/ˈzēˌrō/
(noun)
  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

Launch day

written Feb 15, 2018 @ 03:49 AM after hiking 0.00 miles

Today started early, with an alarm at 5:30 -- lots to do, and I don't want to be the one holding up the group!

Thankfully, I'm pretty good at packing up my gear, so I was ready to go bright and early. Well, not bright, since the sun wasn't up yet, but you get the idea. And with that, Nick and I headed off to get breakfast ready.

Setting up the breakfast table

While people descended on breakfast, I headed over to the boats to rig all of my gear onto it -- this always takes a while the first time.

It's not beautiful weather, but it's a beautiful scene

Eventually, everyone was fed, packed, dressed, and rigged. We were all antsy to hit the river, but we took a second to put my camera on a rock, set a timer, and take a group picture.

Say cheese!

The first day is pretty uneventful, aside from a medium-sized rapid known as Badger Rapid. Jess expressed an interest in rowing so what the hell -- I gave her the oars from the get-go. Hey, it allowed me to take pictures along the way.

Into the Canyon we go!

We arrived at camp around 1pm, and some of us took this opportunity to hike around a bit and explore our surroundings.

... and what surroundings they were!

After that, it was time for dinner (steak & salmon), a campfire, and then bed.

It's gonna be a fun trip.

Not a bad first kitchen.