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February 2, 2010

The List

Filed under: Food, MTB Travel, Space Invader, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage, Volcano tourism — Becky Dave @ 11:48 pm

See the world

It could be argued that retiring before my 45th birthday has left me purposeless.  Is it true?  Who knows?  Retirement is better for me than going to work each day.  Working until retirement, when you don’t have to is for those who need someone else to define their daily misery.  I’ll give you a pass if you are a part of the atypical 10% of society who actually loves their job, but most people I talk to have anything but love their jobs.  I’m pretty sure I can seek out personal misery well enough on my own.  I don’t need a job for that.

My fiftieth birthday is arriving with the inevitability of a freight train thundering along the railroad tracks.  Now is time to think about what I want to do with my life before my corpuscles, bones, mucous membranes, connective tissue, nasty attitude, and everything else revert to their elemental components and are shared, once again, with the universe.  Ideally, I’d be able to accomplish anything that I plan and still remember it.  (I better work fast for the last part!)  Consider this as a jump-start on a personal Bucket List.  Why wait until the last moment and rush to complete all the things you’ve always wanted to do?  Do them early.  Do them now.  Do them often.  And, just in case you might forget what you are trying to do, write the list down.

You can find Becky and my goals listed below.  Return to this web page when your life is empty and you can see if we make any progress on our arbitrary goals.  Can we complete the list?  Will we need to or want to add more items?

The downside is that if we complete our listed goals, our lives may once again revert to being purposeless.  But, thankfully, with a few pokes at the keyboard, we can always attach more goals.  Life’s purpose will be restored.  As it stands now, there is plenty to do.  We won’t be finishing this list anytime soon.

Anyway, without further ado, here are the lists.  If you are looking for the moral high road, you won’t find it here.


The Lists*

*The count starts after my 49th birthday

Current Portion Completed:  54%


Visit (revisit) 50 countries (airports don’t count, I only reached 28 before my 49th birthday):

  1. USA
  2. UK (2009)
  3. Scotland (2009)
  4. Denmark (2009)
  5. Costa Rica (2010)
  6. France (2010)
  7. Spain (2010)
  8. Andorra (2010)
  9. Italy (2010)
  10. Switzerland (2010)
  11. Canada (2010)
  12. China (Hong Kong/Macau, 2011)
  13. Germany (2011)
  14. Luxembourg (2011)
  15. Cambodia (2011)
  16. Thailand (2011)
  17. Greece (2012)
  18. Turkey (2012)
  19. Wales (2012)
  20. Portugal (2012)

Our world map with pins for where we’ve been, where we want to go, and the extremes

Ride 50 mountain biking trails (or trail systems) that are new to us:

  1. Argeles-Gazost (France, 2010)

  2. Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy, 2010)

  3. Chamonix (France, 2010)
  4. Bormio (Italy, 2010)
  5. Valleycliffe (Squamish, BC, Canada, 2010)
  6. Rossland (BC, Canada, 2010)
  7. Svoboda Road (Nelson, BC, Canada, 2010)
  8. Blowhard (near Cedar Breaks, Utah, 2010)
  9. Harbourview (Sooke, BC, 2011)
  10. Lewis River Trail (Cougar Washington, 2011)
  11. Black Rock (Falls City, Oregon, 2011)
  12. Pipe Dream  (Moab Utah, 2011)
  13. Butterknife (Grand Junction Colorado, 2011)
  14. Brohm Lake (Squamish BC, 2011)
  15. Ph.D. (Pemberton BC, 2011)
  16. Church Rocks (Washington, Utah, 2012)
  17. Nairn Falls trails (Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada, 2012)


Visit (or revisit trying to reach heretofore sights unseen to us) all of the United States’ 58 National Parks:

  1. Grand Canyon (2010)
  2. Zion (2010)
  3. Glacier (2010)
  4. Yellowstone (2010)
  5. Grand Teton (2010)
  6. Sequoia (2010)
  7. Kings Canyon (2010)
  8. Death Valley (2011)
  9. Joshua Tree (2011)
  10. Saguaro (2011)
  11. Big Bend (2011)
  12. Guadalupe Mountains (2011)
  13. Carlsbad Caverns (2011)
  14. Petrified Forest (2011)
  15. Arches (2011)
  16. Canyonlands (2011)
  17. Mesa Verde (2011)
  18. Capitol Reef (2011)
  19. Bryce (2011)
  20. Redwood (2011)
  21. Crater Lake (2011)
  22. North Cascades (2011)
  23. Olympic (2011)
  24. Rainier (2011)
  25. Hawai’i Volcanoes (2013)


Spot 100 of the artist Space Invader’s mosaics:

