The spirit of Smith Rock is something hard to put your finger on. It’s been described as soul-filling—a deep connection to the volcanic energy that formed its walls, and the river that shaped its valley. Maybe that’s why 200+ volunteers show up each year at the Smith Rock Spring Thing to give something back to this magical place. This weekend was no exception, but it was more than expected. One of those times when all the bad stuff in the world melts away with a simple act of kindness.