Day 9: Always an Adventure!

By: Emily Sturtevant & Izzy Janzen

Today was another fabulous day in the Apogee world. Even though the festive 4th was yesterday, there sure was a lot of excitement going on today!

Cape Cod & the Islands (CI):

Our Capers caught some serious wave action during their morning surf lesson. The remainder of their day consisted of time at the beach and prepping for their Challenge Ride tomorrow – their highest mileage ride of the trip! Also below are some pictures of yesterday’s mini golf excursion, a great way to celebrate the holiday!

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On the beach, ready for a surf lesson

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Yesterday’s mini-golf excursion – if you look closely, the clubs spell USA

Vermont to Montreal (VM):

Get ready Canada, because here come our Vermonsters! Today this crew did their border crossing, and are now on their home stretch to Montréal, where they will enjoy a day of exploration and relaxation before they head back home. The sense of accomplishment after crossing over into Canada is huge for this group. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a picture of their excitement but hope to have one tomorrow. Stay tuned!

California Mountains and Coast (CMC):

Welcome back to the front country, CMC! The group had a short hike out for their last day of backpacking, and was planning on enjoying all the amenities the front country has to offer – including hot showers and tasty, grilled meals! We chatted with Matt and Midge earlier today, and they report that spirits were high and their group is “stupendous!” Unfortunately, their cell service was not strong enough to get any pictures to us. Expect a photo bonanza once they find dependable service tomorrow.

Caribbean Service Adventure (CSA):

Our tropical do-gooders took a ferry to the island of Vieques today, where they will spend their next two days volunteering with Reach for Success – a community non-profit that provides local youth with resources and opportunities to achieve educational, professional and economic success. From there, it’s a short step on to San Juan, final dinners, and flights home.

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Coast to Quebec A (CQA):

Another big day for our CQA trip! These guys had a long – and hilly – ride into Greenville, where they will rest up for their biggest ride yet, a 55 miler to Jackman. A big dinner and an early bedtime are in order for CQA as they contemplate their upcoming ride into the North Woods of Maine.

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Coast to Quebec B (CQB):

After a night spent cozily inside at Unity College, this crew is inside again tonight – the lucky ducks! Not only will they have the comforts of a roof, but word on the street is that they had a big dinner planned and time to do laundry!

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Maine’s Downeast Explorer A (DEXA):

Our DEX-sters are starting their backpacking section Northern Maine today. They’ll spend the next two nights on the Appalachian Trail, where they will hone their LNT (leave no trace) and backcountry cooking skills. Here are some pictures from yesterdays Fourth of July celebrations. Lots of red, white and blue!

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 Yesterday’s Fourth celebrations!

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Maine’s Downeast Explorer B (DEXB):

PICTURES GALORE! DEXB sent us lots of photos from yesterdays hiking excursion and Independence Day celebrations. Tonight they find themselves in Stonington, Maine, preparing for tomorrow’s overnight kayaking adventure and service.

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Mid-transit lunch in Bangor

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Fourth of July summit shot!

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Montana Service Adventure (MSA):

The group enjoyed a beautiful high plains ride today as they moved from Augusta to Choteau. They powered through both rain and shine with smiles on their faces, and were into camp early enough for an afternoon nap. That’s a textbook Apogee Napogee, folks, and a well-deserved one at that!

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Rain can’t hold our MSAers back, no way.

Northwest Explorer (NWX):

A big happy birthday to leader, Will! It looks like this group had an amazing time celebrating together on their rest and resupply day. Games, balloons, and backcountry prep – what better birthday celebrations?! Tomorrow begins one of the most exciting portions of their trip – five nights in the magnificent splendor of the North Cascades!
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NWX1- bdayThis, my friends, is the look of pure joy.

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Bonus – Patriotic rafting pic from yesterday!

