Day 2: Updates from the Aposphere


Why hellooooo there! We are pleased as punch to be giving you the run down of the happenings today around the Aposphere. A bevy of trips touched down in new and exciting lands. Apogee families meeting for the first time is always a beautiful experience that brings a tear to my eye *stifles tear ~ dabs eyes with handkerchief*. A few others are picking up some momentum. They put one foot or spoke in front of the other on their first full day of adventure!

Cape Cod & the Islands (CI)

Leaders Amelia and Taylor assembled their group on the Cape this afternoon. They are looking forward to the plentiful sun soaking, waves crashing, ferry hopping, bike riding adventures to come!

At the time of photo, we were missing a few folks flying in but it’s an almost-complete happy family!
Full crew – name games happening!

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains A (CRMA)

Our Rocky Mountain team spent the day exploring the Estes Park area. Day 2 and they are already hiking in style and sporting some Colorado pride with a state flag in hand. Way to rock and roll, CRMAwesome!

Caribbean Service (CS)

Joe and Nicole have been waiting with bated breath to get grooving with their Caribbean Service team. With all of their students officially touched down in this tropical destination, they are eager to jump into their weeks of work, exploration, and adventure!

Maine’s Downeast Explorer (DEXA)

Leaders Grace and Garth (who are not related, contrary to what this photo might suggest) met their crew and posed for this neat pic before making their way to camp for the first night. Adventure awaits! They are excited for their first hike tomorrow and all the Maine-tastic explorations to come.

Grace and Garth – separated at birth?

Maine’s Downeast Explorer (DEXB)

Erik, Lucia, and the DEXB team met up and made their way to camp for the first night. Here they’ll have their first evening together under the Maine stars (totally different from all the other stars out there, of course). Acadia here they come – a first of many Maine outdoor adventures in their trip itinerary!

Apogee t-shirt, spotted!
Yum – dinner time!

Costa Rica Language & Service (CRLS)

Eliza and Mark gathered their group at the airport and can’t wait for all of the learning, adventuring, and community-building they’ll be doing together over the next nine days. Rumor has it, quesadillas are for dinner? Yum. Muy bien!

California Mountains & Coast (CMCA)

CMCA is spending their first full day on trip beginning an epic overnight sea kayaking adventure. They may be heading into a sea of spotty service but they were able to sneak this photo out in time – apparently they “crushed” a 5 mile paddle to a “5-star waterfront” campsite. Woop!


California Mountains & Coast (CMCB)

Emma, Todd, and the CMCB gang sorted over a ton of food today – literally, over 2000 pounds of bread* at a local food bank. Thumbs up for taking time for some pre-hiking community service! Speaking of hikes – they apparently got in a gorgeous one before dinner.

*2000 lbs of bread not pictured
Tour of Food Bank!

Northwest Explorer (NWXA)

Addie, Clark, and their Northwest Explorers gathered at the Seattle airport today. It’s currently down pouring at Apogee Headquarters in Brunswick… looks like the rainy city is fairing better than we are! Tonight they’ll camp together for the first time and get excited for all of the WAdventures they’ll experience in the next three weeks.

Just your classic airport hang.

Northwest Explorer (NWXB)

Just like their sister trip, Emma and Nicholas convened with their NWXBesties group in Seattle early today. After a riveting game of cards in the airport they made their way to camp for the night to start the real adventure!

Pacific Coast (PCA) & Pacific Coast (PCB)

All the members of the PCA & B cohorts have arrived in Oregon. The full squad has the pleasure of heading to their first campsites together as one big Pacific Coast Crew on Day 1. Let the bonding and adventure begin!

The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round.

Alps Explorer (AXA)

Team AXA took to the beautiful streets of Zermatt for some grocery shopping for what leader Jared called a “delicious” first meal. Fine dining with a lovely crew and a lovely view – doesn’t get much better than that.

Name that meal based on food selection

Alps Explorer (AXB)

AXB’s adventures is off to a sweet Swiss start. They spent the day exploring Zermatt and eating Toblerone under the Matterhorn. Yep – that’s really what happened. Fun fact – the Matterhorn is Western Europe’s 12th highest peak!

only 148 days until ski season
X marks the trip start

America Coast to Coast (ACC1)

This crew is already looking like a well oiled bike chain, cruising through their 64 mile day by early afternoon. They were graced mid-ride with the presence of the one and only ACC Support staff Chandler Smith with well earned surprise snack sustenance in tow. Way to go ACC1!

Who are we?
Support coming in strong with a watermelon snack 10 miles from lunch today!
HAPPY (YESTER) BIRTHDAY TO KYLE! What a way to start off the summer!