Well, the season didn’t start as planned, but sometimes life just doesn’t go according to plan. Covid had other plans for our fifth season, one of which was that the Colorado season of events should kick off in June with our Annual Volunteer Day at Wilderness on Wheels, and we could not be more thrilled with the success of the group’s efforts. Throughout the course of the day, we had 13 people come and go for our volunteer day, and every single one of them showed up ready and willing to work. Everyone brought masks, gloves, water, and sack lunches, and committed to leaving the property better than we had found it.
Our hosts, Wilderness on Wheels, delayed their season opening until July in lieu of Covid, and were in the midst of revamping the property. Today’s focuses were on the volunteer and staff cabins near the main entrance, and on the back log cabin which was in need of a proper gutting and redoing. As one of the more popular cabins (among people and mice), this task involved removing everything from the interior, gutting underneath the cabin, and cleaning out excess materials that rodents were using for burrowing into the building.
We split into small groups of 4 and went to our respective areas. Each group was able to make significant headway before breaking for lunch, even finishing the organization needed at the bottom of the hill, freeing up more volunteers for working on the cabin. With everyone’s help, we were able to strip the outside of all dead and decaying bark, scrape out and haul out trackbeds full of dead natural material and old broken down appliances, and even get a fresh coat of wood stain on the entire cabin. A solid day’s work for the CannaVenture Crew.
The team at Wilderness on Wheels is always so appreciative of our help, and of any volunteer efforts that support their mission of making nature more accessible to all. It’s such a heartwarming feeling to see our volunteer day attendance more than triple, and we could not have made the impact that we did without the help of our selfless crew who gave up their Saturday to trek their way up to Grant, CO in spite of threats of rain and cooler temperatures.
Every event with the crew gives me new insight into the impact that our efforts have. Events like our volunteer day bring people together, celebrate selflessness and community, allow us to recreate responsibly, and, on top of it all, enjoy being able to take advantage of all of these opportunities while enjoying the great outdoors. It is truly incredible what volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts like you do to make the world a better place.
I cannot thank you all enough for showing up, showing out, and showing what CannaVenture is all about. Our next event (and first CO hike of 2020) is next weekend at Mount Falcon Park and is sponsored by Primal Healing. Please check out the plan page for more information and to RSVP.
As always, much love,
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