Future Adventures – Bucketlist

June 14, 2009


I never thought I’d have a reason to visit Ohio. It just seems like one of those empty states that doesn’t have anything particularly unique going for it. So I thought, until I stumbled on the Waterparks show on the Travel Channel. There is an entire waterpark resort there! Including a surf simulator, a giant corckscrew, an upward slingshot

Cat Cafe – Japan has an answer for those of us too busy/poor for the joy of taking care of an animal. Sip tea and hang out with some kitties to relieve your stress.

I want to go clubbing in Europe. Apparently the music is much more my style and they play Rogue Traders – The Sound of Drums

Who doesn’t have a goal of swimming in the Dead Sea?

Sand tobboganing! Honestly, that’s what sold me on the Best Job campaign

I’ve swum with trained dolphins but I think it would be even more awesome to swim with wild dolphins

A step up from that would be swimming with whale sharks =O

I want to take some crazy romantic holiday in Belize where you can overnight in a luxurious(!) cave

If I win the lottery, I want to go to Bora Bora after hearing from cruise ship crew that it is THE most beautiful place in the world. You only live once, why pass that up?

The one thing I loved about history class was exploring ancient cultures–Greece and Egypt (pyramids!) are top on my list

I’m envious every time I see kite boarders but I don’t know that my arms are strong enough to handle that…

On that note, I want to learn to surf since I do love me some boogieboarding.

The bioluminescent bay looks like something out of a fantasy world. I’m SO in.

After scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, I’d like to scuba dive Arkansas. At least, I think it’s Arkansas. I read an article that there is a landlocked dive site where you can see some Native American ruins.

I don’t have the coordination to walk straight so I doubt I’d ever look like this but I’m signing up for belly dance lessons. This also means I must visit Morocco.

I’ve always been fascinated with Pompeii

I want to take an EPIC ROADTRIP with the best gal friend I don’t have playing 80s music on 11. Maybe a waterslide tour, a book tour, or just an awesomeness tour–there’s more to the US than I thought at first glance

See the aurora preferably in the Arctic/Antarctic

Get published of course, though the journey is as much of an adventure as anything 😉

I want to learn Japanese. I’ve got a good start with Rosetta stone, Pimsluer, and a local meet-up group I run

I want to be a lead singer in a band. Even if we’re a crappy band XD

I want to go to a crazy bachelorette party which involves a strip club. Not because I want to see strangers strip. But just because it is bizarre and hilarious.

Death Valley National Park, Calif.

The Mystery: People have long scratched their heads over the “Sailing Stones,” which mysteriously move across the sandy playa’s surface on their own, leaving visible tracks in their wake.

Fact: Given that these rocks chart a new course once every three years, it’s no wonder no one has ever seen them in motion. Some theorize that, in winter, wet clay and strong winds—which can reach speeds of up to 90 mph—are to blame, but no one is 100 percent certain what causes this curious natural (or unnatural?) phenomena.

Oregon Vortex

Gold Hill, Ore.

The Mystery: Measuring 165 feet in diameter and known for producing intense feelings of vertigo, this curious site in southern Oregon has attracted visitors since the 1930s. Here, balls roll uphill, brooms stand on end, and people appear to grow and shrink inside its centerpiece, a former gold mining outpost called the House of Mystery.

Fact: Whether caused by gravity anomalies, a concentration in the Earth’s magnetic fields, or paranormal presence, the Vortex’s strange phenomena is well documented, and animals still refuse to enter its sphere. Native Americans referred to it as Forbidden Ground.

The Paulding Light

Paulding, Mich.

The Mystery: For more than a century, on clear nights, unidentified spheres of light appear like clockwork on the horizon of this four corners town. To date, there’s no logical explanation for the luminescent red, white, and green balls that dance on the edge of the forest, but they are rumored to be the ghost of a railroad brakeman who met his fate on the tracks.

Fact: Locals and the curious regularly line up by the dozens for the bizarre light show; the Michigan Forest Service has even posted signs guiding sky-gazers to the best viewing spots.

Coral Castle

Homestead, Fla.

The Mystery: Made from 1,100 tons of megalithic-style limestone boulders — some heavier than the Pyramids’ and bigger than those at Stonehenge — this unusual structure, located 25 miles south of Miami, was built from 1923 to 1951 by a single man, a diminutive Latvian immigrant named Edward Leedskalnin, as an homage to the love of his life who left him on the eve of their wedding. But how did he do it?

