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Title: Bucket List
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 27, 2011, 05:36:29 AM
So I was talking to one of my first girlfriends from the prehistoric ages, after the fact I have started to wonder what is on my bucket list? What are your greatest joys? What will you never forget?

I'll start, (duh!) I want to walk in the rain with my wife enjoying life and the moment.

Second is walking with my wife (the love of my life) and my children in the rain and living in the moment and talking about the future. Wishing that both boys will be there.

I got a thing about walking and talking in the rain, goes back way before High school.

Proceed.

I got lots more!

Lets hear it!
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 27, 2011, 05:49:57 AM
So if I was going to Die, (I'm not yet Sorry!) I would have to say I would have to go to the Taj Malaja. I think it represents the epitome of love and the worst that can happen being seperated from your love forever. Plus it is just to cool of a place to miss.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: euge on May 27, 2011, 06:07:23 AM
I want to learn how to play the guitar. Before I die.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: punatic on May 27, 2011, 06:33:22 AM
I got a thing about walking and talking in the rain...

Come on down to the windward side of Hawaii Island!  (he says with the rain on the metal roof so loud he cannot hear the radio)

I want to see the Earth from 200 miles up.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: rabid_dingo on May 27, 2011, 07:22:40 AM
So if I was going to Die, (I'm not yet Sorry!) I would have to say I would have to go to the Taj Malaja. I think it represents the epitome of love and the worst that can happen being seperated from your love forever. Plus it is just to cool of a place to miss.
Did you mean the Taj Majal?
If so, It is much more than I expected. Gorgeous spot.

My list follows alot of what you mentioned. I would love to hike any one of the "Trails" in the US that exceed 1000 miles in length. The Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and others not named in here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-distance_trails_in_the_United_States).

Sunrise at Machu Pichu, Easter Island (solar eclipse there in July..), Stonehenge. That is about it...
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: tschmidlin on May 27, 2011, 07:46:55 AM
My list follows alot of what you mentioned. I would love to hike any one of the "Trails" in the US that exceed 1000 miles in length. The Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and others not named in here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-distance_trails_in_the_United_States).
I don't have a list, but I'd like to travel and hike more.  The PCT would be nice Ruben, I've got some books on it.  I did the last one on that list about 12 years ago, and might get to do it again next summer.  11 days, 93 miles, 22000 feet of elevation gain.  A beautiful experience. ;D
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: phillamb168 on May 27, 2011, 08:47:38 AM
I got a thing about walking and talking in the rain...

Come on down to the windward side of Hawaii Island!  (he says with the rain on the metal roof so loud he cannot hear the radio)

I want to see the Earth from 200 miles up.

Falling asleep under a tin roof with my wife, that's on my list. You're lucky to have it, every time we visited my Grandmother in Crossett I'd hope it would rain because of her roof.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: punatic on May 27, 2011, 08:57:47 AM
I got a thing about walking and talking in the rain...

Come on down to the windward side of Hawaii Island!  (he says with the rain on the metal roof so loud he cannot hear the radio)

I want to see the Earth from 200 miles up.

Falling asleep under a tin roof with my wife, that's on my list. You're lucky to have it, every time we visited my Grandmother in Crossett I'd hope it would rain because of her roof.

It is loud, but very soothing.  I love when it rains while I'm in bed.  Puts me to sleep every time.

We have metal roofs because we use our roofs to collect rainwater for our household water needs.  Rainwater catchment.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: hopfenundmalz on May 27, 2011, 12:21:32 PM
I am getting urge to do some river trips again.  The Green River through the Gates of Ladore, as that is a part of Major Powell's expedtition that we have not done.  A long trip on the Salmon or Snake would be fun.  The Gran Canyon in a wooden boat - again.

We have some parts fo the US to still see, and are working on that.  The Desert Southwest has a big pull for the wife and I.  Might even get up to Death Valley after the NHC.

Would like to spend more time hiking, and some friends have been talking up the Wonderland trail, Tom. 

