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  • Writer's pictureSarah Husein

27 things I tried to do before turning 27

(first published 1/24/2021)


Every year, I make a list of things of x number of things i want to achieve or complete before my next birthday. I did a lot this past year, including: hiking 369.61 miles; filming a documentary in Puerto Rico; backpacking the California Riding and Hiking trail on my third ever time backpacking; getting fired (but it was honestly such a blessing in disguise, because I am loving the freelance life and truly thrive in it); I accidentally went bungee jumping; I took up painting and rollerskating. It's been a crazy year – probably the worst year of my life – but I am so thankful to continue finding new things to enjoy and new friends to love.



sept 30, 2020 - half dome hike (JMT section)

27 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I TURN 27

  1. GO SOMEWHERE I’VE NEVER BEEN

    1. The wave, nevada

  2. HIKE 40 TRAILS

    1. Jan 2. – miles home to playa (20)

    2. Jan 5. – Rogers inspiration point (2.1)

    3. Jan 12. – sostomo and deer valley, malibu (6.3)

    4. Feb 5. – Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail, Yosemite (6.1)

    5. Feb 6. – Lower Yosemite Falls Trail, Yosemite (There was snow!) (1.2)

    6. Feb 8. – Eagle Falls, Lake Tahoe (2.4)

    7. Feb 11 – Fire Wave Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (1.5)

    8. Feb 12 – Red Reef Trail, Red Cliffs, Utah (2.2)

    9. Feb 13 – Horseshoe Bend Trail, Utah (1.4)

    10. Mar 8 – Bridge to Nowhere / Devil’s Gulch (10 mi)

    11. Mar 15 – Mt San Jacinto Round Valley Loop - did not complete, too much snow. (8 / 14 mi)

    12. Mar 23 – Clamshell Lookout, Monrovia (8.3 mi, 3400 ft elevation gain) (Legs are jello)

    13. May 14 - TRAILS ARE OPEN! Point Vicente (5.6)

    14. June 6 - Bald Mountain Summit (8 mi)

    15. June 8 - George’s Lake (11 mi)

    16. June 28. – Hondo Canyon: Backbone Trail (9.5 mi), Topanga

    17. July 3-4 – Momyer to San Gorgonio Peak (25.4 mi, 11,500 ft)

    18. July 6. – Potato Mountain (9 mi), Claremont

    19. July 10 – Poop Out Trail (5 mi), Glendora

    20. July 11 – Cucamonga Peak (12.8 mi), San Bernardino

    21. July 18 – Vincent Gap to Mt Baden-Powell, Mount Burnham, Throop Peak (PCT 378) (14.14 mi)

    22. August 6 – mt San Antonio summit (after two weeks of rest due to concussion) (baldy) (14 mi)

    23. Sept 3 - 5 – PCT (30 miles) - Mile 363.4 → Mile 390.6

    24. Sept 3 – Acorn Trail., Wrightwood (3.8 mi)

    25. Burnham Peak via Windy Gap (8.8 mi)

    26. Grassy Hollow to Jackson Flat (2.6)

    27. Mount Hawkins from Little Jimmy Campground (4.7)

    28. Inspiration Point to Blue Ridge Trail (2.1)

    29. Vincent Gap to Windy Gap (17.7)

    30. Idle Saddle, Mount Baden Powell, and vincent Gap (11.1)

    31. Inspiration Point and Grassy Hollow (4.0)

    32. Sep 30 - Half Dome (via mist trail then JMT) (19 miles)

    33. Oct 20 - Lake Hodges Overlook Trail (7.3 mi)

    34. Nov 8 - Nightmare gulch near red rock (8.8)

    35. Nov 22 - Strawberry Peak (7.77)

    36. Nov 29 - Helipad hike (3.0)

    37. Dec 18 - California Riding and Hiking Trail (4 mi)

    38. Dec 19 - CRHT (16 mi)

    39. Dec 20- CRHT (16 mi)

    40. Dec 21 - CRHT (10 mi)

    41. Dec 22 - CRHT (20 mi)

    42. Jan 8 - Monte Pirata MTB Park, PR mayaguez (5 mi)

    43. Jan 10 - Charco El Pilón Trail (4 mi)

    44. Jan 13 - Saw Tooth Loop Trail (10 mi)

  3. SAVE 1000 A MONTH

  4. SCUBA DIVE (DO IT!)

  5. DIRECT A SHORT, EVEN IN A WEEKEND

    1. Jan 4 - 12 MADE A DOCUMENTARY WITH BILLY, PR

  6. DO SOMETHING LIFE CHANGING

    1. Broke up with a long time partner.

  7. READ 12 BOOKS

    1. Jan 23. Into The Wild by Jack Kerouac

    2. Jan 31. The year of blue water by yanyi

    3. Apr 1. The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

