How to move from Point A to Point B
There is this delightful notion from Douglas Pagels:
Some of the secret joys are not found by rushing from Point A to Point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.
On the Pacific Crest Trail; photo: Kristi
My son, Jeremy, and daughter-in-law, Denise, travel in a 30′ Airstream when they’re working across the U.S. When they work internationally, I’m called in to grand-dog sit a little Brussels griffon: Chloe, who looks like one of the ewoks on Star Wars.
And it’s always a fun assignment because it involves a mini-vacation in whatever gorgeous location (these past two weeks in Cascade Locks on the Columbia River) with uninterrupted writing time.
While my son and daughter-in-law hurried off to Point B in Ireland—because this is the season of their lives in which they’re working long hours to build a successful business—my grand-dog, Chloe, and I invented several imaginary letters between A and B.
We visited the historic lodge at Multnomah Falls …
Multnomah Lodge; all photos: Marlys, unless otherwise indicated
Multnomah Falls with ewok grand-dog (photo: fellow tourist)
… and marveled at the single-handed sailboats, and sternwheelers, and kite boarders on the Columbia River.
Kite boarding on the Columbia
At the campground, I met a new friend, Kristi. She and I hiked up to Dry Creek Falls. Where it happened to intersect the Pacific Coast Trail, we detoured so we could say we hiked part of the PCT. Because who wouldn’t want to make that claim?
Dry Creek Falls
Lunch afterward: Salmon and veggies over brown rice in a chili teriyaki sauce. Oh. My. Delicious.
Kristi is an early-retiree, towing the cutest little 16’ Airstream. Have to say, I was completely impressed as she prepared to pull out to her next adventure—first teaching me some of the finer points of hitching an Airstream to a truck.
16’ Airstream Bambi Sport
And I found myself thinking, Hmmm … full-time in an Airstream. What would that look like?
If Kristi is doing this six months out of the year, could I? If I’m going to live in an Airstream as a tiny home—whether on the road or parked in central Oregon—it would probably need to be bigger than 16′. But would I be able to tow a longer Airstream?
I picked Jeremy & Denise up at the Portland airport at the end of two weeks. Our conversation turned to Airstream living, so of course DIL Denise found a dealership nearby. And we detoured. Because when you’re with Jeremy and Denise, you go with the flow and do things spur of the moment. And it’s always fun.
So we went ‘tiny house’ hunting at a Portland area Airstream dealership. Just to get a feel for what I could live in full time. Turns out, anywhere from the 23- to 26-footer would work just fine.
One final thought …
Consider this Point-A-to-Point-B idea from a bigger-picture perspective:
If Point A is where you are now, and Point B is where you want to arrive, what can you do in between A and B to work toward the dream and have some secret joys along the way?
In my case, Point A is where I currently reside, and Point B is to get published. Could I invent some imaginary letters in between while traveling across the western states towing an Airstream, continuing to write and polish my craft?
I’m thinking yes.
What wildly imaginative thing have you considered doing? What are some of the steps toward making it happen?
Do you need to take the SAT or MCAT? Submit an application to college or med school? Complete a scholarship application?
Do you need to draft a business plan? Apply for a business license?
Do you need to establish a non-profit? Write for grant funding?
Do you need to craft a book proposal and actually submit it to someone?
Do you need to live in an Airstream for a couple weeks, and then visit an Airstream dealership?
Here’s to large and improbable dreams, and all the points in between!