Bucket list, life list, vision board, wish list.

Whether tangible or not, we all have a list of things we want to do in this life. Everyone has one, but the problem seems to be that no one seems to do anything on it. So on my 30th birthday a couple years ago, I added some urgency to my own list, resolving to do at least 30 things I had always wanted to do by the time my next birthday rolled around. But I didn’t do 30. I did 38.

Below you’ll see a couple lists, the first of which is my “30 at 30” List in its entirety, while the second is its by-product, a much longer list, in which each month I’ll be doing at least one thing from it that I’ve never done. Check back monthly when I’ll be writing about my latest adventure.

30 at 30

1. Go paragliding.

2. Get a tattoo.

  • Tattoo of “Timshel” on my left wrist.

3. Fly a plane.

4. Have dinner with a professional competitive eater.

  • In Las Vegas at LBS.

5. Drive an exotic/muscle car.

6. Experience March Madness in Las Vegas.

7. Go to spring training.

  • Attended a San Francisco Giants game at Tempe Diable Stadium.

8. Attend a men’s NCAA basketball game during March Madness.

  • Attended the West Regional Final at L.A.’s Staples Center between Wichita State and Ohio State.

9. Set up an online dating profile and go on a date.

  • I’ll save for the memoir.

10. Start on a non-fiction book transcript.

  • Began writing life/travel memoir.

11. Learn to stand-up paddleboard from a Hawaiian.

  • Learned to stand-up paddleboard at the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach, which in turn has become a hobby.

12. Shoot an arrow from a castle.

13. Pilot a houseboat.

  • Piloted a 75-foot houseboat on Lake Powell.

14. Eat a cheesesteak….in Philly.

15. Ride in a float plane.

  • Rode in a float plane from Seattle to Victoria on Kenmore Air.

16. Drive a bulldozer.

  • Drove a bulldozer with Dig This in Las Vegas.

17. Go tidepooling.

  • Went tidepooling at Kaunolu Village on the Hawaii island of Lanai.

18. Go snuba diving.

19. Learn to play the ukulele.

20. Go skeet shooting.

21. Attend the taping of a primetime television show in Los Angeles.

  • Attended the season finale of NBC's The Sing-Off.

22. Sleep in a castle.

23. Take a falconry class….at a castle.

  • Took an intro falconry class, which included flying and feeding owls and falcons at Dalhousie Castle.

24. Climb a volcano from base to peak.

  • Hiked up the series of volcanic plugs in Edinburgh, Scotland, including Arthur’s Seat.

25. Join a drinking society.

  • Became a one-year member of the Scotch Whisky Appreciation Society.

26. Visit the land of my ancestors.

  • Spent a week in Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.

27. Go to an MLS soccer game.

  • Attended a Seattle Sounders and L.A. Galaxy game in Seattle.

28. Go heli-hiking.

  • Boarded a helicopter near Canmore, Alberta to go heli-hiking.

29. Visit a ski-in, ski-out lodge.

30. Go dog sledding.

31. Walk on water.

  • Walked on a ice-covered lake deep in the wilderness of Southern Alberta.

32. Learn to snowboard.

33. Visit a new continent.

  • Traveled to Asia for the first time, spending a week in Okinawa, Japan.

34. Go scuba diving.

  • Went scuba diving in Okinawa, Japan with Benthos Divers.

35. Take a karate lesson…at its place of origin.

  • Took a one-hour karate lesson in Okinawa, Japan, which is where karate originated.

36. Go to Disneyland.

37. Go skinny dipping in the ocean.

  • I won’t kiss and tell.

38. Sleep in a yurt.

  • Stayed overnight in a yurt in Yosemite National Park and woke up to snowfall to boot!

The List

Go to the airport without a ticket and book the first flight to a new destination.

  • Went to the airport on my 31st birthday with only a carry-on bag and booked a flight to the Hawaii island of Kauai.

Go snowmobiling.

  • Went snowmobiling for the first time deep in the cut of Lake Tahoe.

Brew my own batch of beer.

  • Brewed my first batch of my own beer, a honey ale.

Go kayak fishing.

  • Went kayak fishing with a guide in the backwaters of Panama City Beach, Florida.

Attend an NHL playoff game.

  • Attended game six of the Los Angeles Kings versus the San Jose Sharks, which the Kings won and went onto win the Stanley Cup.

Go to a taping of the Letterman Show.

  • Attended a taping.

Ride in the tallest ferris wheel in the world.

  • Rode on the High Roller, a 550-foot tall ferris wheel in Las Vegas.

Swim with stingrays.

  • Swam with stingrays off the coast of Grand Cayman at Stingray City.

Ride in a hot air balloon.

Get published in a major daily newspaper.

Get published in a major travel/outdoor magazine.

Be cast in an episode of a television show. 

Ride down a bobsled course....in a bobsled.

  • Bobsledded in Whistler, British Columbia at the Whistler Sliding Centre (video proof).

Ride down an Olympic skeleton course in a sled.

  • The day after bobsledding, I did the skeleton.

Attend the Academy Awards.

Complete the California Double of surfing and snowboarding all in one day.