Pacific Coast A (PCA):

I couldn’t imagine a better place to fix a flat tire! Post-flat, West and Abby’s crew grabbed a quick napogee (with dreams of San Francisco, I’m sure) before continuing on. They enjoyed views of both the coast and the redwoods today, a California dream!
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Pacific Coast B (PCB):

Blue skies and blue waters for PCB! Everyone is all smiles as they get out of the saddle and got ready to paddle today. The crew had a blast with their surf lesson today – see below for fun in the California sun. Another night of R&R before getting back on the bikes tomorrow!

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Alps Explorer A (AXA):

Another unbelievable day for AXA – after falling asleep with a four course meal settling happily into their tummies, they continued on this morning for their third day of the Tour du Mont Blanc! These pictures speak for themselves, so we’ll let the snowy peaks and huge grins do the talking…

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Alps Explorer B (AXB):

AXB’s passed through a number of quaint French villages today, including a resupply stop in Les Contamines. Tim says things are wonderful and the group is enjoying every step. They were in bed early tonight, as tomorrow is one of the more challenging days of the Tour. It also promises to be one of the most beautiful, and surely one of the most fun as well!

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Europe Coast to Coast A (ECCA):

ECCA booked a whopping 83 KM today, and crossed the border from Belgium to France. They crushed their mileage and arrived in Le Quesnoy with plenty of time to explore and enjoy!

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Europe Coast to Coast B (ECCB):

ECCB cycled some 70+ KM to arrive in Kluisbergen, Belgium just after lunch. This speedy squad is making great time and spent the remainder of their afternoon exploring this beautiful “artist village,” full of glorious old architecture.

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America Coast to Coast (ACC):

This close crew is making it happen! They biked almost 80 miles today and are growing more and more comfortable with their mileage and each other as the days go on. Tomorrow night is their last night in Alabama! Next stop, Mississippi!

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Day 8: Happy Fourth of July – Apogee Style!

By: Izzy Janzen and Emily Sturtevant

Happy Birthday America! Today, Apogee trips all over the world are celebrating the Fourth. Some celebrate it by crossing new state lines, some by showing American pride in Europe, and others with plain ‘ol festive decor. Here in the office most of us are sporting some combination of red, white, and blue and we’re also blasting “Born in the U.S.A.” Let’s see what all of our trips were up to today and how they decided to celebrate. Happy Fourth of July!

Cape Cod & the Islands (CI):

Today CI has an short 13-mile ride and will spend the day exploring Wellfleet, Massachusetts together. They’re gearing up for an exciting day of surfing tomorrow. Here they are enjoying their Fourth of July lunch! Also, a sneak peak into their decorations for the holiday.

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Vermont to Montreal (VM):

Freddy and Anna and their VM team have truly inspired us today with their dedication to the Fourth. We received a steady stream of entertaining clips this morning of Anna and Freddy really getting hyped up for what the day had to hold. See below for some of the magic…

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California Mountains and Coast (CMC):

Today is CMC’s fourth and final day in the back country. As you know, no news is good news and we’re sure Matt and Midge’s crew has cooked up something special to celebrate the 4th. Pictures tomorrow!!

Caribbean Service Adventure (CSA):

Today CSA enjoys a sweet morning of surfing- getting some on-land instruction first before hitting the waves- and will visit a beautiful Lighthouse after lunch. Today will be some of the most breathtaking beach vistas of the trip. What a gorgeous way to spend the 4th!

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Coast to Quebec A (CQA):

Today CQA bikes toward Greenville, proudly displaying American flags as they go. This day is sure to be a hilly one- and it’s a big 38 miles but we know they’re up for the challenge and they’ll be rewarded with the potential of a swimming hole this afternoon to revitalize themselves!

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Nothing like a mid-day whipped cream pick-me-up on this lovely day!

Coast to Quebec B (CQB):

CQB started their Fourth of July out by watching the sunrise in Camden. They’re decked out today with some American Flags and bandannas to show their festivity as they ride towards Unity, Maine!

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The sun rises behind CQB as they get ready to leave Camden

Maine’s Downeast Explorer A (DEXA):

Today John and Erinn’s group says farewell to Acadia National Park and heads toward the Appalachian Trail where they will spend the next two nights in the back country! We won’t expect to get pictures from this group while they are backpacking. We will post all the ones they take these next couple days when they get back.

