Category Archives: Bucket List

My Next Adventure

You voted and I am going to Peru!  Thanks to everyone who participated (if you didn’t vote you’re weak sauce!).  I’m really happy about everyone’s decision, especially because I have wanted to go to Peru for a long time.  Unfortunately because of work, I will not be able to take this trip until November or December.  This will probably work out for the best so I have enough time to planYes, I said plan.  Usually I don’t plan my trips, but there is now a restriction on the number of people that can visit Machu Picchu each day so I have to get tickets early.

As of now my plans are to visit Machu Picchu, take a boat ride along the Amazon River, and hike around Huascaran.  This should be an awesome experience and I can’t wait to cross a few items off my bucket list.  Since the whole idea behind this trip was to get other people involved in my adventure, please comment on places you’d like me to visit, things you want me to do, and food I should try.  I’m open to any suggestions or ideas!


The Results Are In

The votes are in and it looks like I am going to South America!  It was a really close competition between Asia and South America, but in the end South America won by one vote.  I would have been happy to go to either continent (I’m just glad North America didn’t win because I had some friends wanting to send me to Orem, Utah!).  Thanks to everyone who voted. 


Now it is time to vote which country in South America you want me to visit.  In your vote you can include cities you want me to visit, activities I should do, things I need to eat, or sites you want me to see.  Get creative because I will select a few ideas and do them.  When I do them I will include it in my blog and give you credit for the idea.  Yes, you could actually be mentioned in my amazing blog.  Imagine the fame and glory!

To vote for which country I should visit in South America leave a comment belowVoting starts today and ends at midnight on August 2nd.  Get voting and spread the word!  Send me anywhere in the world.

Choose My Next Adventure!

I have been waiting for months to post this.  It’s that time again!  Every year I go on a crazy adventure, and this year is going to be no different.  I have traveled without plans, rode through 3 European countries on a bike (even though I’m not a cyclist), and did almost every crazy thing you can in New Zealand from sky diving to ice climbing to white water rafting.  This year I wanted to do something that hasn’t been done before.  That is where you come in.  For this trip I am going to let you choose where I go, what I do, and take any request that you might have.  I will explain how this will work later on, but first I want to explain how I came up with this idea.

Do you remember reading Goosebumps growing up as a kid?  The choose your own adventure books from that series were my favorite.  Even though my choices often led to the death of the characters, I loved how the books allowed me to participate in the adventure.  One day as I sat watching Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations, I thought “who is this show really for?”  Sure the show was interesting while providing a preview of the country he was visiting, but who decided he should go to India and talk about cricket?  Is that truly what viewers wanted to see or learn?

This was how my idea was born, combining choose your own adventure with travel (hopefully you are better at “choosing your own adventure” than me because this character doesn’t want to die).  I want you to be able to join in on my adventure.

Everyone who has subscribed to my blog can vote and help create my next trip.  If you haven’t subscribed, all you have to do is enter your email address under the subscription title on the left side of my blog.  This will notify you when I have entered an amazing new post!  There will be different periods of voting, which I will inform you about on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

The first voting period starts today and ends on July 27th at 11:59 PM.  You will be voting for which continent you want me to visit.  All you have to do is leave a comment below this blog post stating which continent you want me to go to.

The next voting period will start after I have posted which continent got the most votes.  You will then be voting for which country you want me to visit within the chosen continent.

I’m really excited because I have never heard of anyone doing something like this.  Remember you must subscribe to my blog to vote or else it won’t be counted.  Spread the word and vote!

#42 Iron Chef

#42 of my bucket list was to create an outstanding recipe.

Since there was a chili cook off last week, I decided that it would be the perfect time to create an outstanding recipe.  To make a long story short, I did not win, but I think it is some of the best chili I have ever made (I guess it couldn’t have been that good since I didn’t win).  I can’t completely cross this off my list until I have other people try it and confirm the amazingness of my recipe.  Below is the recipe, so please try it and let me know what you think.

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chili

1 1/3 lb lean ground beef

1 onion chopped

1 small green bell pepper, chopped

2 garlic cloves. Minced

2 (16 ounce) cans of kidney beans, rinsed and drained

2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

3/4 cup of BBQ sauce

5 tablespoons chili powder

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 green chili pepper

Cook first 4 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.  Place mixture in a 5-quart slow cooker, stir beans and remaining ingredients.  You can add as much or as little cayenne pepper and chili pepper as you want, depending on how spicy you want it.  Cook at high 3 – 4 hours or at low 5 to 6 hours.

