A nice brisk walk into town on the morning, while I am here visiting my brother, I (and Mark) walked into town to meet Andrew after work. Portland is an amazing place, and it was fun to see the hundreds of cyclists, and we had to stop for about 15 minutes while the Hawthorn Bridge was raised.
It was finally warm enough to get out on my bike yesterday. I took my iPhone with the Geocaching App and went looking for Caches, all I cared about was getting outside and riding my bike again.
There is no feeling quite like it.
So what do you do when there is no time in the day left to be human? No second free in the daily routine to simply be a man under the open sky?
You walk. Early in the morning, you walk to work, and when the day is done, and the sun is falling again; you walk home.
It is my reprieve from the demands of the day, and the pressures of life.
I can not adequately explain to you how important it is do take the time away from the city lights, and to walk under the stars like one of their long-lost children.
There are moments that can not be captured by word, or photograph, those moments of beauty that rush upon the senses, and drown out the worries, and cares of this petty existence.
Walking under the dark canopy of night, and likewise; to see the sun rise over the hills -gives a sense of place to life on this earth.
I have taken to it like all of my passions: with fervor, and a total disreguard for anything else.
I am a little like the character of ‘Mr. Toad’ in ‘The Wind In The Willows’
I take to each new endeavor with an energy that leaves all else in it’s wake, and when the next thing comes along, off I go in that new direction.
In any case, I have taken a great interest in Geocaching, and today I placed my first Geocache! I have had an old plastic Moo Card box lying around for about a year, and have been looking for an excuse to use it. It makes an excellent small Cache container.
I put a small glass Marble that I found near where I have hidden the Cache inside; this little marble is the hand rolled kind, and is probably 100 years old or more. There is also a quote torn from an old book, and a 3 pence silver coin from 1918.
A log book naturally, and a few Moo cards complete the box.
I marked it with the Geocache sign, and hid it near my parents house In a place that I love.