Maine’s Downeast Explorer B (DEXB):

Today is the big day for DEX1B-the big behemoth Katahdin! The bulk of today was spent climbing the mountain and tonight the group will just sit back and relax with tired legs and proud smiles. Tomorrow they will head towards Old Quarry and get excited for their sea kayaking portion! Due to lack of service in Northern Maine we didn’t get any photos today, but tomorrow we will have some summit pictures to share.

Montana Service Adventure (MSA):

Today is a long day of riding for MSA up to Augusta – but they’re staying hydrated and enjoying the challenge together! They may even stop at a local farm and try some locally grown gooseberries. MSA is enjoying the exhilarating feeling of having the plains to themselves and are enjoying the scenery as they go. They, too, are in a cell-phone vacuum – but we’re hoping to have pictures for you tomorrow, if not before.

Northwest Explorer (NWX):

Today our NWXers are spending a day off of their tired toesies and enjoying a little white water rafting on the Sauk River! No better way to start this fourth of July than with patriotic yogurt (topped with strawberries and blueberries, of course!) Today they’ll enjoy some aquatic fun and tomorrow they’ll start preparing for the North Cascades Back Country section.

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Yesterdays ferry ride

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Capturing the moment with a polaroid picture

Pacific Coast A (PCA):

Surfin’ USA! These bikers have turned in their wheels for a board and spent the fourth on the water. After a red, white & blue pancake breakfast at camp this group went down to Crescent City and learned how to ride the waves. They will now spend the night at the same campground as PCB and celebrate Independence day in Apogee style together with a BBQ!

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Gnarly wetsuits, dude!

Pacific Coast B (PCB):

Today our PCB did their big border crossing and are now in Cali where they will enjoy a surf lesson tomorrow! Today they will put up their feet, kick back, fire up the grill and relax while they relish in their accomplishments thus far with the PCA crew. Who knows, they just might get really crazy and wave around a sparkler or two!

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Alps Explorer A (AXA):

Noah and Emma’s crew had an amazing – and tough day – of hiking today. This group were champs as they endured the Fourth of July heat and sun that the French Alps had on offer. These guys enjoyed the amazing views and took advantage of them for a little photo shoot and then had a nice post-lunch snooze.

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Napogee: (n). the rewarding rest one takes after a morning of hiking or biking on trip, usually in beautiful places

Alps Explorer B (AXB):

No better way to celebrate Independence day than a snowball fight, right? Well that’s what Tim and Ally’s group did this morning during today’s portion of the Tour du Mont Blanc. Along with the snow celebration, this group used very appropriate duct tape to fashion hair and bow ties for the group – an ode to the good ol’ USA. This group relaxed after today’s journey with a nice swim and a four course meal!

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Europe Coast to Coast A (ECCA):

What we’ve heard from ECCA today is that they did a lot of “America” chants and are enjoying some down time today. Currently they following Fourth of July tradition and are making burgers – in Belgium. They may not be in the US of A, but they sure are celebrating like they are!

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Europe Coast to Coast B (ECCB):

Today ECCB enjoyed their day off of the bikes in Bruges, Belgium. They followed in the footsteps of their ECCA counterparts and indulged in some tried and true Belgian waffles. The gang looks thrilled to be there and to be together!

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America Coast to Coast (ACC):

Today ACC crossed over from Georgia into Alabama! This crew’s patriotism speaks for itself- they’re celebrating our great nation by,well, biking across it. Along the way they will get to experience nine different states (two down!) and do so in style in their red, white, and blue jerseys.

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Day 7: You Say Goodbye, And I Say Hello

By: Hannah Gensheimer

It’s hard to believe that we’re already a week into our trips! Today is, almost unbelievably, the end of our first Maine Coast Junior trip, but the majority of our other trips are now in full swing! After having led Apogee trips for four years, I am feeling pangs of jealousy, nostalgia, and excitement seeing the hikers in the Alps, the bikers along the Pacific Coast, and the Caribbean crew doing service in the beautiful rain forest. And yes, it is as fun and beautiful as it looks! Let’s see what all of our groups are up to today!

