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    • Okay, so in spite of valiant efforts from the team, the Sunday Panel from March 1st is going to have to be deleted: the bug, however, is fixed for future panels including this one.

      I will be posting as many of the responses from that panel as I’m able to salvage. I will then send out new invites so that those who wanted to participate can do so. If you want to join this panel, react to this first post with a rocket 🚀 emoji. (H/t to @Dracula).

      Also, as a head’s up, on Thursday I’ll be posting a separate sign-up sheet conversation for the Sunday Panel on March 15th.

      Okay here’s what I was able to salvage. Hope you guys enjoy it!

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      Mongolia? An African Safari?  Salmon fishing in Alaska?

      Tell me about the places you will go—or want to—and why you’ve added them to your bucket list.

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      Note: If this is your first time as a Sunday Panelist, I have a couple requests.

      One, that your first panel response be in paragraphs, not sentences: some people will put in over an hour crafting their response, so please put forth your best effort.

      Two, that you will create a new conversation if  an off-topic thought needs to be expressed.

      Sound reasonable?

    • From @zorxique

      The one place I would really like to go to and see is Tibet. I don't have a really good reason for that, I've just always been really interested in it. It looks like a very interesting place and I would like to see it. I've heard it's a nice place to go mountain biking but I've never actually done any mountain biking: all of my riding has been on the road.

      Another place I would really like to go -- you didn't say it had to be in this world -- is outer space, be it just space itself or the moon or another planet. That, I think, would be a very nice experience.

    • From @lidja

      My travel bucket list is going through a radical remodeling. I used to want to travel everywhere and anywhere—I loved to travel so much that I trained and worked as a travel agent (remember those?) to earn my way through college. 

      I have seen many places and learned many things while traveling. I used to want to visit every continent. That is not an attractive goal anymore. 

      Now, I find myself more interested in learning about and experiencing “slow travel,” concentrating on relationships, service, and sustained (and sustainable) experiences rather than trying to go far to see exotic (to me) places.

      I am still working on fleshing out this idea, but it is a big change for me.

    • From @DanSolarMan

      I have a neighbor that has read the Bible cover to cover every year since he was 17. He is eighty. He works everyday. He not only works he climbs on roofs and installs air conditioning here in Arizona. He is grumpy. He tells me he says a prayer everytime before he climbs a ladder. “Dear God please keep me safe climbing this ladder.”

      A year ago I decided to read the Bible cover to cover slowly. I started with a chapter a day. Then I have questions and Jim answers them all. 

      I want to travel to Israel and explore the footsteps of David and Solomon. I’d like to see where they are buried. I’d like to see the waters that fed the fields that grew the crops. I’d like to see where Solomon’s stables were. I’d like to stand where they stood and try to feel their connection to God and the land. There were also some brutal battlefields. I’d like to see one of those.

      I’m not sure how much we’ve changed since the time if the Bible but I’d like to explore where Gods direction started pumping into our brains.

      Gihon Spring, The city of David which later became Jersusalem.

    • My Reply to @lidja

      Now, I find myself more interested in learning about and experiencing “slow travel,” concentrating on relationships, service, and sustained (and sustainable) experiences

      I have not heard of “slow travel.” Can you give me an idea of what it would look like in practice, lidja?

    • From @lidja

      Here’s a definition I lifted from a slow travel website:

      “Slow travel is not so much a particular mode of transportation as it is a mindset. Rather than attempting to squeeze as many sights or cities as possible into each trip, the slow traveler takes the time to explore each destination thoroughly and to experience the local culture.”

      I am in the late planning stages of getting a travel trailer, which I will pull with my car. I am looking forward to making trips to various regions in North America. I plan to set up the trailer at a local campground at each destination so I have a “home base” within a sharing community, and then use my car to explore/experience the area. 

      Some of these trips might center around volunteer projects, or music/art/theater festivals, or remarkable outdoor landscapes, etc. We’ll see. (I’m compiling lists. Heh.)

    • I consider myself very fortunate in that I have already knocked off many of the places from my bucket list (Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Borubudor on Java in Indonesia, The Great Wall, XinJiang, Mt. Popa in Myanmar, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Orangutans in Borneo, Komodo Dragons, Dead Sea, Petra, Amazon Basin, Papua New Guinea, Uluru, Egypt, Rome, Athens, Easter Island, the Galapagos, Victoria Falls, Bora Bora, etc.).

