Multnomah Falls, Oregon
Scientists recently discovered that negative ions are abundant in places of natural serenity, such as beaches, forests, mountains and waterfalls. As oxymoronic as it sounds, negative ions have a positive effect on people. They alleviate stress, increase alertness and boost energy levels. I’d even say they provide inspiration.
I don’t often escape the fast-paced city life, even on my travels. But when I get away from honking horns, flashing lights, and the pitter-patter of my fingers across the keyboard, I feel refreshed and energized. I often get my best ideas when I’m outdoors.
But nothing compared to the explosion of inspiration I experienced at Multnomah Falls in Oregon (map).
Other writers will understand what I mean when I say good ideas tend to come out of nowhere, like magic. One moment you’re going about your life and the next moment it’s as if you stepped into an invisible vortex of creativity. Ideas rush at you so fast, your hand can barely keep up with the information you’re receiving.
Standing in front of Multnomah Falls, watching water cascade 620 feet, the icy mist invigorating the senses, the violent crash of the water drowning out the world, I slipped into one of those mysterious vortexes, tapping into the ether where all creative ideas hang, waiting to be plucked like an apple from a tree.
I took my fair share. But there are an endless amount left. Ripe and waiting.
About this week’s guest writer
Bret Ahmed is the brains (clearly not the looks) behind The Jetpacker, a fun travel blog that features humorous tales, lists, deals, tips and strange stories from the travel universe.
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