USMC Wounded WarriorsPosted: November 15, 2013
Sponsored by the Grand Canyon River Runners Association http://www.gcriverrunners.org
On this trip Wounded Warriors will experience moments of pure thrill, times of absolute serenity, and a deep connection with nature – all of which combine to create a truly life-changing experience. They’ll learn about the history and geology of the mighty Colorado River. They’ll strengthen friendships, form bonds that will last a lifetime, and do it all under the supervision of professional river guides and trained military medical personnel.
The Adventure Begins
Each day, they’ll wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and the sounds of rushing water mingled with the murmur of sleepy voices echoing through the canyon walls. Breakfast is hot and hearty. After filling up, the group will form a “bucket line” to help load the gear back on the boats. Then the Colorado River beckons and they’re off once again experiencing a day of adventure as they continue on their journey.
Immersed in Nature
Wounded Warriors will enjoy the spectacular white water rapids and stretches of calm water, encouraging them to relax in the warm sun and enjoy breathtaking scenery. When lunchtime comes, they’ll make sandwiches, grab a cold drink and relax with a book-or perhaps hike or fish-before shoving off again for an afternoon of surprises.
Settling in for the Night
Late afternoon finds the group at camp for the evening. As the guides assemble the camp kitchen, everyone finds their ideal camp spot and sets up their home for the night. They’ll relax with a cool drink and hors d’ oeuvres, and get better acquainted with their fellow river companions as dinner sizzles on the grill. After a mouth-watering dinner and experiencing a gorgeous canyon sunset, they’ll join in the conversation of the group, and listen to the quiet of the canyon as they settle into their sleeping bags under a blanket of stars.
The Grand Canyon River Runners Association is a 501 (c.) 3 group working to preserve public access to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. GCRRA donates up to twenty percent of all membership fees to organizations that support conservation activities along the river, or which provide visitation opportunities for special populations. Founded in 2004, GCRRA’s members enjoy a close working relationship with other Colorado River – Grand Canyon organizations, including the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, the Grand Canyon River Guides, and the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association.
The United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment provides and enables assistance to wounded, ill and injured Marines, sailors attached to or in support of Marine units, and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.
We are thrilled to be able to offer this special opportunity to a more deserving group of veterans who have sacrificed so much in their service to our country. It will be the experience of a lifetime for people who never dreamed they would have the opportunity.
Our Wounded Warriors Trip, which includes pre-trip and post-trip meals, lodging and transportation, will be a 10-day river adventure – two motor rigs, a paddle raft, and the specialized equipment required to support passengers with disabilities.
The outfitter for this trip, an authorized concessioner of the National Parks Service in Grand Canyon National Park and a member of the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, has extensive experience aiding persons with disabilities in rafting the Colorado River. Because river trips have to be planned well in advance, we have booked a charter for the summer of 2015. But initial deposits are due soon, so we are seeking donations now!
For more information or to contribute go to http://www.gcriverrunners.org
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