I’m sitting outside our Airstream and surrounded by Airstreams at the WBCCI Region 3 Rally. The sun set ten minutes ago. This is my favorite time of the day and always has been. The air is cooling, soft breezes are blowing. Today’s activities are complete and we’ll enjoy quiet time together this evening.
The only noises are a neighbor’s rooftop air conditioner motor and the dripping water from its condenser, and the almost constant truck tire noise on Interstate 75. Sometimes the trucks make more noise as they run caravan-fashion down the interstate. Then the traffic lessens a little and I can hear the smooth and steady hum of the condenser fan working atop my neighbor’s trailer.
We talked today about some of the many travel opportunities we have for 2010. North America holds a zillion fabulous travel destinations. Our Airstream owners’ association, WBCCI, offers numerous caravans throughout all corners and sections of North America. There are also many local or regional rallies and special activities we are interested in.
The idea of daisy-chaining a number of these caravans and rallies attracts us. We’re good managers of time, money, equipment, and activities. So why not string together a number of the best caravans and rallies throughout the year? We could start at any corner of the continent and, using our WBCCI Blue Beret magazine’s activity listings, cross the continent sampling cuisine and sights all along the way. And we would meet so many more people this way!
Why not? Because this is an attractive idea doesn’t make it a good one. We realized today we are still prone to overbook ourselves as we look forward to next year. Some of the offered activities are so appealing and provide unequaled access to camping and attractions. Then we remember we have limited time and money and don’t want to hurry through this part of our life.
So we look again, and we back away a little from the dreams. We still want to hike many sections of the Appalachian Trail. We want to visit the Florida Keys. It would be nice to take a cruise sometime. Could we return to Alaska? Wouldn’t New England and Canada’s eastern provinces be wonderful?
Someone told me once, “The Catskills are wonderful in the spring and fall.” And so many other places are, right? How many springs and falls should we plan for? Shouldn’t we hurry and get this done while we are still able?
We dream, we connoiter, we consider, we plan. Reality sets in, we reconsider, and we unplan. We want to plan less and enjoy, as it comes, what is in front of us.