"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." - Susan Sontag

atlanta photographers maryann davidson photography life list bucketlist

 

As a project in High School, a month before graduation, everyone was asked to write a Life List / Bucket List of 10-20 items. Though high school was ages ago, I still continue to add to that bucket list. Anything in blue is completed/accomplished. Black is still to do - yes, the undone part is very long so I better get busy and I better live awhile. Anything red is a Bucket list item that I decided not to do or is now impossible to accomplish. There are actually a few items that I never would have thought of, but in that moment, I knew it had to be added to the bucket list just to be able to mark it completed.... like Time Traveler. (When you see me in person, please ask me to explain that one!!!)

BUCKET LIST

 

Blue = Completed    /    Black = Still to do    /    Red = Didn't do/can't do

Achievement

 

  • Break a Guinness World Record
  • Write a book

 

Adventure

 

  • Drive over 100 MPH - GA
  • Go Sky Diving - Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (Nov 2012)

 

Animals

 

  • Lunch with Shamu at Sea World – FL
  • Ride a amel - Dubai, UAE 2012
  • Ride a Mechanical Bull – GA
  • See a Sloth - Caribbean
  • Ride a Mule – into the Grand Canyon
  • Ride an elephant - FL
  • Ride Horseback - GA
  • Swim with Dolphins - FL, Caribbean
  • Swim with Manatees - Caribbean
  • Whale Watching – Alaska
  • Horseback ride on the beach
  • See a Koala Bear
  • See a Platypus
  • Watch turtles hatch and run for the ocean

 

Career

 

  • Have fun taking photographs as a career
  • Design entire album for Artist/Band
  • Have a gallery showing – GA, GA, GA
  • Have a photograph I have taken be on the cover of a magazine
  • Photograph an Album Cover for an Artist/Band
  • Photograph a favorite Musician - BB King, Buddy Guy, John Mayer
  • Have a full gallery show
  • Photograph an Iconic Image
  • See my photography hang in an airport
  • Start an Artist Community

 

Charity & Contribution

 

  • Build a Habitat for Humanity Home - GA
  • Sponsor a family for Christmas - GA
  • Take 6 months off of work to do Charity and Volunteer work
  • Donate a million dollars to charity anonymously

 

Creativity

 

  • Build a piece of furniture - GA, a bench
  • Own an original piece of art
  • Paint a piece of art on canvas good enough to hang
  • Make a piece of pottery
  • Make something from hand-blown glass

 

Education & Learning

 

  • Learn a foreign language – Spanish
  • Be a protégé to a renowned photographer
  • Learn CPR – GA, MI
  • Learn Sign Language
  • Learn to play chess - DC
  • Learn to use a skill saw - GA
  • Learn to Weld - GA
  • Read at least 10 novels on top 100 Greatest Ever List - The Great Gatsby, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Lolita, The Grapes of Wrath, The Wings of the Dove, Lord of the Flies, A Farewell to Arms, The Call of the Wild, Catch-22, The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Red Badge of Courage, Dracula, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Learn Mnemonic Alphabet
  • Learn to juggle

 

 Entertainment / Events

 

  • Attend Cirque du Soleil - Alegria, Mystere, Zumanity, Varekai, Le Rêve
  • Attend a Centennial Celebration – NC. Wright Brothers, 100 yrs in flight
  • March in a parade - FL
  • See a Broadway Play - Rock of Ages 10/23/2011
  • See Fireworks at Disney - FL
  • See a Space Shuttle Launch Live – I did, but it was the Challenger
  • Visit a Renaissance Fair, dressed in costume - GA
  • Attend a Movie Premiere
  • Attend an Olympic Game
  • Attend Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Attend an authentic Luau
  • Attend Carnival, Venice Italy
  • Attend Mardi Gras
  • Attend New Year's Eve in Time Square
  • Attend Loy Krathong - sky lantern festival in Thailand
  • See a drive-in movie
  • See a performance at the Sydney Opera House, Australia
  • See Fireworks in Washington, DC for July 4th

 

Experience

 

