By Shem Dixon
Confidence, Character, and Community-mindedness are what we’re all about here at Apogee. For me, the beautiful thing about “Three Cs” is that they can be pursued and found in so many different ways, and the beautiful thing about the outdoors and adventure travel is that they provide ample opportunities for our students to discover what the Three Cs mean for them. Surveying our pictures from the field today remind me of this, and more so, it reminded me that you can have a whole lot of fun while pursuing these ideals.
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Will and Casey’s adventurers traded hiking boots for bicycle helmets today as they circumnavigated Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park. A confidence-boosting accomplishment if ever there was one for these first-time Apogee Adventurers!
Is this a bike tour or a coastal cruise?! True, CI does spend their fair share of time on ferries, but they’re merely a means to an end. That end being biking the length of the Cape, no small feat for these budding cycle-tourers.
Tim and Grace (affectionately known to the office as Gracie and Grubes) spoil us with blog pics. It seems that they and their kiddos spoil each other with scrumptious meals from around the world – last night’s Iron chef competition was “totally tantalizing tortellini creations – from little Italy to broccolini!” and this morning they traveled to old Paris for French toast before helping with some trail maintenance.
Emma, Matthew, and the team spent their second day in the Tanama River Valley helping with more trail maintenance. Look at all that green!
Jack and Jane collected their burgeoning essayists this afternoon and wasted no time in getting settled into their rustic sea-side cottages. If the setting doesn’t get their creative and narrative juices flowing, Jack, Jane, and Jaed (our master writing instructor) surely will.
Clark and Addie are seasoned pros at this point in the summer, meaning they know exactly how to start a trip off right: a fire, s’mores, and a stunning first hike, Mt. Megunticook.
Meanwhile, Austin and Celeste made the most of their equally-stunning day, hiking Camden’s Maiden Cliffs before piling into the van to head to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.
Summer sun? Check. Country store? Check. Smiling faces? Check! Must be Carter and Emma’s Vermonsters!
Connor and Anna collected their crew in San Jose yesterday and immediately made the transition by bus to our partner school in Turrialba. Today’s activities included an orientation to the area by foot.
CMCA posed and paddled in Tomales Bay today. Sunshine and smiles were in large supply!
With CMCA exploring the California coast, CMCB headed inland to the foothills of the Sierras, for a day or two of practice hikes before heading into Yosemite National Park.
CQA was in the Camden area today, where they helped a local land trust with trail maintenance. The blueberry picking they did after volunteering sounds like a fine cap to a stellar-looking day!
Photographic proof that CQB did indeed make it all the way to the end of the Pemaquid Peninsula (even though Pemaquid Point Light doesn’t make an appearance) yesterday. Their reward for a hard day of riding was ice cream along the shores of Pemaquid Point. Today featured more beautiful coastal riding, and also an impromptu stop at a junk yard sculpture garden.
Every so often, we let our leaders in the field write their own blog “blurb.” Today is one of those days for MSA. Leader Emily says, “I wish we could just lift the curtain made of clouds so everyone could see the majestic mountains ahead of us as we officially enter glacier county! The “good vibes gang hype train” crushed our second challenge day, summiting many hills and the final apogee (an 8% incline) that took us into Browning! We picked up some soup and bread from the grocery store and pushed to camp where we all got cozy with soup and sleeping bags!”
Lindsey and Joby’s crew was into their backcountry campsite by early afternoon according to their scheduled check-in via satellite device. No cell service until they’ve completed their backcountry trek, but we fully expect another treasure trove of pictures when they return.
Sean, Arie, and Co’s last full day on the water around the San Juans appears to not have disappointed. They’ll bid adieu to the bay tomorrow and strike out for the Olympic Peninsula, stopping for a resupply along the way.
PCA took some time off the bikes to volunteer in the greater-Eureka community today, helping the organization Food for People sort and package donated food items. Nice work, team!
Aaaaaaaaand, here’s a late addition from PCB. In the spirit of letting one more trip write their own blurb for the day, I’ve included their tongue-in-cheek caption: “Saw the real redwoods today – thought they’d be bigger!” In all seriousness though, PCB looks freshly showered and extremely happy to be in camp.
Max and Sam’s bonnie lads and lasses officially reached the end of the West Highland Way today! After taking the requisite picture with the sore-footed, but accomplished bronze hiker, they celebrated with waffles.
No blog pictures from AXA today, but we did hear from them that they’re snuggly into camp – hooray!
AXB celebrated a border crossing with some pretty goofy pictures from the Col de la Seigne. They even managed to get a classic jumping photo with everyone off the ground – no small feat! (Get it… feet?)
Rest days best days! Nothing like some R & R in the capital of Arizona. Our cross country riders got a chance to do laundry and rest their legs. They even found time to do volunteer with Feed My Starving Children, a Phoenix-based organization.