Storytellers Project to present 'Outdoor Adventures'

Partridge had paid for the family to take a scenic tour over the city in a small airplane. Little did she know, that was his worst nightmare.

“He told me the best gift I could give him was to go enjoy the flight without him. I was heartbroken,” she said. “I could not wrap my mind around this complete failure on my part.”

Storytellers Project to present 'Outdoor Adventures'

Despite his fears, Partridge’s husband boarded the airplane, demonstrating to Partridge his love and devotion to her.

“And that was the perfect gift,” she said.

Partridge will share this personal story as part of the USA TODAY Storytellers Project’s show “Outdoor Adventures” on Sept. 14. Watch at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. Register in advance to receive a reminder and watch on USA TODAY’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or website.

She will be joined by:

  • Sara Ray, 35, of Philadelphia
  • Nick Kupsey, 43, of Philadelphia
  • Katie Jo Suddaby, 38, of Rochester, New York
  • Kajol Char, 24, of New York

Ray will share a story about a whitewater rafting trip that took her deep into the wilderness of Central Quebec — and her soul.

“As the group canoes and portages our way deeper into the woods in pursuit of the river, I contend with the budding knowledge of my homosexuality — a thing I can’t yet name but that I feel in my alienation from the other girls,” she said.

Storytellers Project to present 'Outdoor Adventures'

“When a member of the group falls seriously ill five weeks into the trip, we are forced to make contact with the outside world and, in doing so, I grapple with what it will mean to live an authentic life once we reach the river’s end.”

Sudabby’s story is about a trip to Nepal to rethink her life and learn the art of making sand mandala, an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism, from the monks.

Storytellers Project to present 'Outdoor Adventures'

“I got so sick I almost died. That will definitely help you rethink your life,” she said.

Char says her story captures how kindness from a stranger can go a long way.

“I went on a bike trip to Norway in the fjords,” she said of the sea inlets between steep cliffs carved out by the glaciers. “We were in the middle of nowhere and didn’t have any food at all, and a stranger jumped in and saved the day by inviting us into their community.”

Storytellers Project to present 'Outdoor Adventures'

Closer to home, when Kupsey shares his story, he said he hopes to convey a sense of both childhood wonder and the hidden dangers kids can encounter that can change their lives.

His story involves six pre-teens in a suburb of Philadelphia, “Fake guns, a robbery at Dunkin Donuts and the SWAT team all combine to teach the boys a lesson they’ll keep for life,” he said.

Storytellers Project to present 'Outdoor Adventures'

WATCH: Episodes from the Storytellers Project

Learn more about the Storytellers Project and apply to tell a story in 2022 at https://www.storytellersproject.com/tell/.

Need to know

  • What: “Outdoor Adventures”
  • Where: The Storytellers Project’s Facebook Page, YouTube channel and website.
  • When: Sept. 14, 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET
  • More: Watch past virtual shows on YouTube and recorded in-person shows on the Storytellers Project’s website

Upcoming shows

  • Oct. 19: Home
  • Nov. 16: Food and Family
  • Dec.14: Holidays
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