Buzzard
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April 27th, 2014 at 8:14:55 AM permalink
As a kid I only hopped a train a mile or so, from the stockyards to the trestle. We did some stupids things. Like get long strips of fabric from a firehose factory, And taking the grease packing out of railroad car wheels. Then we would make torches. No telling how many hot boxes we caused Dumb kids !
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April 29th, 2014 at 3:05:08 PM permalink
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I laugh when I see movies where they are in a boxcar and carrying on a conversation. It is so loud in an empty boxcar that there is no way you can carry on a conversation with anyone. As a matter of fact it is so loud you could scream at the top of your lungs and not hear yourself.



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April 29th, 2014 at 5:02:04 PM permalink
Trains and fishing..... what could be a better vacation. This is something I Hope to do one day soon >>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6thnTYR3bw
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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May 31st, 2014 at 3:59:24 PM permalink
When I was about 13 we used to hope the train to get from town to the beach. It was only about a mile and trains were few and far between so we usually just walked it along the tracks but if train came by in the right direction we would give it a try.

When I was younger than that and living in a different town one of favorite games was playing tag in the train yard. Rules were you couldn't touch the ground. Mixed trains were the most fun as every style of car had a different way of getting from one to another. We would also jump from one train to another. The train bulls would run us off if they saw us but we loved the game, often 6 or 7 kids at one time. Good thing the yard was usually quiet and the trains seldom moved or it probably would have ended in tragedy.

When I got to mid teens and later when I needed to travel cheap hitch hiking was my preferred method of travel. Probably put close to 100K miles on my thumb during my hitch hiking career. Made several trips across Canada and around Europe. Even hitch hiked with my son when he was pre-teen several times as a means of retrieving a vehicle after a 1 way canoe or hiking trip.
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May 31st, 2014 at 4:42:26 PM permalink
Quote: Buzzard

. No telling how many hot boxes we caused Dumb kids !

Egads. Even today the worst of the train riders don't mess with journal boxes or switches. Maybe that is why rail road employees can be so helpful in letting people know when a train is making up and where it is bound. There are rules and oddly enough its the Anarchists who are most often the most rule abiding train riders. Just as its the Anarchists who seem to make the best sailors when something has to be done and be done fast.
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August 11th, 2017 at 3:51:47 PM permalink
Sorry to wake up an old thread but I decided to actually put my bucket list in writing. Here is what I have so far. Any suggestions of things to add or take off?

  1. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  2. Hike the John Muir Trail
  3. Hike the Tahoe Rim Trail
  4. Bicycle across the United States
  5. Bicycle across New Zealand (north to south)
  6. Bicycle the Camino de Santiago
  7. Bicycle the Dalton Highway
  8. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  9. Climb Mount Aconcagua
  10. Climb Mount Baker
  11. Climb Pico de Orizaba
  12. See the Northern (or Southern) Lights
  13. Visit all 50 states (only Kentucky and North Dakota left)
  14. Bicycle the Italian Dolomites
  15. Climb Mount Adams
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August 11th, 2017 at 4:10:12 PM permalink
I see you mentioned bicycling the Camino de Santiago.

My buddy has hiked it twice, and he told me about something you might want to check into.

Apparently there is a town with a winery that has a faucet offering free wine to all who want it.

He tried it, said it was horrible.

Other bucket list ideas:

Unicycle across the Golden Gate bridge

Try sky diving, and if you're already pretty good at it, take it to the Nth degree and jump off of a cliff in Norway or on Baffin Island wearing a wingsuit

swim with dolphins

drop acid with your lawyer while driving a convertible from LA to Las Vegas
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August 11th, 2017 at 4:12:39 PM permalink
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Any suggestions of things to add or take off?


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August 11th, 2017 at 4:58:44 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Sorry to wake up an old thread but I decided to actually put my bucket list in writing. Here is what I have so far. Any suggestions of things to add or take off?

  1. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  2. Hike the John Muir Trail
  3. Hike the Tahoe Rim Trail
  4. Bicycle the Camino de Santiago
  5. Bicycle across the United States
  6. Bicycle across New Zealand (north to south)
  7. Bicycle the Camino de Santiago
  8. Bicycle the Dalton Highway
  9. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  10. Climb Mount Aconcagua
  11. Climb Mount Baker
  12. Climb Pico de Orizaba
  13. See the Northern (or Southern) Lights
  14. Visit all 50 states (only Kentucky and North Dakota left)
  15. Bicycle the Italian Dolomites
  16. Climb Mount Adams



Wiz,

Ever since your "Mecca" trip wish, I've been wracking my brains to come up with a KTB or Kick The Bucket List. Here's what I've come up with - you are most welcome to use or modify my posting to make a new poll for Shackleford's KTB List!

Your items all fit in 2 categories, "Sports, participate" and "Sports/Activities, watch" (#13&14).

Top 7 KTB items

What are the top 3 items on your KTB (Kick The Bucket) list? Adding some pictures or a short description makes the post more enjoyable for everyone!

My top 3 are the 2 sports-related items and food - fortunately, the travel to Portugal or Brazil to hear Brazilian guitar samba music has the bonus of allowing me to enjoy the local cuisine as well!

EXOTIC TRAVEL:

FOOD: Enjoy an omelette at Le Mont St Michel in Normandy, France https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vMx-DvuN0ho or tapas somewhere in Spain or take the Napa Valley Train Wine Tour

or eat authentic bouillabaisse in Marseilles

FRIENDS: Visit with friends I've not seen or heard from in 25+ years

MUSIC: Visit Portugal or Brazil for authentic guitar samba music

ROMANTIC GETAWAY:

SPORTS, participate: Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef


SPORTS, watch: any of the 6 Grand Sumo tournaments in Japan. They are 15-days long, from morning to night! A box seat near the arena only costs $380 or $95/pax.
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August 11th, 2017 at 5:01:16 PM permalink
Quote: MrV

Apparently there is a town with a winery that has a faucet (or fountain) offering / gushing free wine to all who want it.

He tried it, said it was horrible.



I'm not surprised. Probably some swill that went bad.

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Other bucket list ideas:



Unicycle across the Golden Gate bridge -- Too easy.

Try sky diving, and if you're already pretty good at it, take it to the Nth degree and jump off of a cliff in Norway or on Baffin Island wearing a wingsuit -- Already did that, in Australia. The wingsuits I hear are pretty dangerous. I'm tempted to try hang gliding but I am not wing suits are not my calling.

swim with dolphins -- I sort of did that. Kayaking in Hawaii a whole bunch of dolphins were following my kayak, jumping in and out of the water. Very cool. I just have got out to swim with them.

drop acid with your lawyer while driving a convertible from LA to Las Vegas -- I was tempted to try mushrooms in Amsterdam, but didn't. Hopefully those people doing this aren't littering on my highway clean-up mile.
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