Day 14: Living Vicariously

While we truly love our jobs here in the Apogee office, it should come as no surprise that on most days, we are actively jealous of the gorgeous places that our groups are exploring and the exciting activities on which they’re embarking. Naturally, we live vicariously through the pictures and stories that we see and hear from the field. But for some reason, today in the Apogee world brought on an especially strong itch to get outside and find adventure. Hopefully the pictures and brief anecdotes below will inspire you, reader, to get out and explore the great outdoors sometime very soon. In the meantime, you’re encouraged to live vicariously through our trips with us!


New England Mountains & Coast (NEMC)

Our NEMCers continued their exploration of New Hampshire’s White Mountains today with hikes to the Frankenstein Cliffs as well as Arethusa Falls.

Buddy high-fives!
Looks refreshing…
Putting some real miles into those boots

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (CRM)

Welcome to Denver! Today marked the first day of CRM2, and Tim and Gracie had a smooth airport pick-up day and are heading straight into Rocky Mountain National Park. Stay tuned for 10 days of happy hikers!

The non-goofy picture of the gang in from of the Elrey Jeppesen statue at the Denver airport. Who’s Elrey Jeppesen, you ask?
Goofy time! Elrey Jeppesen was an important figure in early aviation in Colorado. The more you know…

Maine Coast College Essay (MCCE)

Today, J3 (aka Jane, Jack, and Jaed) led our essayists through some topic development exercises. After helping each other on essay ideas, the team turned their attention to helping their community, working with a local Land Trust to maintain trails in the surrounding area.

Not a bad place to develop essay topics, huh?

Maine Coast Photo (MCP)

It was a pitch-perfect day for our photographers to hit the water today, and they got some gorgeous photos from kayak-level. After a full day on the water, they spent the evening working on some editing tips and techniques.

This boat is probably called “Tropical Sunset”
The classic Chaco vs. Teva debate continues
Photography 101 by Gabe: Taking candid photos

Maine’s Downeast Explorer (DEXA)

Thirteen wonderful days of Maine exploration came to an end today for our first DEX group of the summer. Word is: goodbyes were too hard for there to be any pictures taken. Also, Clark & Addie might now have permanent smiles on their faces.

Costa Rica Language & Service (CRLS)

With heavy hearts, Anna & Connor waved adiós to their Spanish speaking, community-serving, rain-forest-hiking crew this morning. The enthusiasm with which Anna & Connor spoke of their last two weeks together brought smiles to our office!

California Mountains & Coast (CMCA)

It was a memorable two weeks together for Kevin & Shannon’s band of hikers, and we’re sure there will be stories of their adventures together at dinner tables around the country tonight. Lastly, we’ll leave you with some great sand dune photos from yesterday.

No shortage of attitude here.
Did the boy on the right ever come down? We’re not sure.
I have a feeling this might appear on an Instagram feed or two coming up…
Moments like these are the ones that will be truly missed.
Dunes with a view.

California Mountains & Coast (CMCB)

Jared & Jeanne reported a smooth departure day for CMC Bravo today, though not void of a few tears. Their group made friends and memories that may very literally last a lifetime – and it appears that goodbyes took priority to blog photos in their last few hours together (which is understandable).

Coast to Québec (CQA)

After two weeks of riding (and over 400 miles!) across the great state of Maine to Quebec, Sam & Liana’s intrepid band of cyclists had every reason to celebrate. They capped-off an already wonderful trip with a day of exploration in Quebec City.

Toutes nos Félicitations! (translation: congratulations!)
En route to poutine, perhaps?

Coast to Québec (CQB)

What a trip it was for Ezra & Tina’s CQ Bravo team, and it’s hard to believe that this was their last full day together! Based on their photos below, it’s clear they spent some quality time reminiscing on their 400+ miles of riding together.

Rumor has it that smiles increased threefold when Ezra mentioned poutine…

Montana Service Adventure (MSA)

This just in: Glacier National Park is gorgeous, and everyone in the Apogee office is very jealous. In addition to exploring the Park today, Nicholas and Emily’s MSAers also helped replace some bear safety signs with the Park Rangers.

Jaws dropped.

Northwest Explorer (NWXA)

One more night of the North Cascade backcountry section for Joby & Lindsey’s NWX Alphas – which means one more night ’til we can see photo evidence of their epic journey!

Northwest Explorer (NWXB)

NWX Bravo, led by Sean & Arie, are on night one of five of their biggest backcountry section of their trip. Working their way through Olympic National Park, they’ll be out of photo-sending service for the next few days.

Pacific Coast (PCA)

Challenge Day: Complete. Grace & Ryan’s persistent party crushed 60 miles today, including a four mile, 1,100 foot climb, and they’re over the moon to have a rest day tomorrow.

A significant post? We may never know.
Blue skies, shining on me. Nothing but blue skies, that I see.

Pacific Coast (PCB)

Miles & Emma led the charge nearly 50 miles today, full of big rollers (aka rolling hills). The gang will head early to bed tonight in preparation for a Challenge Day of 60 BIG miles tomorrow.

Recent studies show face paint increases athletic performance by 22%.
Applying face paint is not always a clean process.
Trick of the camera, or massive tree?

Scottish Highland Explorer (SHX)

There was no shortage of sunshine for the SHXers for their hike from Gairlochy to Laggan Locks today. We were disappointed to hear that there has still not been a Nessie sighting.

Can’t ask for a better place to skip rocks.
Or to ponder the larger questions in the world…
Sunshine = smiles
MORE sunshine = MORE smiles (+bonus points for Apogee gear)

Alps Explorer (AXA)

The AX Alphas, led by their fearless leaders, Dave & Isa, cruised through one of their longest days today, and we received a cornucopia of (amazing) pictures from both yesterday and today. Tomorrow: a very well-deserved rest day.

Au revoir, France – Ciao, Italy!
Home of Alexis Bouvard, who discovered Neptune. (True story.)
Nice day for a stroll through the Italian Alps.
I think Dave thought this was a group close-up…
Monster day of hiking? Personal pizzas for everyone.

Alps Explorer (AXB)

With fresh legs, AX Bravo was back on the Tour du Mont Blanc with another big day. Tonight, they’ll enjoy the third and final rifugio, complete with a four course meal and real beds. Oh, plus the Italian Alps surrounding them.

No caption necessary
10 points for coordination!
Could it be?! The incredibly rare Alpine Apple?
Yep, that’s a glacier in the background.

Europe Coast to Coast (ECCA)

After a lovely day in Paris, ECC Alpha left Bar le-Duc and rode nearly 100km to Nancy, France. They were grateful for shelter from the rain to enjoy their dessert in peace.

“Anyone want to check out Germany this weekend?”

Europe Coast to Coast (ECCB)

ECC Bravo returned from Paris and enjoyed one last rest day before they’re back in the saddle tomorrow.

What’s the real reason to travel to Europe: pastries or biking?
It may have been a rest day for their legs, but not their minds.
*Insert celebratory cheer

America Coast to Coast (ACC1)

BORDER ALERT: ACC Uno rolled into Arkansas today, and after 90 miles, they enjoyed a full-on barbecue via their hosts for the evening.

Fair to assume that bike belongs to the photographer.
No selfie stick necessary
I could absolutely not bike 90 miles.
Arkansas (pronounced are-can-zis)!

America Coast to Coast (ACC2)

After a 93-mile bruiser today, ACC2 knows they can tackle any challenge together. That being said, the rest day in three days sounds preeetty darn nice about now. Keep up the good work, team!

Now THAT is a biker gang.