The Eye of a Thieving Magpie

My view of this wonderful and crazy life – as I travel and explore.

My Bucket List


My very flexible Bucket List: Write-it-down

  1. Go for a Hot Air Balloon ride
  2. Take dancing lessons
  3. Learn to identify poisonous and edible plants in the wild
  4. Learn to identify mushrooms in the wild.
  5. Go dog sledding
  6. Go to a Jazz Festival in a big city
  7. travel to India and the Himalayas
  8. See a polar bear in the wild.
  9. Sleep in a yurt.
  10. Learn to cross-country ski.  not going to happen at my age now
  11. Learn to Juggle. (a work in progress, but not looking good.)
  12. Visit San Francisco and ride the cable car
  13. Repel down a very high cliff
  14. Travel to Asia
  15. Go on a meditation retreat
  16. Learn to recognize 10 constellations.
  17. Dip my toe in the Arctic Ocean.
  18. Visit all 50 American States    (been to 28)
  19. Travel the Oregon Coast
  20. Go bird-watching at the Reifel Sanctuary during the fall or spring migration
  21. Learn to speak Spanish
  22. Take a cruise on the Amazon River
  23. Visit Chile  Completed April 2020 on the ill-fated Covid Cruise from hell
  24. Go to an Opera   Completed Dec. 2019  La Boheme
  25. Travel to Europe
  26. Visit Iceland

The Clock is ticking, I need seriously work at getting things done.

I  have had a bucket list for more years than I can count. these are some of the things I have slowly checked off my Bucket list:

  • Travel to Africa and go on a safari   Completed Nov 2003 Africa photos
  • Stand on the Equator   Completed Dec 2003
  • go rock climbing. Complete in 2011 see photos here
  • Retire   Finally Dec  1 2010
  • See the Grand canyon   June 2011
  • Volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen  Completed Sept 2012
  • Take art lessons– completed Sept 2013 and ongoing See some of my art here
  • Go para-sailing Completed Feb 2014
  • walk a half marathon race  …. Completed May 2009
  • Travel to Newfoundland – Completed July 2015 Newfoundland photos

    Lounging in Wood Buffalo National Park
  • Go White Water Rafting… completed Sep 1, 2012
  • go zip-lining completed in Panama in 2001
  • Stand on the Arctic Circle  Complete Aug 2011
  • Fly in a 2 seater plane  Done 1998
  • Climb  on the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Robson.   completed Aug 2011
  • Travel to the Arctic  Aug 2011
  • learn to sail – Completed in the 70’s
  • take Skiing lessons Completed at age 26
  • Visit all 10 Canadian Provinces  completed July 2015
  • Go to at least 25 Zumba classes  Completed March 2015
  • Ride in a helicopter  Sep 2011
  • Learn to knit –  completed sort of.. but Hated it.. Oct. 2013
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet. (Work in progress)
  • Go skinny-dipping in the moonlight. Completed  July 25/16 (my Birthday)
  • Go to the Symphony Nanaimo Symphony in 2018
  • Hike at least 5km 3 times per week. (started in 2012 and still doing it.)
  • Hike the West Coast Trail  Hiked on part of the trail June 2018 sadly, too old to do the whole thing.
  • Go Paragliding  Completed May 4, 2017 Loved it!!
  • Fly a plane (take a flying lesson). Completed July 30, 2016 (Thank you David)
  • Join an organization with a humanitarian cause  Oct 2017 Joined Altrusa International.
  • Organize all my old photos (a large box full) into albums. Dec 2018
  • Photograph an owl in the wild. Summer 2018 several times
  • Win a photography competition June 2018 For a Black and White Portrait
  • Charlie George the woodcarver
  • Fly in a float Plane Completed July 25 2018 (Thank you David)
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