The June 18-21 trip was a great time, even though there was not much water in the Colorado River, a 100 year low flow.
The tri-amputee person that sparked the idea for these raft trips, Mark Litynski, was able to come from Walter Reed (Bethesda) with his wife Heather. He is more than I had imagined. Very much an inspiration.
Two wheel chairs, two service dogs that had PFDs so they could swim with their WW.
Stacy Bare of the Sierra Club brought a film crew that will have a presentation on Public Broadcast Television in August. I’ll send out the date and time when I get it.
The three Brits had a great time, and were a great addition to the trip, made a lot of friends (including some local girls in Boulder and in Moab).
Some of the comments that have come in to date are below.
The Moab Times-Independent ran an article on the WW effort in last week’s publication. Here is the link…
The second trip of this year launches on July 2, next Monday. As I mentioned before, we will have a father-son WW team (Viet Nam and OEF/OIF), a retired Major General and his daughter who is also a military casualty, a dozen from the Denver Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment, 7 from the Cheyenne VA Hospital, and 88 year old Marine Iron Mike Mervosh, a legend among Marines.
Teamwork picture attached… and some whitewater adventure…
Thanks for all of your support.
Comments from the 2012 Wounded Warrior Cataract Raft Trips.
From one of the therapists:
Miracles happen on the river. New perspectives, greater vision for life goals, a chance to discover new sprouts of hope within. …able to link their new commitment to life specifically to this trip down Cataract Canyon.
From the participants:
Personally, I have had a life changing experience and plan to use the trek as a springboard for the future.
This is the best trip I’ve ever been on.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to spend time with such amazing people and other veterans. ..the guides were incredible and the scenery was like nothing I have ever seen. We have made some amazing friends, which will be life long.
The stars are amazing!! I think this is a great therapeutic tool for vets.
Wanting to heal. Needing to heal.. Tired and worn down from by not healing.
I have been very pleased to watch the veterans with us who live with obvious physical disabilities every day, to be able to witness their drive and determination to get out and enjoy life the best they can demonstrates to me they still have the “Warrior Spirit.”
Awesome guides, awesome people – awesome rapids and beauty.
From the guides and swampers:
These Wounded Warriors are my heroes – inspiring – uplifting – as they share their stories – strength and hope, it becomes clear that the human spirit will survive.
I think every TAG Cataract guide wants to be a part of this trip because we so appreciate the sacrifices these men and women have made the USA and the World a better place.