  1. LDN-59 (London)
  2. LDN-61
  3. LDN-68
  4. LDN-69
  5. LDN-70
  6. LDN-72
  7. LDN-88
  8. Le Périphérique (Paris)
  9. Le Périphérique
  10. Le Périphérique
  11. Le Périphérique
  12. Le Périphérique
  13. Le Périphérique
  14. Le Périphérique
  15. Le Périphérique
  16. Le Périphérique
  17. Le Périphérique
  18. Le Périphérique
  19. Le Périphérique
  20. Le Périphérique
  21. Le Périphérique
  22. Le Périphérique
  23. Le Périphérique
  24. Le Périphérique
  25. Le Périphérique
  26. Paris, A3 near A1 approaching CDG
  27. SD_01 (San Diego)
  28. SD_05
  29. SD_06
  30. SD_07
  31. SD_09
  32. SD_10
  33. SD_11
  34. SD_14
  35. SD_15
  36. SD_16
  37. SD_18
  38. SD_19
  39. SD_20
  40. SD_21
  41. Blois
  42. Chartres
  43. Chartres
  44. Chartres
  45. Hong Kong
  46. Lyon
  47. Lyon
  48. Lyon
  49. Lyon
  50. Lyon
  51. Lyon
  52. Lyon
  53. Lyon
  54. Lyon
  55. Lyon
  56. Lyon
  57. Lyon
  58. Lyon
  59. Montpellier
  60. Montpellier
  61. Montpellier
  62. Montpellier
  63. Montpellier
  64. Montpellier
  65. Montpellier
  66. Montpellier
  67. Montpellier
  68. Montpellier
  69. Montpellier
  70. Montpellier
  71. Montpellier
  72. Montpellier
  73. Montpellier
  74. Montpellier
  75. Montpellier
  76. Montpellier
  77. Montpellier
  78. Montpellier
  79. Montpellier
  80. Montpellier
  81. Montpellier
  82. Montpellier
  83. Montpellier
  84. Montpellier
  85. Montpellier
  86. Montauban
  87. Montauban
  88. Montauban
  89. Montauban
  90. Montauban
  91. Montauban
  92. Montauban
  93. LDN-24
  94. LDN-32
  95. LDN-96
  96. LDN-06
  97. LDN-67
  98. LDN-64
  99. LDN-05
  100. London (number unknown)
  101. Manchester
  102. Manchester
  103. Manchester
  104. Manchester
  105. Manchester
  106. Manchester
  107. Manchester
  108. Manchester
  109. Manchester
  110. Manchester
  111. Manchester
  112. Manchester
  113. Manchester
  114. Manchester
  115. Manchester
  116. Manchester
  117. Manchester
  118. Manchester
  119. Manchester
  120. Manchester
  121. Manchester
  122. Manchester
  123. Manchester
  124. Manchester
  125. Manchester
  126. Manchester
  127. Manchester
  128. Manchester
  129. Manchester
  130. Manchester
  131. Manchester
  132. Manchester
  133. Manchester
  134. Manchester
  135. Manchester
  136. BGK-051
  137. Bangkok

Revisit all 50 States (Airports don’t count, I’ve been to all of the States  before):

  1. California (pretty easy)
  2. Arizona (2010)
  3. Utah (2010)
  4. Nevada (2010)
  5. Oregon (2010)
  6. Washington (2010)
  7. Montana (2010)
  8. Wyoming (2010)
  9. Idaho (2010)
  10. New Mexico (2011)
  11. Texas (2011)
  12. Colorado (2011)
  13. Virginia (2012)
  14. Hawai’i (2013)

100 more Michelin stars (the sum of all the Michelin stars of restaurants we dine at):

