The Wounded Warrior Project teamed up with the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, California to host a two-day event while glamping in the wilderness.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a very popular veteran's group that specializes in hosting a variety of family and team-building events that strengthen our nation's heroes who deal with a variety of physical and mental issues while reintegrating back into their communities. You've probably seen their commercials on T.V. while watching football or have seen their well-known logo on an Under Armour t-shirt at the gym.
As an alumni, I recently got the chance to attend an event in the perfect environment - the beautiful woods of North Lake Tahoe. As one of just over 20 participants, we had the chance to stay at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, California.
The co-owner of the hotel, Patty Baird has worked with the Wounded Warrior Project since 2011 hosting outdoor veteran retreats called Project Odyssey. She provided a warm welcome, made sure we felt at home with comfortable rooms and home cooked meals.
The hotel is made entirely of upcycled materials and is nestled in a very quiet area just minutes from downtown Truckee. I kept telling Patty that I never had such a great sleep because we had a great sleep yoga session led by one of her staff, plus the beds were super comfortable and it was quiet at night in the Sierra Nevada woods.
Another great feature of staying at the Cedar House Sport Hotel is that they are dog-friendly. We were able to coordinate with Jonah Johnson who was the Outreach Coordinator for the Wounded Warrior Project ahead of time to bring along our service-dog. Needless to say our dog, Pinkie loved the experience too.
Our main activity which was supposed to have been climbing Squaw Valley's Tram Face along the Via Ferrata was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. In true military planning, there was always a good contingency plan so we headed out to do some zip-lining along an obstacle course at the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park.
By the end of the day of conquering fears of heights among strangers, everyone left feeling a close bond of accomplishing tasks by motivating and encouraging each other.
This was a great experience sponsored by so many great organizations. I personally want to thank everyone responsible for coordinating and hosting all of us to help us re-focus our lives and to give us a brief respite in our daily challenges of adapting and adjusting post-military.
If you are veteran or the significant other of a veteran, I highly encourage you to register with the Wounded Warrior Project - it's free!
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