100 things to do before you die -Our bucket list continues today with the next 20 items. After all, you only get one shot—why not make the most of it?
Walk across the Mississippi. You can do this at Itasca State Park in Minnesota where the river is 20-30 feet wide and less than three feet deep. Another alternative is at the outlet to the Gulf of Mexico where the river is 200 feet deep.
Climb Bear Butte near Sturgis, S.D. This is a climb of moderate difficulty, but anyone in fairly decent shape should be able to make it. Bear Butte, named as such because it resembles a sleeping bear, is sacred to the Teton Sioux and Cheyenne people’s and is in fact considered their church. You, too, will be inspired as you pass trees where Native peoples have placed rocks and the branches have grown around them over the course of hundreds of years. The view from the top is unimaginable. Access may be restricted during special Native prayer times, so be sure to call ahead to 605-347-5240.
Visit the Sistene Chapel. There you’ll see works by such artists as the immortal Michelangelo. Nothing in the world rivals it.
A close second, of course would the The Lourve art gallery in Paris which features artwork from throughout history to the present.
Go to Las Vegas and don’t gamble. Go ahead, I’ll bet you can’t do it.
Go to one of those free weekends at a resort without getting your arm twisted into buying one of their time-shares. This will be harder than going to Las Vegas without gambling.
Visit Branson, Mo. The music there rivals anything, anywhere.
Visit Uluru (formerly Ayres Rock) in Australia. This site evokes the primordial in all of us.
While you’re down under, visit the Sydney Opera House, one of the great architectural wonders of the work.
Not tired of Australia yet? Try throwing a boomerang and see if it comes back to you.
Still not tired of Australia? Flush a toilet there just to prove to yourself that the water flows backwards.
Learn how to perform a magic trick. Amazed your friends!
Take part in the Houdini seance on the Internet Oct. 30-31. A live seance has been held over the past 80 years. Houdini died from a ruptured appendix after he was hit in the stomach. His Midwestern roots go back to when he grew up in Appleton, Wis.
While we’re on the subject of Appleton, visit the Outagamie County Courthouse, the only one in the country with the temerity to display a bust of Joe ‘Commie Buster’ McCarthy.
While we’re on the subject of Appleton, Wis., have a meal at Christie’s in the Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton. You won’t find a better restaurant in the United States. I highly recommend the duck with wild rice and Dry Creek chardonnay.
Just northeast of Appleton, you’ll find Door County. While it enjoys a reputation as far away as Chicago, word hasn’t quite reached here yet as to the splendors of this peninsula which has all the charm and enchantment of a New English fishing village.
Visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Upper Peninsula, Mich., and learn more about the story of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. A total of 29 men lost their lives in this tragic shipwreck Nov. 10, 1975. Folk singer Gordon Lightfoot paid tribute to the crew in a song still popular today.
Visit Cannery Row in Monterey, Calif. This is the site of John Steinbeck’s novel by the same name. However, Steinbeck’s paisanos have been replaced by tourist shops. It’s still enjoyable, though.
Have a free glass of ice water at Wall Drug in Wall, S.D. If you’re a real big spender, try a cup of coffee for a nickel.
Go on an Easter egg hunt with children. You’ll probably have more fun than they will.