Retired after spending half my life as a computer programmer. My 101 Things list started on my retirement date. Hoping to do many more than 101. Sam
Notes & Photos
Had a great day at Gatorland. Saw the three shows they offered and I skipped the zipline over the gators. Really cool place.
Visited the site as an excursion from Cozumel while on a Princess Cruise. Long day.
Went with a few friends on a Safari in South Africa and Zimbabwe. We saw the Big Five and as a special treat got to see a herd of elephants cross the Zambezi River. Best trip ever! September, 2018
As part of a trip to attend my 40th high school reunion in PA, I made it to the Henry Ford and did the Museum of Innovation. Needed more time to see Greenfield Village. Next time. 6/19/2018
The Mel Fisher Treasure Museum was the first place on my list for Key West Florida and it was fascinating. I even bought a small piece of jewelry made from silver brought up from the wreck of the Atocha. So cool. 3/7/2018
We stopped for a way-too-short visit to the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial on a bus tour to Branson, MO with Sun Tours. 5/17/2018
While in southern Florida prior to going to Panama & Costa Rica, I drove down to Key West. Visited the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, the Hemingway House, and the Southernmost Point of the US. 3/7/2018
Had a great visit to the Everglades and other south Florida parks before heading to Panama & Costa Rica for a great tour. 3/6/2019
Spent a nice day at Colonial Williamsburg with my east coast siblings. Very well done and a second day would have been nice. 6/26/2018
Note added to goal Donate $10 to charity for each of these I do not finish on time
Photo added to goal Visit the Abita Mystery House, Abita Springs, Louisiana
Inspired by a visit to our local Tinkertown Museum, the Abita Mystery House is a wonderful way to kill a few hours. So much to see. I enjoyed this museum on 2/18/2018 after disembarking from a New Orleans Mardi Gras cruise. Well done Abita!
Not an award winning effort by any means but it is a homemade costume.
Still have all my leathercraft tools from high school. Just not all the talent.
Started this wallet on Labor Day and finally stitched it together today. Not my finest work but it's been 10 years or so since I've done any leather work. Mr. Lehman, my leathercraft teacher in high school would likely have given me a B-minus at best.
The museum is so interesting that I'm going to go to the other location in New Orleans in February. No photography is allowed inside so I have only memories. Well done site that would take multiple visits to catch everything going on here. I'll go back sometime.
Photo added to goal Visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, Angel Fire, New Mexico
View of the Chapel at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in northern New Mexico. This park is one of the most deeply moving places I've ever visited. I'll go back again and spend more time here reflecting on the great sacrifices our brave troops made to buy my freedom.
Went on a guided tour of Independence Hall with a half dozen or so members of my family. So interesting.
The Mutter Museum's catch phrase "Disturbingly Informative" is right on. I enjoyed the Museum immensely and was just a bit freaked out at the same time. Visited with my dear sister-in-law Sharon.
Got to see the Liberty Bell with a large group of my family. Very well done.
Skillet Glacier on Mount Moran in the Grand Tetons range as seen from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Not quite as impressive as the Mendenhall Glacier I was supposed to see in Juneau (and missed due to a murder on our cruise ship), this still counts. I do want to see a bigger glacier from closer but can check this off the list for now.
A huge hillside containing over 1500 Dinosaur bones was excavated but most bone left in place. A huge building was built around the hillside so folks can view the boneyard in comfort. So well done.
Visited Crazy Horse Monument as part of a 13 day bus tour. Saw it on the same day as Mount Rushmore. Both are quite impressive and should they ever make real progress on this monument, it will be even cooler than the four presidents. Been working on it since 1948 and his face was complete in 1998. Not much progress since (in my opinion). Still amazing to see. I took the $4.00 school bus ride to get closer to the monument to get this picture. Otherwise you only see his face in full-on profile.
This is the 308' tall Lower Falls at Artist Point in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Went to Yellowstone over two days after the Total Eclipse. Part of a 13 day National Parks of the Rockies tour with YMT Vacations. Well done and highly recommended.
On a 13 day tour of National Parks of the Rockies (and the Total Eclipse) we made it to Mount Rushmore and I was duly impressed.
Note added to goal Donate $10 to charity for each of these I do not finish on time
Photo added to goal Spend a day at The Butchard Gardens, Victoria, BC, Canada
I got to spend just over an hour here on a recent Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise and I needed about 10 hours. It is the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen.