  1. The Fat Duck (Bray, UK, 11-2009, 3 stars)
  2. The Fat Duck
  3. The Fat Duck
  4. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark, 11-2009, 2 stars)
  5. Noma
  6. Zuma (London, UK 11-2009)
  7. Rasoi Vineet Bhatia (London, UK, 11-2009)
  8. Coi (2 stars, 3-2010)
  9. Coi
  10. La Côte Saint-Jacques (Joigny, France 5-2010, 3 stars)
  11. La Côte Saint-Jacques
  12. La Côte Saint-Jacques
  13. La Duchesse Anne (St. Malo, France 5-2010)
  14. Hostellerie de Plaisance (St. Emilion, France 5-2010, 2 stars)
  15. Hostellerie de Plaisance
  16. Hostellerie de Plaisance (St. Emilion, France 10-2012, 2 stars)
  17. Hostellerie de Plaisance
  18. Restaurante Martin Berasategui (San Sebastian, Spain, 6-2010, 3 stars)
  19. Restaurante Martin Berasategui
  20. Restaurante Martin Berasategui
  21. Chalet Mounier (Les Deux Alpes, France 6-2010
  22. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy, 6-2010, 2 stars)
  23. Osteria Francescana
  24. Le Calandre (Padua, Italy, 6-2010, 3 stars)
  25. Le Calandre
  26. Le Calandre
  27. Osteria di Passignano (Passignano, Italy 6-2010)
  28. Tim Ho Wan (Kowloon, China 1-2011)
  29. Hong Hung Kee (Hong Kong, China 1-2011)
  30. Chilli Fagara (Hong Kong, China 1-2011)
  31. Din Tai Fung (Kowloon, China 1-2011)
  32. Tim’s Kitchen (Macau, China 1-2011)
  33. Tim’s Kitchen (Macau, China 1-2011)
  34. Le Parc Franck Putelat (Carcassonne, France)
  35. Mariottat (Agen, France)
  36. La Table des Cordeliers (Condom, France)
  37. L’Atelier du Peintre (Colmar, France)
  38. Baumé (Palo Alto CA, USA 1-2012)
  39. Baumé
  40. Pollen Street Social (London, 2-2012)
  41. Gauthier Soho (London, 2-2012)
  42. Nobu (Vas Vegas, NV, 4-2012)
  43. La Pyramide (Vienne, France, 9-2012)
  44. La Pyramide
  45. Villena (Segovia, Spain 10-2012)
  46. Keiko à Nob Hill (San Francisco CA, USA 12-2012)

Visit or revisit 100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  1. Edinburgh Old Town and New Town (UK, 2009)
  2. Westminster Abbey (UK, 2009)
  3. Grand Canyon National Park (United States, 2010)
  4. Chartres Cathedral (France, 2010)
  5. The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (France, 2010)
  6. Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (France, 2010)
  7. Jurisdiction of St. Emilion (France, 2010)
  8. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France (France, 2010)
  9. Bordeaux, Port of the Moon (France, 2010)
  10. Pyrénées – Mont Perdu (France, 2010)
  11. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley (Andorra, 2010)
  12. Vall de Boi (Spain, 2010)
  13. Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne (France, 2010)
  14. Canal du Midi (France, 2010)
  15. Fortifications of Vauban (France, 2010)
  16. Piazza del Duomo (Italy, 2010)
  17. Historic Centre of San Gimignano (Italy, 2010)
  18. Historic Centre of Siena (Italy, 2010)
  19. Val d’Orcia (Italy, 2010)
  20. Historic Centre of the City of Pienza (Italy, 2010)
  21. Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (Italy, 2010)
  22. The Dolomites (Italy, 2010)
  23. Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua (Italy, 2010)
  24. Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair (Switzerland, 2010)
  25. Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes (Switzerland, 2010)
  26. Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona (Switzerland, 2010)
  27. Vézelay, Church and Hill (France, 2010)
  28. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (France, 2010)
  29. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (Canada/United States, 2010)
  30. Yellowstone National Park (United States, 2010)
  31. Olympic National Park (United States, 2011)
  32. Tower of London (United Kingdom, 2012)
  33. Luxembourg: Its Old Quarters and Fortifications (Luxembourg, 2011)
  34. Historic Site of Lyon (France, 2011)
  35. Angkor (Cambodia, 2011)
  36. Ayutthaya (Thailand, 2011)
  37. Conques (France, 2011)
  38. Le Puy-en-Velay (France, 2011)
  39. Speyer (Germany, 2011)
  40. Hierapolis-Pamukkale (Turkey, 2012)
  41. Historic Areas of Istanbul (Tureky, 2012
  42. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Wales, United Kingdom, 2012)
  43. Liverpool (England, United Kingdom, 2012)
  44. Fontainebleau (France, 2012)
  45. Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias (Spain, 2012)
  46. Roman Walls of Lugo (Spain, 2012)
  47. Tower of Hercules (Spain, 2012)
  48. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town) (Spain, 2012)
  49. Historic Centre of Oporto (Portugal, 2012)
  50. Alto Douro Wine Region (Portugal, 2012)
  51. Old City of Salamanca (Spain, 2012)
  52. Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches (Spain, 2012)
  53. Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (Spain, 2012)
  54. Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church (England, 2012)
  55. Amiens Cathedral (France, 2012)
  56. Belfries of Belgium and France (France, 2012)
  57. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (USA, 2013)

Travel above the Arctic Circle


Visit 10 active volcanoes

  1. Arenal (Costa Rica, 2010)
  2. Mt. St. Helens (United States, 2011)
  3. Kīlauea (United States, 2013)





20 Comments »

  1. what trails are you guys planning on riding?

