As soon as the first flake fell from the sky, I heard joyous screaming and giggling from outside my office. Twenty or so Maine Coast Semester students had evacuated the dining hall and classrooms to romp in the snow. It was an inspiring sight as they started rolling snowballs, sliding on the Quad, and making snow angels. One student from Georgia yelled, "We just had to get outside! It's snowing!" … [Read more...] about The first snow falls on Chewonki Neck
Last week was full of successful resupplies, which gave us a good chance to catch up with news from our trippers. In a letter, a Maine Coast Kayak participant wrote that out on the trip, "I've really started to realize how much society affects me...This trip is proving to be a great way for me to truly rest my mind." What a gift it is for a teenager to be unplugged for three weeks! This group has … [Read more...] about Successful resupplies brings news from Chewonki wilderness trips
Below are the reports we’ve received this week. The George River expeditioners are moving right on schedule and doing well. Over the past week, they travelled through a significant amount of rain and some colder temperatures, but the sun is shining now. They were proud to report that they paddled 50K (a little over 31 miles) on Sunday--over 12 hours of canoeing! They have spotted two bears. … [Read more...] about Wilderness Trip Update – amazing views and high spirits in the field
Tuesday afternoon I found myself laying on a hot rock next to the Penobscot River listening to the roar of the rapids. I had the pleasure of driving Girls Allagash to their put in the afternoon before. My mind wandered all over the state as I tried to imagine what each trip was doing in that very moment. North Woods Canoe was the easiest, I knew they were camped on Thoreau Island and that the … [Read more...] about Session II – We’re Off!
One of the best parts of my job is greeting trip groups as they return from the wilderness. The Chewonki cheer rings through the Quad all day, as trippers roll back from forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, and the sea. When I approach a group to welcome them home, I am grinning ear to ear. So are they. Their excitement is about far more than the upcoming hot showers and cookout. It's about having … [Read more...] about Chewonki Cheer for the homecoming of Session I trippers!
Mariners are having an incredible time! They had a special opportunity to go ashore on Easter Egg Rock a 7-acre island in outer Muscungus Bay. It is a treeless island and a designated Bird Wildlife Sanctuary. Bird researchers welcomed the Mariners group and showed them their research. The trippers had an amazing opportunity to hold baby Black Guillemots, Leach's Storm Petrels, and an adult Black … [Read more...] about Trip Groups Are Hitting Their Stride
Our Wilderness Trips are off to a tremendous start. We have 19 trips in the field. Yesterday, I had the privilege of visiting the Maine Coast Kayak group. Everyone was in high spirits and full of stories from their first week. I heard them describe harbor seals cavorting within feet of the kayaks, as the group navigated through the fog, wind, and waves around Pemaquid Point; and a dreamy pancake … [Read more...] about Wilderness Trips Off to a Tremendous Start
Anyone who has hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail quickly learns the term “Trail Magic”. AT through hikers regularly find gifts of a cold drink or other tasty treats along the trail. Our own Andy Williams, Site Manager at Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camps regularly encounters AT through hikers where the trail crosses the road leading into our camps at Fourth Debsconeag. Andy has a 5-gallon … [Read more...] about Trail Magic and Random Acts of Kindness on Chewonki Wilderness Trips
Wow, a lot has happened since our last blog post. Last week we said goodbye to all of our three-week Wilderness Trippers and on Sunday we welcomed our second session participants. The Boatbuilders have completed their boats and have been transported to the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, where they will begin the expedition portion of their experience. Today they will be paddling to Hell’s … [Read more...] about For second session, double the Chewonki teen wilderness trips in the field!
Monday we welcomed back all of our 3-week wilderness trips. After a meal together in the Chewonki Dining Hall the groups walked out to the Point for a celebration of their experiences. As groups arrived at the Point a campfire was burning and groups settled into comfortable spots around the fire with and took a few moments of quiet time to reflect on the past 3-weeks. After a reading of “Look … [Read more...] about Fond farewell to first session trippers with celebration on Chewonki Point