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Katie Did It

One of my favorite books growing up was called Katie Did It. It was about a troubled little girl who was always getting blamed for everything. Whenever something would go wrong, people would shout, “Katie did it!” Yet, at the end of the story, she redeems herself. I’ve always loved a good underdog story. And in a way, maybe, I’ve always felt a little like one myself. But on the eve of my next birthday, I’m reclaiming this phrase, and putting it to my very own list of Katie Do’s and Katie Did It’s.

So without further ado, here is my list of things that I want to do/see in life. Granted, some of these will probably take time to accomplish. It’s a living, breathing list, and could change as time goes on. But I think it’s a good way to keep track of and document what’s up ahead. I’m looking forward to these adventures and hope you’ll follow along!  If you have any other suggestions, leave a comment, or tell me, what’s on yours!

  1. Go on an epic road trip to Monument Valley.
  2. Camp in Moab at Under Canvas.
  3. Take a bath with elephants in Thailand.
  4. Stay a night at Giraffe Manor.
  5. Go on a safari.
  6. Kiss a giraffe. Read the story.
  7. Visit Salvation Mountain.
  8. Hike The Wave. Read the story here and here.
  9. Hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim.
  10. White water raft through the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon.
  11. Visit Lake Louise, in Banff, Canada.
  12. Go sky diving.
  13. Stay the night in a Castle.
  14. Stargaze at Griffith Observatory.
  15. Camp in Yellowstone.
  16. Take a road trip down Pacific Coast Highway.
  17. Spend a weekend in Big Sur.
  18. Do something I never thought I’d do.
  19. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu.
  20. Go horseback riding on a beach.
  21. Volunteer.
  22. Create Kindness Fest.
  23. See the Northern Lights.
  24. Get a cat!
  25. Live in a different country for three months, preferably Australia.
  26. Visit Turkey – Istanbul + Cappadocia (Goreme National Park – Balloon Ride + Fairy Chimneys)
  27. Stay in a hut over the water.
  28. Volunteer with Orangutans.
  29. See Goblin Valley.
  30. Meet someone influential/famous.
  31. Make a new friend.
  32. Visit Atacama, Chile.
  33. Hike to Cibecue Falls.
  34. Swim with the Pigs in the Bahamas.
  35. Stand on one leg with flamingos in Aruba.
  36. Have a baby.
  37. Hike Coyote Buttes South + White Pocket
  38. Hike Havasupai.
  39. Stay at Amangiri.
  40. Hike Peralta Trail.
  41. Take pictures of the stars.
  42. Take a road trip to Mission San Xavier.
  43. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s House.
  44. Pick up horseback riding.
  45. Stay a night at the Wigwam Motel.
  46. Stand under the trees and feel small at Sequoia National Park.
  47. Drink coffee in Seattle.
  48. See the Space Needle.
  49. Take pictures on Cannon Beach.
  50. Visit Niagra Falls.
  51. Travel to Petra, Jordan to see the Monastery.
  52. Send my wishes to the sky at a lantern festival.
  53. Attend a music festival.
  54. Take a camel ride in Morocco.
  55. Master a song on the guitar.
  56. Create a series of cacti prints and sell them.
  57. Have my own house.
  58. Pick up painting.
  59. Plan a fun travel adventure with cool people.
  60. Take my dogs to the beach.