Producers say 'Utah Bucket List' was tough to narrow and sometimes to film
The idea of a bucket list comes from a deep, even dark place, a list of things you've always wanted to do before you depart.
However, the idea of presenting "The Utah Bucket List," a documentary film by KUED producer Nancy Green, in conjunction with a series of 13 features stories by Salt Lake Tribune outdoor writer Brett Prettyman, brings light to any darkness except, maybe, when exploring narrow slot canyons in southern Utah.
The show, which will be rebroadcast Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. on Channel 7, brings to light the unforgettable geography and outdoor experiences in Utah.
Green was not sure what the response would be to an adventure documentary.
"Please, please let people like this," said Green, who, along with Prettyman, appeared Thursday afternoon on the Tribune's Web chat, TribTalk. "We've had a great response. We've had a lot of people wanting to buy the DVD for their family and friends."
Prettyman's final "Bucket List" feature is set for Sunday.
"It's about experiencing things with family," Prettyman said. "So when we are gone, they have connections to those places, ... special places with special memories."
And not every activity is as physically demanding as riding a mountain bike along Canyonlands National Park's White Rim Trail or bobsledding at Utah Olympic Park.
A number of activities are as simple as driving a car to Farmington Bay and watching 500 eagles descend to feed on carp.
"We wanted to appeal to all people out there," Prettyman said. "This show gave them a chance to see what it was like. ... There are things easy to do. Some of them are very close to metropolitan Salt Lake City."
And there are enough bucket list items left for a possible second documentary or feature series.