A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

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Guest blog: Unexpected Company
31 Mar
2022
By 2020Visionquest
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Woman stands on a large rock outcropping with green hills and a partly cloudy sky behind her.

Michal Leah stands proudly on Table Rock in Colebrook, NH.

At first, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to share about my experience on the team here at 2020 Vision Quest.

I haven’t been here the longest, done the coolest events, or contributed the most. I don’t have epic stories. I certainly haven’t run any marathons! And, hey—maybe that’s relatable.

I joined the team in 2020 when Jose and I had the opportunity to stay with Randy and Tracy for a few months. There was also a surprise addition to our full house just before we arrived… Nama!

Man in yellow shirt tussles on the floor with a tan puppy, playing tug of war.

Randy playing with Nama when she was just a pup!

In a shared space with a new puppy, it quickly became apparent how I could help—by organizing the overflow of media that Randy and Tracy were dealing with. They both already did so much for the organization and shared a ton of responsibilities, and this was my small way to contribute. I wasn’t prepared for the insanely warm welcome and onslaught of gratitude when I was introduced to the team, but that’s 2020 Vision Quest for you.

Since then, I’ve been regularly encouraged by the summits we’ve reached and the achievements we’ve celebrated. I’m proud to have been part of something so meaningful. This wonderful group of people accepted me with open arms, and I’m grateful to have been in such good company. Wishing you all the very best in your adventures to come.

– Michal Leah

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