When the knees are shot, then it is time to sit in the German Biergartens, or just hang for a month or 2 in Italy.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: ccarlson on May 27, 2011, 01:26:16 PM
I married a great woman, had some good kids, saw the Grand Canyon and learned to make beer. I'm set, although there is that Harley Heritage Softail Classic that I've been eying. :D
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: MrNate on May 27, 2011, 01:27:39 PM
- Drive in the 24-Hour LeMons: http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/
- Eat pizza naked in a hot tub full of whiskey with a 6' tall Russian stripper

I am a simple man.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: a10t2 on May 27, 2011, 01:38:17 PM
I want to punch a whale.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: phillamb168 on May 27, 2011, 02:19:42 PM
I married a great woman, had some good kids, saw the Grand Canyon and learned to make beer. I'm set, although there is that Harley Heritage Softail Classic that I've been eying. :D

Looks a lot like a Yamaha V-Star 1200CC - Personally I'd save the several-tens-of-grand and get the Yamaha and then a sidecar :-P
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: ccarlson on May 27, 2011, 03:23:14 PM
I married a great woman, had some good kids, saw the Grand Canyon and learned to make beer. I'm set, although there is that Harley Heritage Softail Classic that I've been eying. :D

Looks a lot like a Yamaha V-Star 1200CC - Personally I'd save the several-tens-of-grand and get the Yamaha and then a sidecar :-P

Sorry, can't do that. Yes, I could save some money with a Jap bike, but I prefer American made and oh that lovely loping idle. There's just no other sound like it.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: punatic on May 27, 2011, 04:38:37 PM
I married a great woman, had some good kids, saw the Grand Canyon and learned to make beer. I'm set, although there is that Harley Heritage Softail Classic that I've been eying. :D

Looks a lot like a Yamaha V-Star 1200CC - Personally I'd save the several-tens-of-grand and get the Yamaha and then a sidecar :-P

Sorry, can't do that. Yes, I could save some money with a Jap bike, but I prefer American made and oh that lovely loping idle. There's just no other sound like it.

Rice is cheaper in France.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: tschmidlin on May 27, 2011, 06:15:17 PM
Would like to spend more time hiking, and some friends have been talking up the Wonderland trail, Tom. 
It's amazing.  I can't recommend it highly enough, it's absolutely gorgeous.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: tonyp on May 27, 2011, 06:20:08 PM
I want to learn how to play the guitar. Before I die.

I play the sax and drums and always wanted to learn the guitar also, I was thinking of getting one of these:

McNally Strumstick (http://www.strumstick.com/)

small, pretty cheap and from the videos it looks easy to learn.

Oh and my bucket list item, I want to drink a Guinness in ireland.

Tony
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: maxieboy on May 27, 2011, 06:53:30 PM
Hunt elk in the Western US, Greater Kudu and Cape Buffalo in Africa.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: fatdogale on May 27, 2011, 07:02:55 PM
I want to learn how to play the guitar. Before I die.

Drums for me.  I want to channel John Bonham.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: tonyp on May 27, 2011, 08:24:27 PM
I want to learn how to play the guitar. Before I die.

Drums for me.  I want to channel John Bonham.

I taught myself how to play the drums by going out and buying a kit. A local music shop was going out of business because of some IRS problems and everything was dirt cheap. I got an excellent drum kit for like $250. It barely fit in my car.

I went home, set it up and put on some AC/DC. When i could play every song from Back in Black, I moved to Billy Squier, The Police, Zeppelin, then right to Yes and Rush. About a year later my neighbor was home from college and heard me playing Rush and came over to ask me where I studied and was dumbfounded that i was self-taught. He had been playing drums since he was 10 yrs old and went to school for it in NYC. (He currently owns a Drum School) Always thought that was a great compliment.

I still can't read a single note of drum sheet music but i can play anything i hear.

Just do it!

Tony
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: fatdogale on May 28, 2011, 04:11:38 PM
I taught myself how to play the drums by going out and buying a kit. A local music shop was going out of business because of some IRS problems and everything was dirt cheap. I got an excellent drum kit for like $250. It barely fit in my car.

I went home, set it up and put on some AC/DC. When i could play every song from Back in Black, I moved to Billy Squier, The Police, Zeppelin, then right to Yes and Rush. About a year later my neighbor was home from college and heard me playing Rush and came over to ask me where I studied and was dumbfounded that i was self-taught. He had been playing drums since he was 10 yrs old and went to school for it in NYC. (He currently owns a Drum School) Always thought that was a great compliment.

I still can't read a single note of drum sheet music but i can play anything i hear.

Just do it!

That's very cool!  How long have you been playing?
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: tubercle on May 28, 2011, 05:49:43 PM
To understand how the length of time I boil wort can go back in time and have an effect on the amount of sugar that was actually extracted from the mash vs. available sugar, thus altering the efficency.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: tonyp on May 28, 2011, 10:00:58 PM
That's very cool!  How long have you been playing?

