For those of you who didn't know of Howser, he was the host of a long-running program on PBS called "California's Gold." The show found Howser traveling up and down the Golden State uncovering treasures (such as places, towns, cities, attractions, parks, and people) that viewers may have never heard of.
You know what I really enjoyed? In every episode I watched, Howser seemed just as enthused about finding a small general store that sold some type of unique honey as he was about walking on the original path of the El Camino Real or walking among the splendor of Yosemite.
Howser demonstrated you could find "gold" anywhere...and not always in the most obvious places. This held true not only about the actual places he visited, but in the people he met and introduced his viewers to. Howser would usually interview the locals or anyone visiting the area and find out what their stories were and their attachment to the places. Sometimes I'd almost "hold my breath" as I saw some of the people he picked to be on camera (don't judge!) and then I'd usually find out that they had a lot of valuable insights to share.
I think there is a lesson here...Huell Howser made a living finding the hidden treasures that were always around us here in California, if we just took the time to look for them. Well, there are hidden treasures in your life, in your work, your home, your family, your friends that are already there, ready for you to find and uncover, if you'll only have the motivation to look for the "gold."
Thank you for sharing California's Gold with us, Huell! Happy trails on your next journey!