  • Climb a lighthouse – Cape Hatteras, NC
  • Desert Safari – United Arab Emirates (May 2013)
  • Double Decker Bus - Hong Kong
  • Drive a Submarine - USS Hampton
  • Drive on the Left Side of the Road - South Island, New Zealand (Nov 2012)
  • Drive through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
  • Fire truck ladder ride - Smyrna March 2017- 10 stories high
  • Fly in a Biplane - GA
  • Go to top of Empire State Building - NY
  • Live in a foreign country 3+ months – United Arab Emirates
  • Ride a Harley Davidson Motorcycle - California Coast State Route 1
  • Ride a 2 seated helicopter - GA
  • Ride a jet helicopter – GA, Grand Canyon
  • Ride a Dhow boat – United Arab Emirates
  • Ride a Gondola - Las Vegas
  • Ride a paddle-wheel boat - TN
  • Roll down hill on side like a kid - 10/2011 Candler Park Atlanta
  • See Air Force One fly - NC
  • See a Meteor Shower – GA, FL
  • See a Stealth Bomber - NC
  • See The Girl With The Pearl Earring – High Museum of Art, Atlanta June 2013
  • Silence - Doubtful Sound, New Zealand - (Nov 2012)
  • Spend the day on a US Submarine - USS Hampton Nuclear Submarine
  • Spend the night at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • Swim in a fountain – GA, GA, Dallas, Dallas
  • Take a hot air balloon ride – Oregon
  • Time Traveler - Delta flight from LAX to SYD (skipped Nov 13th 2012)
  • Watch the sunset consecutive sunrise while sitting on the beach - Rota, Spain; Keflavík, Iceland
  • Win a game of chess - first time Jamaica
  • Witness a Solar Eclipse – GA, TN, From airplane over Australia
  • Witness a Total Solar Eclipse - 21 August 2017
  • Dude Ranch
  • Fence Surf at St. Marteen airport (planes landing right over top of head)
  • Firetruck Ride Along
  • Fly a kite on the beach
  • Fly in a blimp
  • Native American Sweat Lodge Ceremony
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Silent Retreat
  • Spend the night in a castle
  • Spend the night on the Great Wall
  • Stay in an overwater suite in French Polynesia (ex: Le Taha's Island Resort)
  • Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world – off the coast of Chile, 1,000 yrds long, 20 acres, 115 deep on one end, 66 million gallons of water
  • Train Ride - High Speed
  • Train Ride - Steam Locomotive
  • Walk to Milford Sound – loveliest walk in the world, runs 33 miles and takes 3 days, New Zealand
  • Walk the streets of Pompeii – Campania, Italy
  • Weightlessness

 

Food & Drinks

 

