To Do

460. Take a mineral bath at Saratoga Springs

Updated April 30, 2009 In Saratoga Springs, New York, the spring water is naturally carbonated and chalk full of naturally occuring minerals. The springs were used by Native American tribes for their healing powers, and introduced to white settlers in the 1700’s. Lincoln Mineral Baths, a spa facility where they fill a soaking tub with […]

450. See bighorn sheep in Estes Park in Colorado

Updated November 23, 2009 At one point in my life, I wanted to be a wildlife biologist, living my life outdoors chasing after herds of animals, and studying the habits of forest-dwelling creatures. I guess it comes as no surprise, then, that many of the things on this list have to do with seeing natural […]

449. Shoot craps

Attempted sometime during 1996 or so I don’t understand craps. I love roulette, but I don’t get craps. I’d love to learn. On a trip to Laughlin with my dear friend Jamie during college, we tried to get two bored-looking craps dealers to teach us the game. They weren’t really into it, and we lost […]

432. Wear a lei

A real lei, of fresh flowers.

429. Put my hands in Marilyn Monroe’s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Attempted February 2010 and August 2004 I must be a total ditz or something, because I’ve gone to Mann’s Chinese theatre (or is it Grauman’s Chinese Theatre?) twice now, attempting to do this and I can’t seem to locate Marilyn’s hand prints. I’ve found lots of other stars footprints and handprints, but I can’t seem […]

427. Watch a session of Congress from the visitor’s gallery

Updated August 23, 2009 When CSPAN was new, I turned it on one day out of curiosity, intending to use it as background noise while I studied for a biology exam. Somehow, though I suppose it should have been deathly boring, I was drawn in, fascinated by this process by which we make laws in […]

415. Bathe in a champagne tub in the Poconos

Updated December 11, 2009 I think perhaps I was in high school when I saw a movie or television show involving the sort of infamous hot tub shaped like a champagne glass in a hotel room. I mean, look at this thing and tell me you don’t want to take a soak. Wouldn’t the world […]

378. Travel Route 66

I love the history and story of the Mother Road.

318. Ride a cable car in San Francisco

Updated June 8, 2009 I’ve been to San Francisco a few times, and I’ve even been to the place where the tourists line up to get on the cable cars, but the line has always been so long, I haven’t wanted to wait. It’s such a beautiful city with so many things going on that […]

310. Visit every state at least once

Updated September 18, 2009 I have visited 28 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. That leaves 22 states: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, […]

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