Thursday, September 03, 2009
The Dream of a Lifetime
Joey and Rachel dreamed and schemed for a year. They each worked really hard in their professions and saved as much as possible. They sold everything that wasn't essential including Joey's Bose Wave radio. They did lots of research and corresponded with some travel writers who had done what they were about to do. They made an excel spreadsheet and projected their mileage and costs--food, gas, lodging, auto repairs, Starbucks. They bought a VW Westphalia van (known as a Westy by the devotees) and readied it for a year on the road. Then they christened the van "Gunther" and launched their journey with a well-attended Bon Voyage party.
They documented their trip with a blog. It turned out to be highly readable as they are both really good writers and they had some exciting/harrowing/beautiful adventures that they were generous enough to share with us through words and pictures. This picture was on the sidebar of their blog and it shows their route from LA north to Alaska, east to Montreal and down the Eastern Seaboard, then a roller coaster through the southern states and back to LA. That was Part One. Part Two of their journey made the loop from LA down the Pacific coast to the Panama Canal and back up again on the Gulf side of Latin America. WOW. That's a ROADTRIP! I love the symbols they have "riding" on top of Gunther to represent each destination.
This is how it was. Two surfboards, a pop-top camper, and an ocean view. The only thing that's missing in this shot is the hammocks that seemed to so frequently cradle their healthy, strong, suntanned bodies.
It was hard to let them go on that trip (not that they asked!) but we are so extremely glad now that they lived that dream. It wasn't something they just talked about. They did it. They made it happen. They shared it with the rest of us benchwarmers who maybe aren't so daring.
It makes me so happy that my son lived this dream and that beautiful Rachel was by his side. Before he went to Heaven, he was cooking up a new scheme--sailing around the world. Sometimes I think he knew his life would be short and he just went for it. If you have a dream, I want to encourage you to go for it, too, and I will cheer you on. I think that's what we're meant to do. I'm trying to find my way through grief so that I can still live some of my dreams.
And for all of us...carpe diem.
Those were the days, my friends...we thought they'd never end...