  • Australian Meat Pie - New Zealand; Marietta, GA
  • Baklava - New Zealand
  • Belgium Waffles - Belgium October 2017
  • Bellini - New Orleans
  • Black Pudding - Ireland, Iceland
  • Boston Cream Donut in Boston - 2012
  • Breakfast for Dinner - do this one all the time :-)
  • Brewery hop in Belguim
  • Brewery Tour - TN, NC, GA
  • Buffalo Wings in Buffalo NY
  • Cantillon Brewery - September 2017
  • Ceviche
  • Churros
  • Cook Chicken Tikka Masala - GA
  • Cook Macarons
  • Cooking class in a foreign country - Learned how to make seafood Paella in Barcelona Spain
  • Cuban Coffee - Havana
  • Durian Fruit - GA, Vegas
  • Eat at a Michelin Star Restaurant - Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong
  • Deep Dish Pizza - Lou Malnati's
  • Dim Sum - Hong Kong
  • Escargot – FL, GA, Caribbean
  • Ethiopian Food - GA
  • Fish Pie in Ireland - Limerick
  • Fish Tacos - Hawaii
  • Fly to an international destination just to have lunch – Milan, Italy (Pizza), April 2013; London England (Fish & Chips), April 2013
  • Fondue - Dante's Down the Hatch
  • Food Tour - Asheville, Paris
  • Fresh Coconut - Cambodia
  • Fresh Honey from the hive - Bulgaria
  • Fried Green Tomatoes - Whistle Stop Cafe GA
  • Frog Legs - FL
  • Gaufres (waffles) in France
  • Glass of wine sitting in a Paris Cafe
  • Hell's Kitchen - 2014
  • Hot Pot - Buford Hwy GA
  • International Night Market - GA 2017
  • Key Lime Pie - Kenny's Key Lime Pie GA
  • Learn to make pizza crust - GA
  • Lunch in Cinderella’s Castle – FL
  • Make a gingerbread house - GA
  • Milk a cow - GA
  • Mixology Bar - Caribbean Cruise
  • Molecular Gastronomy - Martinis at Elevation Chophouse Kennesaw, GA
  • Murder Mystery Dinner - GA
  • Paella - Barcelona
  • Pavlova - New Zealand
  • Peking Duck - Hong Kong
  • Picnic lunch - GA
  • Pizza in Italy - March 2013
  • Pizza in NY - NY
  • Poutine - Manitoulin Island Canada
  • Rocky Mountain Oysters - Texas
  • Rolled Icecream - Buford Hwy GA
  • Root Beer Float - my New Year's Tradition
  • S'More Buffett - GA camping trip
  • Sausages of multiple varieties - Norway
  • Scottish Breakfast - Scotland
  • Soup Dumplings - Hong Kong
  • Squirrel - Dubai
  • Sushi - GA, DC, Hong Kong
  • Tapas - Barcelona Spain
  • Taste wine beer from the barrel - Mercier Orchard
  • Travel somewhere just to have lunch - Chicago (Kuma's Korner);  Milan, Italy; 3 Floyds Brewery
  • Trifungo - Puerto Rico
  • Afternoon Tea with Friends
  • Bagels in NY
  • Bizarre Food
  • Black Truffle
  • Bottomless Brunch
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Crazy Icecream Flavor
  • Create your own cocktail
  • Cronut
  • Empanadas in Argentina
  • Fancy Hotdog
  • Food Factory Tour
  • Go Fruit Picking
  • Go Vegan for a week
  • Gumbo
  • Hunt for Truffles
  • Kobe Beef
  • Largest tub of Movie Popcorn at the movies
  • Make fresh pasta
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Make pie from fruit I've picked
  • Sushi in Japan
  • Taste wine directly from the barrel
  • Tom Yum Soup in Thailand
  • Vineyard Tour
  • Wade in a cranberry bog

 

Miscellaneous

 

  • Go UP the down escalator - MI, GA, FL
  • Play a game of chess with really big chess pieces – Cancun, MX, GA, Jamaica
  • Walk through operating car wash - Kentucky 7/23/2011
  • Withdrawal money from ATM - 1st time ever withdrew money from ATM was in time square
  • Have a star named for me
  • Name a star in the Universe
  • Perform an activity for 365 days straight (example: taking a different photo each day)

 

Music

 

  • Listen to someone I know sing my favorite song to me - NC
  • BB King -  in Concert, ew/Buddy Guy at the Fox In Atlanta , GA; at Club in Chicago, IL
  • John Mayer in Concert - Orange Beach, AL
  • Journey in Concert - GA
  • Sing Karaoke on Stage – Cruise ship, GA
  • Audioslave Concert - (though I did have a private "concert" with Chris Cornell)
  • Backstage at a concert
  • Concert in a foreign country
  • Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Concert or symphony at the Hollywood Bowl in LA

 

People

 

  • Do a really great, life altering/changing deed for someone anonymously - GA
  • Help someone fulfill their dream – GA
  • Meet and shake hands with a US President – Jimmy Carter, Plains, GA
  • See a US President give a speech live – George Bush Jr., NC Wright Brother Centennial Celebration; - Jimmy Carter, Plains, GA
  • Have lunch with a US WWII Soldier
  • Send someone on their dream vacation

 

Personal

 

  • Find my passion – Photography, Travel
  • Forgive the unforgivable
  • Heal my past – let it go
  • Invent something - GA
  • Kick negative habits - watched too much mindless television
  • Make handmade from scratch cake for someone - GA
  • Receive a hand-written letter
  • Receive a homemade from scratch cake for my birthday
  • Try to do at least one kind deed daily
  • Learn not to take what others say and do personally
  • Release negative emotions and limiting beliefs
  • Write a handwritten letter to a stranger - Iphone

