the list

Wow can you believe the year is already almost half over? This year is sort of a symbolic year for me in that it’s the last year that I can call myself a twenty something year old. There’s a sort of stigma related with turning thirty– saying you’re in your early thirties for some reason sounds a whole lot older than saying you’re in your late twenties, even though the difference is only a couple of years. But in some ways it’s good to hit that milestone. Realizing that you’re getting older forces you to start thinking more responsibly. But before that day that I turn thirty, there’s a whole slew of things that I wanted to do while I could still consider myself young. Here’s my list.

Crossed off-

  • Star photography at Arches National Park– I went out here on a road trip with some college friends a few years ago. It’s still one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I definitely want to go back now that I sorta know what I’m doing with a camera.
  • Cross country road trip– Thanks to Sam moving across country for one summer, I got to do this twice.
  • An RV trip– For some reason I’ve always been fascinated with RVs and have wanted to go on a trip in one. I finally got to go last year.
  • Hike a river canyon– I got to do this on my birthday last year when I through hiked the Zion Narrows at Zion National Park. It was cold. It was exhausting. But it was a pretty epic backpacking trip.
  • Survive a night in a snow cave- I failed twice but finally made it through the night at the beginning of the year thanks to some coaching from Dennis.


  • Bike a double century- Seattle to Portland in July. It’s 200 miles, but technically it’s not a double century since I will be riding it over two days. But let’s just pretend that it is.
  • An epic bike trip– I’ve decided that after Seattle to Portland I will take the train to Klamath Falls on the border of Oregon and bike back home to Davis, a total of almost 350 miles. Why? Just for the heck of it… gotta do these kind of things while I’m still young and stupid.
  • Half dome– I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I finally got my permit to summit it in September. I’m definitely looking forward to this, I should probably start training for the distance and altitude.
  • Backpack in the Yosemite wilderness– Yosemite is one of my favorite places. I’ve wanted to backpack here but haven’t gotten around to it. Thankfully one of my friends got a permit for it in September and I can tag along.

There’s still time-

  • Summit one of California’s big mountains- So far the highest I’ve been in California is Mt. Baldy on the Tahoe Rim Trail, which is just over 10k. I want to summit one of California’s more famous big boys: Lassen, Shasta or Whitney. Lassen is probably the most realistic, but the trail to the top is closed for most of this year. The next best option is probably Whitney, but it requires permits. I should probably sign up for the permit lottery. The last option is to hire a mountaineering guide for a Shasta summit attempt. Haha that’s probably not going to happen. I’m not even close to that hardcore… So yea, Whitney permit, probably should sign up soon.
  • Backpack the lost coast- One of the people I’ve backpacked with before mentioned this place, and I’ve been intrigued ever since. He described it as secluded black sand beaches and the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Sounds awesome. I haven’t gone yet because it’s far and it’s logistically challenging, plus it’s in bear canister required territory. But there’s nothing really stopping me from going, it’s just I’m too lazy to drive out that far.
  • Angel’s Landing- Originally I planned to do both the Zion Narrows and Angel’s Landing in one trip, but I was too tired and my feet were messed up from hiking in water for two days. I’m thinking this is a good birthday trip since the beginning of November is the best time to go to Zion anyways. There’s nothing really hard about this one, except for the long drive to get there. Pretty much all the trails in Yosemite are more strenuous…
  • Learn to boulder at Joshua Tree or Bishop- I’ve been wanting to learn how to climb for a while, but I’m too chicken to do anything really high. Bouldering is a good compromise and apparently Joshua Tree is a good place to learn. It’s a good motivator to lose some weight too– who ever heard of a fat climber? Hopefully I can lose enough weight by fall.
  • An utterly stupid inner tube trip– I found a good route, start in Winters and float down Putah creek into Davis. I just need to find a sturdy tube and some equally stupid friends…
  • East coast foliage trip- I’ve been to the east coast a few times, but the timing never worked out to see the colors of the fall foliage. Maybe this year I can visit Bo in DC around the time when the leaves change.

Procrastinated too much-

  • Triathlon- I wanted to do a triathlon before I turned 30, but I never got around to taking a swim class. My new goal is before 35. I’m not in a big rush to do this, it’s just sort of a life goal. A lot of people do these when they’re older anyways.
  • Spend a month backpacking and riding the trains through Europe- I’ve been wanting to do this forever. Hopefully before 32.
  • Bum around Korea, Japan and China- This is another thing that I’ve been wanting do for a long time. Hopefully next year I’ll do this. But I’ve been saying “next year” almost every year for the last five or six years.
  • Marriage- When I was younger, I didn’t expected to be single at thirty. But since I am, I guess I will procrastinate for just a little bit longer so I can cross some items off of this list. The goal for this is 32. Better get cracking as soon as I turn 30. =P

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