Here’s Part 2 of my bucket list. Am I nuts?
Flying in Outer Space
Less than 500 people have ever left this planet. I’d love to be Mr. 500! I have been eying up Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space odysseys, which include two days of training and the chance to become one of a group of six to take off and launch into orbit at 60,000 feet for a few minutes of free-floatin’, almost-peeing-your-pants-with-excitement kinda fun! Now that seems like the perfect way to smooth out the ups and downs of a midlife meltdown.
Saving Dolphins in Galaxidi, Greece
Oh Greece, how much I adore you. And the jaw-dropping beauty of the dolphins. I think that’s a perfect match. What do you think? I have read about dolphin conservation trips in the Ionian Sea that let travelers assist marine biologists in protecting and studying the marine life offshore of the Greek, 4,000-year-old villages and stunning archaeological sites. You can get all hands-on, surveying the dolphins, collecting data and analyzing photos of them.
Patagonia, another huge and sparsely-populated area at the bottom of South America that is known for its vast, empty, wind-swept and barren landscapes. Though I usually thrive on sharing with others, I think the crazy times in a midlife crisis might benefit from a bit of Patagonia therapy. Cue the llama-like guanacos, the sheep, and the flightless rhea, ice-fields, the world’s seventh-largest desert (yeah), the wildest winds in South America, and beautiful temperate rainforests. I want to cruise, ride, fish, golf, quad-bike, ski and drive all over it.
Diving in the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef has some of the best ocean life in the world; it’s the world’s largest and healthiest single structure comprised of living organisms and the only living structure that can be seen from space (hopefully by you and me, one day!). The list of dives you can do is quite astounding.
Walking the Great Wall of China
This 21,196 meter-long and 2,300-year-old wall is the most extensive construction projects every completed. The best-known and best-preserved section was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D. Initially, it was mostly built by soldiers and convicts, 400,000 of whom died during the wall’s construction. Many of the workers were simply buried inside it. This is definitely one of my top midlife bucket list destinations.
Taking a Safari in the Serengeti or the Okavango Delta
The great migration of the Serengeti, one of the most famous national parks on Earth, is certainly something I hope to see before I die. I don’t know, there’s just something so real and comforting about having animals all around you, stampeding. Am I nuts?
Join me in Part 3 for some wandering around the Holy Land and some Indiana Jones action.