Anyway, day one started off at noon on base, we all checked in, piled on to two big charter busses and headed out to the hotel. We arrived 3 hours later, get our room assignments and go get cleaned up for dinner. After dinner, we all meet in the hotel's ballroom where the chaplain explains to us what we should expect and what is expected of us. Nothing out of the ordinary. After that little meeting was over, we were left to our own devices for the night.
Day two. We wake up around 7 for breakfast and are done and out of the hotel by 9 to make our way up the mountain. Chaplain explains that there are basically two routes to take, the path to the right is the most commonly used and where the majority of the hiking is. The second path, to the left, is where hardly anybody goes and isn't where you get the best view. I think it was his attempt at telling us to go with the big groups without actually saying that. I had a few friends go on this trip with me and we had decided collectively that we wanted to go on our own adventure. So naturally, we chose the path less taken. I am so thankful I didn't go with the group, because we had a freaking blast. I took pictures along the way, so I'll caption them as we go on this adventure together.