  • Paddle surfed in Malibu and snowboarded down Bear Mountain on its last day of the winter season.

Go fat tire biking in the snow.

  • Bicycled over a lake in Whitefish, Montana on a fat tire bike.

Hike some of the highest sand dunes in the world in Namibia at Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

  • Hiked "Big Mama" and "Big Daddy", two of Namibia tallest sand dunes.

Canoe down the Okavango Delta.

Visit the largest waterfall in the world.

  • Visited Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, considered the largest in the world.

Hike to a bar atop a mountain.

  • Hiked to the Top of the Notch, a ski lodge at 7,800-feet just outside of Los Angeles.

Take a waterfall shower in an actual waterfall.

  • Took a shower underneath San Antonio Falls near Los Angeles.

Climb the tallest rock climbing wall in the world.

  • Climbed the 164-foot tall BaseCamp outside of the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, Nevada.

Enter a cocktail competition.

  • Entered a cocktail competition at Spoonbar in Healdsburg, California, finishing as a finalist.

Go summer dog sledding.

Attend one of the world's largest beer festivals.

Attend a MLB playoff game.

  • Watched the Mets vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium for the 2015 NLDS.

Visit the "Pretty Woman Suite" at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles.

Name a cocktail at a bar.

Make my own liqueur.

  • Created a batch of homemade limoncello.

Visit a new continent.

Learn to sail.

  • Sailed a Hobie Cat sailboat by myself on the Swan River in Perth, Australia.

Go diving for abalone.

  • Went diving for abalone on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia.

Age my own whiskey.

  • Aged a mini barrel of white whiskey.

Attend a lucha libre (Mexican wrestling match).

  • Attended a lucha libre and burlesque show, Lucha VaVOOM, on my birthday in Los Angeles.

Snowboard down a black diamond...without falling.

  • Rode down a black diamond (and subsequent black diamonds since) at Mammoth Mountain.

Ride terrain park features in a ski resort's terrain park...without falling.

Fly in a prop plane over a national park.

Soar in one of the Caribbean's cable cars.

Teach English abroad.

  • Taught English in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Go downhill mountain biking.

Hike Los Angeles' Hollywood Sign.

Attend a celebrity golf tournament.

  • Attended the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in South Lake Tahoe.

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • Hiked a portion of the PCT around Lake Tahoe.

Do a pop-up cocktail bar.

  • Did a one-night summer pop-up cocktail bar in Reno.

Get a winter ski pass.

  • Got a Vail epic pass for the 2017 winter.

Work at a ski resort.

  • Working with Vail/Northstar California for the 2017 winter ski season.

Start an LLC.

  • Started my first LLC.....shhhh, it's a secret.

Snowshoe the Tahoe Rim Trail.

  • Snowshoed part of the Tahoe Rim Trail in North Lake Tahoe.

Live for a winter in a ski town. 

  • Lived in Reno during one of the best winters in the Sierra Nevadas.

Take private dance lessons.

  • Took private salsa lessons in Los Angeles.

Learn to boulder.

  • Learned to boulder at Cliffs of Id in Los Angeles.

Sleep amidst redwoods. 

  • One of the first guests at The Brambles, by The Madrones in the Anderson Valley, situated beneath a redwood grove.

Paddle through a redwood forest.

  • Paddled down the Navarro River through Navarro River Redwoods State Park.

Learn to shuck oysters.

Travel to South America.

  • Traveled to Buenos Aires.

Take a trekking trip in Patagonia.

  • Went on a 5-day trek of Torres del Paine National Park with EcoCamp.

Go to a World Series game.

  • Went to Game 6 of the 2017 World Series between the Astros and Dodgers.

Become fluent in another language.

  • Reached 50% fluency in Spanish.

Learn to play guitar.

  • Gifted myself with a guitar at Christmas and started learning to play.

Get ordained.

  • Became ordained to be able to officiate weddings.

Spend the night on a houseboat.

Get my scuba certification.

Make a batch of my own bourbon.

Visit my 48, 49th, and 50th states.

Sleep in a tree.

Take a road trip around a country (or countries) in an RV.

Throw the first pitch at a MLB game.

Dress up as a stormtrooper and go out for a night on the town.

Summit a 14er.

Go to Mardi Gras

Compete in a cooking competition.

Take a camping trip via kayak.

Learn to kiteboard.

Rappel down a waterfall.

Deliver a keynote.

Read my name in an in-flight magazine while in flight.

Attend Oktoberfest in Germany.

Go gorilla trekking.

Pet a whale.

Hike Hadrian’s Wall.

Drive a gondola, but not wear the scarf and hats like they do at the Venetian in Vegas.

Meet my kin folk in Scotland.

Play a round of golf at St. Andrews.

Go to the FIFA World Cup Championship.

Go spelunking.

Live for a season in the U.K.

Open a distillery.

Open a bar.

Develop an app.

Get on an airplane for the purpose of going on a date.

Take a ride in a real submarine (not one of those "play" submarines, like one with torpedos).

Compete in the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

Hang glide at Kitty Hawk.

Trek Machu Picchu.