Simple things often make me cry. For example, this Publix ad, the song about Jamie’s Food Revolution, the ending of this marvellous book. I never know when a moment will sneak up and get me. My face just starts to feel warm, my eyes water and I don’t realize what’s happening until my eyes let out a single tear. It happens so quickly that it’s over before I can explain it.
One of those moments snuck up on me during a hike in Portland. We were doing the fairly easy Eagle Creek Hike to see the gorge from the Wauna Viewpoint. You hear cars on the highway as you do the hike but the abundance of greenery throughout the path makes up for the noise. The nature there is as alive as the slugs and snakes you’ll see along the way.
At the top of the mountain I sat down to take in the view and noticed a small plastic container next to me. It had a green sticker with the words “Official Geocache” on it. I thought a fellow hiker had forgotten their lunch, but somehow Jack knew what it was, “oh, that’s that treasure hunt thing”.
When the boys ran away to climb some trees, as they do, I opened up the container. Inside was a small notebook with a list of names and loose papers with messages written on them. Because I am an emotional nerd, I sat there reading each one, feeling inspired by the pure randomness and positivity of it all. All the sudden my face felt hot and my eyes got watery. It must have been one of the quotes about following your dreams that got me, but I held back the tears before the boys could see.
After we left Portland I read more about this geocaching thing. What a clever idea! Geocaching is basically an easy way to find adventure using the power of GPS. First, you sign up and join the geocaching community using the website or app. A map will outline the geocaches near your location. Some are harder to find than others. You can pick one located in your own neighborhood or at the top of a mountain. Sometimes you’ll leave inspirational messages, other times you’ll swap trinkets. With over two million active geocaches all over the world, there is a chance one is close to you right now.
I can’t promise that you’ll feel so inspired every time you find a geocache that you’ll let out a small cry but I can swear, on my hopes and dreams, that it will always be a bit of fun. It’s so easy these days to forget to adventure. Geocaching inspires a new way of exploring the world around you.
Like Grace Coddington said, “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.”