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Smiles all Around!

Tue, 07/19/2022 - 03:32

After leaving the airport yesterday, we set out to our first campground right outside the North Cascades. We learned how to set up our tents, how meals work and then had a delicious burrito dinner. The M & M game was a fun way to enjoy both dessert and getting to know each other better. We loved hearing about Zoe’s favorite place to be in Alaska. 

We also had our first Alpenolympic last night, where we played hot and cold with partners to see who could find their water bottles the fastest, and Annaliese and Ella were our first gold medalists of the session. This morning, we started the day with our first Alpenyoga session, followed by some delicious strawberry stuffed French toast.

 After learning more about backcountry hygiene and Leave No Trace from Bella and Virginia, we tested our tent-takedown skills in a second Alpenolympic event. Kinsey, Makena, and Evelyn impressed us with their speed and efficiency! We all enjoyed lunch together at camp before heading to Marblemount for our rafting adventure. We had just enough time to play a round of Ninja by the water. Tian and Tenny both used their ninja powers to make it to the very end of the game! We all had a blast conquering the rapids of the Skagit river together. Some of us even braved the icy glacial melt to go for a swim! Lula was courageous and jumped right in and dunked her head. 

We are so excited to continue our travels in the North Cascades over the next week. Our original hiking route had to be adjusted due to snow and many fallen trees, so instead of a loop trail we will now be hiking in and back out. The milage is still the same and beautiful view will be plentiful. Our group is fun-loving, silly, and ready to go backpacking!