What’s the coolest bucket item you’ve crossed off?

#68, Check!

I have set a goal to be continually working on one bucket list item.  So far, so good.  #68 on my Bucket List was to have my future read.  When I was a kid I loved the Disney cartoon version of Robin Hood.  One of my favorite parts was when Robin dressed up like a gypsy and pretended to read Prince John’s future.  The big crystal ball that Little John dropped into the carriage fascinated me.  Since then I always thought it would be cool to have my future read by a fortune teller.

Who better to fulfill #68 than the top rated psychic in Texas?  Don’t ask me how they do the psychic ranking (it’s probably like the NCAA football rankings, no one really knows and only fans of the team ranked #1 agree).  My friend Leslie decided to accompany on this little adventure.  She didn’t seem too excited, but I could tell that deep down inside she had questions that she wanted answered.  I was glad for the company because I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

Disappointingly, Miss Berry wasn’t what I expected in the #1 psychic of Texas.  She was dressed in normal clothing and there wasn’t anything mysterious about the extra room of her house where she conducted her psychic predictions.  What added to my disappointment was the absence of a crystal ball.  The situation was nothing like Robin Hood, except for the feeling that I might get robbed.

As Miss Berry read my palm for the reasonable price of $10, I began to understand why she was rated #1.  She accurately told me that I was a determined individual that was loyal to my friends.  Then she told me that I was going to live a long life, be successful, rich, happy, and find love.  It was amazing!  What was even more amazing was that Leslie had a similar future: money, health, and love.

All sarcasm aside, I found it funny that she only had positive things to say.  It made me wonder if anyone ever has a negative reading, or if everyone is going to live a long time, be rich, and find love.  At one point she had to ask me if I was in a relationship.  I was like, “you’re the psychic, you tell me.” Even though there wasn’t anything psychic or mysterious about my experience, I had a lot of fun.  I enjoyed acting interested and asking questions.  Everytime she said something positive like, “you are going to earn a lot of money” I would make my eyes big and say, “no way, that’s what I’ve always wanted!”

There were two things that she told me that was truly inspired.  She told me that I would travel the rest of my life.  Miss Berry said it, and so it shall be!  Next, she told me that I would find true love in the form of my 5’5 or 5’6 (she couldn’t get an exact height) dark haired wife.  Everyone please be on the look out for a girl that fits this exact description.  It will be hard to find someone that meets all of Miss Berry’s criteria, but she is out there!  All in all the experience was a lot of fun and Leslie and I had a good laugh about our awesome predictions.  Life should be good according to my reading, I can’t wait to live the dream!

What is something on your bucket list that you are looking to cross off?

Bucket List

For a long time I have wanted to organize my life goals into a list (aka bucket list).  I thought just before the new year would be the perfect time for me to officially publish my list.  These goals are in no specific order.  Some of these goals I have had for a long time, some of them I just made.  I included goals that I have completed (they’re in red) because I wanted to make a comprehensive list of all my life’s goals.  You’ll notice that most of my goals deal with traveling (hopefully by now you can tell it is one of my passions).  What are some things on your bucket list?  Is there anything you’d like to see me do?

1.       Go on a safari and see a cheetah (Kruger Park 2010)

2.       Visit South Africa (Summer 2010)

3.       See the pyramids/Sphinx (Summer 2010)

4.       Stand on the Great Wall of China (1996)

5.       Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef (2000)

