When I was growing up many of my friends played Dungeons & Dragons, a tabletop role-playing game that involved core rulebooks and polyhedral dice. Despite its popularity, I never got into it. Fast-forward a few decades and my son is now fully immersed in a similar fantasy game called Magic: The Gathering (if you are really cool you just call it Magic). Have you heard about Magic? It is a trading-card game developed by Richard Garfield who incidentally grew up in Oregon. Now played by millions around the world, it has replaced LEGO as Trevor’s new past-time obsession.
I have nothing against the playing of Magic. It requires analytic thought, creativity, and an ability to interact with others while playing in tournaments. But I am increasingly concerned at how skilled marketers have become at preying on children. Just a couple of years ago Trevor’s world revolved around LEGO. Now I see the same pattern with Magic. As parents we do our best to set limits, enforce boundaries, and explain why the pleasures of buying a new Magic deck are short-lived. But honestly, we are no match for the wizard marketers!
So what does any of this have to do with the image today you ask? This shot of Mt. Hood reminds me of a real magical world that recently became even more magical! Just a few years ago, a pair of cavers climbing on the northwest side of the mountain discovered a portal into another world. A hole that led them into an undiscovered network of magical ice caves that now is considered the largest of its kind in the lower 48 states! After spending the past couple of years exploring the icy underworld, they aptly named it the Snow Dragon Cave System.
In a world of 7 billion inhabitants, very few places are left that have not been explored by humans. It really is cool to learn that these ice caves are literally in the backyard of our cabin! And while I will continue to support Trevor playing Magic, I will also encourage him to go in search of real undiscovered worlds.