October 23, 2013

Life List 31-40

   31. Skydive

   32. Jump off the Stratosphere

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   33. Swim with sharks

   34. Roadtrip with no predetermined destination.

   35. Photograph an active volcano

   36. Experience Yosemite

   37. Drive the coasts

   38. Visit countries my family is from: Scotland, Sweden, Ireland, and Germany.

   39. Own my own business

   40. See Seven Wonders of the World: Roman Colosseum

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I've wanted to Skydive as long as I can remember. I think it would be such a thrill! After, several injuries to my ankles I didn't think they could handle landing so I wrote the idea off. Recently, I saw that when jumping tandem the person with experience puts their feet down first. So, there is a chance.

Although, I'm just now getting around to sharing, I jotted this life list down in January. I actually jumped off the stratosphere in April, so I can cross that off the list. What a rush! But not quite as thrilling as I expected. Still, I'm pleased that I did it. The photo above taken while getting suited up for the jump. You can tell by my big grin I was awfully excited.

Another adrenaline rush would be to swim with the sharks or one of those cage dives would be awesome. I have a hard enough time remembering to breathe while snorkeling so it will probably never happen, but I'd certainly give it a try given the opportunity.

Road trips are such fun. It would be great to head out one day and see where the road takes you.

I admire photographs from all over the world - I love me some Earth porn. While it's wonderful to see places through others eyes, there is nothing quite like it experiencing it yourself and having a keepsake from your perspective. Shortly, before we toured Italy, the Sicilian volcano, Mt. Etna had erupted. That was the closest I've ever come. I did photograph Mt Vesuvius, which is considered active but its last eruption was 1944.

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Who wouldn't want to visit Yosemite? Its beauty in photographs alone is breathtaking.

We've nearly driven/rode the entire west coast. We've driven from the US/Mexican border to Monterrey. We've taken the train and driven the coast between San Jose and San Francisco. We've also taken the train from Seattle to Vancouver. Someday soon, I want to fly into Portland, rent a car and drive to San Francisco. Then, we'll have traveled the entire west coast. Afterwards, we can begin planning the east coast.

I love experiencing various cultures, how great would it be to see where you came from? While, I've stepped foot in Germany, ate their sausage and tasted their beer, it's hardly enough to satisfy my desire to travel there. In fact, it only made me what to experience it more.

My only hesitation in owning my own business is the lack of vacation time. I know for a long while trips would be put on the back burner. But I think if I were doing something worthwhile, it would be worth the sacrifice. We've positioned ourselves to make it a real possibility, the only thing holding us back is that unique idea. If only I knew what I wanted to be when I grow up. Life would be much easier.

There are multiple versions of the Seven Wonders of the World, modern, ancient, etc. I'd love to see any seven of them. One down, six to go.


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FleaStiff said...

Owning you own business and vacations? How about that guy who takes six months a year off and has done it each and every year since he started his business. It can be done!

Kellee said...

That would be amazing! It gives me hope.