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40 Before 40: The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List

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It’s happening.  I’ve denied it.  I’ve ignored it.  I’ve tried to go the other direction. But, it’s happening.  I am turning 40 exactly one year and one month from today.  Cue the violins.

What’s with the whole “over the hill” thing anyway? Sheesh!  The way I see it is if 40 is “over the hill”, 39 must be the summit, and I don’t intend on wasting it.

For the past two months, I’ve been putting together my 40 before 40 bucket list.  I have picked things off the ever growing list I keep in my journal.  I have poached ideas from other people’s bucket lists.  I have searched the Pinterest bottomless pit of life’s must dos.  I have only included experiences I’ve never had before, and it’s going to be legen…wait for it….dary.  You fellow 40ish year olds will get that reference;).

Without any further buildup, here’s the list:

  1. Swim with manatees
  2. Go on a train trip in the US
  3. Stay in an igloo or ice hotel
  4. Drive on Route 66
  5. Go dog sledding
  6. Go fat tire biking
  7. Play a game of paint ball
  8. Go snowboarding
  9. Learn to play Andrea Bocelli’s “Time To Say Goodbye” on guitar
  10. Drive a tank
  11. Have coffee on the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas
  12. Walk on the yellow brick road in the Land of OZ (No, I am not losing my mind.  It’s a real place in Beech Mountain, NC.)
  13. Edge walk at Toronto’s CN tower
  14. Go horseback riding on a beach
  15. Milk a cow or a goat
  16. Sleep in a yurt
  17. Jump into a pool fully clothed
  18. Go on a solo trip (not for business)
  19. Place a bet on a horse
  20. Hike “The Narrows” at Zion National Park, UT
  21. Participate in a Chinese tea tasting
  22. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  23. Shuck oysters
  24. Wade in a cranberry bog
  25. Do a Polar Plunge
  26. Hit the archery bulls-eye
  27. Go curling
  28. Take fencing lessons
  29. Go skeet shooting
  30. See the Terra Cotta Army
  31. Ride a Segway
  32. Sleep in a capsule hotel
  33. Hike into Antelope Canyon, Arizona
  34. Have my palm read
  35. Go Zorbing
  36. Go on a family camping trip
  37. Go hang gliding
  38. Go to a trampoline park for a date night
  39. Go spelunking
  40. Sleep in a covered wagon or a gypsy wagon

I know.  It’s probably more like a two bucket list, but I’m determined to make it happen.  You are only at the summit once, right?  Well…wrong….I plan on acting like a kid for years and years to come, but it’s an excellent excuse for a bucket full of fun!

I’ll be writing about each experience as I check them off the list.  It’s going to be an exciting (maybe a little wild) ride!

So, who’s signing up for the Polar Plunge with me?

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6 Comments
  • Jamie
    January 8, 2018

    Oh that’s an ambitious list!!! Good luck on all of it. I’m trying to deny the current rate I’m hurtling toward 40…it won’t come if I don’t acknowledge it right?!?!

  • Tasheena
    January 9, 2018

    Holy moly! You certainly are adventurous! I hope you update regularly and come back in one year and one month to let us know how it went!

  • Lady B.
    January 10, 2018

    This is a quite a list Susan! It will be so fun for you to check off each item and fun for your readers to follow your journey! Good luck!!

    PS: Now I’m off to Google what zorbing is!!

    • admin
      January 10, 2018

      Thanks for your message Lady B! I am excited to start checking things off. First up…snowboarding:).

  • Allison
    January 11, 2018

    You go, girl! What an awesome and adventurous list – I’m inspired! Best of luck tackling it and making the most out of this year! XO

    • admin
      January 11, 2018

      Thank you Allison!

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