As I near forty, I’ve been thinking more and more about the great things I’ve been able to do in my life and what things I’d still like to do. The box on each page of 7 Minute Miles lists a number of these things, but when I rode a train across the rockies (item#25), I realized that’s the first one I’ve actually completed since I made the list.
Two events have led to more serious family discussions about our future plans: the afore-mentioned train trip out west and my weekend trip to the North Shore this winter to see Richard Thompson. What these trips pointed out to me was that I really like the outdoors and places like Schweitzer and the North Shore of Lake Superior are much prettier than where I live now. If I can find a way to make a living, why not live where it’s pretty?
I’ve wanted a cabin on Lake Superior for a long time. The frequent trips to Grand Marais while growing up often led to thoughts of “what could I do for a job to live here all the time?” I never could find a good answer to that, especially with the opportunities available in the Twin Cities. But with telecommuting and air travel options, where you physically live is becoming less and less important.
Here are some of my goals and desires as part of this plan:
- Five acres on Lake Superior somewhere between Duluth and Lutsen with 300 feet of lake shore
- Architect-designed, chalet-style, log and stone home built using “Not-So-Big” philosophies
- Home features: large windows towards lake, stone fireplace, heated floors, satellite TV, high-speed internet, audio/video room, green building techniques, Kohler Bodyspray shower
- Small, two-bedroom guest cottage for my parents (and other visitors)
- Good schools for the kids (Two Harbors High School?)
- School technology consulting/remote management and MN Publishing Company website publishing for me, Duluth health care and consulting options for Colleen
- Northland Country Club membership for golf and swimming; Lutsen Mountain season pass for skiing
- Other quality of life activities: running, biking, hiking, kayaking, skating, dining, travel
There are great restaurants in Duluth and along the North Shore, the Twin Cities would still be close (as would Canada), air travel would be easy enough and I’d even tolerate the winters better thanks to the skiing and overall beauty we experienced there in March. I’d miss Wild games at the X, but I could still drive down for a few games now and then.
I need to stop drooling and make it happen–the clock is ticking!Originally published by DK on April 26, 2008 at 12:05 am