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What Would You Put on Your Bucket List?

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published November 9th 2015
Back in 2009 Leanne and I went along to the movies to see a film called The Bucket List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The main plot follows two terminally ill men (portrayed by Nicholson and Freeman) on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they "kick the bucket."

The Bucket List. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

It was a brilliant and very funny movie that made me think about what I would put on a bucket list, and no, it was not because I thought that I was going to "kick the bucket".

People who know me would think that most of the things that I would put on my bucket list would be to do with fishing. But after thinking about the things that I would like to do I decided not all of them involved fishing.

So, in no particular order I am going to put together a list of 40 things that I would like to do after watching the movie, The Bucket List. As you will see as you read on there are a number of things on my bucket list that I have already done, but would love to do again.

Maybe you have some other suggestions that I may like to do in the coming years or somewhere you have been that I might think about adding to my bucket list to bring it up to 50 things.

1. Go on a fishing only trip to Weipa with Scotty Lyons from Southern Sydney Fishing Tours. This is planned for May 2016.

2. Learn how to play golf properly. I have started to improve after a couple of lessons and a few hundred balls at a driving range.

Still can't get that ball up in the air.

3. Drive a V8 car at Eastern Creek.

4. Get my wife to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is going to be a very hard one as Leanne doesn't like heights. Might have to change this on.!

5. See if I can ride a surf board again as I used to do it up until I was about 34 years old.

6. Learn how to cook seafood properly in New Zealand. I have done this once but I think that I need to do it again.

7. Buy a new mower or learn how to fix things properly when working with metals. I used to be a carpenter.

I was never any good when it came to repairing anything metal.

8. Go to Ireland with Leanne and do a self drive around for a couple of weeks.

9. Have a go at flying a plane.

10. Win a go-kart race and not come second, third or last.

11. Get a bigger boat so that I can fish outside as well as inshore.

Now that's what you call a big fishing boat!

12. Learn how to water ski. Maybe I am past this one.

13. Fly to South Australia and spend a week on Kangaroo Island.

14. Swim in a shark cage.

15. Learn how to be a better photographer.

I guess that I am getting there.

16. Fly to Perth and drive to Margaret River and sample some of their great wines. While there check out some of the places where my relatives used to live.

17. Catch a bone fish.

18. Sit by the beach on Rarotonga Island in the Cook Islands and drink a cocktail while watching the sun set over the water.

Couldn't get enough of the view at sunset.

19. Meet Dynamo.

20. Go to Ayers Rock for a couple of days. This is only because Leanne would like to go and I guess it would be great, even though there is no fishing.

21. Write a new book on what else, but fishing. This one is in the pipeline.

22. Visit the Don Bradman Museum at Bowral.

23. Ride in a steam train.

They may be old, but they still keep going.

24. Have a go at white water rafting at the Penrith White Water Course.

25. Face an over off spin bowler Nathan Lyon the Australia Cricketer.

26. Re-visit Broome and just go fishing for a week. Sure, I had a brilliant time when I was last up in the Kimberley's, but it would be great to just go fishing for a few days.

There are so many places to go fishing in Broome.

27. Make an ABT Grand Final as a boater. I have already made it as a non-boater.

28. Visit both the north and south islands of New Zealand and write about our trip.

29. Go back to Tasmania and see the things that I haven't seen. It was 31 years ago when we went.

30. Star in a commercial. It would have to be about fishing, of course.

31. Go on a ghost tour.

32. Learn how to paint.

I can only improve.

33. Eat at a high quality Japanese Restaurant. in Japan.

34. Go to the horse races. I have been to the trots and dogs, but never a horse race.

35. Visit Crooked River Winery on the south coast of NSW and try their wines.

36. Own a tackle shop. It may be on my bucket list, but this will never happen. When would I get to go fishing? Maybe I could work part-time in one?

I think that I might have to cross this one off. Not enough time to go fishing.

37. Fly to Darwin for a holiday and of course fit in some fishing.

38. Holiday in somewhere in the Fiji Islands where we had our honeymoon.

39. Feed the penguins at the Melbourne Aquarium.

Cute little critters those penguins.

40. Do an advanced driver training course.

If you have any suggestions of what I could add to my list please let me know.

Maybe you don't have one yet and would like to start one.

As someone said, "You will never never know until you go".
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Great Gary - I have completed a few off your bucket list items already - so now I am going to write my own. Did the Darwin thing earlier this year, just got back from Cairns yesterday, off to Uluru tomorrow, next stop is Hawaii before Christmas . . . I'd delete number 12 off your bucket list and replace it with - Go to Tonga and swim with the whales - I did this earlier this year too :O))
by Charmaine (score: 0|8) 858 days ago
Hey Gary
No. 29, go to Port Arthur in Tassie and do the ghost tour there. You will kill no. 31 with the same stone.

I suggest that you go to some place exotic and out of the way of the main stream tourist hot spots, e.g. Nepal and take a flight past Mt Everest, Sikkim province in India and Bhutan...... or maybe Antartica.
If not the last one, at least go to the Christchurch Antartic Centre. It is unreal.
by frank (score: 0|4) 856 days ago
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