Vermont’s Burlington Free Press newspaper is following a bizarre story today about some people who were rescued from Lake Champlain after their home made raft crashed into some rocks in Charlotte, Vermont.
The raft expedition, led by a guy who calls himself Poppa Neutrino, was on its way to Panama, so says Poppa Neutrino himself.
Well, that’s certainly one example of following your dreams. To an extent, I always love it when somebody pursues a crazy dream. I might gently suggest that there is such a thing as too crazy a dream.
I mean, think about it. They were heading to Panama, or around the world. On little more than a bunch of planks nailed and tied together. With something that looks like shacks attached to the top of it.
The occupants weren’t dressed for storms. Temperatures were in the 30s as six-foot Lake Champlain waves dashed the raft onto some shoreline cliffs, breaking it to smithereens. The three people from the raft, including Poppa Neutrino, and three dogs, took shelter in a cave and were eventually rescued, hyperthermic, but alive.
Imagine if they’d made it all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, and then sailed into the teeth of a viscious nor’easter.
I’d love to know if Poppa Neutrino thought this whole plan out. Apparently, he’s tried things like this before. I work at the Freeps, and I can overhear reporters trying to get more information on this, so I’m sure we’ll have more information on this.
Nobody likes dreaming up a bright idea and being told the idea is impossible. Some people have been told their ideas are impossible, but proved their critics wrong.
But Poppa Neutrino: Your idea is impossible. Is there some other, more realistic, but still adventurous way to get to Panama? And although this was not your intention, was this scheme worth the risk to your life, and the people who worked so hard to rescue you?
When I first heard the news about the raft crash in Charlotte, my first response was “Those idiots!”
But although this raft idea was ridiculous, we need people like Poppa Neutrino. According to his Web site,…… and his other web site, he and his family have lived an itinerant life with few possessions, no home, just a video camera almost constantly rolling, recording his unusual schemes.
That lifestyle isn’t for me, or most people. I would never copy Poppa Neutrino, but he might serve to nudge us, just a little, to take slightly crazy chances. Maybe Poppa Neutrino’s only mistake is not letting just a little element of practicality into his ideas.
Sometimes, the sanest thing we can do is something crazy.