    Comment by Greg — February 6, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    • Greg–

      We haven’t sorted that out yet. I figure we will end up riding things that we come by.

      Comment by anotherheader — February 14, 2010 @ 3:33 am

  2. [...] Early in March of 2010, Becky and I rode our tandem up to San Francisco to dine at Coi in North Beach.  Coi (pronounced “Kwa”) is one of the nine Bay Area restaurants that have received four out of four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle.  Michelin gives Coi two stars in its most recent guide.  (There are only 81 Michelin three star restaurants in the world.)  Our visit will take a couple of notches off of our bucket list. [...]

    Pingback by Coi « Another Header — March 10, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  3. [...] path by laying out a list of things to see and do until The End.  Some might say that “The List” is a really a “bucket list”.  You know how it goes–the things you want to do before [...]

    Pingback by Grand Canyon National Park « Another Header — May 4, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

  4. [...] The upside of the slow traffic is that we spotted the sign of an invasion alongside the highway.  Though Paris is Space Invader’s base, we were still surprised to see eight mosaic tile Invaders were easily visible from Le Périphérique as we crept by in the slow traffic.  We will check these off of The List. [...]

    Pingback by The Loire Valley « Another Header — June 9, 2010 @ 7:47 am

  5. [...] Parks—Waterton-Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton–would crack a few line items off The List.  The extra time gave Becky’s bruised body a chance to recover and reset for Utah’s [...]

    Pingback by Southern Utah: Thunder Mountain « Another Header — September 25, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  6. [...] we’ve begun a quest to visit all of the 58 National Parks in the United States.  It seemed like a good scheme when the [...]

    Pingback by National Parks: Waterton Glacier International Peace Park « Another Header — October 22, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

  7. [...] summer we’d undo the wrong and in the process cross another National Park off The List. Our visit to Yellowstone wouldn’t be a drive by. We’d stay in the park for a full week and [...]

    Pingback by National Parks: Yellowstone, Loitering Inside the Caldera of a Super Volcano « Another Header — November 3, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  8. [...] and I’m sure others, the main appeal is to just visit the country itself.  Now we can say that we’ve been to that impossibly small country on the border of France and [...]

    Pingback by Argeles-Gazost to Sort and onto Andorra « Another Header — November 13, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

  9. [...] at least.  But we were not going to complain.  Our visit would let us cross two parks off of The List.  This year, with our stop at Sequoia and Kings Canyon, we’ve visited 7 of the 58 National [...]

    Pingback by National Parks: Sequoia and Kings Canyon « Another Header — November 19, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

  10. [...] Sites as part of the “Fortifications of Vauban” group.  With the UNESCO designation, we were contractually obligated to visit, or so it seems.  Of course the Vauban sightseeing in Briançon put us behind the [...]

    Pingback by France and Itay: Briançon and Pisa « Another Header — December 11, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

  11. [...] I must admit that I didn’t even realize that Death Valley was a National Park until we began our quest to visit all of the United State’s National Parks.  (In my hang gliding days, Death Valley was still a National Monument.  It only became a [...]

    Pingback by Southwest 2011: To Death Valley « Another Header — March 22, 2011 @ 3:51 am

  12. [...] admit it.  When we set out to visit all 58 of United State’s National Parks there were certain parks that we weren’t motivated to visit.  Petrified Forest National Park [...]

    Pingback by National Parks: Petrified Forest « Another Header — April 26, 2011 @ 4:07 am

  13. [...] 40% of the total visits of Arches National Park.   This year we’d miss Canyonlands no longer.  Our attempt to visit all of the United State’s National Parks mandated a [...]

    Pingback by National Parks: Canyonlands « Another Header — May 9, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

  14. [...] This year the trek north presented an opening to check out additional National Parks on our “to-do” list.  Redwood State and National Park, the first destination of our road trip, was our 20th National [...]

    Pingback by National Parks: Crater Lake « Another Header — August 2, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

  15. [...] of United States 58 National Parks?  I didn’t, at least I didn’t before we started planning our mission to reach all of the parks.  Perhaps I’m not alone.  North Cascades, established in 1968, recorded 24,659 visits in 2010 [...]

    Pingback by National Parks: North Cascades « Another Header — August 22, 2011 @ 6:54 am

  16. [...] truth is that there was as purpose to our visit.  In Manchester as we’d done in ten other cities around the world we’d hunt for the tile mosaics left in 2004 by the French street artist [...]

    Pingback by United Kingdom: Manchester « Another Header — April 22, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

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