My nine days in the woods, hoping for rescue allowed me profound time to think and feel many things about myself and our community.
I have been overwhelmed by the response of friends and so many others in the Steamboat Springs and surrounding community who have offered and given me support.
I think it must be a rare gift indeed to know we have touched others in our lives.
And too, beyond all those I know there has been a large number of other people that have been part of this experience.
The excellent abilities of Routt County Search and Rescue team, the Rio Blanco Sheriff's Office, the Yampa Valley Medical Center staff of doctors, nurses, administration, aides, cooks and others who are so skilled at their jobs and probably many others I am unaware of.
To all of you, I wish to express my deepest gratitude and thanks.
It is each of you that makes Steamboat the community it is. I hope that in some small way my surviving the nine days in the woods will remind each of you that you too can "survive" your day-to-day problems and
remember how precious life can be.
I want you to know this experience has taught me that it is the love, caring and compassion that we share that are the true gifts that we give one another.
Thank you again.
I send my love and blessings to you all.