Hand hovering over reset

©2021 Michael Raven

Planning is firming up for this trip. Destination(s) set now.

After writing yesterday’s post, I got to thinking more and more about what I’d written and decided that the idea of heading to Seattle, then Portland, feels best out of the various options I’ve considered. It feels right.

Now, unless you really know me, it might not be apparent that I tend to trust my gut instinct in certain matters. Occasionally, it leads me astray, but more often than not, it usually steers me in the right direction. And, when I completely ignore it, I tend to end up in awful situations filled with regret. This is one of those times when gut instinct has been telling me to go to the NW Coast, although there are plenty of other destinations that have their own appeal for me.

As I said, I am getting increasingly pulled towards my home away from home — which some might think would be Montana (I spent every summer there as a kid), but I’ve never felt as close to that state as my mother did.

All I’m doing right now is awaiting confirmation of the invitation to stay with my distant cousin and her husband to make sure I have a place to stay while in Seattle, so I can decide how much I want to spend on accommodations in Portland.

Once that’s settled, it’s just making reservations for rail and hotel. And waiting.

I don’t think any of you live in either city, but if you do and want to have me buy you some coffee in exchange for your small talk, let me know and we’ll set something up. I’m always interested in meeting new people that I might share a gossamer-thin thread of a connection with.

I still haven’t decided what I plan to do as part of this exercise in hitting reset buttons. I’m not sure I want to set up any expectations, but it seems like a great opportunity to meditate, reflect, and write. Supposedly, I have wifi connectivity during the trip itself, and it seems every café in the US is now an “internet café” these days, so I don’t think connectivity will be an issue for me. I’ll also bring my ReMarkable (e-paper tablet) along, as well as my Chromebook. But, do I travelogue and snap pictures like crazy? Or do I focus on more internal thoughts and processes? Or do I just use the rail time to dig deep into writing a novel worthy of publication (however nominally that may be), as I have always claimed I would?

I have time, of course, to decide on those kinds of things — but it seems important on this journey to at least have the inkling of an idea of what to do with my travel time on the rails (essentially, almost four days over the course of the journey), and ways to keep myself occupied while I am immersing myself in the café culture.

Yes, the bulk of my time will be spent watching the world go by, as I envision it. I plan to do some walking/window shopping, and some looking at certain sites without appearing to look at those sites, but I honestly — I plan mostly to peoplewatch and connect with the spaces to recharge my NW Coastal “batteries”.

I’m still looking for ideas, should anyone have them. I’m intrigued with what you might suggest.

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