Tag: Sedona

Flying High in Recovery

I remember driving the Jaywalker Lodge Sprinter to Sedona in 2013, I had the distinct thought that I didn’t want to make that arduous 10 hour drive ever again but instead I wanted to fly to Sedona next time.  My father has been a private pilot for 50 years and I grew up flying planes with him.  I finally decided to get my Private Pilot’s license in the fall of 2012.  So when we drove to Sedona last year I was about halfway through the process of getting my license, so I made a commitment to finish that summer and fly to Sedona in 2014.  I completed my training and got my pilots license in the fall of 2013.  My father was very excited.  He had always wanted me to fly, but as we all know, addiction has a tendency to derail the best laid plans.  I have always loved…

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Friends of Jaywalker Lodge

As they call it in the rooms, I am a newcomer.  I have been recently introduced into recovery when I went to rehabilitation center just over three months ago.  Treatment was only a foundation for me; a small beginning to what I feel now is an endless journey of soul searching and taking an honest look in the mirror.  I was graced by God’s insurmountable presence during a Saturday dinner/speaker meeting at treatment. After the meeting I introduced myself to the speaker and through conversation he told me about a man who is in recovery, lives in my home town and does sponsorship work; he told me to call him as soon as possible.  I did so when I left treatment and met my current sponsor the day after returning home.  This man has been a God sent.  His experience, strength and hope have been testament to God’s will and…

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“Bro”dona 2014

I moved to California about 6 months ago to be with my beautiful girlfriend and continue my career in the recovery industry.  About two weeks prior to my departure from Carbondale, my father died.  The support I received from my fellows in Carbondale was unparalleled.  I had gone on the Sedona trip last year and I told my friends that I would see them then.  For those 6 months, I biked in the hills of Laguna Beach, CA dreaming about being with my friends again.  Mountain biking and fellowship, among other things, helped pull me out of the fog of grief from losing my father.  Now I am here in Sedona, catching up, hearing about all the positive things that are going on in each of their lives, and telling them how wonderful my life is with my amazing girlfriend.  I think the icing on the cake has been the…

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Sedona 2014

Tomorrow the Jaywalker alumni head to Sedona, Arizona for the 5th Annual Sedona Mountain Bike Trip. Every year this trip marks the end of winter and the beginning of an amazing summer. 18 alums will spend four days mountain biking, fishing, Frisbee golfing, swimming, and fellowshipping. More to come from Sedona! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Serenity Scramble

It’s that time of year again! Jaywalker Lodge is hosting the 6th Annual Jaywalker Lodge Serenity Scramble on Saturday, September 28, at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, CO.  All proceeds benefit two local non-profits: A Way Out and Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention.  The shotgun start will kick off at 8:30 AM sharp, followed by an awards luncheon with lunch, a raffle, lots of great prizes, and awards for 1st and 2nd place; longest drive; closest to pin; and best dressed team.   To register, or for more information, please visit www.jaywalkergolfopen.com, or contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com, or (970) 704-9292.

The end of the beginning

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”  – Winston Churchill Although the 4th annual Sedona mountain bike trip ended today, the trip may have started something that will never end. Sixteen alumni were given the opportunity to start what could be some of the greatest relationships of their lifetime. During our addiction a lot of us were incapable of having a lasting positive relationship with others and most of us didn’t know what that looked like. The alumni program here at Jaywalker has given us the chance to start forming these relationships both in our community and on our alumni trips. This last trip to Sedona gave all of us the opportunity to have some serious sober fun and develop relationships with one another that will last forever. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Family Dinner

As the 4th annual Sedona alumni mountain bike trip comes to an end, all 16 alumni sat down for a family style sit down dinner. A family style sit down dinner is something that most of us lost during our addiction, and something that we regained at Jaywalker Lodge.  Family dinners are important in all Jaywalker programs, and we see our alumni continue to carry the tradition in the Carbondale community.  We promote a peer environment that teaches men to trust each other and hold each other accountable for the lives they want to live in recovery.  Whether ending the day with 60 men on alumni dinner night or 5 men in a sober house, we battle isolation with experience, strength, and hope.   A family that eats together stays together! The alumni community that has been created around Jaywalker has saved a lot of our lives and we are truly…

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37 Years of Gratitude

The 4th annual Jaywalker alumni Sedona mountain bike trip started at 4 a.m. this morning. We continued the tradition of kicking off the trip with a sunrise ride in Moab on the way to Sedona. At 8 a.m. 16 alumni, with a cumulative total of more than 37 years of sobriety, descended upon the Magnificent 7 trail. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to enjoy our lives in recovery, and the fellowship that comes with being a Jaywalker alumni. More to come from Sedona… Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U