Our Hatch Trip-of-a-Lifetime (as I call it) was all that and more. Everything was perfect. I will remember it as my journey over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road with what I think was a mixture of the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man.

I think Jeff, JP and Scott played all 3 roles. They all could be the Scarecrow- so much knowledge and experience among them. Makes me feel simple. All have strength and courage like Lion. Makes me feel weak. Amazing to live a life of no fear. Our guides came from nowhere- yet they were everywhere- in an instant to save those who needed to be saved in every sense.

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Scott as Lion

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JP as Scarecrow

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Jeff as Tin Man

The Wizard said to the Tin Man "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others." Clearly, what hearts they all have. With the hundreds of trips between them – they must be loved by thousands. Makes me feel insignificant. Hearts of the Tin Man for sure, to do what they do with such incredibly contagious positive attitudes.

If I had to cast the characters, I guess I’d say Scott’s strength would make him a good Lion. Jeff- I think behind that wry sense of humor has an enormous heart-thanks for looking after us Tin Man. JP (John Paul Running) would have to be the Scarecrow in my story because as Dorothy said -"I think I’m going to miss you most of all."

Unlike Dorothy, if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I will have to look further than my own back yard because I lost it and it’s not. there. anymore.

I would say, "read the book" (I’m a librarian)- but I really like the movie. But just in case you haven’t read the book (not many people have), Glinda tells Dorothy at the end, "Your Silver Shoes (not Ruby Slippers) will carry you over the desert.." (yes-it really says desert in the book).

Here is the last paragraph… after she is back in Kansas.

"Dorothy stood up and found she was in her stocking-feet. For the Silver Shoes had fallen off in her flight through the air, and were lost forever in the desert."

How true.

Thank you for carrying me over the desert.

Kari Kiefer A. April 16-22, 2011

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