My weight keeps me from doing a lot of things I’d like to do. Several years, I called to inquire about a Segway tour of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, only to learn that I exceeded the weight limit. I’ve been to New Zealand twice, not even bothering to ask to go bungee jumping because I knew the harnesses wouldn’t fit me. I can still get onto rides at Disney World, but the restraints on Everest and the Rock N’ Roller Coaster are uncomfortably tight.
I have started compiling a list of things I’m planning to do once my weight and health are no longer an issue. I’m calling it my skinny bucket list.
The list includes:
- Sky diving: I’ve always wanted to try this, although I’m not going alone — I will do a tandem dive with someone who knows how and when to open the parachute and land in the right place. I don’t want to open the parachute too late, or end up in the middle of the Gulf!
- Zip lining: The problem with zip lining right now is not just that I wouldn’t fit into the harness. It’s also that I have to walk up several flights of stairs to get to the launch zone. Unless, of course, these places have escalators. Which I’m sure they don’t.
- Machu Picchu: The Complementary Spouse went to Peru on business last year, and he chose not to go to Machu Picchu because he wants to go there with me. In my current shape, I couldn’t manage the steep walks, especially at such high altitudes.
- Cathedral Cove: Eleven years ago, in New Zealand, the Complementary Spouse and set out on the one-hour walk to Cathedral Cove, which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful spots in all of New Zealand (Footnote 1). We turned back after 10 minutes, as I couldn’t manage it.
- Bungee jumping in New Zealand: And I know where I want to go — first the Kawarau Bridge jump, then the ledge jump over Queenstown. Both are operated by the company started by bungee pioneer A.J. Hackett.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb: Just because I saw people doing it the last time I was in Sydney.
- That Segway tour of San Francisco: Provided it’s still available, that is. Segways are kind of passé these days.
1. And, if you’ve ever been to New Zealand, you know that a place has to be pretty special to be considered one of the most beautiful ones.