Lately I’ve been re-building lists. Lists of unfinished business I have to get to. Things to see and do, as soon as this other business is over. You might call it a bucket list, but for me I’ll stick with unfinished business. Take a blank map, color in where you’ve been and you quickly see that there’s so much you’ll never see. And that’s okay, I don’t want to see everything, but I do want to see some things. Let’s begin with these.
The Aurora Borealis has long been on this list, dancing just out of reach with the Southern Cross on the far ends of the earth sky. I suppose I’ll get to each eventually, beginning in the north, where I sit, just out of reach, thinking about such things. I blame Crosby, Stills & Nash for sticking the Southern Cross in my head, just as I blame Local Hero for my obsession with the Northern Lights. Remove “blame”, add “credit” if you will.
And then there’s sailing across the Atlantic Ocean (and back again on a southern route). Long list on both sides of the pond, and of course in between. Iceberg spotting in Newfoundland, hoisting a pint at The Brazen Head in Dublin, a fish sandwich on raisin bread at Woody’s in Bermuda, and lately, Christmas in Salzburg and Hallstatt without the throngs of tourists. I definitely have unfinished business in Scotland, beginning with The Quiraing and the sunset at Neist Point and heading south to an immersive distillery tour in Islay. Across the channel and Normandy calls, and then a host of other Sirens scattered about Europe, taunting me; There’s no time to waste, you fool. Don’t worry, other Sirens, I haven’t forgotten you…
Another west coast calls me; Napa and some time with those redwoods, a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Monteray and Big Sur and a trip inland to Yosemite. There’s something about west coasts that draw me, I suppose. Maybe it’s that restless northeast kid longing to get out there? I’m a sunrise guy (greet the day!), but I do love a good sunset too. I’ll follow the sun and see where it leads me. Perhaps it will lead me to unfinished business in faraway places like Cocos Island and Easter Island and Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Machu Picchu in Peru. I’ve never given you enough attention South America. That’s an omission I hope to remedy, given the chance.
And what of the world beyond? So much unfinished business from Hawaii to the South Pacific to Australia to New Zealand to Asia and India and Africa all stacked up waiting their turn. So much to do, so little time… unfinished business all of it. So let’s get this pandemic behind us, there’s a world to see, and precious little runway to take off. Join me?