Miles to go to write my reverse bucket list…

I’m sure, if you are like me, you’ve been compiling your “Bucket List” ever since the movie by that name came out.  I’ve got some crazy things on my list like seeing the Taj Mahal and watching the Running of the Bulls.  But the truth is, I’ve lived a really great life and it seems selfish not to acknowledge the amazing things I’ve done in my nearly half a century here on this earth before contemplating what I want to get done before I leave it.  So, I decided to think back and come up with a reverse bucket list.  This is my own personal gratitude listing of some of the coolest things I think I’ve ever done, some of the most awesome places I’ve ever been, some of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had, and some of the greatest people I’ve ever met.  It’s a list of things I’m grateful to have had the privilege to experience, and to be honest, I’m overwhelmed.  Sure, there is more to see and do, but I’ve been incredibly fortunate thus far.  Thanks to everyone who has made this awesome list possible!

Christy’s Reverse Bucket List:

  1. Logging over 300 hours of flying with my favorite pilot, Bud
  2. Seeing a sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  3. Hearing Michael Martin Murphey sing Wildfire outdoors at Copper Mountain
  4. Driving through the Mojave Desert
  5. Experiencing South Beach in Miami
  6. Meeting John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted
  7. Driving a convertible from Miami to Key West
  8. Having a beer at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  9. Seeing Cirque de’ Soleil at the Beau Rivage
  10. Meeting Ed Smart, Elizabeth Smart’s father
  11. Touring the Vicksburg Military Park
  12. Watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  13. Attending a bull fight in Mexico
  14. Seeing JFK’s grave
  15. Having a $25 hamburger for lunch in Big Sur
  16. Hearing country music at the Blue Bird Café in Nashville
  17. Line Dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon
  18. Tailgating in the Grove at Ole Miss
  19. Seeing Keb Mo and Joe Cocker at the Grand Ole’ Opry
  20. Having a Margarita at Margaritaville in Key West
  21. Seeing George W. Bush speak in Jackson (and watching Air Force One take off)
  22. Eating Bar B Q in Kansas City
  23. Eating a filet with french fries at Shapley’s
  24. Playing the slots at the Nugget in Reno
  25. Driving the circle around Lake Tahoe
  26. Connecting with 2 step-sisters and a step-brother I had never met
  27. Camping at the Linville Gorge
  28. Wandering through the Sausalito Arts Festival
  29. Exploring Cape Cod
  30. Learning to crochet
  31. Watching animals at the San Diego Zoo
  32. Touring the Smithsonian Museums in DC
  33. Seeing the sunset at Mallory Square in Key West
  34. Shopping in the Mall of America
  35. Seeing the Azaleas in full bloom at Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile
  36. Seeing the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
  37. Hearing David Allen Coe
  38. Hearing Mose Allison play the piano
  39. Touring Alcatraz Prison
  40. Riding a Cable Car in San Francisco
  41. Seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
  42. Seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  43. Eating in the food court at Harrods in London
  44. Seeing the Pieta at the Vatican
  45. Seeing the Giza and Cheops Great Pyramids
  46. Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls
  47. Learning to bead (also known as making jewelry)
  48. Floating in the Dead Sea
  49. Riding a donkey in Santorini, Greece
  50. Seeing the Spanish Steps in Rome
  51. Having a glass of wine at the Ritz in London and the Ritz in Paris
  52. Seeing the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
  53. Seeing Paul McCartney in concert
  54. Seeing “David” in Florence, Italy
  55. Driving the Highway 1 coastline in California
  56. Experiencing Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  57. Eating Shrimp and Grits at City Grocery in Oxford
  58. Spending the night at the Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood
  59. Having dinner at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas
  60. Having dinner at Commander’s Palace
  61. Having breakfast at the Camellia Grill
  62. Having beignets and chicory coffee at Café Du Monde at midnight
  63. Eating Raw Oysters at Acme Oyster Bar
  64. Meeting Tab Benoit at Rock & Bowl
  65. Having breakfast at Brennan’s