Maine Coast Junior (MCJ):

It’s a bittersweet day for our MCJers today as they said their goodbyes to their new friends this morning. This crew was up early today to eat their final breakfast as a group before making the drive to meet back up with parents. There were huge hugs, laughs, and even a couple of tears dabbled in there as they left their leaders, Isa and Pom. It was a spectacular week, so thank you to all who participated!

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Cape Cod & the Islands (CI):

Yesterday, Kevin and Alyssa’s CI group spent the day doing community service work at the Island Grown Initiative on Martha’s Vineyard, planting in the humongous green house and learning about sustainable farming. Here are a couple of pictures from their hard work! And a hard day’s work wouldn’t be complete without some s’mores! Today, these guys are enjoying a great day of cycling, ferry rides, and exploration as they say, “Goodbye!” to Martha’s Vineyard, and, “Hello!” to Cape Cod (again)!

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CI1Roasting the perfect marshmallow is all about patience, young grasshopper.

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Vermont to Montreal (VM):

Our VMers are enjoying the day in Burlington today! Their morning was filled with service work, where the group worked with Burlington locals to remove some invasive species from some of the local parks. This afternoon the group explored the town and decided to treat themselves in proper Vermont fashion with the infamous Vermonster! “What is a Vermonster?” you might ask yourself! 20 scoops of ice cream. ‘Nough said. These hard working bikers are enjoying a much-deserved afternoon of sweet treats and bonding.
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California Mountains and Coast (CMC):

Today our CMCers are on day three out of four days in the back country! Chad checked in with the crew today, and all seems to be going great! We’ll have plenty of details and pictures to come but for now we know enough of the good stuff: everyone is safe and sound and enjoying their off-the-grid excursion!

Caribbean Service Adventure (CSA):

It’s a big service and transit day for our CSA group! This morning, our group did a few more hours of service work with Casa Pueblo and now, after spending most of their first week volunteering in the rain forest of central Puerto Rico, they are headed to the west coast. Over the next few days, this group will go surfing off the coast of Rincon, explore white sand beaches and clear ocean waters, and even hike up to the most famous lighthouse in Puerto Rico in Cabo Rojo. csa1

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Puerto Rican coffee, anyone?

Coast to Quebec A (CQA):

100 miles down! Rosa and Kyle’s group sent us this picture in celebration of American pride and the completion of their first 100 miles cycled! After their service day yesterday, everyone was excited and ready to hop back on their bikes and push further up the coast! Today they will definitely face a couple of “rollers”, as our leaders call them (aka, pretty good hills). But this group is sure to take them in stride!

CQAA few of our CQAers making big 1-0-0 to show their big mile marker today!

Coast to Quebec B (CQB):

It was a day of blue skies, blueberries and lots of weeds for our CQB group! Emily and Dixie’s group spent their first rest day working with the Coastal Mountains Land Trust removing invasive species and enjoying the sunshine. They’ve already had some big days of riding, so I’m sure they’re all finding the balance of working hard and some deserved relaxation before hopping right back on the saddle tomorrow! Looks like they’re having fun amidst the greenery here too! CQB
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Maine’s Downeast Explorer A (DEXA):

Our DEXA group could not have had a more beautiful day to be hiking in Acadia National Park! Today was sure to be one of the most memorable days of the trip! This morning (or should we call it last night?), the crew woke up for a sunrise hike of the tallest mountain on the Eastern seaboard, Cadillac Mountain, which means they were the first people in the country to see the sun today! Naturally, this gorgeous sunrise was followed by a nap on the summit. They spent the afternoon enjoying lunch in Bar Harbor and getting in some good R&R before starting their back country portion tomorrow. In John’s words, “High spirits all around!!” The pictures below are truly magical!

