Day 16 – Lander to Home
We are stopping off in Park City on our way today for a bit of R&R before heading in for the home concert. No pictures today – if you don’t know what the home concert looked like – shame on you for not attending. In their place though, here are some Ringer’s Reflections you’ll enjoy reading as we wrap up this year’s tour. Thanks for reading the blog!
This tour has been filled with so many amazing moments that it would be impossible to pinpoint a single thing that would be my favorite. These moments started the minute we boarded the first plane to Atlanta where Alicia S. and I discussed our top picks in this season of the Bachelorette. Then we traveled through the South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and I was able to play in my family member’s churches which was an incredible experience because most of them have never seen me play bells. After all of the family visits we had our three day break in Washington D.C. It was a truly amazing experience to share with the choir. On the third night in D.C. the choir got the opportunity to play at the George Washington Masonic Memorial which was a concert I will never forget. As we have been heading back to Utah the amazing moments haven’t stopped. We have seen the Gateway Arch, the place where they hold the Kentucky Derby and a fantastic hotel night in Denver. I’m sure that the last couple days will be just as incredible as the past two weeks have been. Throughout this tour I have thought about all the things that I love about being in the bell choir and biggest one that comes to mind is the friends that I have made. Some of the people in the choir I would have never meet and they are some of the most awesome people I know and I am so happy that I can call them my friends. The choir has taught me dedication, the importance of teamwork, leadership and many other skills which I am extremely grateful for. This group of people has made my last tour better than I ever could have asked for. – Kelly
Being a part of The Wesley Bell Ringers for 5 years has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have learned so much about leadership, teamwork and friendship and have definitely grown in my self-confidence. I was very shy when I entered into my first year and wasn’t sure I was going to stick with the choir however, after fundraisers, retreats, and my first summer tour I realized the greatness of this organization. I enjoy spreading beautiful music to people all over the country and bonding with other choir members, creating friendships that will last a lifetime. Some of my very best friends I made from being in the choir and I am so thankful that this organization was created because I am a much more social, confident, and happy person now than I was 5 years ago. I will miss being in the choir and taking part in its many traditions but I am so glad I decided to join and to have stuck with it for 5 years -Shannon
This tour has been full of new and old memories. We went to a lot of these places on my first tour in 2011, so I got to relive experiences and make new memories all at the same time. Because of this it’s difficult to pinpoint my favorite thing about this tour. But all of these experiences have reminded me just how much this choir has influenced my life and how much it means to me. I have spent six summers traveling around the country with my best friends, new and old. I have strengthened relationships with these people because of all the adventures we have had together. It is because of these people that I have loved being a part of the choir and was so willing to come back for a sixth year. They became my family and helped me figure out who I was in the best way. I am proud of each and every single ringer who is on this tour and I’m very fortunate to have gotten the chance to know each one of them. And because of this I’m excited to see what will happen next for the choir and what the future holds for the seniors and super seniors. I believe that is what the choir teaches us, friendship and how to love a person for who they are. I love you all. – Alicia S
Being the choir for 4 years now I have learned so much from it that I will hold on to for the rest of my life. This being my fourth tour I have decided I can’t compare it to the others to determine if I had a favorite overall tour, each one has been different and more special then the last. I have gained so many new friendships and grown old ones as well. This tour has been so much fun considering how little of us there is, but harder because of that same reason. I believe that we all have strived to our capabilities with bell pride. I am so proud of this choir for the determination and dedication given the whole year to make the choir continue for another successful year. I am so lucky to have second family, to be there to support me when life throws something unexpected to me. Also, thank you to my second family for making my birthday and past birthday’s a success!! I love them all! I am so excited to see what comes next for the choir next year! – Alicia G.
What I love about being in the bell choir are the close bonds and friendships you make with the whole group. When I first started last year I had no idea who any of these people were, but know they are probably my closest friends I have. The bell choir traches you how to work as a team, but improve as an individual as well, which is a very important thing for everyone to learn.
Every experience shapes a person. From the day you are born you are formed and molded into your own being. Every life is filled with decisions both big and small, and it is experiences that control how we react to these situations and how we make these decisions. In the past two weeks, we have faced trials and had to make decisions. In the midst of all this though, we have been shown new things and had new experiences that have shaped the way that we all think and feel. From the misty, humid tropics of the south, to the stone-faced concretions of the north, and through the simple sage-green desert hills of home, we have all come a long way. -Jack