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Breathtaking views surround us in Arizona. Whether it’s hidden gems like Havasu Falls or tourist-filled towns like Sedona, there’s a seemingly endless amount of Kodak moments.
This month, the Storytellers Project celebrates those scenes and more at our Outdoor Adventures event. On Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Desert Botanical Garden, seven community members will share live first-person narratives detailing their adventures.
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Some will share travel experiences that didn’t quite go as planned. Floyd Galloway will share a story about a trip to the Grand Canyon with a friend that tested their friendship and almost cost them their lives.
“Even through our mental and physical chaos, our survival skills peaked and it was a spiritual experience. It was life altering…I realized you haven’t lived until you almost died.”
Like Galloway, Chantel Freed took a trip that tested friendships. After spending a great honeymoon in Rome, Freed later visited with two friends. She’ll talk about what her experience with these women taught her about the lesson of patience is a virtue.
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Sally Borg will describe how she has always lived an active lifestyle and how that led to a “mistaken identity.”
“From the time I was 16 years old, people have mistaken me for a boy/man. I’m taller than an average woman, 5’10”, and I’ve kept short hair most of my life because it suits my active outdoor lifestyle. I’m a country girl living in a place full of city girls and I just don’t fit the mold.”
We’ll also hear from Mare Schumacher who works as an epidemiologist and looks at various disease patterns. Part of her job involves testing fleas on rodents to see if they have a plague. She’ll talk about an experience she had while testing fleas on squirrels. “The plan was to humanely trap squirrels, anesthetize them, comb fleas off of them, and return the squirrels back to the wild. We did this successfully with three squirrels, but on the fourth, something went very wrong.”
We hope you’ll join us for a night storytelling celebrating the nature that surrounds us.
Related: Listen to stories from across the country on The Storytellers Project Podcast
Storytellers Project: Outdoor Adventures
When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.
Admission: $12. Students are $5.
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