The major draw to the Evergreen Aviation Museum is The Spruce Goose, Howard Hughes wooden flying boat built during WWII. You can't imagine how big this plane is. Was worth the 4 hour drive from Seattle just to see her.
Photo added to goal Get DVR to 80% free (by watching, not just deleting)
It took two years and a month but I finally am able to check this one off. Woo hoo!
This is the final resting place of the original living Smokey Bear. Found clinging to a burnt tree in 1950, the small cub was rescued and nursed back to health. He lived for the next 25 years in the National Zoo in Washington, DC and upon his death, was transported back to the Smokey Bear National Historical Park in Capitan, NM where he was found. God Speed Smokey.
Took a trip that included three National Parks/Monuments, three state parks, and two museums over Memorial Day weekend 2017. Made it to Smokey Bear park on our way home to Albuquerque, 5/30/2017.
Up about 180 feet from the valley floor, this is the first look at the Gila Cliff Dwellings from the path to them. There are 40 rooms built into five natural caves that were occupied by Native Americans from about 1267 to 1300 AD. The trail to the top is well done but tiring. You can go into the large caves and see most of the rooms. Well done. Visited with my youngest son on 5/25/2017.
Arrived at the visitor center and got maps and info on the cliff dwellings.
I sold a few items for $77 at my Flea Market table at a local senior center. Picture is of everything that didn't sell that I had to drag home.
Spent a number of hours at the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an China on 5/4/2017. Shown here is Pit 1, the largest of the excavations at the site. Absolutely the coolest things I've ever seen in my life. Highly recommended.
On the first day of my trip to China with Gate 1 Travel, 5/1/2017, we drove from our hotel in Beijing to the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall of China. I climbed only this piece that you can see, from guard tower 7 to Guard tower 8, maybe 400 steps, many of which are a foot tall. My legs hurt for the next four days. What a sight!
Pulled my new-but-two-year-old crock pot down from on top of the fridge and cooked a slightly modified Mississippi Roast. Left out the pepperoncini and added onion, mushrooms, and new potatoes. Had a friend over who confirmed that it was delicious. Woo Hoo!
Photo added to goal Visit the Denver Mint - the single largest producer of coins in the world
Was flying through Denver to Iceland so planned an extra day before and after to hit the Mint and some Museums. Unfortunately, no photos allowed inside the Mint--and there were way cool things to photograph. I toured on 03/06/2017. Note that they no longer let you reserve tickets, strictly first come, first served.
Seven of us traveled to Iceland for a five day, four night trip which included a Northern Lights by Boat tour. I was lucky enough to get some shots of the Aurora Borealis which only happened for about 15 minutes of our three hour tour. This is looking north from a fjord outside Reykjavik on 03/09/2017. So cool.
While not fine furniture, I believe this 2x4 masterpiece counts as something made of wood. It is a step to allow my friend to get into her new shed more easily--the threshold is nearly a foot off the ground.
Made it to the Pioneer Telephone Museum in downtown Albuquerque today, 1/11/2017, with the seniors from Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center. Four floors in the original AT&T Operators center have been stuffed with amazing displays of all sorts of telephone equipment. Great museum.
Note added to goal Keep my 'When I Die' document updated at least twice a year
After taking down the existing heat lamps I had a gaping 16" hole. The new exhaust fan is only around 9" square, thus the multiple pieces of drywall. After much mudding, sanding, texturing and painting I now have both extra light and an exhaust fan in my master bath. Woo Hoo!
Photo added to goal Donate items to charity six of any consecutive 12 months
Normally I donate to Goodwill but for my sixth monthly donation in 2016, I sent nine new model kits with glue to Operation Gratitude. This charity sends care packages to our troops and has sent over 1.5 million so far. Cheers to those who serve our country. See operationgratitude.com
Spent four full days with my son and daughter-in-law in San Antonio over Thanksgiving 2016. Had a great time.
Introduced to us by my brother and sister in law the family is fond of Qwirkle. Got to play three nights in a row with my son and daughter-in-law, as well as her parents. Won once, lost twice. Last played on 11/26/2016.
Here is the Natural Bridge that gives the Caverns its name. The tour of the caverns was wonderful. We visited on 11/23/2016.