Instagram + Pamphlet = "Gramphlet"
A brilliant idea given to me from a good friend.
(I only created its name. That is it. I give him credit.)
I will paraphrase on what he told me, “Honestly, I do not read your long captions under your post. Do this instead. For each hike, take as many pictures and videos. Choose the best. Then, share up to 10 of them on one Instagram post. Also, add a video of yourself talking about your experience on the hike. (Almost like a conclusion paragraph.) Lastly, add a sketched map of your trail."
I told him, "Whoa. Very creative. I will tag you on my posts. What else do you want me to thank you?"
He said, "It's cool, bro."
I told him, "Thank you, bro."
Follow me in my journey as you see more gramphlets to come.
(Keep swiping left on each of my gramphlets.)
On Instagram, try finding my first gramphlet.
My 2nd gramphlet will be posted on Tuesday, November 28. I will be hiking Westwood Hills Park, City of Napa Parks and Recreation, Napa County.
So far, I have met 2 travelers, Janine and Nina. I went hiking with each of them.
(My goal is to hike with travelers, or anybody else. Anybody is welcome to go hiking with me.)
Yes, I am documenting my hike life.
Take a picture of hiking buddy saying, "Do a pose or something. Be you." Post it on my IG account. Then, write a paragraph description about hiking buddy. (Photo and description shown below.)
How did you meet Janine and Nina? One of my good friends met them on Couch Surfing. (I almost typed, "Crowd Surfing.") Then, he introduced them to me.
What is Couch Surfing? It is a phone app or website, where you can meet travelers around the world. Also, you can stay at any free lodging spot from a local host.
For instance, it goes with the Golden Rule saying, "Do unto others as they would do unto you." (Biblical rule in Matthew 7:12.)
What do you mean? Once I start traveling, I can visit Janine from Germany, and Nina from Switzerland. They can show me around their hometown. Also, they can introduce me to their friends. (The connection expands.)
Let's talk about Janine and Nina!
They are different in their own way.
Also, meeting travelers, such as Janine and Nina, have made me be myself (or authentic.)
How, so? No need to impress anybody. First and foremost, continue on to listen, and connect.
Also, it has made me realize that I must always be myself to everybody. If you do not like me, it is fine. (I am not trying to be Mr. Popular.)
What else have you learned from Janine and Nina?
Do not be harsh on myself. (One of my good friends told me this as well.)
When I am around with Janine and Nina, they are very calm, patient, and relaxed. Also, they have reminded me to always live in the moment. (Be stress-free.)
Again, anybody is welcome to go hiking with me.
Feel free to contact me.
Every time I hike, I always take pictures using my phone and DSLR camera.
So far, here is a collage of the pictures I have posted on my Instagram (in no particular order whatsoever).
I only have started this IG account since July 30.
Why take pictures? Obviously, I want to capture the moment. (Honestly, it is better to capture the moment by lively looking at it through your eyes than through camera.)
Also, I am documenting my hike life. (You already know.)
Side note: FYI, photographs will not last forever. Why, so? Imagine if it was the end of the world. No electricity, no digital pictures.
How can you remember, then? Your mind remembers the great memories. (Yes, I wrote a blog post, "The Human Brain."
Right now, live in the moment.
As of now, I started consistently hiking once a week, since June 27. I will continue to do so.
(FYI, I graduated from Environmental Studies with a concentration of Energy Management and Design. So, what? I have never been much of an outdoorsy person, until now. I have never camped just yet.)
How did hiking in June 27 start for you? My good friend asked me to go hiking with him at Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa, California.
Have you heard of Skyline Wilderness Park before? Nope. Surprisingly, I have lived in the Bay Area for the last 21 years. (I am horrible.) My good friend found Skyline Wilderness Park on BAHiker.com, which provides you almost every hiking trail in the Bay Area. (Thank you, Jane Huber.)
Why continue hiking anyway? (Here is a list shown below.)
I turn my shoulder, then I look back. I tell myself, "Whoa, I walked that. The past is remembered." Few minutes later, I start finishing my trail. I look ahead on how I must walk this challenging trail. (The future is in me.) Why, so? It seems like it was once a creek. I see many rocks slightly buried into soil. I must walk this carefully, or else I might sprain my ankle. (No way, you can text and hike.)
And the list will continue on, as I consistently hike.
Smile, and enjoy nature. Appreciate life. Keep exploring while you still can. Live in the present.
I will keep posting my hiking journey here, and on my Instagram @Mikes_HikeLife.