Saturday, January 11, 2020

What's on your adventure bucket list?

"Kilimanjaro and a safari are next on my bucket list," Good Stuff said. (He had just returned from Peru, and true to form, was planning ahead.)

I thought for a minute. "I don't really have a bucket list," I confessed.

"Yes you do," Good Stuff insisted. "You might not call it that, but you have things you want to do before you die."

Except...I don't. I have things I think would be fun to do, but they aren't essential to enjoying my life. For example, for 2020, I am going to enter the Wonderland Trail lottery. I applied to be a Writer in Residence at a national park where I used to work. I would like to complete a couple of long loop backpacking trips in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and in the Seven Devils in Idaho. I want to kayak more, and bike more.
Halfway through a ten mile ski--why does skiing and swimming make me so much more tired than hiking?
And for the vaguely defined future, the Arizona Trail and some cherry-picker sections of the Continental Divide and Appalachian Trails are on the radar. I entered the Phantom Ranch (Grand Canyon) lottery for March 2021 for a cabin, because I guess I got spoiled by staying in one and why not? Then there are the someday things--as in, "someday, I'd like to hike the Superior Hiking Trail",  "someday, I'd like to do a long kayak trip", "someday, I'd like to go to New Zealand again." But if none of those happen, I'd be OK with it, because I know that other, just as exciting things would replace those.

OK, so maybe finishing the PCT became a goal. But a bucket list? IDK.
I guess my bucket list item is only one thing. To keep going, and be able to do what I want as long as I can. That's what pushes me out the door every day, when I see people younger than I am unable to do this, either from bad luck or different life choices.

"If you can do a run of eight miles," a co-worker used to say, "you can work up to a marathon." I don't run far anymore, but the premise is true. If you can maintain some adventuring and some fitness, you should be able to show up and achieve whatever your goal is. So on the days I really don't want to, I drag myself to the gym or outside, because I know eventually an opportunity to do something fun will arise, and I want to be ready. Even if I don't have anything planned out.

Is this weird that I don't have a bucket list? Does this show a lack of imagination? Do you have a bucket list? What's one thing that's on it?

8 comments:

  1. I've always got a running list of places I want to visit and trails I want to hike. Helps me plan future adventures! Good luck with the Wonderland Trail permit, hope you are successful. I've hiked a few segments of this trail and it's gorgeous!

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    1. I was so focused on the PCT for 8 years that I have no list. Time to start building one. I may also try again for the Enchantments, but if I'm traveling I'm more into a longer experience.

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  2. Funny I use the phrase bucket list occasionally but like you I don't really have one. What I use instead is a map marked with POIs I'd like to experience. Also like you I won't feel short changed if I don't see them all. For me it's more about each day's journey with as many cherry picker favorites as possible. My happy spot is nature's beauty. You know I love those WOWtastic moments!

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    1. That's a good way to put it, places of interest. I feel the same way. After the whole PCT, I think I'll try cherry picking now.

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  3. No, not really. The only bucket list item I have is to quit working and live on my own property in Northeast Oregon with Solitude and self-sufficiency and just enjoy each day without having to go someplace to earn a paycheck

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    1. That sounds a lot like my goal! Here's hoping we both get to do this.

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  4. I have wish lists, but they are not written down. So many wondrous places to hike but time and money constraints keep me wishing. It is wonderful to visit them through the world of blogging. But like you, so long as I can keep on being out and about somewhere, I'll be happy and super excited if the big event happens

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    1. That money and time thing! But then I have friends who have unlimited supplies of both and they don't seem a lot happier so..

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