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Sunday, June 22, 2014: Launch Day

2nd Day of Our Expedition

           Waking up after night with a somewhat questionable sleep, we campers started off the day with a full bottle of water and a splendid breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs. With our day bags packed and our canoes fastened to the trailer, we were ready to take our first long journey on the river. After a couple interviews with local news stations and Dominion we headed out onto the mighty James River. 
            After leaving Iron Gate Boat Landing, we found ourselves in many rapids. Soon enough, we stopped in an eddy to take out our lunch of – you guessed it – flour tortillas. After the well-earned meal, we left the beach to continue our journey. 

            As we reached the halfway mark, we came across a class 2 rapid that took courage and training to accomplish. Luckily, everyone in our group made the rapid without flipping, tipping, or losing gear. With the rest of the stretch of river consisting of only class 1 rapids and straight-aways, the end of the first actual river trip was coming to an end as we landed back at the Gala Campground.
           For the rest of the day, we cooked hamburgers and corn on the cob and then receded into our daily circle to discuss our topic of the day, which was: who inspires us the most. After that, we lit our campfire, roasting marshmallows and making s’mores being our top priority. Tomorrow we finally start down the James (farther than Gala Campground) and really begin our expedition.

- Mason and Hugo

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