I've been playing for about 20 yrs now, maybe a bit more. I havent owned a kit in quite some time do to space contraints but once i move into a new house its a priority to get a small kit, after the home brewery is setup of course!
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: speed on May 29, 2011, 12:18:57 AM
I married a great woman, had some good kids, saw the Grand Canyon and learned to make beer. I'm set, although there is that Harley Heritage Softail Classic that I've been eying. :D
i got one, if the price is right you can own it.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: speed on May 29, 2011, 12:22:03 AM
i guess one thing i want to do before i die is to go to germany and belguim, and norway, that is where my granddad is from.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: WDE97 on May 29, 2011, 12:41:28 AM
Would like to spend more time hiking, and some friends have been talking up the Wonderland trail, Tom. 
It's amazing.  I can't recommend it highly enough, it's absolutely gorgeous.

I'll be hiking the Wonderland Trail this September. Can't wait!!  Just have to stop drinking so much homebrew...  ;) 
Tom, any pointers/lessons learned from your trip?

For me... touring Scotland to see where my family originally came from, African safari (would be my 7th continent), and Machu Picchu. I'd also have to agree with punatic about seeing the earth from space. That would be stunning.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: maxieboy on May 29, 2011, 01:12:17 AM
I'd also have to agree with punatic about seeing the earth from space. That would be stunning.

I've seen Earth from space... from Earth.  ;D  Denny knows what I'm talkin' about.  8)
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: 1vertical on May 29, 2011, 05:08:30 AM
When the knees are shot, then it is time to sit in the German Biergartens, or just hang for a month or 2 in Italy.
I highly suggest looking into "Automolous Stem Cell PRP injections" to restore your cartiledge and avoid that surgery
and all that goes with surgery...the above is relatively a new deal...check into it....google is your friend...

Edit: I want to go offshore and reel in a Sailfish and pat it on da head take some pix etc...If it is a smaller one,
I may bring it home and make wall art out if the carcus.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: tschmidlin on May 29, 2011, 09:13:00 AM
I'll be hiking the Wonderland Trail this September. Can't wait!!  Just have to stop drinking so much homebrew...  ;) 
Tom, any pointers/lessons learned from your trip?
Sorry this is so long, feel free to ask questions.  I might not have the answers, but I can try. ;)

If you are an experienced backpacker there is nothing you really need to know.  Just get the book "Exploring the Wonders of the Wonderland Trail".  There is typically plenty of water, the trail is well marked and plenty wide for one person, and you probably won't hike more than a five or six hours without seeing some people.

But since I have no idea how much experience you have with this kind of trip, first some general backpacking stuff.  Pack light, but don't skimp on the necessities.  Bring some kind of insulated underwear, and raingear is a must.  First aid kit, knife, fire starter, the usual emergency gear.  You're not allowed to light fires, but an emergency is an emergency.  Bring line to hang your food, don't keep it in your tent!  There are bear-proof poles at all of the campgrounds.   Bring your own TP.  A warm poly sleeping bag, not down unless it will keep you warm when it is wet.  Comfortable shoes to wear around camp.  Broken-in boots.  Spare clothes in a dry bag.  Plan on everything getting wet.  It is generally very safe, but be smart, at times you will be a couple of days from help.  Bring garbage bags for your trash, you can drop stuff at the ranger's stations.

Figure out how much food you're going to need.  I planned on 3500 calories a day and found I just couldn't eat that much so I had way more food than I needed.  By the time I figured that out I was several days from a ranger station where I could dump food.  Which brings up the next point . . .

Decide if you want to carry all of your food, or mail caches to the ranger station.  I carried mine, but some hikers I met made the point that you need to mail it well ahead of time to make sure it will be there when you need it.

Figure out how much fuel you'll need, add a fudge factor, and just take that.  I way overestimated (probably because I couldn't eat as much as planned) so I was carrying more than I needed.  But a hot breakfast cannot be overrated.

Don't stop to cook lunch or you might end up hiking in the dark.  Bring a headlamp and spare batteries. ;)

Know your water needs.  Bring a good filter and a camelbak, mine was 3 liters which was enough except for one time.  Usually I would pass more than one water source before my water ran out during the hike  I also brought a 5 liter collapsible container to hold water at camp, I found it very useful.  I could filter enough for cooking and to fill up the camelbak the next morning.  There is a lot of water along the trail so it is generally not a problem.

Expect to hike in the rain.  It was beautiful the whole time I was there with the exception of the last day (Sep 22nd I think), but it's not always like that.  I've heard of people who hiked it when it rained every day.

There are a couple of days when gators were a really big help - they're light enough I think it's worth bringing them.  On another hike when I didn't have them and walked through a similar area (wet leafy plants overhanging the trail) my socks got super wet and my heels blistered and tore, but I didn't feel it until later and then it really hurt to put my boots back on the next day.

