As our 25th wedding anniversary approached, we could not decide how we wanted to celebrate the big event. We talked and read and discussed until it almost seemed that it would be way too much trouble. But finally, remembering a camping trip many years ago when we drove down a beautiful highway in Utah, we decided (OK, it was mostly me...Tom said he'd go anywhere!) to book at the Sorrel River Ranch in Moab, Utah. The very long drive to get there and back was completely worth the effort. We had a wonderful few days, the Colorado River on one side of us and massive red buttes and pinnacles all around. Glorious weather, wonderful food, immensely peaceful surroundings...exactly what we wanted. The highlight, however, was a concert in a grotto on the river by 14 outstanding musicians who played Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others in the most awe-inspiring setting imaginable. The notes rang from the 200' high walls and brought tears to our eyes. And the boat ride to and from the grotto was more than spectacular. We felt as though we had touched the ancients, humbled by the sheer magnitude of the world around us.
My dear friends, don't resist the urge to grab every moment of beauty and inspiration you can, even if it involves great effort. This precious life is so damned unpredictable and one never knows when the next curve ball will come along. We need memories such as those I described above to help us through the swampy times of life!
Love to you all!