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Maine’s Downeast Explorer B (DEXB):

Jonathan and Jessi’s group hiked out of the back country this morning and celebrated this afternoon with some well-deserved pampering! They greeted civilization with a hearty hello and, in turn, civilization gave them some juicy burgers and ice cream! Tonight the gang heads to camp toward the base of Katahdin. Tomorrow they will make the hike up Katahdin- the largest mountain in Maine! Katahdin is sure to be the biggest challenge of the trip so far, but we feel confident this crew is up for the challenge. See below for the groups “fierce backcountry faces”… those faces will surely get them to the top! Go get ’em Down East Explorers!

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Check out these fierce faces! 

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Nothing says welcome back like a meal out on the town!

Montana Service Adventure (MSA):

Our Montana crew is beating the heat today as they make their way to Wolf Creek, Montana. Beautiful, beautiful Montana! They’re working hard to get in their mileage on these longer days – but spirits are high as they continue towards Glacier National Park. We can’t wait for the pictures to come…

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Northwest Explorer (NWX):

Our NWXers made it out of the back country today! Welcome back, team! They spent the last two nights exploring the Hoh Rain Forest- the only temperate rain forest in the continental United States! They’ve been busy getting comfortable with their packs, laughing and bonding, and admiring the majestic hanging mosses, massive trees, and deep sparkling waters of the Hoh River Valley. This area is lush and magical, and it looks like the crew had a magical time too! Next up they’ll enjoy some rafting and resting before they’re off to the North Cascades!

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Basking in the glory of these glorious trees!

Pacific Coast A (PCA):

And the miles continue! PC A had a long day of riding yesterday, and today they crossed over into California! Tomorrow will be the group’s first rest day, and we’re sure they’ll start it off with an extra hour or two of sleep, followed by some time exploring the town of Crescent City. Who knows, they might even treat themselves to a little Fro-Yo (if I remember correctly, there is an AMAZING Fro-Yo place in Crescent City that I still day dream about regularly…) PC A takes on another epic day!

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Pacific Coast B (PCB):

Our PCB group is doing an incredible job riding; this shot was taken yesterday as they completed 35 miles before lunch! The lunch feast that followed at Battle Rock State Park was sure to be a memorable one They had plenty of time to explore the coastline, before hopping back on their bikes. Then, at camp, Mike borrowed a guitar from the campground host and entertained the group with some sweet tunes. What a beautiful spot and what a beautiful bunch! PCB= PC Beautiful!

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Alps Explorer A (AXA):

After a train ride, a big grocery shop, and laundry, the AXA group finds some downtime at their campsite, playing mini golf and creating “ha ha” circles. (When you have your head on your neighbors stomach and have to resist the urge to start laughing as they try to make you!) They’re all resting up for tomorrow, and are SO excited to start their Tour du Mont Blanc! This happy gang is just basking in their glorious surroundings and enjoying their R&R!

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Alps Explorer B (AXB):

Our AXB group is well underway on the Tour du Mont Blanc! Here is a picture they took right before starting their journey, and we are waiting on the edges of our seats here for more photos to come! Tonight, they are staying in a French Refuge (aka upscale camping hostel with some of the most amazing food!) I’m sure they’re wishing they could stay there forever – or least a few weeks! Smiles a plenty, this gang is ready to go!

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Europe Coast to Coast A (ECCA):

ECCA had a huge day of riding yesterday! They rode 120 km, and last night we got a few photos of their ride as well as some pictures from the ferry. Today, they had a MUCH deserved day off of their bikes, and spent the day exploring beautiful Bruges, Belgium! Jeanne called in to the office today to check in and was beaming with excitement about how cool Belgium was, how incredible the food tasted (see pictures of the most scrumptious looking waffles), and how well the group is doing! Wonderful to hear!

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ECCAApparently french fries originated in Belgium, not France. However, the Dutch say it was their invention… so the argument continues…

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ECCABelgium waffles in Belgium! We’re drooling…

Europe Coast to Coast B (ECCB):

Lookin’ good – ECCB! Today was a Big Day for these European trekkers. They booked it from Renesse to Bruges and tackled a whopping 120 kilometers and two ferries along the way! Yowza! Now it’s time for all ECCers to be sleeping soundly, and you bet your sore cyclin’ legs they’re long snuggled up in their sleeping bags dreaming of tomorrow’s day off in Bruges!