    4. May 29. Barbarian Days: A Surfer’s Life by William Finnegan

    5. Jun 10. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

    6. Jun 14. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

    7. July 6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

    8. July 11. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

    9. August 6. Unfuck Yourself

    10. Aug 28. Call me by your name by André Aciman

    11. Oct 26. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

    12. Jan 23. A Promised Land by Barack Obama

  8. MAKE A MAGAZINE

    1. Made Analog Daydream, V1. Have not released it as of May 13

    2. RELEASED VOL 1 MAY 20. ANALOGUE DAYDREAM

  9. DRAW A SELF PORTRAIT

  10. SECTION HIKE THE PCT

    1. Tried section D - Sept 3rd. No water. Fires. Bailed after 30 miles.

  11. BACKPACK AT LEAST 3 TIMES

    1. Mt San Gorgonio - July 2-4

    2. Wrightwood - Little Jimmy - Sept 3-5

    3. California riding and hiking trail dec 18-22

  12. HIKE THE 6 PACK OF PEAKS

    1. MT WILSON

    2. CUCAMONGA

      1. July 11, 2020 – hot as balls

    3. MT SAN ANTONIO (BALDY)

      1. August 6, 2020 last 1.5 miles were brutal

    4. BERNARDINO

    5. SAN JACINTO

      1. First attempt: March 15. Got 8 miles up, lot of snow.

    6. SAN GORGONIO

      1. July 4, 2020 - backpacked for the first time! 24 miles

  13. GET ANOTHER TATTOO OR SEPTUM PIERCING 1. Yeah so covid happened and tattoos were a no go… BUT i got a septum piercing which has the same vibe

  14. CATCH A WAVE 1. I tried to surf on Jan 21, did not catch anything. Next year!

  15. GET A PROMOTION

    1. Got fired LOL. Sept 18.

    2. Been working freelance, loving it. Nov 30 I’M COUNTING IT AS A MOVE UP

  16. GET A HEADSTONE FOR SHAN

  17. MAKE MACAROONS

    1. July 12, 2020 – Matcha and cardamom macaroons. difficile

  18. SWIM IN THE OCEAN AT NIGHT

  19. GO BUNGEE JUMPING

    1. Mar 8 - Accidentally stumbled upon this, went bungee jumping at bridge to nowhere. Super fun

  20. DO LUNGES AROUND THE BLOCK 1. Jan 23 - God damn i can’t feel my legs. 666 lunges.

  21. CERAMICS or BUILD SOMETHING FROM WOOD. A PLANTER, A BOX, ANYTHING. 1. Built a weird piece of art from three pieces of bamboo

  22. SHOOT A ROLL OF SLIDE UNDERWATER

    1. Palos Verdes. Billy. May something. Looking forward to seeing what it is

    2. It was expired. nothing truned out. and now LA is out of slide mounts

  23. PAINT ON CANVAS

    1. Painted a naked woman, June 14

    2. Painted an abstract thing. And the ocean. And the mountains. And korina. Lots of painting

  24. BUILD A SNOWMAN

    1. Feb. 6 - Built a mini snowman at the mouth of lower Yosemite falls, fresh powder

  25. SHOOT THE DUCK

    1. Nov 18!! Shot the duck while skating with emily

  26. FINISH A SCREENPLAY

  27. FINISH THE SERIES OF POSTCARDS FOR EMMA

    1. Wrote her a poem. Clues hidden in post cards. Aug 5, 2020 on my San Antonio / baldy, the mountain we visited when she was here and where Leonard Cohen spent a lot of time

Books

Jan 23. Into The Wild by Jack Kerouac

Jan 31. The year of blue water by yanyi

Apr 1. The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

May 29. Barbarian Days: A Surfer’s Life by William Finnegan

Jun 10. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Jun 14. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

July 6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

July 11. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Aug 6. Unfuck Yourself

Aug 28. Call me by your name by André Aciman

Oct 26. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Jan 23. A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Graphic Novels

May 24. ATLA 1 - 4

May 25 ATLA 5-7

May 26 ATLA 8

May 27. ATLA 9-10

Live

Mar 11. Tamino Hollywood Forever Cemetery

April 12. Fleabag (one woman show, amazon, whatever i’m counting it)


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