Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Day 9: Hearts grow heavy, and eyes moist as this EPIC adventure on which Team EPIC has embarked grows to a close.

After a light breakfast of Honey & Nut Sweetened Whole Grain Oat Cereal topped with Land o' Lakes 1% Low Fat Milk (don't think they're being healthy. . .they still eat gratuitous amounts of mayonnaise on their sandwiches), Team EPIC set out for a quick excursion into the dry, dusty, hostile Badlands. The excursion was, of course, EPIC. Miraculously, the only injuries sustained were a slightly twisted ankle and a few scraped hands. After their quick excursion, Team EPIC set out on their long homeward journey (hence the moist eyes) In the first hour of their trip, Team EPIC belted out hymns at the top of their lungs until they had exhausted their repertoire of hymns and worship songs. Since then, things have been rather boring, with the back seat-dwelling members watching movies, and the front seat members talking.

Team Member E: "This job is so important I'm going to run to go do it!"

Team EPIC is so EPIC even their shadows are EPIC.

More pictures to come.

Questions are now answered!

If you, at some point, asked a question via a comment on one of the blog posts, they have now been answered!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

More pictures:

The sunrise over Lake McDonald (Glacier National Park)

Various views from the hike up Mt. Brown (also Glacier National Park)

Day 7 (6.27.209): An inside informer has made it known that Team EPIC is now in Glacier National Park. They apparently climbed the Mt. Brown trail, making for a 10.6 mile round trip with a vertical gain of 4300 feet. Weather was nice at the bottom, even a little bit warm as the hike was a stiff one, but at the top, the chilling wind cut to the bone and froze digits. It was miserable for a little bit. The trail did not terminate at the peak of Mt. Brown, only at an overlook. However, Team Members A & D, the most adventuresome/exuberant members of the group, attempted to make the final climb. Fighting through snow on near-vertical slopes, they made it to within a few hundered feet of the peak. This (a.k.a. vertical cliff), however, proved too much of a match even for these exuberant adventurers, and all members made the return trip, averaging approx. 3.415 mph. It was a bit hard on the knees. Safely back at the truck, the team made the scenic trip to the Continental divide along Going To The Sun road, providing them with quite possibly the most beautiful scenery of the entire trip. Supper was hamburgers and hot dogs roasted over a fire by Lake McDonald.

The team is now near Helena, MT, and is on their way to the Badlands in South Dakota.

Side note: the random, seemingly unrelated pictures of metal horses were taken at a monument of sorts in eastern Washington.

*UPDATE* During the writing of this post, the interwebz connection was lost, and was just now recovered. Team EPIC now resides in eastern Montana.



Thursday, June 25, 2009

The view that Team EPIC experienced after dominating Mt. Si in Washington.

Photo credits go to Auxiliary Team Member F and Team Member B.