Day 2 (67 miles)
Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
36Trip End Aug 09, 2008
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again, dan and i pushed ourselves a little hard. it was possibly a foolish decision given that the next day entails a whole lot of climbing and a fair number of miles, but it sure was nice to get into camp early. we had time to do laundry, eat a snack, and set up camp before the other folks started trickling in. it sure is nice to be a young guy and have all the accompanying random muscle mass just because of my genetic code. the campground was nice and quiet, tucked away in a national forest, and the camping area itself was a series of small groves cut into the dense forest.
dan and i got assigned to cooking for the group, so we got to do grocery shopping on the way out of sedro wooley. there are tasks that rotate through the group: cooking and grocery shopping, cleaning up after the cooks, and making sure the area is cleaned up and everything is in the van by the time we take off. not only is it "community building", but more importantly, it makes the trip really cheap for all of the participants! julie and brad have arranged it so that our participation costs are around 20% of what it would cost to go with a commercial organization.
one amazing thing about being north is that the sun stays up in the sky seemingly forever. i went to bed around 10, and it was still light out. the sun had only recently set, and there was still a ton of ambient light. the summer solstice is rapidly approaching, so we won't have these super-long days forever, but it sure it nice...