Fact: Leedskalnin claimed he knew the secret to the Great Pyramids’ construction, and was once witnessed levitating stones. Other construction details—no mortar, precision seams, impossible balancing acts—have also stumped scientists for decades.

Ringing Rocks Park

Bucks County, Penn.

The Mystery: Deep in the woods in this 128-acre park is a large field of mysterious boulders that, when struck, sound like bells, as if they are hollow and made of metal. Each summer, hundreds of visitors flock here, hammers in hand, to perform their own “rock concerts.”

Fact: While scientists have determined the stones are made from a volcanic substance called diabase, there’s no explanation for their unusual ringing properties, nor for the eight-acre field itself, which is situated high on a hillside, not at the bottom, ruling out that it may have been formed by a glacier or avalanche.


Mexico – To Do Next Time

January 25, 2009

I swear I found something about zip-lines at night that wasn’t an evening of romance–I would do that again

I’d zip-line again and volunteer to go upsidedown 😉

Maybe go to Cozumel.  Maybe I got spoiled by Hawaii but I was disapointed with the snorkling we did and I hear it’s great at Cozumel.

PARASAIL D:  I wanted tooooo but it just didn’t happen.

Swim at the beach.  Whenever we had a beach day it was cold and rainy so we went shopping instead D:  but the water was so clear and beautiful.  I went one time but didn’t last long :/  The water is so clear you can see fish though.

Jet ski – When I jet skiied before I was little and terrified, didn’t even know how to drive yet.  Now I think I’d be more confident and what a beautiful place to do it plus there’s such a big expanse.  The worst part of driving for me is just that there are other drivers on the road heh

New Zealand – To Do Next Time

March 28, 2007

I loved this country, heart and soul.  I would do everything again but most specificly, I’d do the Dragons Blackwater Cave Rafting, hanggliding (we did it in Queenstown but I’d like to go somewhere greener), and because I’m a geek for simple science and water, Waiau Waterworks.

We were going to swim with dolphins in Paiha but it was canceled because of the rain.  Since then, I got to do it in Mexico.  I enjoyed it a lot but it was very scripted.  In Paiha, it would have been wild dolphins and that I think would be a very different and equally amazing experience.

I would spend a LOT more time in Rotorua because geothermal stuff fascinates me.

I would take the helicopter onto one of the glaciers rather than hike just to get more time on the glacier and get further onto it, be more encompassed by ice.

I’d take the plane to Milford Sound and go to the underwater observatory where you can see black coral.

I would paraglide in Queenstown.

I would go to a spa and find a thermal pool.  Most of the hostels I looked at online said they had thermal pools….NONE of the ones we ended up at did!

I’d spend more time in hostels.  My friend wasn’t a big fan of them and our money went much further there than here so we ended up in some swanky hotels so it was nice to try that, but I want to go back for the hostel experience and spend more time in a single hostel.

I want to go see the giant Octopus =O

Ride the dunbuggys in Bay of Plenty and those wind riders…  you’re real low to the ground on wheels and have a sail, you go across the beach.

Abseil and explore Waitomo.

I’d spent more time on Mauri culture.  We had the Bushwhacka activity scheduled but found nothing there but chihauhaus…  this was going to involve a recreation of Mauri ceremonies and FOOD!

Canyoning? I don’t even know what this is but it sounds cool!

Looking back, there are a TON of caving activities around Auckland which makes me want to go back to the North Island next time and save the South for the time after that 😉  But but but Queenstown… Maybe there’s paragliding up north somewhere!

The flying fox!

Windsurfing and kitesurfing, sure there are other places to do it but New Zealand is not just gorgeous but REMOTE so you’re not crowded

Whale-watching.  I’ve done it in California but again, New Zealand is just so gorgeous and remote you really would get a different vibe



Swamp Crossing

River surfing

Spookers! We ended up running out of time (and not wanting to drive around Auckland to get MORE lost) but they still send me emails 😉

Ride a tank?!

Because I’m a geek for Labyrinth



Make a music video??

Speaking of theatrics, I’d like to go on the WETA tour in Wellington maybe some of the other movie tours