My Bucket List

Everyone needs a bucket list. That’s Principle #24. Here is my bucket list.


  1. Items in maroon are linked to further details.
  2. Items that have been completed are in bold, are crossed out, and are marked with a red check mark.

Accomplishments to Achieve

Places to Go

  • Go to Disney World
  • Visit Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida
  • Ride the Ferry Between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula
  • Take in the River Walk at Christmas in San Antonio
  • Visit Hawaii (Drink from a coconut, Volcanoes, Fresh pineapple, Sugar cane)
  • Take a trip to Ireland
  • Visit historic sites in Boston
  • Stay in a cabin at Lost Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon
  • Visit the redwood forests in California
  • Ride a double-decker bus in London
  • Spend Christmas in the Smoky Mountains
  • Spend Christmas in Georgetown, Colorado
  • Visit Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch
  • Visit the Swiss Alps

Adventures to Experience

  • Go tent camping in the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Go tent camping in the Rocky Mountains
  • Go tent camping in Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas
  • Take Susan on a cruise
  • Drive Historic Route 66
  • Drive all along the west coast
  • Drive all along the east coast
  • Tour Bible lands with Dino Roussos
  • Ride the Rocky Mountaineer train across Canada
  • See the Marfa Lights
  • Drive coast to coast in an RV
  • Ride an airboat in the Florida Everglades
  • Ride a dog sled in Alaska
  • Visit Thailand with Big Tim
  • Go on an African safari
  • Tour the Holy Land
  • Go camping at River Bend campground near Leakey, Texas and float the Frio River
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Sail the Aleutian Islands
  • Sail the Caribbean Islands
  • Retrace the Apostle Paul’s Missionary Journeys
  • Ride a paddle-wheel riverboat on the Mississippi River
  • Hold a koala bear

Specific Sites to See

  • Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Visit O’Rears Pastry Shop in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Visit Camp O’Rear (Boy Scout Camp) outside Jasper, Alabama
  • Visit Orearville, Missouri
  • Visit O’Rear Road in Chatanooga
  • Visit San Francisco (Ride a Cable Car, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf)
  • Visit Larry McMurtry’s bookstore – “Booked Up” – in Archer City, Texas
  • Visit Norway (Fjords, Nes Verk, Oslo, Arendal, Pulpit Rock)
  • Visit Mt. Rushmore
  • Visit Seattle, Washington and go up in the Space Needle
  • Visit Easter Island and see the moai statues
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit the pyramids in Egypt
  • Visit the ancient city of Petra
  • Visit Independence Hall and see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia
  • Visit Pearl Harbor
  • Take a picture of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Visit the Great Wall of China
  • Visit Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty
  • Visit Ground Zero in Manhattan

Places to Eat

  • Eat Chinese food in New York City’s Chinatown
  • Go on a Dinner Sleigh Ride in Frisco, Colorado
  • Eat a Chicken-Fried Steak at Mary’s Cafe in Strawn, Texas
  • Order a Ribeye at Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas
  • Eat lobster in Maine
  • Eat at Lambert’s, Home of the Throwed Rolls
  • Eat Mr. D’s Fried Chicken at The Old Country Store in Lorman, Mississippi (and hear Mr.D sing).

Animals to See in the Wild

  • See a Painted Bunting
  • Go Whale Watching
  • Visit Australia (Koala bear, Kangaroo, Sydney, Outback)
  • See a Rainbow Lorikeet in the wild
  • Swim with dolphins

Shows/Performances to See

  • Watch a show on Broadway (and meet the cast afterwards)
  • Watch the Rockettes’ Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (and meet the Rockettes afterwards)
  • See Ryan Schupe and the Rubberband in concert

Performances to Give

  • Speak before an audience of 10,000 people
  • Sing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event

Thrills to Seek

  • Go whitewater rafting

Benevolent Acts to Perform

  • Go on a mission trip to Mexico

People to Meet

  • Be in the outside crowd at the Today Show (and meet Matt Lauer and Katie Couric afterwards)
  • Meet Rolf Løvland and Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden
  • Meet John Dobbs in person. (Extra credit if I manage to enjoy a meal with him and Michael Whitworth at the same time!)

Dreams to See Come True

  • Develop a sustainable living off of my writing
  • Build a house in the country

Hobbies to Pursue

Purchases to Make

  • Own several gold coins

Businesses to Own

  • Own a guacamole restaurant
  • Own a youth camp

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4 thoughts on “My Bucket List

  1. Paul,
    LOVE your list!!!! We must like a lot of the same things. Several of the things on your list, we have done! And several more are on our bucket lists!!!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Brenda! I love the fact that we have similar lists. I can’t believe there’s someone else out there who also wants to own a guacamole restaurant! 🙂

  2. I love your bucket list – have done several of them and there are quite a few I want to do – I am fulfilling one of my bucket lists in 22 days- we are going on an Alaskan cruise – which means in 23 days we are going whale watching – I can’t wait!!