Bucket List Check Off

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
US diplomat & reformer (1884 – 1962)

For my first blog post, I had a completely different message ready to go. Then last weekend happened.

I’m a wimp. A wuss. A worry-wart. I was born that way and have the white hair-way too soon-to prove it. Do I live by Mrs. Roosevelt’s advice? Not on purpose. But as I look back on my life’s journey, there’ve been more times than not, I end up doing something every day that scares me.

The list of things I don’t like to do is pretty long…but probably not as long as the list of things I DO like. In the interest of maintaining my commitment to positive posts, I’m not going to list my “don’t like” things. In the interest of maintaining my commitment to short posts, I’m not going to list my “like” things.

Instead, I’m going to share my scary/fun/totally awesome weekend.

Every year, Intermountain Harley Davidson sponsors the RIDE for MDA to Wendover, Nevada from Salt Lake City, Utah. Almost every year for the past 18 years, (missed a couple of years when the ride moved to Saturdays), I’ve joined my husband in the truck to ferry the raffle give-away bike. Not this year.

This year, we had a bike to ride.

We, (well, mostly my husband), committed to ride this bike for the dear friend who left it to him.  A gorgeous FXRT. “Old Blue.”

"Riding for Dale"

And where was I? On the 9 ½ inch backseat.

Bucket list check off:  Rode 90 mph in the middle of a MC pack.

MC packs have a way of navigating the streets like a large, thunderous centipede. They move as one. When you see a pack looming in your rearview mirror, it’s okay to move over and give them the lane. Really!


Police Motor Squads… same thing.

One of the great things about this weekend was watching the Traveling Trophy competition between Police Departments Motor Squads.




Don’t try this at home.

"West Valley Police Motor Squad"


When you see these guys out there patrolling our neighborhoods and by-ways, keeping us safe…give them a wave thank you. They are awesome!

"Unified Police Motor Squad"





Unified Police Motor Squad retains the bragging rights and trophy for 2012!

"Unified Motor Squad and the Traveling Trophy"
"Yes! I survived the first leg of the journey!"


So, what did I do today that scared me? Launched a blog.

What scares you, but you do it anyway? Are you stronger for it? Would you do it again?

26 thoughts on “Bucket List Check Off”

  1. GREAT fun! I love all the pictures, and what a beautiful day. I’m so glad it was such a great experience for you.

    I’m going to have to think of what scared me but I did it anyway. There are so many.

    Off to the day Job now.
    Wonderful way to start your blog.

  2. Oooo talk about living big…what a thrill! This totally R.O.C.K.S. The worst part of doing scary things is the anticipation. Once you dive in, the waters might be a little rough but you quickly learn to roll with the tide and maneuver through the waves and around the rocks. You’re certainly stronger for it. And the pride one feels is a nice warm glow that lasts a long time. Congrats on your great Bucket List accomplishment. Gargantual C.O.N.G.R.A.T.S. for launching your blog. All the very best to you…

    1. Jude, you are sooo right about the anticipation. HATE making myself sick before an event. Even though my head knows the difference, my stomach hasn’t gotten the message. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. My scary act was to encourage my newly married baby to move to Logan, on the other side of the mountain. I know it’s only an hour and a half away, but I miss him and his wee wife terribly.

    On a more personal note, I’m sorry to say I have not done much out of my comfort zone lately. I’ll work on that.


    1. That is scary, Lesli, to watch them marry…move out of the nest…make a life where Mom isn’t the center any longer. And how proud you must be to know you shaped your son into the man who will support and care for his family. And I can think of a few things that may have moved you out of your comfort zone. If even for a moment. Pretty shiny thing in the driveway?

  4. Welcome aboard! Whoever designed those brick back seats was not a woman, nor intended for one to ride on back. You look so cute in your skull cap! I think I like this wild side of yours. Great pictures and fun first blog. Breathe.

    1. LOL… ahh, Joelene. This wild side isn’t as wild as you think. But it does provide a few bragging rights. Nothing like your rides, I’m sure. Thanks for stopping in to say hi.

  5. Great post! What fun this must have been. Today, I am writing. And believe it or not, that scares me. I have to live up to what I’ve written before and I’m not sure I know what I’m doing. Mostly, I’m scared that I will waste the time away and not get it done.

    Sounds whimpy but I’m saving up my scars for when I head to AK next week.

    1. Now you’ve hit on something there, Tiff. I wonder if that’s why my writing isn’t yet a daily thing. And your annual AK trip is scary and amazing. I’m in awe that you do that every year. Be safe.

  6. That looks so fun. Although I have to admit, I would be terrified. Motorcycles scares me, passing someone on one, petrifies me But, that said, your trip looks fantastic. And, if you can and did do, YEAH.
    The motor squads look great. Sharp and impressing as SLC representatives. I let life worry me, if I’m not worrying, I on my way to ashes. But, worry and chicken only come together with how far I’m willing to go with myself.
    I’m actually afraid of the ROAD out to Wendover 🙂
    Great Post Kim, I love the look.

  7. Way to have a fun first blog. Love the pictures. What scares me the most? Hmm, I’ve been parasailing, ziplining, four wheeling on the edge of a mountain while looking down into the ocean, flew in a tiny plane with bad tires that landed in a cornfield in the middle of Mexico, and most recently rode on a Harley 2500 miles, but none scare me as much as writing. Yet, I keep doing it.
    Looking forward to your next blog.

    1. Judy, I think your Harley trip was awesome. I can’t even imagine 2500 miles. And all your other stuff… You’d make Mrs. Roosevelt proud! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Wow. I love motorcycles from a distance. But I’ve been afraid to ride on one since childhood. My spot would definitely be on four wheels in the rear with the beer and the gear, cheering with enthusiasm. Way to go!

  9. Awesome ride!! And what great pics! Especially of you smiling! =)

    What is scary today? The latest book is done. Done, done. But do I have the guts to show it my beta readers? Maybe I’ll sit on it another day. 😉

  10. Stanalei, sorry I’m late to the party! I missed the announcement of your blog launch, so am running in the exhaust of others trying to catch up to the pack. 🙂

    Congratulations on the launch and on the weekend adventure! You are off to a wonderful start!

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