For several years now, I’ve had a Bucket List posted — as in things to do before I kick the bucket. I had high hopes of crossing things off at a rate of one a week. Well, never happened. A huge long wishlist can be so intimidating. I’m more realistic now. I’ve decided to make a list of New Year’s resolutions that match the last two digits in the year. So here’s my posted list of Thirteen for 2013. Next year, I’ll up the ante to fourteen resolutions.

But a gal’s gotta dream. So here’s my list of some of the key things I dream of doing at least at some point in my life. Some will find themselves — at least in part — on my yearly Resolutions lists, some I’ll complete as ad hoc achievements, and some will probably just remain wishful thinking. In the meantime, I’ll continue to amend this list and cross off whatever I happen to complete. I just wish I had Morgan Freeman to help me out here.

What about you? What’s on your Bucket List?


The Doable: What I Might Accomplish In a Year or So

  • Gather at least 70% of my meals from my own organic garden for at least a 3-month period
  • Reduce my carbon footprint
  • Eat on the 100 Mile Diet for one full month
  • Successfully cook one recipe from the French Laundry Cookbook
  • Master composting
  • Learn to ride my Vespa
  • Win a Blue Ribbon at the Sonoma County Fair
  • Run a 10K
  • Walk a Half Marathon in under 3.5 hours
  • Spend a week on a dude ranch
  • See wolves in Yellowstone Park
  • Finally make it to Death Valley during a Spring bloom
  • Join a Sonoma charity or organization as a volunteer
  • Hike all the main trails on Mount Tamalpais

The Dreamable: Things I Might Accomplish in Five to Ten Years

  • Learn to play the guitar I bought with my babysitting money when I was 15
  • Speak passable Spanish
  • Wear a size 4 again
  • Travel to India, Laos and Vietnam
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands
  • See the Maldives before they sink
  • See Haiga Sophia in Turkey
  • Trek through the Outback and camp at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Go on safari in Africa (with a camera)
  • Take my 12th road trip across America — but this time by the Northern route.
  • Take our place in Sonoma completely off the grid
  • Keep chickens
  • Get horses and burros
  • See the terra cotta warriers in China
  • Do that Rim to Rim Grand Canyon hike
  • Do a serious tour of the only three US States I’ve never visited — Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota
The Fairy Dust: Pipe Dreams that It May Take Me a Lifetime to Cross Off
  • Retrace the path of Chief Joseph’s retreat — preferably on horseback
  • Follow the Long Walk of the Navajos — preferably with a Navajo
  • Hike at least part of the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Hike at least part of the Continental Divide Trail
  • Travel the length of the Nile
  • Learn not to sweat the small stuff
  • Make a difference in a child’s life