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America Coast to Coast (ACC):

It’s rest day for our ACC group!! Or as Mia calls it, “restock” day! The group has already cycled almost 400 miles (YES, I SAID 400 HUNDRED MILES!), and they’re loving nothing more than stocking up on good food to keep them trucking for the next few days! Tomorrow they will cross off another state on their journey, leaving Georgia and heading to Alabama. These beaming faces are enjoying the day off their bikes but are excited to get back at it tomorrow and put some more miles away!

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Day 6: Here Comes the Sun!

By: Hannah Genshimer

Maine Coast Junior (MCJ):

We cannot believe it’s already MCJ’s final full day together! How quickly a week flies by when you’re having as much fun as these rock stars. Today, our MCJ-ers spent their morning sea kayaking along the coast of Maine – with some of the best weather we’ve had this summer! Tonight, they’re headed down to Portland for their final dinner where they’ll get to reminisce about their good times, inside jokes, and crazy Acadia adventures over a delicious meal! Below are a handful of pictures from the past couple of days:

MCJ1Beautiful views in Acadia!

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MCJ1This morning’s “birthday” breakfast! It wasn’t anyone’s birthday…but who doesn’t love a birthday celebration?! Aaron and Isa decided that they wanted a reason to cook up a delicious breakfast of bacon and pancakes this morning!

MCJ1A perfect day to sea kayak along the coast!

Cape Cod & the Islands (CI):

Kevin and Alyssa’s crew spent their morning volunteering with Martha’s Vineyard Island Grown Initiative, an organization that works to support a resilient local food system on Martha’s Vineyard. And in true New England fashion, the group enjoyed the rest of the beautiful day exploring around the island, both on foot and bike. Here are a couple photos from Kevin and Alyssa from the past couple days!

CI1A little boat ride around Martha’s Vineyard? Don’t mind if we do!

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Yesterday’s Lighthouse exploration

CI1The crew couldn’t get enough of last night’s sunset!

Vermont to Montreal (VM):

Today, our VM group spent the day kayaking and picnicking on Lake Champlain! According to Freddy and Anna, everyone had a fantastic time, the weather was great, and it was the perfect way to let their legs rest up a little after their first week of cycling.

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Action shot with a splash!

California Mountains and Coast (CMC):

Our CMC-ers are in the back country of Yosemite’s beautiful wilderness, and tackled their first big ascent of the trip. Their reward? A gorgeous panoramic view of mountains and valleys of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River! They’re working hard, but having a blast and enjoying the landscape around them. Due to the lack of cell-phone service in this area, there we do not have a picture today, but look forward to hearing from them on Sunday!

Caribbean Service Adventure (CSA):

Down in Puerto Rico, Emily and Thomas’s group are having a great second day working with Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas. Today, their group participated in some fantastic service where they were able to work with locals, using bamboo to construct chairs while learning more about the ecology around them! Emily and Thomas called in to the office thrilled about the hands-on service work, the great people they’ve met thus far, and the positive dynamic of their group!

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Coast to Quebec A (CQ A):

CQ A is spending a day off of the bikes, and is working with the Coastal Mountains Land Trust today. Rosa and Kyle let us know that their group spent the day getting in some wedding of invasive species and even had time for some blueberry picking – yum! Tomorrow they’ll get back on their bikes and will continue their journey north!
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Coast to Quebec B (CQ B):

CQ B is crushing the mileage and made it to camp today with plenty of time to hang out around town as well as the gorgeous coastline of Maine! It looks like it’s going to be a relaxing night, and a great day of service tomorrow as they head over to work with the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Below is Zack (aka Dixie) with a stellar selfie of the group! We’re so proud…

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Maine’s Downeast Explorer A (DEXA):

Our DEXA group is enjoying a beautiful day in Acadia! The photo featured below was taken by John on the top of Acadia Mountain! According to John, their group is having a great day, and shortly after the photo was taken, the group hiked over to Echo Lake for an afternoon dip in the cool waters. It sounds like their trip is going “swimmingly” – pun very much intended. Look for pictures of their planned pre-dawn hike in tomorrow’s blog.