      Yet, three things have occurred to me through this process: (1) some of my favorite places were not bucket list places, but I am SO happy I had a chance to go (or even live for a while): many places in Japan (lived in Japan for six years), Berchtesgaden in Bavaria (near Munich, where I lived for a few years), Suzhou (near Shanghai, where I lived for three years), Croatia, Romania, Iceland, Laos, Namibia, Lesotho, the Atacama Desert, Guatamala, Costa Rica, the Andes, New Orleans, etc. (2) Some of the best places on Earth are REALLY close to home: Yosemite, San Diego, Death Valley; and (3) the more bucket list items I tick-off, the LONGER my list keeps growing!

      So what's left on my bucket list?

      (1) Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the wild (should be able to knock this one off later this year in Uganda if all goes according to plan). Wildlife is one of my greatest passions. I've seen the Orangutans in the wild twice now. Once in Sarawak in Malaysia and once in Kalamantan in Indonesia. In Sarawak, a female Orangutan carrying her infant actually reached out and grabbed my ankle (I was on an elevated walkway and she approached me from the forest floor below me). This was a transformational experience for me because I could see just how powerful yet how gentle and intelligent this creature was. So now, it is time to get up close and personal with our other cousins, the Gorillas and Chimpanzees.

      (2) Antarctica (the last remaining Continent I have not been to)

      (3) Northern Lights (probably Alaska, but Canada or Scandinavia would be ok too)

      (4) One or more of the "Stans" - Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, etc.. (Why? It's the Silk Road and the Mountains and Desert look like they are pretty amazing)

      (5) Tigers in the wild (tried twice now unsucceessfullly, in Nepal and in Rajasthan, India)

      (6) Indian Himalayas (last part of the Himalayas I haven't been to yet)

      (7) Yellowstone (how crazy is it that I haven't been to Yellowstone yet???)

      (8+) Georgia (the Country in the Caucasus), Morocco, Botswana, Madascar, Iguazu Falls, Panama Canal, Mt. Rushmore, Ethiopia, Israel, New England in the Autumn, etc., etc., etc., etc., Ahhhhhhhhh!!!

    • Not your everyday bucket list location was only a few months away for me, Afghanistan.

      I had planned on riding from Europe to the 'stans and meeting a friend and we were going to take a couple of weeks riding in the Pamirs and Wakhan Corridor...CoronaVirus and multiple borders controls and issues throughout the stans scuppered that dream.

      Moving down the (bucket) list where would be a good place to ride away from CV, big countries lots to see...Brazil and the Transamazônica, a sparsely traveled route especially in the west because to get there you also need to travel on the BR-319, two of the tougher roads in the world

      For me, it's not the destination, it's the journey, and mostly one where the crowds have yet to discover

    • quick housekeeping: if you requested to join with a 🚀, please check your emails for an invite and instructions; press the blue button in the email and you’re in!

    • Nothing like a good pandemic to stifle one's desire for travel a bit.... If one were vaccinated against , or recovered from, Corona virus/viruses, there are a lot of low air fares, and hotel rooms sitting empty awaiting folks. I am certain the local tourist industry folks will be thrilled to have customers this summer.

      When I was a worker bee, I had very little time to travel, or even contemplate much time away from my office; nonetheless, I did learn to Scuba and spent a modest amount of time underwater in the Great Lakes and in Grand Cayman and Florida, something I dreamed of doing ever since watching Jacques Cousteau as a child.

      I learned to love the Great Lakes - a huge area separating two nations - filled with more variation in terrain than one might think. Smaller mountains, vast sand dunes, and endless forests.

      I learned to ski on the southern edge of Lake Superior years ago, good enough that I felt very comfortable on most slopes in Colorado, New Mexico, and Montana. I also appreciated the salmon fishing at the base of Niagra Falls and southern Lake Michigan. Image circa 1970 Lake Superior about 50 foot depth, if memory serves - no exif data on Tri-X shot over 50 years ago

      But I travelled very little outside the US mostly due to time and money limitations. I did wrangle a week or two on 2 wheels in the Rockies each fall, getting flushed further south by the appraoching snow storms, into New Mexico and Arizona.

