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Colorado Tour

To research potential places for veteran families we were invited to visit some places in Colorado to host families and groups for adventures.  We traveled to Vail and stayed at the tranquil Sonnenalp Resort on the banks of Gore Creek.   From there our party split up, Steve and his son Connor drove on to Park City, Utah.  Tristan, Caleb, Zach and I headed north to the Sheraton Resort in Steamboat Springs.  Lucy really took care of us and gave us a great tour of their facility and what a fantastic community Steamboat is.  Steamboat Springs is very accommodating to veterans and their families.  We celebrated Zach’s birthday along Yampa River while the boys took turns rafting on the river on a small inflatable.  Zach and Tristan enjoyed a round of golf at Rollingstone Ranch, while Caleb and I  went hiking to a beautiful waterfall and crawled around on some rocks.  After a couple of days there we drove south to Edwards to stay at the Cordillera Resort.  Cordillera is a magnificent place with some awesome views.  We met some nice folks and headed over Cottonwood Pass to Crested Butte.   We had a tour of the resort with Suzanne and did a little fishing.  I have to give a shout out to the Gas Café, they serve up some great food.  For a variety of  adventure, Crested Butte is awesome.  After a couple of days there we continued west and crossed over Kebler Pass to the western slopes to visit a desert oasis, Gateway Canyons.  A bit warmer and not your typical thought of a Colorado resort, but 100% Colorado.  The boys caught frogs and raced with other kids there one evening, great fun and the auto museum was incredible.  We will be working hard to keep our relationship with Gateway going.  They really are the who package. We wrapped up our trip with a couple of days in Breckenridge. Rafting with Wilderness Aware was awesome.  We will definitely be booking some trips with those folks next summer.   All in all a very good trip and made some fantastic connections towards lining up some incredible trips for Veterans and their families to reconnect in a mountain setting.  Colorado offers so much for what we are setting out to do with our Adventure Grant program that puts veteran families in an educational and challenging outdoor environment.

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