Morale is high, a significant boost resulting from pure adrenaline has catapulted me through half of the day. No sign of wildlife, only newly introduced species visible babyosa freshmanis (aka freshmen).
Observations: students on the first day of class are all basically the same - afraid. Most look sick, about to be sick, or lost. A few brave students venture out and make new connections without trouble, but this variety is rare. Encountered one close up, a fellow regurgitated student. My obvious advanced aged led her to identify and seek me out.
Only problem so far: no food and a poor choice of current location. An obvious food supply source is clearly in view (and downwind) but I lack the correct tribute currency.
Day 1 conclusions: So far so good.