      Since I left the working world, several years ago, most of my exploration has been in the northern hemisphere, much of it north of the US/Canada border. Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, Iceland I have wandered within, and most I have visited more than once or twice.

      I did manage to safari three times in Africa, and I strongly encourage folks to safari - the more successful the local safari people are in tourism, the more interest they will have in supporting and maintaining their local wildlife populations. The better safari operators really make their guest feel welcome, and comfortable while watching the spectacle that is the African veldt. The closest experience in North America is Yellowstone in winter, but it is a much more demanding climate and has a much lower density of animal sitings.

      As I have suggested on other threads here on Cake, the natural world - animals, plants, and sea life - all depend on mankind to tend this garden we all inhabit, successfully. Without mankind's intervention to protect wildlife and wild places, they willl cease to exist beneath the bootshod heels of humans, as they try to feed and clothe themselves and their families...

      Australia has always been on my wish list, and still is, unfortunately, along with New Zealand and Tasmania. I want to visit the Pharoe Islands too.

      My wanderings tend to the empty places, with limited human populations. I'm not really a hermit, but since retirement I have tended more towards the empty spaces. I want to return to the highlands of Scotland and those empty places. What a gorgeous countryside to hike through. If one hasn't travelled much, the UK really does offer far more than just London.

      I want to return to Utah's outback and wander some more this summer, chasing fossils and petroglyphs, or down to New Mexico's outback

      So many places and life is so short.....

    • Drue, I had no idea what a world traveler you are. Oh, the places you’ve been! Some amazing places on both your have been and will do lists. I was wondering if you had any tips as far as salvaging a trip that isn’t going as planned. Any stories with a happy ending that you can share?

    • High on my bucket list is canoeing around Manhattan Island New York.

      There is a man made island in Seattle, Harbor Island. I’ve canoed around it tons of times. Exploring under the docks and experiencing the sights sounds and smells of the industry there.

      Anyone want to partner up on this one? It would be great to do it during the day, But a whole nother experience to do it at night.

      One time we canoed from West Seattle to downtown and tied our canoe underneath the pier. We explored Seattle downtown and came back to a canoe suspended 5 feet in the air because of the tide. Cutting the canoe loose was quite the challenge. The police officer that watched us climb from under the docks was a bit surprised. Another time we hid under the ferry docks while a ferry was departing. Holding on for our lives we somehow managed to keep from capsizing, They throw quite a wake when departing!

      Good Times!

    • HI Stephen, the best advice I can give for a trip that has gone sideways is to SMILE and remember to be Amazed at the Amazing experiences. In other words, just roll with it best you can, and remember that when you are traveling you are not at home and don't always have control of things. I don't always heed my own advice. I have lost my temper. But I always feel bad when that happens. Most people I have encountered on my journeys are good people (a few exceptions) and are trying their best.

      Every trip I've been on has had a happy ending - because I was experiencing something that growing up I only ever imagined. The things that went wrong along the way were just bumps along the road. Spent 6 hours in a hospital in Cuzco in Peru (the smile and roll-with-it was that I got a "tour" of Cuzco in the back of an ambulance and got to experience first hand what the medical system is like in Peru, and still managed to continue the rest of the trip without really missing anything important).

      I got cheated in the medina in Tunis, Tunisia. My wife is STILL mad at me about that (more than 10 years later LOL). To me it was an expensive, but authentic Tunisian experience. Smile and roll...

      Had flights delayed/canceled and needed to rearrange things accordingly (smile and roll... "more time at place X"). Only once did I miss a flight because I was a complete idiot and misread the flight time (in Hanoi), only figuring this out AFTER being dropped off at the airport, and finding out the next flight wasn't until the next day. This was 2002 and there were no decent hotels at the Hanoi airport at that time. I had to WALK to the nearest hotel in a little farming village called Noi Bai nearby. One of the two worst hotels I've ever stayed at in my life. I was afraid to get in the shower. But, the experience of walking through that farming community and seeing the locals was amazing and their reaction to seeing me walking around their village was priceless! (See photo... poor quality... digital from 2002).

      These days I usually buy trip insurance. I've used it twice. It's not that expensive and can come in very handy if you face a major delay or cancelation or get injured or sick while traveling.