I was on the the road going to the World Domination Summit being held in Portland, Oregon, where I had the opportunity to speak in front of almost a thousand people, back in July of 2012.
I left Houston, Texas on a Monday morning and was planning to get to Portland by Thursday. It was going to be a fun trip. I had planned out my route for maximum exposure to Nature, which included going through the Grand Canyon.
I was enjoying the trip as much as I was looking forward to getting to WDS. One of my favorite natural phenomena is waterfalls, and I will take detours, if need be, in order to go see a waterfall. Or even plan an entire trip for Waterfall Hunting. (but that would be another blog post altogether)
So, I took a detour in the Twin Falls, Idaho area to check out the Shoshone Falls.
(I call them Mini Niagara Falls). Since photography is one of my favorite activities, though not the passion it was once upon a time, I like to take pictures of things that to call me. And waterfalls have been one of those things. The detour was well worth the time and effort as you can see.
Later, as I continued my journey towards Portland, driving on I-80 along the twists and turns of the Columbia River which separates the states of Oregon and Washington, I saw a beautiful yacht cruising on the river. I was told later that the yacht belonged to Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. It had a helicopter on it, now that is living life in style.
I love being out there in Nature with no worries and a relaxed attitude. That is not to say that I didn’t have things on my mind that demanded my attention or caused me concerns. But, when I am engrossed in Nature, they lose their grip.
I was about 30 or 40 miles from Portland cruising along at 65-70 miles per hour, the river to my right and the mountains to my left, when I saw a sign that informed me that a waterfall was up ahead. I followed the road signs and exited the freeway and ended up in a parking lot.
In a parking lot, for heaven’s sake! No trails, no signs, no indication of anything that would make me think that there was a waterfall around. I went to the lone structure on the parking lot, hoping to ask someone for more information. But, all I found was brochures from travel outfits. No human being in sight. I looked around the parking lot for clues that might indicate how I might be able get to the waterfall, but no such luck.
I was disappointed, and maybe a little ticked off, as I headed back to my van, the camera still hanging from my neck. I might even say that I was more than a little ticked off.
That’s when I heard a crow overhead. “Caw, Caw,” it seemed to be calling me saying, “Hey, look up here, you dummy.”
I looked up in the direction of the sound, hoping to catch a crow in flight for a great shot. What I saw left my mouth wide open in awe and amazement.
There it was. The Multnomah Falls, all Six Hundred and Four Feet of it, – on the other side of the highway. And to think, I almost missed it because I was walking around with the proverbial blinders on, only looking for what I thought should be there, and not being open to other possibilities.
There was a tunnel under the highway that took me to the other side where the real action was. For the next hour and a half, I was in a total state of bliss, enjoying this marvelous feat of Nature.
I learned two very important lessons from this incident.
The first one is the obvious one. Don’t go through life with your blinders on.
But the second one is more subtle, and, in my opinion, the more important one; and that is about the presence of Divine Grace in our lives. Even when we are walking around with our blinders on, Divine Grace nudges us in the direction of our desires, towards the magnificent beauty that is all around us.
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