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Bucket List Journey

List Worthy Experiences from Around the World

Dream Day: I Got a Book Deal

I literally get hundreds of emails a day, three quarters of which I trash before evening opening. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have signed up for all those freebie websites and “how to become rich” newsletters.  Most emails fall in to three categories:  1. “I would like to deposit 10.5 million dollars intro your bank account. All I need from you is your social security, bank account and credit card numbers, plus address. I’ll be sure to transfer the funds immediately.” You don’t want… Read More »

Be a Beekeeper for a Day in Petaluma

The word ‘buzz’ has a dual meaning for me today. The first being the warm, fuzzy feeling I was getting from drinking my Keller Estate bubbly in the afternoon. The second was the humming noise coming from from the hundreds of honeybees surrounding the white wooden bee hives at my feet.  I think the first buzz was helping me tolerate the second.

22 Epic Ideas for Your Dog Bucket List

Canine friends can play a wide variety of roles in a person’s life. They can be the food allergen detector, the stress reliever, the security officer, the travel companion and even the wingman. However, it’s a fact that they won’t be around forever. This is why you should treasure every moment you have with them—and what better way to do so than by ticking off a dog bucket list, right? There are a lot of great dog bucket list activities… Read More »

Walk on Fort Bragg’s Glass Beach in Northern California

This roadtrip through the winding coastal roads of Mendocino county was a special treat. Peter and I were taking a spontaneous travel adventure three hours away from our Northern California home to see something first hand, something that I had only witnessed in pretty pictures on Pinterest, Instagram and such. I was on a mission to ogle it, touch it, walk on it and of course take my own dazzling photographs. Continue Reading…

24 Bucket List Things to Do in San Francisco

It’s the city of Dungeness crab, sourdough bread and, of course, the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge. Some people have even left their hearts here. San Francisco is on most travelers “Things to do” list and for very good reason. Whether your a first-time visitor or local, The City in Northern California has something to offer for everyone and here’s just a little taste. More cool experiences to add to your bucket list. Yipee. Continue reading…

18 Bucket List Things To Do in Santorini

The Greek island of Santorini (Thira) is in the southern Aegean Sea and actually consists of a group of islands. Though the complex is still an active volcano, it is most commonly known for it’s brilliant blue roofs, but there are so many more things to do in Santorini than marvel at the domed buildings. 1. See a Movie at an Open Air Cinema With the incredible Santorini weather, going to an outdoor movie is a perfect thing to do in the evening. Kamari Village… Read More »

Send a Care Package to a Soldier

I woke up the morning of my birthday and my first thought was “Holy Sh*tballs I’m 45″. Let the midlife crisis begin. Then, after rubbing my eyes and realizing that being my age was way better than the alternative, it was time for the celebrating to begin. For those who know me, they completely understand that a birthday celebration always includes having one memorable new experience, and sometimes twelve. Last year it was taking a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon and another year… Read More »

Take a Junk Boat Through Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

A three and a half hour drive from the bustle of the city of Hanoi lies a peaceful set of 1,600 islands and islets, Ha Long Bay. This bay has been the backdrop to many movies, including the Oscar winning Indochine, and has also been featured on many “Things to Do Before You Die” lists, including my own. So, when my travels landed me in Hanoi there wasn’t even a question that I’d spend one day taking a seven hour round trip van ride to witness one of Vietnam’s UNESCO… Read More »

Drink Kölsch Beer at a Brauhaus in Cologne, Germany

I had been thoroughly enjoying my free wine every evening, and occasionally during the day, on my Viking River Cruise along the European Rhine. But, when the Tor ship hit Germany and ported in Cologne (Köln), it was time to put a cork in the wine bottle and venture inland for a Kölsch beer. I can put down my wine glass to support a western Germany tradition. See…