Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I've been a lot of places but still have more to go

By Desiree Holt

My bucket list gets longer every year, even though I keep knocking items off. Hmmm. Maybe that means I’m going to be around a long time.
On my original (and everchanging) bucket list I wanted to vacation in the Caribbean (did that, loved it), win a lot of money in Vegas ($300 and I celebrated!), meet Neil Diamond (he kissed my cheek!) and too many other things to name here.
One of my dreams was to go ziplining, which, if you know me, is weird since I’m afraid of heights. But three years ago I tool the family to Vegas over Christmas and we made arrangements to do just that. Of course, I didn’t realize that they could only drive us so far up the mountain. We had to climb the rest of the way. I was just praying to get there before it got dark!
But with my son and son-in-law helping I made it, got strapped into the harness and instructed by two really smart and cute guys. We went off the platform one at a time. When it was my turn I pushed off just as they showed me and wow! There I was with Bootleg Canyon a mile below me. It was awesome! I mean truly awesome! And yup, I zipped right down that first leg of the course.
The entire course is one mile, broken down into four sections. When we finished I wanted to do it again, that’s how much I loved it. Oh, and by the way. Be looking for it in one of my books, one of these days.
I also wanted to go riding on a silver Ducati motorcycle. Why that specific one? Because in a book a read a long time ago the hero rode one and it always stuck in my mind. So far I haven’t been able to find one to ride. I called the local dealership and the manager told me of a local bar where Ducati owners hang out. So one of these days I’m going to show up with a sign saying, Will buy drinks for a ride.
Meanwhile, however, my friend Brenna Zinn hooked me up with a tall, grey and handsome guy who owns a mighty Harley and he has taken me on some great adventures.
What else is on my list? I want to take a train trip across the Canadian Rockies in an observation car, go snorkeling again in the Caribbean, visit the winery in California owned by very distant relatives of my late husband and be there for the first vintage of the year. I’d love to meet Sam Elliott who has the sexiest voice in the world. Oh, and take a trail ride on horseback in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.
I’m sure I’ll keep adding to this list because to me life continues to be one ig adventure after another, so stay tuned.


  1. Wonderful list, Desiree!

    We did a two day rail trip through the U.S. Rockies and Sierras a few years ago. It was fabulous.

    What I want to know, though, is whether that BDSM club you visited with Allie and the gals in LA was on your bucket list?

  2. If you ever come to California, Desiree, get in touch and Momma and I will take you to that winery.

  3. such an action-oriented list. i imagine you flying along a highway on a silver Ducati. perhaps with a white silk scarf blowing in the wind behind you. a lovely life in motion. thanks for your post, Desiree!

  4. Amanda, I would rather imagine Desiree flying along on a silver Ducati minus the flowing white scarf. (The gruesome true-to-life ending of the biopic about Isadora Duncan in a sports car cured me of any desire to see a glamorous woman on a highway with a scarf floating behind her.) Desiree, I'm glad you've been able to do so much.


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