Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 41, 09/20/2012 - Kelly Bauer

ECOEE is transitioning again. In only a few short days we’ve gone from waking up inside a tent and boiling water for hot drink to showering with loofas and conditioner and being offered coffee with cream and sugar. Our mode of transportation is no longer a We∙no∙nah canoe but a van with a trailer hitched behind. There were no rapids to wash our clothes in when we arrived to our destination today but a forgotten box that did the work for us. I certainly enjoy the amenities and the convenience but nothing beats doing laundry atop a waterfall. But rather than look back I will look forward to all the exciting adventures we have in store. We are officially a third through our expedition but we have so much ahead of us! I can tell that I’m not the only one who feels this way, the group’s spirits have been high since arriving at Horn and we’ve been working harder than the busiest of bees to get ready for our journey out West. I look around at our group now and compare it with the group that arrived here 41 days ago. Sure we were hard-working and motivated then but what I’ve seen changes in is our efficiency and the love we have for one another. We’ve seen each other at our best and some of or not so great moments but we put that all aside to get the tasks done. Since arriving we’ve done laundry, unpacked, cleaned the canoes, cleaned most the backcountry gear, cleaned our river bags, and ate delicious meaty (and tuna) mac. Great job guys, let’s keep this up as we transition to the west! -Kelly

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