When I joined ADF, I knew that becoming a member of an existing grove was not likely to happen
The nearest Canadian grove to me is Dancing Lights in Oshawa, a 300km and probably 3 and a half hour drive. There is one grove in Michigan that is closer; Shining Lakes in Ann Arbor is only about 230km but with the border crossing it would still probably be a 3 hour drive. So any trip to an existing grove for a High Day celebration would include 6-7 hours of driving; not much fun, especially with fuel prices at near record highs right now.
Also when I joined ADF, there was only one other member in my near vicinity which did not make for much of a chance of starting a local grove. However, since then, three more people have turned up on the ADF membership list in the area. I feel kind of silly talking about starting a protogrove when I have only been a member of ADF for about half a year. My mind tells me that I should wait until I have at least finished my DP, but my heart says carpe diem! Which to listen to?