I wanted to find Wrinkle in Time tours or Madeleine L’Engle tours because she died this week and her Newberry Award winning book A Wrinkle in Time is perhaps one of the best examples of travel writing there is. Okay, maybe that’s stretching it, but seriously, isn’t traveling through time and space a travel theme that appears over and over again?
At any rate, I was hoping to find a travel angle so I could pay Madeleine L’Engle a fitting tribute. That book is my all time favorite–a treasure–something beyond just a good read–a book that as a writer, and as a person on this planet with all its troubles and triumphs, I am inspired by. I don’t know. Perhaps it’s the theme of good overcoming evil. Or that in there is a place in the world for oddballs, and that listening to your internal compass is a worthy travel guide. Or is it that it’s just so perfectly written?
I couldn’t find a Wrinkle in Time tour that has anything to do with the book or with Madeleine L’Engle, but I did find an article on the historic town Albany, Oregon with a heading, “A Wrinkle in Time.”
Albany, Oregon is featured as a weekend getaway destination on Via, a AAA companion publication. Here’s what makes Albany worth going to: 700 historic buildings (the most in one place in Oregon); covered bridges (8 of them on a driving tour), tree shaded streets for strolling, and eating and shopping establishments that are geared towards retaining the flavor of small town charm. If you go there, think of Madeleine, even though, she has nothing to do with the place. The photo is of one of the covered bridges in Albany. Think of it as a metaphor for crossing over from one place to another, the known to the unknown–like traveling through space and time–like in A Wrinkle in Time. Just trying to make a connection here.