The Warrior Bonfire Program hosted an unscheduled couple’s trip to Colorado this past weekend. With the cancelation of our Fire in the Sky Gala, we had nonrefundable airline tickets for two of our Purple Heart couples, so we decided to show Charlotte & Greg and Tessa & Tim the Mile-High City and a little bit of Colorado. We wanted to take this opportunity to get their feedback on how best to meet one of the many needs that we are hearing from our veterans, and that is to provide more couple and family trips.
The couples arrived late Friday afternoon, and we went headed straight to the Buckhorn Exchange for a true Colorado dinner. The Buckhorn Exchange is “Denver’s original steakhouse” and is located in the city’s oldest neighborhood. This National Historic Landmark and Western Museum has been serving the finest in Old West fare since 1893. Since our couples were from the Deep South we mixed in a little bit of Dixie with the Old West having appetizers of fried alligator and buffalo sausage. Dinner, however, was all about the west with everyone ordering buffalo and/or elk. With 575 stuffed animals looking on that included moose, elk, bear, and deer, it is truly a western dining facility.
Saturday morning, we took the couples for a ride through Rocky Mountain National Park and the long drive up Trail Ridge Road to an elevation of over 12,000 feet. Stops along the way, up in the crisp and clear air provided many photo opportunities and a lot of wildlife spotting’s. We saw four Elk herds along with at least four Bull Elk. These gals and guys from the South had never heard of or seen a Marmotte, but they had an up-close sighting of one at the top of Trail Ridge.
After the long drive back to Denver and some rest, the kids (young adults) of our President Mike Foss cooked and served a great meal for our Purple Heart Couples. Dinner was followed by some powerful conversation around a Bonfire on the patio as a wrap up to the weekend. This gave the leadership of the organization some valuable insight as to how best approach Bonfire Trips for couples in the future based on the level of activity over this weekend. Relaxing and fluid schedules that offer various activities that can be done on their own or in groups is what they are looking. This will help foster and strengthen the relationship. Group activities are a definite as well but a good balance between the two is where we will strive. All in all the quick weekend getaway to the Mile High City was great fun and good lead into the Warrior Bonfire Program planning more couple events in the future!
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