The TallGrass Blog

Memory-Building Experiences
03/08/2013 Gail Ridings
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Chuck and I just came back from a “trip-of-a-lifetime” experience in Tanzania. We went with 11 dear friends, many from our local Rotary group, and we were privileged to visit a couple of the projects and meet some of the people who benefit from Rotarian support in Arusha.

We were touched by warmth and care from the Tanzanians. Our two guides, Adam and Chui, drove us in safari vehicles for 10 days so we could have the opportunity of seeing literally thousands of animals. Wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, rhinos, gazelles, elephants, baboons, lions, leopards...Wow! While the trip could never be called relaxing -- it was full of intense sights, sounds, smells and activity -- there were innumerable special moments that will remain in our memories for the rest of our lives.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found I have less interest in “stuff” and instead crave experiences. Events, interactions with friends and family, celebrations, volunteering, travel are all memory-builders. These experiences enrich my life in ways that a new car or a pretty dress just doesn’t do anymore. (However, I must confess that a cute pair of shoes can still light me up!)

When you think about experiences, we hope you’ll agree that a visit to TallGrass is a memory-builder, especially when you come with dear friends or family. Our valley is beautiful now. We’ve had a bit of snow and the afternoons are clear and sunny with the quintessential bright, blue Colorado sky. Your memorable experience awaits.