I attended an Outward Bound Veterans Expedition with 12 veterans from the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Army National Guard and Reserves. It was truly an honor for me to have the opportunity to participate on the course with such an amazing group of American heroes. We spent five days rafting the Deschutes River in Oregon and engaging in challenges such as swimming rapids, cliff/rock jumping, rappelling, and hiking to Roger's Flag.
In addition to the mental and physical challenges of the course, we had the opportunity to learn more about the Deschutes River and Oregon. Our instructors helped us gain a sense of place and appreciation for the river and its hydrology, as well as the native plants, animals, and lands as we rafted through. We spent our days on the river and our nights sleeping under the stars.
Before we knew it, the week was over and it was time to say goodbye and return to our various homes in states scattered across the country - but not before one last night of bonding, celebrating and exchanging contact info. It was definitely an empowering experience that none of us will forget - I know I will always treasure the friendships, lessons, memories and photos! Thanks, team!