Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Joy of Giving

Neil sharing his coolest treasures Neil sharing his coolest treasures Doug Bates

"I've always just loved giving things away. But then we created the non-profit. So now, it was my job to give! People from all over gave to me so I could share with others! Even organizations supported me... doing just what I always loved!"


I'll never forget how Neil's face lit up as he recounted OLT's founding years. And he wasn't alone in this adventure. He and Terry worked side-by-side with a group of incredible volunteers and professionals who each loved and respected this delicate and precious place. Together, they carefully crafted the principals that would preserve this unique experience for generations to come.

I was recently asked what motivates my service to this community. The founder's example immediately came to mind, but also the hundreds of others whose kindness meant as much to them as to those who received it. There was the hippy who first introduced me to Valley View decades ago, the wealthy couple who shared their favorite hot springs secrets, or the exuberant nine year old who helped me build tiny rock houses for the magic people. There's musicians, cooks, and artists. Even if it's just a kind welcome or some soaking story, we all love to share. And through OLT, each of our gifts mean so very much to so many. So like Neil, I only wish I had more to share.

- Doug Bates (the other Doug)

Last modified on Friday, 11 July 2014 19:52

Orient Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust
dedicated to the preservation of Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) and its viewshed—
including natural and biologic resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat,
open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley—
for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.