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Climbing a Tree in Eugene, OR

Posted By adventureswithben On September 15, 2009 @ 11:21 am In Flickr,Oregon,United States,You Tube | Comments Disabled

When I arrived at the airport in Eugene, Oregon I asked the lady at the rental car company what’s the one thing I should do/see/eat in Eugene. I ask this question every time I travel to the usual suspects: rental car company, hotel front desk and cab driver. It is surprising how difficult a question it would seem I am asking. Seriously, you work in travel and hospitality. Train your people to be able to answer this question without saying “Gee, I don’t know”. I don’t think I’m asking a lot, am I?

Well for Eugene, the place to visit is Skinner Butte Park. I’ll take you there later this week. Instead, I’m doing things in reverse. Today’s post is all about what I did when I was there, without telling you what “there” is. Briefly, Skinner Butte Park is big hill that overlooks the city of Eugene. That’s all you need to know to get through today’s post.

At the top of the hill I saw something that gave me an idea…

I can’t remember the last time I climbed a tree. Something happens when we start to grow up. All the things we used to thing were fun are forgotten and thought about as shameful. When was the last time you colored? Played with Legos? Play-Doh? Created a fort out of boxes or furniture? Can’t remember when, can you? Why is that? Why do we lose our imagination? Imagination is wonderful. I remember climbing trees as a child and thought about how cool it was to be that high. To be able to look out at everything down below. In the spirit of childhood, I was going to climb this tree.

Or so I thought. It turns out that climbing a tree wouldn’t be as easy as I thought it would be. Maybe this wasn’t the right tree, or maybe I had lost my skills as a climber, but this was harder than I thought. I didn’t give up though. I tried again and…

Success. I climbed a tree and it felt great. I was up high, able to look out through the treetops and see the City of Eugene from a much cooler perspective. When I got down I had another thought. You see, I experienced all the fun of climbing the tree while you sat there and watched me do it. Wouldn’t it have been more fun if you came along to? I’m so glad you said yes, that’s what I thought too.

And because one time is never enough.

You may be reading this post having just woken up from your sleep. Or maybe you are taking a break in the middle of the day and need a quick diversion. Perhaps you are reading this at night, just before retiring to bed. Whenever you are reading this make a promise to yourself to do something childlike in the next 24-hours. I’m not talking immature, but buy a box of crayons and color. Or maybe create a puppet show with your socks. Do something that uses your imagination and remember what fun you used to have and how easy it can be to still have that moment of fun if you really try to reach for it.

 Climbing a Tree in Eugene, OR
Celebrating Climbing the Tree

More photos from my adventure in the tree can be seen at my Flickr site [2].

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