As part of my Countdown to 40, I’m revising my list of things I want to do before I die. I’ve checked off a LOT of things, which is pretty amazing. And I’ve done some stuff I never would have even thought to dream of. I held a baby panda at the Panda Research Base in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. I was welcomed by an entire school of kids in a traditional p?whiri ceremony in New Zealand. I spoke at the ’96 Multi-Racial Solidarity March on Washington. I’ve been spelunking and rapelling in Northern Maryland. I toured the St. Genevieve historic site in a spontaneous road trip to Graceland. I spent a week learning how to make paper at Augusta Heritage. I rode a pony up the side of an active volcano (Taal Volcano) in the Philippines. I got to pet a wallaby at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. I was invited to (and attended) a ceremony at the White House.
I have plenty of other things checked off, as well, but most of those that most stand out are related to travel. I love exploring new places and I have a particular fondness for unusual and out-of-the-way spots that create an extra-special memory. I thought I’d reach out to readers and the blogosphere in general to ask: What are the places I MUST see before I die? Please be specific. Is there a particular waterfall that stands out above others? A restaurant with the best food you’ve ever eaten? A museum with a crazy exhibit that must be seen to be believed? A roller coaster that I must ride? The locations don’t need to be exotic, so share your best travel ideas.