I'm trying to make it a habit each year to reflect on the most memorable moments of the previous 365 days. Here's my top 101 experiences of 2012:Celebrated New Years in Antigua Guatemala with some Quezalteca. Paid the price in the morning.</li> Climbed the Mayan temple of Xunantunich in San Ignacio, Belize</li> Waded across rivers and swam into the mouth of a cave to explore the ancient Mayan sacrifices in Actun Tunichil Muknal</li> Dove over 100 meters into the ancient sinkhole from the ice age at The Blue Hole in Belize</li> Explored one of the largest ancient Mayan civilization of Tikal in Guatemala</li> Bruised my face getting hit by a car while a riding bike</li> Visited the house where a young Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in Atlanta, Georgia</li> Biked through Bogoto, Colombia on a graffiti tour</li> Ascended over 3,000 meters while joining a pilgrimage to the top of Monserrate in Bogota</li> Drank an aphrodisiac milkshake made of blended (live) crabs and alcohol on the streets of Bogota</li> Consumed copious amounts of the most delicious Colombian exotic fruits</li> Partied with some of the most beautiful women on the planet in Medellin, Colombia</li> Scaled the crooked staircases wedged into El Peñón de Guatapé</li> Licked BBQ sauce off my fingers at The Salt Lick in Austin, Texas</li> Got my lime on in St. Kitts & Nevis</li> Scuba dived through the hull of a sunken ship off the coast of St. Kitts</li> Got blown into the ocean by the hot blast of air from a jet engine in St. Maarten</li> Camped in the Appalachian Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway from North Carolina to Virginia</li> Toured the house and plantation of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello</li> Stood in the very room where U.S. Bill of Rights was ratified in Richmond Virginia</li> Honored the fallen heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery</li> Walked up the steps of The United States Supreme Court</li> Toured Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s, MLKs, Roosevelt’s, The Vietnam, WWI & WWII memorials in Washington D.C.</li> Hung out in George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon</li> Saw the crack in the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia</li> Taste-tested no less than 5 Philly Cheesesteaks</li> Ran up the “Rocky Balboa” steps in Philadelphia</li> Set foot inside the Independence Hall where The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were adopted.</li> Imprisoned myself inside the Eastern State Penitentiary in the cell next door to Al Capone’s</li> Toured Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty</li> Mourned at Grand Zero</li> Watched The Book of Mormons on Broadway</li> Climbed to the top of The Empire St. building in New York City</li> Cruised on a ferry underneath the Brooklyn Bridge to the Figment Festival on Governors Island</li> Partied with thousands of boricua’s in the streets of New York for the Puerto Rican Day Parade</li> Gawked in the Guggenheim</li> Relived my childhood in Bethel, CT</li> Swung on a bench-swing while enjoying the sunset over Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont</li> Sampled a new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor at their factory in Montpelier, Vermont</li> Heard a Who in Springfield, Massachusetts</li> Broke into the dome of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount-Royal to catch an awesome sunset over Montreal</li> Talked my way into permission to take photos inside of the private library of Canada’s Parliament</li> Dunked my head into a quarry 200 feet below me at the end of Canada’s tallest bungee jump</li> Rode a bamboo bicycle through the graffiti-filled alleys of Toronto, Canada</li> Stood behind the roaring water falls of Niagara</li> Rocked out at the Rock & Roll hall of fame in Cleveland, Ohio</li> Milked a cow and ate dinner with an Amish family in Millersburg, Ohio</li> Survived a ferocious lightning/hail/wind storm in Jackson Center, Ohio</li> Played games at Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Machines in Detroit, Michigan</li> Cruised through the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana</li> Uncovered a top-secret SR-71B Blackbird jet</li> Urbex explored a decrepit church in Gary, Indiana</li> Watched the 4th of July fireworks explore over Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois</li> Photographed Chicago’s skyline at dusk from alongside Lake Michigan</li> Walked a lap in The Great Mall in Saint Paul, Minnesota</li> Found one of the meanings of life in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota</li> Laughed at the corniness of The Corn Palace in Mitchel, South Dakota</li> Stared up the presidents nostrils at Mount Rushmore in Keystone South Dakota</li> Sat in a Bison-induced traffic jam in Yellowstone National Park</li> Waited for The Grand Geyser to blow in Yellowstone. Totally worthy it!</li> Smelled sulfurous gasses spew from the bubbling mud pits in Yellowstone</li> Stood in the center of the universe in Wallace, Idaho</li> Climbed rock towers in Frenchman Coulee, Washington</li> Contributed my chewed gum to The Gum Wall at Pikes Market in Seattle, Washington</li> Landed in a sea plane in a lake on the south-side of Kodiak Island in</li> Played a game of chicken with a brown bear in Kodiak, Alaska. The bear won.</li> Crossed the Arctic Circle on the perilous Dalton Highway</li> Drove the Seward highway and discovered the diverse wildlife of Alaska</li> Rode ATV’s through Denali National Park and caught a glimpse of Mt. McKinley’s summit</li> Stood underneath the Alaskan pipeline</li> Drank an apple-tini from an ice glass at an ice bar inside an ice hotel in Chena, Alaska</li> Spooked a wild moose and her calf in Fairbanks, Alaska</li> Feed some reindeer in North Pole, Alaska</li> Hiked to a glacier in Juneau, Alaska</li> Summoned my inner Homer Simpson at an old abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington.</li> Watched glassmakers blow glass at the world renowned Museum of Glass on Tacoma, Washington</li> Zenned-out at the Japanese Garden in Portland Oregon and then porked out Voodoo Doughnuts</li> Hiked to the top of Multnomah, Falls in Oregon</li> Kite-boarded and stand-up paddle-boarded on the Hood River in Oregon</li> Got soaked from the spray of ocean water as it rushed into Devil’s Churn</li> Climbed to the top of Smith Rock in Oregon</li> Rafted down the Big Eddy Thriller rapids of the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon</li> Stumbled my way through the pitch-dark Lava River Cave near Bend, Oregon</li> Hiked to the top of Watchman Peak and watched the sun rise over Crater Lake</li> Stood with giants at the Redwood National Park in California</li> Experienced an extended deja-vu in Mendocino California</li> Completed a 2-year 23,822-mile cross-country road-trip around North America</li> Watched the Space Shuttle Endeavour fly over the Golden Gate Bridge</li> Completed a 13-hour hike from the valley floor to the top of Half Dome and back in Yosemite National Park</li> Dined on a 7-course meal at one of the finest restaurants in Lima Peru and attended a beauty pageant as a VIP guest of the bathing suit designer</li> Scuba dove with hammer-head sharks, sea lions, octopus, sea turtles and more in The Galapagos Islands</li> Swam in Tortuga Bay in The Galapagos Islands</li> Climbed to the top of Sierra Negra and witnessed the most amazing sunset on my birthday</li> Straddled the two hemispheres at the center of the earth in Quito, Ecuador</li> Soaked in natural hot springs after experiencing the excruciating head pressure associated with altitude sickness in the mountains of Quito, Ecuador</li> Pulled an all-nighter in Bogota Colombia and partied with some bohemian Colombians</li> Relaxed with friends on the beaches of El Salvador</li> Attended the opening day of the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit at The Science Center in Los Angeles</li> Leapt out of an airplane all by myself and fell through a cloud.</li> Helped out those in need by donating some old clothes and feeding the homeless on Christmas.</li> Sweated profusely at my first Bikram yoga experience.</li>
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