Alaska Treasure Hunt – How I Found 3 urchins in Sitka, Alaska

Two by two, twelve of us ran down the gangway of a catamaran on the sandy beach of the island. Our guide on the catamarans announced happily, "When you see a bear, just dig up and lock lever with the other to form a long line." The words blurred in my mind. I remember thinking, "How would blow a whistle to help us when we saw a bear?"

Laugh out loud, my husband announced, "When my wife sees a bear, she will not need to blow the whistle. The captain of the catamaran will be easy to hear her cry. "

Our guide also announced to wait patiently on the edge of the island to the catamaran to return to our on & # 39; Congress. Once again, my husband announced, "When my wife saw a bear on the island, she will walk on water to get back to the boat." Other adventurers smiled, as we all began our tour "day of wildlife."

Reflecting today on the information that describes the island tour, I'm sure I'm fat-free over the word "wildlife" and the potential of our lives are in danger, on the same day.

The rest went for a walk through the woods on the island. My husband and I went the other way. We walked the beach on the tiny island bathed in the warm sunny day in Alaska. "There is no point in placing himself in danger, if any, can be avoided," I silently said to myself.

When we went, my husband and I found one, two, and then three wonderful urchins on the unspoiled island in Alaska. Never before have I found a perfect sand dollar on the shore of any I've visited, and there we were on the island three wonderful urchins on holding Alaska.

I wrapped urchins in napkins and placed them neatly in a pocket of jeans. I said to my husband. "I'd better take care of them, because no one would believe that we have found three urchins in Alaska" I knew that this "once in a lifetime experience."

When the group returned to the catamaran for our board of & # 39; Congress, one of the adventurers asked us: "What are you guys doing?" I mentioned that we found a tree stump and three hedgehogs on our walk. Their eyes widened as they asked, "Where did you find hedgehogs?" I hear their question, but I am still delighted by what we found. I gently held urchins in my hands.

These hedgehogs are more to me now than when we found them three years ago. Our adventure, treasure transformed with & # 39 is just one of many unusual miracles, my husband and I felt; Miracles of love given to us by the creator of the universe.

Recently, I found an article in the Digest reader magazine about "How a new science thank you" can change your life. In this article, Barbara Fredrickson, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina, says, "Gratitude has the potential to change everything from its normal state, to be a gift. "

You expressed appreciation today for the unexpected gift of love, something that money can not buy?

© Angela Scott

December 28, 2007