swimming with Great Whites
In a cage, of course, but I would very much want to see one of these magnificent creatures up close and personal.
While We're on the Subject
There are several animals I would like to see in person. Africa's "Big 5", of course, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo; I would add cheetah and hippo to that at the very least.
I want to see a polar bear in it's habitat, which is very quickly disappearing thanks to global warming.
I did see a condor come up from the depths of the Grand Canyon and then take a ride on the wind to glide high above me; that was truly a treat of a lifetime.
I want to see the Great Wall of China, maybe even run a marathon on it.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg, which I would like to make it Antartica at some point as well, which is again quite and expensive journey.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.