Filling Our Bucket

It’s common for people to put together a list of things they’d like to do in their life, commonly referred to as a bucket list.  In a recent post, we even mentioned that visiting an exotic place like Fiji is something we’d like to do before we kick the bucket.

However, sometimes it’s fun to step back and recognize unique things we’ve done or places we’ve seen.  In a recent post by Maggie at Northern Expenditure, she referred to these as her “Fill-the-bucket List.”

We thought this sounded like a great idea and wanted to share a few of our own fill-the-bucket items.

  1. Scoring a try in the USA Rugby Collegiate Elite 8 Tournament: I played rugby in college and one year we had an exceptionally strong team.  Throughout the season, we destroyed our competition and advanced to the Division II Elite 8 (divisions in rugby do not follow NCAA divisions).  Our first game was against Sam Houston State University (TX).  While playing defense early in the match, I stepped in front of a pass and took it about 60 yards meters for a score.  In American football terms, it was a “pick six.”  We went on to win that game, but lost in the next round to Claremont College (CA), finishing the season ranked sixth in the country.  This was definitely a highlight of my athletic career.
  1. Riding on the final flight of the first C-17: The C-17 Globemaster III, a large military cargo aircraft, began rolling off the (then McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing) Long Beach production line in 1991.  Just over twenty years later, in April 2012, the U.S. Air Force retired the first C-17 prototype which had previously been used for development and flight testing.   I was a passenger on its final flight.  This aircraft is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH.  If you’re ever in the area and have an interest in military or aviation history, this museum is a must see.  And it’s free to the public!
  1. Shoveling snow in shorts: This may not sound like much, but it was fun for me as someone who grew up in Florida.  During the first 24 years of my life, I only saw snow once.  The military took care of that real quick and we’ve since lived in multiple places where it snows in the winter.
  1. Vacationing in the Midwest: For our oldest son’s fourth birthday, we decided to visit Chicago and Wisconsin Dells.  This isn’t anything special either, except that we went during the first week of February, a time when most others are trying to get away from this part of the country.  It turned out to be a great trip!  Chicago was fun and we went tubing, played in a few indoor waterparks, visited a cheese factory, and ate some squeaky cheese curds in Wisconsin.
  1. Paragliding in Chile:   Mrs. DTG here!  I had the pleasure of taking an awesome family trip to Chile as a teenager.  My mom is Chilean so we went to visit my uncle, aunt, cousins, and other extended family/friends.  My uncle was a Colonel in the Chilean Army at the time (he later pinned on Brigadier General), and was the Commander of a base.  Needless to say, he had access to all the cool stuff.  We rode Army tanks through the desert and shot at the gun range with a lesson from the soldiers.  On the same trip he hired a paragliding company to run us off the edge of a cliff and land on the beach of Iquique, Chile.  Many years later, I relived the memory as we watched the racers on The Amazing Race do the exact same thing!

Iquique, Chile.  Courtesy of

We hope to fill the bucket with many more adventures!  What interesting things have you done?

12 thoughts on “Filling Our Bucket

    • Ditching the Grind says:

      We didn’t mean it like that, we had a blast in Chicago! That entire trip was really fun. Actually, we lived in Ohio for 3.5 years and that may have been our favorite assignment, surprisingly enough. So we have a little soft spot for the Midwest, too.


  1. our next life says:

    So cool! I am such a geek for military aircraft, so I love that you were on the C-17’s last flight! I’m trying to find my pics of when I got to sit in the Harrier at MCAS Yuma and fly the F/A-18 simulator at Miramar so I can do our own bucket post. 🙂

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  2. Mad Money Monster says:

    I love the goal of shoveling snow in shorts! I live in central PA and we’re slated to be sacked with a ton of snow this coming weekend. Maybe I’ll give shorts a go. Ha! I haven’t started on filling my bucket yet, but I love the idea. Shout out to Northern Expenditure! I often say there are so many things I want to do that I don’t even know where to start. I feel like I have too many interests. After reading this post, I’m going to get serious about filling my bucket. I’m putting pen to paper this weekend to sort through ideas and set solid to-do goals 🙂

    Mrs. Mad Money Monster


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