Pacific Grove near Monterey was (is?) a Methodist camp. It has a sister camp here in New Jersey, Ocean Grove.
The Monterey Aquarium is very nice.
Hearst Castle is worth the trip. The tours are interesting.
Vianden in Luxembourgh is a really nice castle. The old city of Luxembourgh is also interesting. A nice place to visit, with easy access to France, Belgium, and Germany while you are there. The Cathedral at Metz France is a day trip as are the Roman Ruins in Trier Germany, easily accessible by train.
Route 1 the length of Florida is a long drive. Plan on at least two days of driving, one way.
Clive, we are about the same age!
I have done an awful lot of things, partly because I delayed growing up until I was in my mid thirties. Sure, I was out of my parents house, but I didn't hit college until I was twenty five.
I've flown small planes (never got my license) hang gliders and hot air balloons. Sailed a small 16 foot sailboat on most of the Finger Lakes in NY. Skied around the country, raced motocross and dirt track for four years, snorkeled exactly once. Ridden a street bike through nearly every US State East of the Mississippi with nothing but a sleeping bag, two changes of clothes, and cash. Driven across the US on the Northern route. Driven CA route 1 from San Francisco to San Simeon (Hearst Castle and Laguna Seca for a GP bike race) and back. Driven up Pike's Peak a couple times. Visited Aruba, Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, and (of course) Canada (I love Canada!).
More travel: Barcelona, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Alaska, Grand Canyon.
Get out West again for some real skiing before my kids get out of high school.
Visit Auto Show in Detroit next year and also visit the Henry Ford Museum.
Get my kids (I started late) through college.
Visit the Capitol Building next time we visit Washington DC.
Visit the observation deck on the Freedom Tower once it opens. (Prior to 9/11, I visited the observation deck at the WTC at least twice a year)
Go on a short vacation cruise, I've never tried that.
Go on a long cruise aboard a freighter. With some good books.
Read Moby Dick.
Learn basic acoustic guitar. I played trumpet as a kid. Getting that back would be too much work, and too loud!
Learn just enough French to get around Quebec more comfortably.
Here is the thing to do before you hit the bucket :
- create a Facebook/twitter account
- set a small headless ARM-based solar powered Linux device with a proximity to friendly neighbor/local public library or other free WiFi accees point
- configure a cron job to access google/msn/cnn to get top 10 news of the day, extract words and phrases, post them as your status update on FaceBook/Twitter a couple times a day.
With some clever text processing you can even participate in forums and onl-line discussions (e.g. leave witty comments on EE times)
This way you may die in real world but in virtual world you will live forever (at least until wifi acces is open)
1. Spend huge amounts of time with my wife.
2. Have a Currier and Ives Christmas with family and friends.
3. Be there to watch my granddaughters get married.
4. Go faster than the speed of sound.
5. Drive my sports car as fast as it will go.
6. Enjoy the perfect sunset.
7. Have some fun everyday!
8. Be at peace at the end of the day.
9. Invite friends over to watch my 144" TV :)
10... Leave this place better than I found it (or it me)...
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