Day 37: Haikus for You!

By: Annika Nygren

Day 37: Hello again friends, and helloooo August! The third and final month of Apogee’s adventuring season. I thought I might bring in the new month with a blog post filled with haikus (short 5-7-5 syllable poems). In honor of Kevin and Cait stepping out of their mathematical comfort zones and writing an awesome blog post yesterday, I figured I should do the same and spend the greater portion of my morning counting and calculating syllables. Although there are many ways and opinions on how to write haikus (and how many syllables to use), I am going to write these the same way I learned to back in the first grade (a long, long time ago)! Before I begin, here’s a picture of my summer co-leader/support staffer, Alex Doig! All the bikes/tents/stoves and general gear that goes out on trips all summer.  That’s Doig making it happen (yay, Doig!)  But instead of spending his day in the Apogee equipment barn, he joined me in the office helping to organize paperwork! Here’s a haiku about Doig:

This is my co Doig

He adores eating mushrooms

Look at him working!
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Five-seven-five count,

This is how I write haikus

Let’s go see our trips!

Cape Cod and the Islands (CI):

Surf’s up dude! Woohoo

Riding lots of waves today

Last day on the Cape!IMG_8305


IMG_1156Nice athletic stances, everyone!


New England Mountains and Coast (NEMC):

Rafting on the Riv

Kennebec River that is

Splash, splash wave… no crash!

IMG_8344View from the top of Mt. Washington from their hike a couple of days ago.


Vermont to Montreal (VM): 

Sea kayaking champs

Enjoying a day off wheels

Dinner on the way!


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 California Mountains and Coast (CMC):

American Riv

Here they are rafting today

Big trees hike on deck


IMG_7013Titanic reenactment on the bow? Is the front of a raft still called a bow?

Caribbean Service Adventure (CSA):

A day of service

Onto Cabo Rojo next

Beautiful beachesIMG_9003                                                                          Facials??

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Montana Service Adventure (MSA): 

Great day of riding

Glacier National Park yay!

Service tomorrowIMG_6486





Northwest Explorer (NWX):

Day four in BC

No service for pics today

Coming out so soon!

Pacific Coast (PCA):

Forty seven miles

Riding alongside Eel River

High spirits all day!IMG_2368

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Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 1.10.09 PMPacific Coast (PCB):

Peace out Eureka!

Riding to Redwoods State Park

Great day for a ride!

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Alps Explorer (AX):

Au revoir to France

Crossing into Italy

Spectacular views!

IMG_7676The tall man on the right is our very own Garth Franklin!  He was our ECC support man this summer, and he’s now spending some time with the AX2 crew.

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America Coast to Coast (ACC1):

Red White and Blue team

California livin’ now

Last border crossing!!

IMG_3583I spy team socks!! Crossing borders in style. 

IMG_8234The man pictured in yellow is named Stewart and he is an English solo traveler who’s biking from Calgary to San Diego!

 America Coast to Coast (ACC2):

Arrived in Prescott

One final day in AZ

Sweet, snazzy poses [OR roadside snazzy pics]

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Thank you for reading,

I hope I counted alright.

Have a great Friday!