A few years back I did a show for The Travel Channel called Craving Adventure. I basically went to Little Corn Island, just off the coast of Nicaragua, and just had a crew follow me incessantly for 10 days. It was kinda batty having a camera up in my grill from dusk til dawn, but it's not til I re-watch the show (now and again) do I remember that madness (and joy) it took to pull that thing off.
All throughout the show, my big thing was this hand-drawn map. It was blank when I started exploring and I slowly dotted it in with little finds--like where to find homemade coconut bread, where to go skinny dipping, where to plop down in a hammock and never get up, etc...And, at the end of the trip, I put it in this small wooden box that a local made for me and hid it--so at the very end of the show, I could pop in the GPS coordinates where it was located.
Now, I know lots of people watched that show and I definitely know lots of peeps went to Little Corn right after it aired, all based on my crazy adventures on that remote little island. What I'm wondering is did anyone find the box (lots of geocachers go to destinations exactly for this reason)? Did it get swept away in a hurricane (see cracked sidewalk photo)? Did a wild animal eat it (what would possess me to put baby chocolate globes in a box hidden away on a tropical island)? Did a local happen upon it and claim if for themselves? I guess I'll never really know. Maybe I will make it back down there someday (in my sailboat, thank you very much)....and see if my treasure is still there.
What I do know for sure is that I came back from that trip with a crazy tan, a deep respect for proper mojitos, a fantastic obsession with ropa viejo, freckles that never left my cheekbones and a great appreciation for not living on camera all the time. That's not to say I don't have another show in the works--one involving maps--of lack thereof. A girl can only live the big life without sharing it for so long...because one thing I've learned is that everyone is trying to find a spit of freedom and if I can help them get one step closer...well, why not?