By Will Robertson
Our summer turned fifteen days-old today! Instead of balloons and streamers to celebrate, however, we will settle for peaks and meadows. Today’s trips turned in an impressive amount of great views that are certainly worth celebrating! We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves as we celebrate fifteen spectacular days of Apogee’s 2017 summer.
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Our NEMC crew hiked their way up above treeline on iconic Mount Madison! Rainy weather prevented them from summiting, but the word from Jack and Olivia is that there was a pizza treat for dinner tonight!
Waking up to the sounds of your leaders singing a duet from Aladdin is the best way to explore “A Whole New World.” Today, the trailblazers of CRM2 swapped genie lamps for hiking boots and escaped to the lush green fields of Big Meadows! Word is, the CRM crew has already gone through two full bottles of sunscreen; gotta block those UV rays!
After a productive morning of writing essay outlines at their beautiful oceanfront cottage, our MCCE crew piled into the van and drove to Bowdoin College to get tips for their college essays from Bowdoin Admissions Counselor, Kat.
A little rain didn’t stop our favorite photographers from getting out and serving their community. Today they worked with the Boothbay Harbor Land Trust – and we have the smiles to prove it.
Our Coast to Québec groups re-entered the United States today and said goodbye. In the immortal words of A.A. Milne (of Winnie the Pooh fame): “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Until next time, CQers!
Another day off of the bike for the MSA team! More service in Glacier National Park for our intrepid Montana crew as they get ready to cross the continental divide on their way to West Glacier tomorrow.
NWXA emerged from their 5 nights in the North Cascades back country today – back to civilization! From here, they’ll roll into a luxurious and well-deserved rest day in the Bellingham area. And finally, some pictures and (as promised, I may add), they won’t disappoint!
NWXB continues on their journey through the back woods of Olympic National Park, along the Elwha Valley. Night 2 of Backcountry — we are counting down the days until their pictures emerge!
As they say on all Apogee bike trips: rest day, best day. Not that our PC Alpha squad doesn’t love biking – oh, they do – but you also won’t hear them complaining about a well-deserved day off. They explored the lovely coastal town of Mendocino, CA this afternoon.
It was a monster day for PCB, but at this point in the trip, 60 miles doesn’t seem quite so daunting. Emma & Miles’ crew muscled their way up a four-mile, 1,100 foot climb as well as another two-mile, 700 foot hill. It’s days like this that make us wonder, “How do they do it?!”
SHX is one step closer to their final destination of Inverness! Today the group made their way to Fort Augustus, an adorable village at the southwest end of Loch Ness.
The Alps Explorer Alpha crew got a well-deserved rest day after tackling two-thirds of the Tour de Mont Blanc. Only four more days of hiking and they will be back at the pink church where it all started!
Our AXB team crossed back into Switzerland today; after a lovely night at a Rifugio (alpine hut) in Italy they took a sunrise hike up to the border. Now back in their country of origin, they had a great time on the trampoline at the campground.
ECCA pedaled their way into Celles-Sur-Plaine, France today! It was a long, beautiful day on the road, 91 KM to be precise – but they’re happily snoozing as we speak (type?) – and look at these smiling faces – bright as the sun(flowers)!
In what may have been record time today, ECCB rolled through their 95km today and made it into their camp in Nancy, France with plenty of time to spare. All smiles today as Becca & Chandler report that spirits are sky high!
Nothing like a 50-mile ride after three straight days of 90-milers! The ACC1 crew rode into their rest day and picked up a big chunk of mail. Fun fact: leader Fred has already eaten 15 pounds of BBQ Chicken since their cross-country venture started two weeks ago (true story).
ACC2 is chugging through Mississippi! Today’s 87 miles felt like chump change compared to yesterday’s 93 miles!