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42 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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A Completed Bucket List so far: ---------------------------------------------------------- - (Hawaii ) Heard Humpback Whale song while SCUBA diving in Hawaii. Just BEAUTIFUL to hear and FEEL! You have to hold your breath so you're not making all the bubble noises from your normal breathing and if you get lucky, you can hear them singing in the distance. It was some of the most beautiful sounds I've ever heard. It's not like you hear on TV. The sound appears to be from every direction and you FEEL the rumble! The sea turtle were fun too. The stoners of the sea. They are very comfortable with SCUBA divers in Hawaii and don't swim away. - {Paragliding pilot at various locations}. Almost crashed from a twisted line in Turkey. :( Actually did crash into a tree in Costa Rica. It wasn't really that bad though. A small tear in the wing from a branch. Some local pilots had some duct tape, so I was quickly patched up and had a nice flight later that day. - {SCUBA diving} - Galapagos(Best Diving Ever!!! - Whale Sharks, hundreds of Hammerhead Shark for as far as you could see, Sea Lions that just are super curious and love swimming with people(by far my favorite), Eagle Rays, Penguins, lots of sharks, etc.) The other great thing about the Galapagos is the sharks aren't afraid of SCUBA divers. At every other dive location that I have ever been to, the sharks swim away as soon as we(the bubble machines) get even remotely close. That's not the case in the Galapagos. They swim right up to you. 3 or 4 feet/ 1 meter approx. away before they turn away. I wasn't used to this. In my mind it was: "That's really cool, that's a really big shark, it's so close and not swimming away...then...wait...why isn't it turning away, it's just coming straight at me. It's not supposed to do this. (panic, panic) It's suppose to turn away." They always turn away, it's just something to expect and get comfortable with. It gets your heart pumping and I sucked up so much PANIC AIR the first couple of times they got really close. Other fun dive sites: Dominica, Thailand, Mexico, Tobago, Palau, Grand Cayman, Hawaii, etc. I've lost track and have a terrible memory, I wish I would have kept a journal. Now the trips kind of blend together. * *Travel Tip * * - keep a journal with you at ALL times. Write something every single day! (write about the weather, the people you have met and their names (that you will unfortunately, certainly soon forget), :) Cultural customs, slang, the food, the water, the air, etc.) Many, many years from now, it will help you bring your memories back. - {Machu Picchu, Peru.} Definitely hike up Huayna Picchu (overlooking Machu Picchu). The top of Huayna Picchu is absolutely the best part of Machu Picchu. HIGHLY, highly,HIGHLY, recommend the hike to the top! It's about a 45 minute hike to the top. Great photo opportunities. btw, Wear HIKING shorts cut above the your knees. I had jeans on... because I'm stupid! ** Travel Tip ** - HIKING shorts are much better than fashion shorts/pants if you are going to be climbing. If you are wearing pants or shorts that are below your knees, the fabric will pull against your legs with every single step you take on your hike up the mountain. It gets old really fast. Imagine climbing up stairs for 45 minutes in blue jeans vs hiking shorts. You get the concept. - {Skydiving} - (tandem and static line) (NY). Honestly, skydiving is a bit dull. Don't get me wrong, you should absolutely try it, but manage your expectations. It's just meh. Static line is more interesting and at least some training is required. With Tandem you are just luggage. The best part of skydiving was the anxiety/realization that as the plane is ascending...you're not going back with it. At some point, you are just going to get out. You have 15, 20, 30 minutes to think about this as everything keeps getting smaller and smaller. That's skydiving. Great expectation and then...hmm. Meh. - {Bungee jumping} off a hot air balloon (NY). Only 300 ft and not much different than a bad roller coaster ride. I don't recommend it. I use the roller coaster analogy because there is the long trek up and then this single moment where you get the first big drop. It's very similar. The looking down and LETTING GO was the fun part. That point of no return. Where you can feel your center of gravity go too far and you know you can't go back. The bouncing around after was just that, bouncing around. - White water rafting (Delaware). It was OK. Kind of a relaxing day. - (Costa Rica), -Surfing (aka bobbing), Zip Lining, Paragliding . “Pura Vida” - {BURNING MAN 2010 and BURNING MAN 2011} (Black Rock City) (Vertical camp and Troy camp) That's all a much bigger and more complicated story. Just a simple video of our camp (2011) and the work involved that was done in a just a couple of days and then EVERYTHING CLEANED UP a couple of days later, like we were never there. - Full Moon Party (Thailand) Not very interesting. Felt VERY commercial. I wouldn't recommend it. - {Aurora Borealis} ... Growing up in Minnesota, I was always amazed by the Aurora Borealis. The first time I saw it, I was just a child. I ran into the house telling my mother that she has to come out to see this. "the sky is on fire or something! Aliens are invading!" I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, so take it easy, it's an impressionable age. She, very casually dismissed my amazement. "Oh that's just the Aurora" and went back inside. Anyway, everyone should see it at least once. I still love Astronomy and look up whenever I go outside. Maybe that's due to seeing the Aurora. - Carnival in {Trinidad} and {Rio De Janeiro}. Two tips of what to expect if you plan on being part of a band/group that dances through the streets all day... 1. Locals don't show up until late in the afternoon. They just want to be there for the finally. 2. No one tells you about all the huge Fuck1n6 FEATHERED headdresses that will be hitting you every time anyone around you turns their heads. Additionally, everyone is sweating so the feathers are progressively getting wetter from the sweat of previous people hit. Their feathered headdresses basically become a collection of little whips. I'm very happy I did the actual carnival, but I should have brought a towel (Thank you, Douglas Adams: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day) and multiple pairs of sunglasses to protect my eyes. - {Korea} (Doctor fish) I highly recommend it!!! It's like being trapped in a box full of puppies. You just can't stop laughing. You have to be very still. Any little twitch and they all swim away. It took me at least 30 minutes to compose myself and let them nibble on my feet. (side note: I love travelling in Asia! The reason is that the customs are so different. Examples: I was asked what "air quotes" mean. Bunny Ears? Does it mean cute? They see this in movies, but it isn't in any English class that they have ever taken. Try to define "air quotes" accurately. It's tricky. Another thing not taught in English classes: "What does 1 or 2 mean when someone goes to the bathroom?" I awkwardly explained this. A bit later, I was out with a group and excused myself to go to the bathroom. Before I even sat down, this Korean girl asked me if it was 1 or 2. Giggling the whole time. This also became another great conversation about the differences in cultural boundaries. - {Dominican Republic} - Digging for 20 Million year old fossilized Amber in the Dominican Republic. Probably the most dangerous and claustrophobic experiences of my life. http://terratreasures.com/ - {Austria}, We went to go Paragliding, but the weather was terrible. Asked around and heard about a guy that still {hammers out swords the old fashion way}. We ended up spending 12 hours breathing black smoke to make swords. Life always has surprises. Teach, Learn, Share “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” - Lao Tzu

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