  66. Seeing the Parthenon in Greece
  67. Meeting Pat Conroy and his father Don and having them sign my copy of the book The Great Santini
  68. Meeting John Berendt and having him sign Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  69. Getting on B.B. King’s bus and having my photo made with him
  70. Shaking hands with Willie Nelson
  71. Meeting the Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne
  72. Meeting Helen Thomas
  73. Knowing Will D. Campbell
  74. Seeing “Cats” in Philadelphia
  75. Meeting El Vez, the Mexican Elvis and Elvis Herselvis, the female Elvis
  76. Eating a Philly Cheese Steak in Philly
  77. Eating at Tavern on the Green
  78. Taking a carriage ride through Central Park
  79. Buying turquoise in Santa Fe
  80. Touring the mansions of Newport, RI
  81. Meeting Doug Marlette
  82. Shopping on the Miracle Mile in Chicago
  83. Seeing the view of NYC from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Plaza
  84. Visiting Shearwater Pottery
  85. Visiting the Statue of Liberty
  86. Visiting Cape May, NJ
  87. Eating brats in Milwaukee
  88. Seeing the LOVE statue in Philadelphia
  89. Canoeing the White River
  90. Seeing the Brewers play in Miller Stadium
  91. Eating Key Lime Pie in Key West
  92. White Water Rafting on the Rio Grande
  93. Visiting the Botanical Gardens in Minneapolis
  94. Taking the Behind the Scenes Tour at the Biltmore in Asheville
  95. Meeting Rick Bragg and having him call my mama on the phone
  96. Seeing my step-daughter receive the Pulitzer Prize at Columbia University in NYC
  97. Visiting the Island of Patmos
  98. Seeing Elvis in concert in Jackson, MS
  99. Touring Graceland
  100. Walking through Harvard Yard
  101. Visiting Diego Rivera’s Studio in Mexico City
  102. Watching the march of the ducks in the Peabody Hotel lobby
  103. Taking my grandparents to Cancun on my grandmother’s first airplane ride
  104. Seeing Frida Kahlo’s “little house” in Mexico City
  105. Attending the Chicago Blues Festival
  106. Attending Jazz Fest in New Orleans
  107. Taking photos on stage during a Phil Vassar concert
  108. Meeting Jerry Jeff Walker
  109. Spending the day as a runner for Mercy Me
  110. Meeting Delbert McClinton
  111. Meeting John Gresham
  112. Meeting Jimmy Buffett
  113. Meeting Richard Paul Evans
  114. Seeing glass blown in Murano, Italy
  115. Riding in a gondola in Venice
  116. Riding a camel at the Sphinx in Egypt
  117. Snow skiing in Aspen, Breckenridge and Taos
  118. Meeting Randy Travis
  119. Reading 100 books with the Second Sunday Book Club
  120. Meeting Vince Gill and being on his bus at the Mississippi State Rodeo
  121. Meeting Archie and the Manning brothers, Peyton, Eli & Cooper
  122. Meeting John Besh and going into the kitchen at Restaurant August
  123. Seeing the Eagles in concert
  124. Reading the Bible through in a year
  125. Seeing Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw and Stephen Ambrose at the D Day Museum opening
  126. Staying at the Windsor Court Hotel
  127. Seeing the Liberty Bell
  128. Seeing Plymouth Rock
  129. Visiting Nantucket
  130. Meeting Eli Wiesel
  131. Visiting the Holocaust Museum in DC
  132. Eating Clam Chowder in Boston
  133. Eating Crab Cakes in Baltimore
  134. Seeing the Forum and Colosseum in Rome
  135. Seeing the salt flats in Utah
  136. Seeing Bryce Canyon in Utah
  137. Touring  the Clinton Presidential Museum
  138. Seeing Jackie O’s dress collection in DC
  139. Winning $2,500 on a slot machine in Gulfport
  140. Seeing the Bellagio’s dancing fountains in Las Vegas
  141. Seeing the St. Louis Arch
  142. Seeing Old Faithful erupt
  143. Shopping in the Forum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas
  144. Riding my own motorcycle on the Beartooth Highway in Montana
  145. Riding my own motorcycle through Yellowstone
  146. Visiting the Air Force Academy
  147. Visiting Garden of the Gods
  148. Going to the top of Pike’s Peak
  149. Riding a gondola at Heavenly
  150. Going to the top of Sandia Peak in a gondola
  151. Seeing King Tut’s exhibit in Egypt at the Cairo Museum and in New Orleans
  152. Attending Summerfest in Milwaukee
  153. Seeing Ohio State’s band perform Script Ohio
  154. Seeing the relics of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy
  155. Seeing the place where Jesus was born in Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity
  156. Seeing the Mt. of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane
  157. Visiting the Upper Room
  158. Watching a Harrier Jet take off
  159. Visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  160. Eating Fish & Chips in a London pub
  161. Seeing Rod Stewart in concert
  162. Lighting a candle in prayer in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  163. Crossing the Golden Gate bridge
  164. Touring the California Wine Country
  165. Staying at the Hotel Del Coronado
  166. Drinking a Turbo Dog at the Abita Brewery
  167. Meeting Frank McCourt
  168. Seeing Dan Fogleberg in concert
  169. Watching a Saints game in the Superdome
  170. Walking onto Lambeau Field in Green Bay
  171. Eating a steak at Doe’s in Greenville
  172. Eating Pompano at Lusco’s in Greenwood
  173. Eating mile-high meringue on coconut pie at the Crystal Grill
  174. Experiencing the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld with a 5 year old
  175. Knowing Larry Brown
  176. Knowing Barry Hannah
  177. Seeing Ground Zero in NYC after 9/11
  178. Listening to blues at Ground Zero in Clarksdale, MS
  179. Shopping for fake Louis Vuitton purses on Canal Street in Chinatown, NYC
  180. Serving as President of NAJA
  181. Eating a floating burger at Lillo’s
  182. Buying pottery at McCarty
  183. Seeing the Ruins of Windsor
  184. Riding in a Rolls Royce
  185. Visiting Southfork Ranch in Dallas
  186. Fox Hunting on a Quarter horse
  187. Meeting the rapper Ice T
  188. Meeting Alexandra Stoddard
  189. Having a hurricane at Pat O’s
  190. Having charbroiled oysters at Drago’s
  191. Having a hamburger at Port of Call in New Orleans
  192. Drinking on the porch at the Columns
  193. Dancing at the Red Bar
  194. Dancing at the Red Room
  195. Visiting Fort Sumter
  196. Hearing Super Chicken play the blues
  197. Riding in a hot air balloon in Canton
  198. Attending the Albuquerque Balloon Festival
  199. Meeting Ray Nagin during Hurricane Katrina cleanup
  200. Staying at Seaside in a honeymoon cottage
  201. Staying on Dauphine Island
  202. Touring the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil mansion in Savannah
  203. Eating at Lady and Sons in Savannah
  204. Eating at Mrs. Wilke’s Boarding House in Savannah
  205. Spending the night at a B&B in Beaufort, SC
  206. Shopping for a sweetgrass basket in Charleston
  207. Eating fried chicken at the Carriage House behind Stanton Hall in Natchez
  208. Spending the night at the Shade Tree Inn in St. Francisville, LA
  209. Eating thin fried catfish at Middendorf’s in Manchac, LA
  210. Spending the day drinking worm buckets at the Prop Stop Inn
  211. Riding wave runners in Haiti
  212. Climbing up Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica
  213. Going to the Rodeo at Angola State Prison
  214. Getting corn rows in my hair in Jamaica
  215. Shopping for a watch in the Cayman Islands
  216. Visiting Carlos & Charlie’s in Cozumel
  217. Seeing the Arc de Triomphe
  218. Seeing the Southernmost point in the Continental US
  219. Seeing sunset at the Gorge Bridge in Taos, NM
  220. Throwing a coin over my shoulder into the Trevi Fountain
  221. Crossing the border into Tijuana, Mexico
  222. Getting a tattoo on my toe – a dragonfly
  223. Buying a silver belt buckle in Silverton, CO
  224. Meeting RC Gorman in Taos, NM
  225. Attending a wedding in St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans
  226. Seeing the Sistine Chapel
  227. Climbing the stairs to Montmartre in Paris
  228. Celebrating Halloween in Hilton Head Island, NC
  229. Eating at Galatoire’s in New Orleans
  230. Having a Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon’s in New Orleans
  231. Eating dinner at Emeril’s in New Orleans
  232. Sitting on the beach in Destin
  233. Seeing Big Ben
  234. Hearing Bonnie Raitt in an acoustic concert
  235. Marrying Bud Keirn in 1993
  236. “Retiring” to Mountain Home, Arkansas
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About ckeirn

This is an account of my life’s journey – road trips, places in my heart, people and things I love.
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2 Responses to Miles to go to write my reverse bucket list…

  1. Kiran says:

    Wow! what a long bucket list 🙂 Good luck and thanks for visiting my blog. BTW, you are the HDR video photography winner!

    Like

  2. Beth says:

    I love this!! Reading your list has reminded me of some of my adventures that I forgot.

    Like

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