For the past 6 years I have gone on some sort of trip to do volunteer work with friends during June. This year the trip ends on June 29th, two days before R-Day, and I am trying to decide whether or not to go. On one hand, it would be nice to have a "last hurrah" with my friends - these trips are usually a very special part of the summer - but I do not want to be physically or emotionally exhausted before Beast. I would like to know if anyone has done a trip (vacation, travel, charitable, etc.) a few days before beast and whether or not they though it was a good idea. Did it make the mental or emotional adjustment more difficult? Is it important to be extremely well-rested right before beast? I could probably make it to West Point on the 29th or 30th, but do I need more time up there to make sure I have everything ready?