My life’s To-Do List is a never-ending endeavor to see beautiful, fun, exciting, wondrous things in this world. Putting ideas on the list and daydreaming about them is almost as much fun as being able to mark them off as done. Almost.
These photos are some of the things I’ve been able to tick off and complete so far. They’re also a pick me up when I sit around feeling sorry for myself because “I never go anywhere and I never do anything.”
I’ve still got more photos to add and things to post to my To Do List, but if I don’t get started now this will linger in draft forever-ever-ever-ever….
If you’ve got your own Bucket List or To Do List, share the link in the comments!
Last week I read a blog post called Wanderlust is More Than Just a Bucket List on The Wanderlusters that really struck a chord with me. It was about how the idea of a bucket list reaches far beyond the “things” on it.
How many times have I jotted something down or bookmarked it to visit someday? Probably a million. But, get this – sometimes I even visit them! 🙂 And as I add ticks the visited column, there is usually a story that surrounds that trip.
What often starts as just I’d like to see that, turns into something bigger and richer than I could have ever known at the time that I scribbled it down. That’s the beauty of a bucket list. As it turns out, it’s often less about the thing… as it is about the doing of the thing. It’s more about the unexpected sights along the way, the people you meet, the unplanned experiences you have while you’re seeking out the goal.
Do you keep a wish list of places to visit?
What do you use to keep track of everything – Paper & pen, app, map, something else?
For some, writing things down on a travel To Do List is a blow to the spontaneity of what riding a motorcycle should be about. And I get that. Being able to flitter hither and thither to wherever the winds takes you is all a part of the romance of the road.
And then, for people like me – sometimes writing things down on a list is the only way I can get them done.
One of the great ironies of my life is that I am always wishing for more free time – yet when it comes calling I am often paralyzed by all of the possibilities that free time presents. I have so many things that I *could* do, that can’t settle in to zeroing in on any one idea. Result? Wasted free time.
I find that picking something off of my many maps or lists saves me a hassle. I choose a spot and go. Serendipity will still be at work along the way and I get a bucket list homerun in the process.
In February, I wrote a post called: To Do List – My 2013 Motorcycle Roadside Stop Wishlist. It was inspired by a book that I’d received for Christmas. I picked out a few roadside-specific stops that I would like to visit in my travels on the bike this year.
Because life unfolds the way it wants to, I haven’t spent very much time riding this summer. I thought for sure that it would be another year of wish-listing instead of achieving. But where I thought I’d managed to visit none – I’ve managed to put a few marks in the DONE column.
The poor thing was still closed in the cold weather and was looking a bit beat up – even so, a place shaped like a giant ice cream cone is a-ok in my book.
Super-donut-extravaganza. O-shaped lovin’.
He’s a muffler man. Of COURSE I’d want to visit him.
I guess you could say the best thing about a travel To Do List is that you can never fully satisfy it. Or, at least I can’t. Just as fast as you check one thing off, you stumble across three more ideas to go on it. And that’s alright with me.
How About You?
Do you have a To Do List of places you want to travel to or things you’d like to visit on your bike?
A few weekends ago a friend posted a photo on Facebook of a motorcycle ride he’d taken in Death Valley. The picture was a group of friends in their riding gear in front of a sign that had teakettles hanging all over it. It marked Teakettle Junction, which I’d never heard of before.
Now I can’t get the image out of my mind. The more I Googled to learn about Death Valley and looked through photos, web sites and blog posts the more it became apparent that I must go there. Aside from the rugged beauty of the National Park environment itself, there is something sweet about those dangley teakettles that I simply must see.
Bucket List? Say hello to your new friend from Death Valley.
Photo: James Marvin Phelps on Flickr
The world famous Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon is one of the things I have scribbled down on my life’s To Do List. One day I hope to stop on Alaska Highway’s mile 613 and spend a little time looking at all of the signs left by other travelers.
Photo Credit: Saunamamo on Flickr
I have this dreamy idea of what it must be like to stroll amongst the signs, imagining all of the people who had been there before and left something behind. In my fantasy though, everyone is a motorcyclist covered in road dirt, bugs and wearing a happy but windburned face.
What sign would you put up?
I feel like it would have to be something personally meaningful to me; something that would be like leaving a little piece of myself behind. Looks like I’ll have plenty of time to ruminate on that.