Drops in the Bucket


Like drops of rain, I am filling up my bucket with awesome life experiences and like rain these drops in my bucket keep me refreshed, growing and often thirsting for more 🙂

I started a bucket list for myself many, many years ago….before my first child was even a twinkle in my eye.   I lost the original, but a few years back I started a new one and continue to cross items out and add new ones all the time.

I thought I would share my bucket list with everyone, and give myself a place to keep updating it.  I have used the format from Nerd Fitness (Epic Quest of Awesome) and added some items unique to me.  Items I have accomplished are not crossed off but a date is given in parenthesis.  I also have notes or items I would like to do in different locations.  Again, this is a work in progress 🙂

Marvelous Moments/Memories (aka Bucket List)

Activities without specific location:

Watch my children as they see the Ocean for the first time

Make it to as many important events for my children as possible


Scuba Dive


Sleep in a tree house

Stay at a Bed & Breakfast

Play Roller Derby (2012-2015) – Midwest Maidens Roller Derby, Brookings, SD)

Get a Motorcycle license (for riding in the desert)

Shake the hand of an American President

Meet Jimmy Fallon

Meet Tess Munster/Tess Holliday

Watch a Roller Derby Championship track side

Visit breweries/tap rooms as I travel: WLBC(Brookings,SD), Monk’s(SiouxFalls, SD), Napa Smith(Napa,CA), Bank(Hendricks,MN), Rogue(San Fran,CA),

Concerts: Everclear/Marcy’s Playground/The Wallflowers (1997) – Fargo, ND, Korn (1999)- Fargo, ND, Bloodhound Gang (2000)- Moorhead, MN, N’SYNC (2001)- Fargo, ND, Lindsey Stirling @ First Ave  (2013), Mumford & Sons in St.Paul, MN (2013), Old Crow Medicine Show in Sioux Falls, SD(2014),

Broadway Shows:  CATS (London 2001), ONCE (NYC- on Broadway 2013)

North America (Starting Zone)

Bike the Michelson Trail

Participate in and finish the SD Kayak Challenge

See a concert at Red Rocks in Colorado

Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail – hopefully a complete thru hike!!

Ride a motorcycle in the sand dunes of California Desert

Stay in Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Eat Lobster in Maine

Visit Martha’s Vineyard

Visit Kennedy Space Center

Swim in a hot spring – (Idaho 2003)

Attend Burning Man

See the Smithsonian Museums

Visit the White House and Mall

White Water Raft – Idaho (2003), Minnesota (2013)

White Water Kayak – Idaho (2003)

Multnomah Falls and Thor’s Well in Oregon

Hamilton Pools, Texas

Visit Iceland – hot springs


NYC (Dec.2013) – Times Square, Empire State Building, MoMa, Central Park, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Broadway, Wall Street/Financial District, Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, St. Peter’s

*Want to see Metropolitan Museum and Guggenheim in NYC

New Orleans (Dec. 2014)- Paddle Boat River Cruise, Live music in Jackson Square, Café Du Monde, Trolley to Garden District, Bourbon Street, Ate a Muffelletta Sandwich

*Want to go on a plantation tour

Seattle (March 1999) – Space Needle, Ferry Ride, Science Museum, Chateau St. Michelle Winery tour

San Fran (Nov. 2014)- Trolley Car ride, Ate Crab, Rogue Public House, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Bridge, Bakers Beach, Moir Woods, Port Reyes Lighthouse, Anaba Winery tasting

*Want to take an Alcatraz tour and see the Golden Gate Bridge on a non-foggy day

Places yet to see: Denver, Las Vegas(kiss my husband on top of the Eiffle Tower), Portland, Maine, House on the Rock (Wisconsin Dells),Washington D.C. (White House, Mall, Smithsonian Museums), Charlotte, NC, Key West, FL,

Visit all 50 states

Drive along the Pacific Coastal Highway

Hike the Pacific Coast Trail

Hike part of North Country Trail

Oneonto Gorge, Oregon

Niagara Falls

4 Corners Monument

National Parks:

Alaska National Parks

Denali National Park  *
Gates of the Arctic National Park
Glacier Bay National Park *
Katmai National Park *
Kenai Fjords National Park *
Kobuk Valley National Park
Lake Clark National Park
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Arizona National Parks

Grand Canyon National Park *– walk inside the canyon
Petrified Forest National Park
Saguaro National Park

Arkansas National Parks

Hot Springs National Park *

California National Parks

Channel Islands National Park *
Death Valley National Park (also located in Nevada)
Joshua Tree National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Lassen Volcanic Park
Redwood National Park * – drive through a tree
Sequoia National Park * – Hug General Sherman (Largest Tree)
Yosemite National Park *– Climb half dome

Colorado National Parks

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Mesa Verde National Park *
Rocky Mountain National Park *

