Warm weather and clear skies greeted our guests this weekend at Firestone Colder Weather Outfitters for what proved to be our largest turnout of the year. Temperatures reached 90 degrees and the intense Colorado sun pushed many of us into the barn for refreshments throughout the morning. For most of us, this was a nice change from several weeks of rainy, cold mornings.
Approximately fifty participants (veterans, families, and patients from Craig Hospital) enjoyed a day of fishing, kayaking, and floating in rafts guided by Peter Pauwels’, an experienced fishing guide and adaptive equipment specialist. For the second outing in a row, the fishing turned out to be fantastic. The water, although still high due to the inordinate amount of rain this spring, was relatively clear and the fish were hitting brightly colored grubs, worms, and Rapalas. This outing also showcased a special activity: archery instruction courtesy of the expert instructor Beau Thiry from No Limits Archery in Denver. No Limits Archery has proven to be a popular indoor destination for our groups this year so it was a real treat to enjoy this sport and receive expert instruction outside under a clear blue sky. It was hard to get people off of the ponds for lunch; however, after some gentle persuasion, the group moved back to the barn and enjoyed burgers and hotdogs prepared by Mike Peterson of 4360 Barbecue.
Following lunch, several special volunteers spoke with our group about the humanitarian missions of Freedom Hunters, Wounded Warriors, Operation TBI, LIM359, and Adams County Veterans Services. Each speaker shared some background about their organization, described their purpose, and highlighted services and activities available to veterans and people with special needs. Their comments and reflections reinforced the importance of these programs to those who participate and those who volunteer. The speakers included Bob Adwar, Humanitarian chair of SCI, retired Lt. Colonel Dean Jones of Adams County Veterans Mentor Program, Rob Altenbernd of Operation TBI, and Gary Verrazano from Living in Motion 359.
If you would like more information or wish to donate towards the Denver SCI Humanitarian efforts please contact Bob Adwar, Humanitarian Chair at 303-881-0400.