6.       Go sky-diving (New Zealand 2007)

7.       Bungy Jump (New Zealand 2007)

8.       Rock Climb (Montana 1994 and Utah 2008)

9.       Visit a country with no plans (New Zealand 2007)

10.        Scuba dive with sharks (Palau 1996)

11.        Stand on the Eiffel Tower (Summer 2009)

12.        Travel alone (New Zealand 2007)

13.        Hitchhike (Guatemala 2003)

14.        Dive a shipwreck (Chuuk 1997)

15.        Score a game winner (Virginia 2002)

16.        Win a tournament (Singapore 2001, Virginia 2002)

17.        Be at a World Cup game (South Africa 2010)

18.        Breakdance in a national competition

19.        Go to the Coliseum (Italy 2009)

20.        Learn to water ski

21.        Watch my favorite soccer player (Lionel Messi) live (South Africa 2010)

22.        Watch my favorite soccer team live (Barcelona)

23.        Deep sea fish (South Africa 2010)

24.        Ice climb (New Zealand 2007)

25.        Learn to surf (Myrtle Beach 2008)

26.        Graduate from college (BYU 2010)

27.        White water raft (Snake River 2009)

28.        Learn a new language (Spanish 2005)

29.        Mountain Bike (Malaysia 2001)

30.        Win big in Vegas

31.        Learn to ski moguls

32.        Go on a church service mission (Guatemala 2003-05)

33.        Get on a game show

34.        Travel to all seven continents (Been to North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia)

35.        Visit the Amazon

36.        Island hop to deserted islands by kayaking (Bahamas 2013)

37.        Live off the land for five days

38.        Get married (Married the love of my life 10/2014)

39.        Have children

40.        Create a blog (2010)

41.        Invest in the stock market

42.        Create an original and outstanding recipe

43.        Sell a piece of home-made pottery

44.        Go to Antarctica

45.        Become an Eagle Scout (2002)

46.        Travel through Mongolia (horse-back?)

47.        See the Taj Mahal

48.        Have a career (I’m an Instructional Designer)

49.        Change someone’s life (Guatemala 2004)

50.        Visit 100 countries

51.        Climb to the base camp of Everest (further if possible)

52.        See Machu Picchu (Peru 2011)

53.        Publish a photo or article in a travel magazine

54.        Take scenic pictures in Switzerland and Austria

55.        Witness the Northern Lights

56.        Visit Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

57.        Visit Hagia Sophia (Turkey)

58.        Ride in a hot air balloon

59.        Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

60.        Visit Petra (Jordan)

61.        Break a Guinness World Record

62.        Attend Holi in India

63.        Audition for a reality TV show (Amazing Race or Survivor)

64.        Go Heli-skiing

65.        Run for an elected office

66.        Go into space

67.        Try-out for a professional soccer team

68.        Have my future read (Miss Berry told me I was going to be live long and be rich and happy!)

69.        Win the lottery (any amount of money)

70.        Travel to all 50 states

71.        Drink Fiji water in Fiji

72.        Write a song

73.        Meet someone famous (Vanilla Ice- Not sure if this counts haha)

74.        Run a marathon

75.        Save someone’s life

76.        Visit the Parthenon

77.        Sumo wrestle in Japan

78.        Touch Lionel Messi

79.        Own a VW Bus

80.        Learn to head spin without tapping

81.        Give a famous person my autograph

82.        Wear a kilt in Scotland

83.        Have 15 minutes of fame

84.        Shoot par (72) on a golf course

85.        Become a Millionaire

86.        Read Plato’s Republic

87.        Stay in the most expensive room of a hotel for free

88.        Assist an old person across the road

89.        Be my own boss

90.        Buy or sell something at an auction (Bought a car from an auction 2015)

91.        Ride an animal that shouldn’t be ridden (Ostrich, Alligator, etc.)

92.        Take part in a wrestling match (WWE)

93.        Enter a competition that I have no right participating in (American Idol, Eating contest, darts, etc.)

94.        Visit Jerusalem’s old city

95.        Help someone in every country I visit

96.        Randomly go to the airport and take the first departing flight

97.        Be in a parade (BYU Homecoming parade 2008)

98.        Have a 401K

99.        Sell everything I don’t need (2008-All my possessions fitted into two plastic containers and two bags)

100.    Create a successful blog (100+subscribers, You can help me with this!)

101.    Create a bucket list (Just completed)

102.    Fly an airplane (Thanks to my sister I did this 2012)

103.    Drive a tank

104.    Discover an amazing non-tourist destination and recommend it to everyone I know.

105.    Visit Iguazu Falls

106.    Be a mime for a day

107.    Play chess against a random person in the park (I played chess against random Peruvians and got dominated 2001)

108.    Hand-hop 10 times

109.    Stick an air-chair drop

110.    Hang-glide

111.    Start a fire with sticks

112.    Be a mascot (Cosmo 2009)

113.    Travel to Greenland