 

Places

 

  • Arc de Triomphe - Vegas (1/2 size of actual), Paris October 2017
  • Blue Lagoon – near Reykjavik, Iceland, my iphone went for a swim here :-(
  • Catacombs - Paris Sept 2017
  • Cuba - Guantanamo, Havana, Camaguey
  • Disney  - World, FL
  • Eiffel Tower - Vegas (1/2 size of actual), Paris September 2017
  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
  • Las Vegas
  • Lincoln Memorial – April 2013
  • Louvre Pyramid - October 2017
  • Mayan Ruins – Chichen Itza – Meridian, MX
  • Monument Valley, southern border of Utah and Northern Arizona (the beautiful rock formations in the John Ford Movies) - 2016
  • Niagra Falls – US and Canada
  • Panama Canal - rode a boat through the locks
  • Portland, OR
  • Rainforest – Alaska, Panama
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall - April 2013
  • Visit places that sound fake (Santa Claus, GA ; Timbuktu; No Name, CO; 88, KY; etc) – Boothill, AZ; Lovejoy, GA; Djibouti, Africa; Experiment, GA
  • Visit the world’s tallest building - Burj Khalifa, Dubai
  • Walk entire Central Park from 110th st. – 59th st. - NY
  • White House - April 2013
  • Alcatraz
  • Crazy Horse Memorial – South Dakota
  • Easter Island
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Great Wall of China
  • Greece Parthenon
  • Guacu Falls – 36 times greater than Niagra
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - longest name of any railway station in the United Kingdom
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
  • Monet's Gardens
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Painted Desert
  • Palau
  • Pearl Harbor to pay my respect
  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Rome Coliseum
  • Stonehenge
  • See the sunrise from on top of Haleakala Crater – Maui, Hawaii
  • Singapore – it is a city, a state, and a country all in one
  • Sistine Chapel – Rome, Lazio, Italy
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Termales resort in Pereira, Columbia
  • Truth and Consequences (airport)
  • Zihuatanejo (locally: [siwataˈneho]) or Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

 

Sports / Outdoor Activity

 

  • Bike the entire silver comet bike trail - May 2016
  • Go Canoeing - FL
  • Go Kayaking - Milford Sound, New Zealand (Nov 2012)
  • Ice-skate – GA, NY at Rockefeller Plaza - 10/23/2011
  • Learn Archery - FL
  • Learn to shoot a gun proficiently - GA
  • Ride a 2 seated bicycle - OR
  • Snorkel – Cancun, MX
  • Water Ski - FL
  • Zip-line/Canopy Tour - GA
  • Fencing
  • Go Zorbing
  • Para-sail
  • Scuba Dive
  • Snow Ski
  • Surf

 

Travel

 

  • Drive entire length of I-75
  • Pack a bag, go to the airport, and take a random flight out of town
  • See a Saguaro cactus (tree-size with arms) - AZ
  • See the Spruce Goose – McMinnville, OR - Prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Howard Hughes and has the largest wingspan and height of any aircraft in history. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum. The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947.
  • Take a Cruise – Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean
  • Take a helicopter tour of Grand Canyon
  • Travel Alaska’s Inside Passage
  • Travel below the surface of the ocean in a US Submarine - USS Hampton Nuclear Submarine (off the coast of Fort Lauderdale)
  • Travel Route 66
  • Travel US Hwy 101
  • Visit Every US State – AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
  • Visit Every US District and Territory – AA, AE, AP, AS, CZ, DC, GU, FM, MH, MP, PR, PW, UM, VI
  • Drive Hana Highway – Maui, Hawaii
  • Go to the Fijian Island of Taveuni and stand straddled across the international date line (standing in two days)
  • Ride the Orient Express
  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Express – Russia, longest continuous rail line, stretches almost 6,000 miles (1/3 distance around globe), crosses 8 time zones
  • Take a road trip with no destination in mind
  • Throw a dart at a map of the USA (while blindfolded) and travel to where the dart lands
  • Train ride through Alaska

 

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