Long pants with zip off legs to make shorts are great - for me it was often chilly in the morning and hot later in the day, and taking boots off to change into shorts would have been a real pain.

Get current trail maps and pay attention.  The trail is very well marked and not especially precarious.  If it seems iffy, backtrack a bit and look around, you may have missed where they rerouted it.

Don't sweat the glacier crossing after Summerland, follow the footprints and it'll be fine.  Use the toilet at Indian Bar, the view is amazing.

Like I said, it is generally very safe so there isn't much to worry about if you take the usual precautions.  Relax and have fun.  And bring a camera, it's beautiful! ;D

As always, take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. ;)
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: tonyp on May 29, 2011, 06:15:04 PM
Never really did too much hiking (more of a water person) but exploring the appalachians in NJ was always fun. The most memorable time was hiking at the Delaware Water Gap (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_Water_Gap) during the winter and finding a totally frozen waterfall. It was like looking at a photo, I've never seen anything like it. We climbed to the top and sat on the ice and ate our lunch looking out over the small river below, it was a fantastic moment, something i'll never forget.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: WDE97 on May 29, 2011, 08:08:32 PM
I'll be hiking the Wonderland Trail this September. Can't wait!!  Just have to stop drinking so much homebrew...  ;) 
Tom, any pointers/lessons learned from your trip?
Sorry this is so long, feel free to ask questions.  I might not have the answers, but I can try. ;)


Thanks Tom!! I'm pretty experienced, but have never done anything this long (mostly up to 7-8 days), or in that rainy of an environment.  Your tips and suggestions are all greatly appreciated!!
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 31, 2011, 03:57:05 AM
I taught myself how to play the drums by going out and buying a kit. A local music shop was going out of business because of some IRS problems and everything was dirt cheap. I got an excellent drum kit for like $250. It barely fit in my car.

I went home, set it up and put on some AC/DC. When i could play every song from Back in Black, I moved to Billy Squier, The Police, Zeppelin, then right to Yes and Rush. About a year later my neighbor was home from college and heard me playing Rush and came over to ask me where I studied and was dumbfounded that i was self-taught. He had been playing drums since he was 10 yrs old and went to school for it in NYC. (He currently owns a Drum School) Always thought that was a great compliment.

I still can't read a single note of drum sheet music but i can play anything i hear.

Just do it!

Check with beersk he is the pro drummer, I'm sure he has some tips!

Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: fatdogale on June 01, 2011, 01:58:52 AM
That's very cool!  How long have you been playing?

I've been playing for about 20 yrs now, maybe a bit more. I havent owned a kit in quite some time do to space contraints but once i move into a new house its a priority to get a small kit, after the home brewery is setup of course!

Part of my problem is I don't want to learn to play, I want to play like I've been playing for 20 years (picturing the look on my wifes face (and my two teenaged daughters faces) as I haul a kit into the basement and announce that I'm teaching myself to play - priceless)!  I turned 50 this year...as a present to myself I should prolly look into a drum school to see if it's something I really want to pursue.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: corkybstewart on June 01, 2011, 05:46:58 PM
My wife and I are going to Maine for 2 weeks, something we've always wanted to do but never took the time.  We always spend our vacations with either hers or mine family, but for our 30th anniversary it's all about us this time.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: theDarkSide on June 01, 2011, 06:08:11 PM
My wife and I are going to Maine for 2 weeks, something we've always wanted to do but never took the time.  We always spend our vacations with either hers or mine family, but for our 30th anniversary it's all about us this time.

Enjoy!!!  Maine is awesome.  Portland is a good beer city too.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: jeffy on June 01, 2011, 07:03:49 PM
My wife and I are going to Maine for 2 weeks, something we've always wanted to do but never took the time.  We always spend our vacations with either hers or mine family, but for our 30th anniversary it's all about us this time.

Enjoy!!!  Maine is awesome.  Portland is a good beer city too.
Happy Anniversary.  That's a long time for anything! 
Not too far away is Porstmouth, N.H., also a good beer town. 
Try to get to Ebenezers http://www.ebenezerspub.net/ way out in the country if you can.  Call first, though, because it was closed when we finally got there last Fall.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: boulderbrewer on June 02, 2011, 07:50:56 AM
Maybe some time with Mr. Nate with some girl friends and a powdery white substance on their backsides. With plenty of liquids. You don't want to be dehydrated, do ya!


No fighting dickcycles involved.
Title: Re: Bucket List
Post by: punatic on June 02, 2011, 09:18:09 AM
Reading the boards late at night can be pretty entertaining.   :o 

Living in the last time zone has its advantages...   ;)