I was driving to The Venture Out Project's first-ever trip when I realized that today was March 1st. One year ago to the day I quit my corporate job and took the first steps towards founding The Venture Out Project. I didn't plan the dates like that; it just happened. In so many ways that kind of serendipity has been core to The Venture Out Project. Things are falling into place in a way I couldn't have imagined. People are volunteering, donating money and signing up for trips in support of who we are and what we stand for. I'm amazed at all of the support and enthusiasm people have shown TVOP. 16 people arrived at a nondescript parking lot on a 10 degree day to go on an adventure with this organization. Some had been snowshoeing their whole lives while others were strapping on snowshoes for the first time. Today was about snowshoeing, but it was also about finding community, sharing a bit of ourselves, connecting with others and making new friends. For me, it was the a huge step towards the realization of my dream and serving my community. I am honored the people are getting to know us, signing up for our trips and recognizing that Venturing Out into the wilderness with other queer people is a worthy endeavor. It offers us a chance to get outside, move our bodies and make connections.
Thanks to all who joined us today. I look forward to many more Ventures ahead.