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!
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Our NEMCers continued their exploration of New Hampshire’s White Mountains today with hikes to the Frankenstein Cliffs as well as Arethusa Falls.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ECC Bravo returned from Paris and enjoyed one last rest day before they’re back in the saddle tomorrow.
BORDER ALERT: ACC Uno rolled into Arkansas today, and after 90 miles, they enjoyed a full-on barbecue via their hosts for the evening.
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!