Florida National Parks

Biscayne National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park *
Everglades National Park *

Hawaii National Parks

Haleakala National Park *
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  *– touch cooled lava, watch lava flow into the ocean

Idaho National Parks

Yellowstone National Park (also located in Wyoming and Montana)(2003 with Photography trip in College)** – wanht to see waterfalls, Old Faithful, Paint pots and Morning Glory Pool

Kentucky National Parks

Mammoth Cave Park

Maine National Parks

Acadia National Park * – watch the sunrise

Michigan National Parks

Isle Royale National Park * – primitive camp

Minnesota National Parks

Voyageurs National Park (traveled through in my teens) **

Montana National Parks

Glacier National Park (traveled when I was 16-17 years old with Aunt, Uncle & cousins)** – hike to all the waterfalls
Yellowstone National Park (also located in Wyoming and Idaho) (2003 with Photography trip in College)**

Nevada National Parks

Death Valley National Park (also located in California)
Great Basin National Park *

New Mexico National Parks

Carlsbad Caverns National Park *

North Carolina National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (also located in Tennessee) * – hike AT

North Dakota National Parks

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (a few times growing up) **

Ohio National Parks

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Oregon National Parks

Crater Lake National Park*

Tennessee National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (also located in North Carolina) *- hike AT

Virginia National Parks

Shenandoah National Park * – hike AT

South Carolina National Parks

Congaree National Park

South Dakota National Parks

Badlands National Park (2012 with Chris, 2014 with the family)
Wind Cave National Park (2012 with Chris, 2014 with family, but no cave tour)

Texas National Parks

Big Bend National Park *
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Utah National Parks

Arches National Park *
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Zion National Park *

Washington National Parks

Mount Rainier National Park *
North Cascades National Park *
Olympic National Park *

Wyoming National Parks

Grand Teton National Park *
Yellowstone National Park (also located in Montana and Idaho)**

* Parks I really want to see if I can’t see them all

** Places I want to visit again with Chris (and kids if possible)

Central/South America (Jungle/Forest Zone)

Visit Galapagos Islands

Visit Christ the Redeemer in Rio de janeiro, Brazil – climb to the top

Visit Machu Pichu, Peru

Chichen Itza, Mexico (June 1997)

Cancun (June 1997)

Cozumel (May 2002)

Jamaica – climb Dunns River Falls (May 2002)

Grand Caymen – snorkeling (May 2002)

Europe ( Ancient City Level)

Study at Oxford University, Oxford UK (Spring 2001)

Have a beer at an iconic pub – Eagle & Child – Oxford, UK – Tolstoy, Louis Carroll (Spring 2001)

Stonehenge (Spring 2001)

London (Spring 2001) – Dali museum, tower of London, london bridge,

Paris (Spring 2001) – Eiffle Tower, Louvre, Palace of Versaille

– still want to visit Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France and see a show at Moulin Rouge

Venice (Spring 2001) – Canal, Guggenheim

Florence (Spring 2001) – Duomo, Uffizi, Art

Rome (Spring 2001) – Trevi Fountain,

Vatican City – Sistine Chapel and mass in the Piazza with Pope John Paul II(Spring 2001)

Berlin (Spring 2001)

Amsterdam (Spring 2001) – Van Gogh Museum

Prague (Spring 2001)

Scotland – Giant’s Causway, plant my feet on our land in Lochaber

Ireland- Guinness brewery, bike the island, Cliffs of Moher

Spend a night in a castle (Weingut Spindler?) (Spring 2001)

Greece – visit Pantheon

Oktoberfest in Germany

Africa (Desert Level)

Pyramids of Giza

Ride Camel in Sahara

Petra, Jordan


Far East (Hidden Temple Level)

Great Wall of China

Taj Mahal, India

Ride Trans-Siberian Railroad

Hagio Sofia, Istanbul Turkey

South Pacific (Water/Beach Level)

New Zealand (Hobbit Tour)

Great Barrier Reef – scuba

Australia –  Syndey Opera House

Stay in a hut above the ocean (Fiji/Bora Bora)

Personal Goals:

Maintain size 14 or smaller, get to under 200

Become an author – write a darn book and publish it

Defeat my fear of public speaking

Do 10 pull ups

Do 10 military push ups

Roller Skate 20 miles without stopping

Jog a 5k without stopping

Build my own business

Rockstar Moments

Become a published author (more than 1 book)

Do a book tour

Have a clothing line

Talk show appearance

Be a model (Did runway in 2012-2013 for Arianna B.)

Red carpet moment

Travel as an ambassador of an organization

I love that my bucket list is growing with ideas from my husband and kids!  Live life to the fullest, make the most of your – (dash), what separates your beginning and your end.   And feel free to give suggestions in the comments 🙂



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