MESSAGE FROM TOM

Tom Heneghan - CEO, Equity LifeStyle Properties

One of the best things about travel is that you get to experience other cultures. Whether it be brief trips where you find yourself sampling the local cuisines or extended stays where you become fully immersed in the day-to-day life of any place that is not home.

We learn from these experiences, grow from these experiences and in sharing the best parts of our travels, we enlighten others.

A few of the stories in this issue of TrailBlazer wouldn't be possible if that desire to learn and explore the world didn't take root in some people.

A truly interesting story is that of Noble Trenham, aka Global Noble, who back in 1959 set out on a journey to visit 75 countries because he felt, that despite his world travels as a Navy pilot, he was “missing out on the people.” This month we kick off a series that will detail Noble's adventures, adventures where he truly immersed himself in the culture of the countries that he visited. Get ready to roll because reading about Noble's adventures will definitely spark your travel bug.

This month's travel feature highlights Virginia – a state closely associated with Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had a tremendous passion for travel stating he needed to “to see what I have not yet seen”. Jefferson is credited with introducing our country to many things he experienced during his travels, including the waffle iron, the pasta machine and a recipe for French fries. Can you imagine how different breakfast, lunch and dinner might be if Jefferson was a homebody instead?

Our Spotlight feature highlights some popular games that find their roots in Europe. Obviously someone shared their experience and those games became as common here as they are in their countries of origin.

The same experiences occur when you travel throughout our network. There's plenty of culture to immerse yourself in. If you spend more than one day in any location, you're bound to develop an interest in some of the local offerings. Have you ever tasted a delicious lobster roll, made fresh from Maine lobster, or cooled off with a big glass of sweet tea – a favorite beverage in the south? Consider the lifestyle habits of the different areas as well – a visit to a California preserve may most likely center around water activity, while a trip to the Rio Grande Valley will have you bird watching for species found only in that area of Texas.

There is so much to see and do out there and we're proud of the fact that our network provides you a wide variety of experiences. Try something different as you travel over the next few months – talk to the “locals”, see what their favorite pastimes are and give it a try. Immerse yourself in the culture and then share your experiences with friends and family – you never know what might catch on!

Thought Of the Month
"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit." - Frank Borman

Tom Heneghan
President and CEO