I woke up this morning a bit sore from our first day. I was hoping that it would wear off by the time we started but it did not. But, as soon as we started walking, it became less and less apparent. As we strided along the road, my soreness disappeared thanks to the company of my friends and teachers. I have noticed that this hike distracts me from the pain. Being in nature makes the pain less apparent. I can only hope that the next few days are as great as today. This hike is not only about nature, but about making connections with our teachers and fellow students. I have already begun to notice the new conversations. Today I was able to talk to people I had never talked to before. The bonding experience is unreal and I am excited to see how close we become as a team by the end of this breathtaking adventure.