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Those are some bright colors!

Maine’s Downeast Explorer B (DEXB):

Our DEXB group is exploring the back country of the Appalachian Trail today! The sun is shining, and they could not have asked for a better day to be hiking through Maine’s wilderness. Due to the lack of WIFI in the wilderness (a blessing and a curse), we will be updating the blog with their back country adventures tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Montana Service Adventure (MSA):

Out in Helena, MT, our MSA group is doing their first day of service work with Helena’s Community Garden. Helena Community Garden members look forward to working with Apogee students each year, and this year is no different! Annika and Christian have reported that everyone was working hard and having a great time! This afternoon, the group will be packing up and getting ready for tomorrow’s ride towards Wolf Creek and Augusta. Rumors have it that tomorrow’s ride will take their group through some beautiful canyons (this actually is not a rumor. I led this trip last year and they do indeed ride through an absolutely incredible canyon!)

MSA1Pancake breakfast to fuel up for the big day of service!

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MSA1Working hard with Jeanne and “Mr. Sweet” (Jeanne’s husband) in Helena.

Northwest Explorer (NWX):

Will and Becca are enjoying their second day in the back country of Olympic National Park. We should have pictures for you tomorrow night!

Pacific Coast A (PCA):

Today is PCA’s first “challenge ride!” Today, Abby and West’s group rode 49 miles through the south of Oregon, and tomorrow they will cross the border into California! Today’s ride took the group to some of the most breath taking views along the Pacific Coast – the coastal breeze, the nonstop sunshine, and the good spirits of the group are key ingredients to this amazing day!

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Here’s half of our crew soaking in another sub-par view…

Pacific Coast B (PCB):

Our PCB group is spending their day taking in some more of Oregon’s stunning coastline as they make their way towards California. Sherry sent us some pictures of their group enjoying Bullards Beach yesterday afternoon, and it looks like their weather could not be better!

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Alps Explorer A (AXA):

Our AXA group today experienced one of Europe’s most breath-taking sites today – the Aletsch Glacier! After waking up to another morning of more gorgeous views, the group took a cable car to the glacier, and then hiked from the Aletsch towards the village of Bettermeralp.

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Alps Explorer B (AXB):

A 14-km hike from Switzerland into France? Don’t mind if we do! Today’s stunning hike (see jaw-dropping pictures below) took the group from their home base of the Swiss valley town of Martigny to the peaks of Tre-le-Champ to start the Tour de Mont Blanc. This is the first of five days in France, but just the start of the beautiful pictures! Just to warn you, we’re not likely to get pictures from the group tomorrow….

AXA - group AXA - lunch 2

Europe Coast to Coast A (ECCA):

Today, these European adventurers made their way from Renesse, Netherlands to Bruges – and it only took 2 ferries and 120 kilometers of cycling! I think it’s safe to say these guys earned themselves a delicious and substantial dinner! Kirk and Jeanne were unable to send photos, but we have been reassured that more pictures are on their way! They’re also going to be enjoying their first well-deserved day off of the bikes tomorrow.

Europe Coast to Coast B (ECCB):

Our ECCBers are spending their last full day in the Netherlands today. Postyn and Posie’s crew made it from Wassenaar to Renesse with the help of a couple of ferries and over 90 km of biking. And knowing Postyn and Posie, I’m sure their day was filled with not just great travel, but great food, great laughs, and many good stories! They’re headed for Bruges and their own day off tomorrow. We talked them this afternoon and all was well, but, like Kirk and Jeanne, they couldn’t get the wifi at the campground to work for pictures.

America Coast to Coast (ACC):

There’s nothing sweeter than a Georgia peach! And these 14 Georgia peaches are making their way to LaGrange today! Today’s ride is 73 miles of rolling hills, and the group is making great time, and keeping spirits high! On top of it all, they’re looking great in their ACC jerseys!

ACCLooks like John (peeping out of the window in the back) is finding lots of shade from the Georgia sun!