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Building Bonds Beyond Blueprints – A Journey to Point Reyes


Building Bonds Beyond Blueprints – A Journey To Point Reyes

Join CDR on an exhilarating journey to Point Reyes, where hard work and camaraderie converge in their annual off-site team-building adventure.

Team-building is an essential component of any successful company, fostering a sense of camaraderie, trust, and unity among employees. At Commercial Development Resources, they understand the importance of these aspects and recently embarked on their annual team-building trip. This year, they chose to explore the rugged beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore, where they navigated challenging terrains, indulged in outdoor activities, and created lasting memories.

“CDR’s annual team-building adventure trip is the foundation of our culture and what creates our extraordinary team member bonds. The trip every year never ceases to amaze and surprise everyone,” states Aaron Albertson, Principal at Commercial Development Resources. “Our dedicated team works tirelessly day in and day out to serve our clients with excellence. However, it’s equally crucial that we take the time to step away, bond, and recharge our spirits. This trip is not just a getaway; it’s a reminder of the importance of balance. It’s during these moments of shared adventure and fun that we fortify the bonds that make us a stronger, more resilient team. It’s in these shared experiences that we find the inspiration, unity, and motivation to deliver success to our clients.”

Day One: A Scenic Start

The CDR team’s adventure began with a flight to Oakland, where they checked into a hotel conveniently located next to the iconic Trader Vic’s restaurant. Here, they indulged in a delicious company dinner sampling the original Mai Tai cocktail recipe and feasting on dishes like Indonesian Rack of Lamb and BBQ Spare Ribs. The evening set the stage for what was to come over the next few days.

The next morning, the team met with their REI guides, who would lead them on their expedition. The group drove up to the enchanting Point Reyes National Park, which is just north of San Francisco Bay, to get all their gear together. The park is known for its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

The journey began in the forest under the shelter of large trees that provided shade. The damp forest atmosphere is home to banana slugs which the team found interesting to see. When they emerged from the forest, they found themselves on the coast with an impressive ocean view and cliffs, but that’s when the first challenges arose! Although the trip was described as gently rolling hills, the team was in for a surprise, when the trail proved to be a bit more physically challenging than expected, with steep ascents and descents.

“It was my first annual trip and backpacking trip overall! It was very challenging, but it took me out of my comfort zone and get to meet my coworkers (now friends) out in the wild,” said Iris Barreto Ordonez. “I was completely unprepared, but the team made me feel supported and were always willing to help with anything that needed to be done. This materialized all the topics that were discussed during the life coaching sessions and brought us together.”

They all persevered and they finally arrived at the beach where they made camp, after experiencing a true sense of adventure and bonding. They ate great food, and participated in team-building exercises led by a professional life coach!

Day Two: Waterfalls, Polar Plunges, and Exploration

On the second day, the team embarked on a day hike to Alamere Falls, a breathtaking natural wonder that can only be accessed on foot. The trail led them to the beach and offered awe-inspiring vistas of the coastline. In an act of courage and camaraderie, (and encouraged by the promise of an extra PTO day) everyone took a polar plunge into the chilly 58-degree waters. Their shared experience of braving the cold waves further strengthened the team’s bond.

“Backpacking in general is its own challenge and it was fun to see some of my coworkers out of their element but excited to see what the trip would be like, said Luke Russell, P.E.”

In the evening, the group indulged in a delicious dinner, reflecting on their day’s adventures, and sought valuable insights from their life coach to further enhance their personal and professional growth. Some members opted for another day hike, exploring the nearby lake, and taking in the serene surroundings and natural beauty that Point Reyes had to offer.

”The trip was a perfect opportunity to get away from things and really dive into the lessons that Mark had been teaching us,” said Luke. “I think all of us were able to come out of the experience with new perspectives and goals for ourselves that will drive us to improve both personally and professionally.”

Day Three: The Journey Home

The final day was marked by packing up and embarking on the journey back. The team faced the daunting task of hiking back to the parking lot, which involved navigating elevation changes and steep trails. The arduous hike tested their endurance and resolve, but together, they conquered it.

After reaching the Bear Valley Visitor Center, the team took some time to clean up and return borrowed gear. This marked the end of their backpacking adventure, but the memories and bonds forged during the trip will stay with them forever.

Unexpected Hurdles and Team Resilience

As with any journey, challenges arose. Mechanical issues delayed the team’s return flight, requiring the entire company to spend an unplanned night in a hotel. Despite their exhaustion from three days of hiking, the CDR team showed resilience and spirit as they tackled this unexpected setback. They woke up early and boarded a morning flight, eventually returning to their daily routines.

“The flight situation was definitely stressful and chaotic, but crazy things are bound to happen. I think it was another experience that we shared together that brought us all closer together as a team and as friends,” stated Luke.

The delayed flight shook us to the core,” reflected Iris. “We were all exhausted and wanted to go home. To add to the whole experience, not only was the flight was delayed, but also the airline lost my bag! Thankfully the team was there to support me and patiently waited by my side until the situation was sorted out.”

Nature’s Power to Unite

CDR’s annual team-building trip to Point Reyes National Seashore was a memorable adventure that showcased the power of nature to bring individuals together. Through challenging hikes, shared experiences, and the triumph of overcoming obstacles, the team forged deeper connections and strengthened their bond. As they return to their daily routine at Commercial Development Resources, the memories, and lessons learned during their journey will undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration and unity. Team building isn’t just a corporate exercise; it’s a journey that leaves a lasting impact on all those who partake in it.