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Dec

CONTEST: What’s Your Most Extraordinary Experience?

by Alan Rider

Tandem Skydive

Woohoo! The scariest—and most fun—thing I've ever done.

When someone finds out what I do for a living, the next words out of their mouth are usually “So what’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?”

Take a quick look at my list of extraordinary experiences and you’ll begin to understand why answering that question is virtually impossible.  That said, there are definitely a few adventures that stand out, things I still have incredibly vivid memories of many years later.

Before I reveal what they are, let me take a minute for the audience participation portion of today’s program.  I’d like to know what’s the most unforgettable thing you’ve ever done. Tell me all about it, including what makes it so memorable, in the Comments field below.  Get your stories in by January 5th deadline when I’ll choose three random winners who’ll get a $15 iTunes gift card for their trouble.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for something new and exciting to do, a truly extraordinary experience that will blow your socks clean off, here’s a look at a half-dozen of my most unforgettable adventures.  Any of which would go a long way towards making 2010 your most memorable year ever:

Rock-n-Roll Fantasy Camp

Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think back to the night my bandmates and I got to rock out in front of a cheering crowd at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium.

Flying Aboard A B-17

For a guy who grew up watching a TV series about World War II B-17 bomber crews, taking off in the bombadier’s seat of the Sentimental Journey was a dream come true.

Alaskan Brown Bear Flights

I’ve had a number of remarkable wildlife encounters, but being able to get up-close-and-personal with an Alaskan brown bear in the wild was the most memorable by far.

Tandem Skydive

While this was certainly one of the most intimidating things I’ve ever done (both times), it was also the most exhilarating.  Can’t recommend it highly enough.

Traveling Route 66

Driving the 2400-odd miles of the Mother Road from Chicago to Los Angeles is the closest I’ll probably ever come to time travel.

Paragliding Torrey Pines

Get past your natural hesitation about running off a 300-foot cliff and you’ll understand what it’s like to soar like a bird.

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