My Bucket List

Sunrise on Haleakala Crater

Building a bucket list is something that I have always encouraged my kids to do as a way to channel their curiosity into action.  But as of June 2017 (when I set up the blog) I didn’t have a list for myself.  I’m well into my 40’s and decided that I needed a new and improved bucket list to get me through the next 20-30 years.

Mt. Pilchuck Trailhead

Mt. Pilchuck Trailhead, getting ready for our sunset photography hike.

For this exercise I decided to use the Tim Ferriss approach to bucket lists:

…list up to five things you dream of having (including, but not limited to, material wants: house, car, clothing, etc.),being (be a great cook, be fluent in Chinese, etc.), and doing (visiting Thailand, tracing your roots overseas, racing ostriches, etc.), in that order…. Reference

After some soul searching, feedback from friends and family, and experimenting with some online bucket list tools I came up with a list and decided to track it here.

A big thing that isn’t a specific item on this list is my goal of raising nerd assassins.  That is, participating in the growth and development of my children in a way that constantly challenges them to grow to their full potential.  So, long story short, this whole list is intended to include kids and family except the date night bucket list.

That said, here is my list:


Below is a list of things that I would like to have or am working toward acquiring.

  • A sailboat (or easy access to a sailboat)
  • A mortgage free home
  • The financial means to help my kids through college
  • A highly productive investment portfolio (to fund this bucket list)
  • A blog to track my bucket list


Here is a list of things that I would like to learn and/or be.  I organized this by skills that I would like to acquire:

  • Certified:  US Sailing Basic Keelboat
  • Certified:  US Sailing Basic Cruising
  • Certified:  US Sailing Bareboat Crusing
  • Author of my own backyard cooking cookbook (My own original recipes and techniques)
  • Licensed Ham Radio Operator (Technician Level)
  • Competent Nikon DSLR operator


This list of things that I want to do is the longest and by far the easiest to build.  I had to organize them into multiple subtopics to keep it all straight:

Baseball Bucket List

  • Angels Stadium
  • ATT Park – SF Giants
  • Busch Stadium – Cardinals
  • Chase Field – Diamondbacks
  • Citi Field – Mets
  • Citizens Bank Park – Phillies
  • Comerica Park – Tigers
  • Coors Field – Rockies
  • Dodger Stadium – Dodgers
  • Fenway Park – Red Sox
  • Globe Life Park  – Rangers
  • Great America Ball Park – Reds
  • Guaranteed Rate Field  – White Sox
  • Kauffman Stadium – Royals
  • Marlins Park – Marlins
  • Miller Park – Brewers
  • Minute Maid Park – Astros
  • Nationals Park – Nationals
  • Oakland Coliseum – Athletics
  • Oriole Park – Camden Yards
  • Petco Park – Padres
  • PNC Park – Pirates
  • Progressive Field – Indians
  • Rogers Center – Blue Jays
  • Safeco Field – Mariners
  • Sun Trust Field – Braves
  • Target Field – Twins
  • Tropicana Field – Rays
  • Wrigley Field – Cubs
  • Yankee Stadium
  • Rent a luxery suite on the third base like at Safeco field for an evening with friends and family
  • Raley Field – Sacramento Rivercats
  • Cheney Stadium – Tacoma Rainier’s


Backcountry Hiking, Climbing, Backpacking & Peakbagging Bucket List

  • Climb my first 5 of the Alpine Lakes home court 100
  • Backpack from Stehekin to Rainy Pass on the PCT
  • Visit and backpack the Enchantments (why)
  • Through hike the whole PCT
  • Hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim
  • Climb Mt. Whitney
  • Mailbox Peak
  • Mt Si
  • Lake TwentyTwo
  • Mt. Pilchuck Lookout (complete)
  • Tolmie Peak Lookout – Mt Rainier

Non Backcountry trails, journey bucket list

  • Sea Kayak in Prince William Sound
  • Clearwater Canoe Trail, Lolo NF
  • Hiawatha Bike Trail
  • Walk any portion of the Camino de Santiago

Sailing bucket list

  • Sail in the Puget Sound
  • Sail in Puget Sound in boat I am operating
  • Sail a boat of any size (sailboat, kayak, canoe) through ballard Locks
  • Spot a whale with kids in boat that I am operating
  • Sail in Alaska inside passage
  • Sail in Bahama Islands
  • Sail under Golden Gate Bridge, SF
  • Sail through Panama Canal
  • Sail Mediterranean Coast

Tours and Sightseeing Bucket List

  • Sip Yerba Mate in Buenos Aires Teahouse
  • Visit Patagonia
  • Explore the Louvre
  • See Northern Lights
  • Vatican Art Tour
  • Take Historic Jerusalem Tour
  • Visit Petra
  • Follow some or all of the Silk Road
  • Follow Some or all of the Orient Express
  • Sunrise from Haleakala Crater, Maui

Movie bucket list

  • Shawshank Redemption

Reading, Philosophy and Dead Tree bucket list

  • Ulysses – James Joyce  (why)

Running bucket list…

  • Bridge of the Gods 5K
  • Bridge of the Gods 10K
  • Coho 10K, Copper River – Cordova AK
  • Bloomsday – Spokane, WA

Restaurant Bucket List

  • Goldburgs Famous Deli – Bellevue
The Bucket List

Sara and the dogs on top of Mt. Defiance… one of the first bucket list items checked