North Woods CanoersArthur forced the Mariners to take cover in Stonington, a key lobster port and historic quarry town on Deer Isle, where the group rented moorings, went to shore, and camped for two nights to wait out the storm. On Sunday they got their reward: they sailed all the way from Stonington to Isle au Haut with “fair winds and following seas” as well as brilliant sunshine. Greg Shute, our Director of Outdoor Programs, carried out the resupply to the Umbagog Whitewater Kayak group and reported being “blown away” by the level of organization at their campsite. Five stars! The kayakers are working on their paddling skills each day, building up to increasingly challenging whitewater.
The Maine AT Backpack group watched waterways rise around them as Arthur dumped heavy rain for hours. The East Branch of the Pleasant River got so high that they couldn’t safely cross it, so we shuttled them to the shores of pristine Nahmakanta Lake. Now they’re happily heading toward Mount Katahdin. Andy Williams, manager of Chewonki’s Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camps, resupplied the group and said everyone seemed confident, strong, and excited.
Maine AT shows off their new trail muscles!Tomorrow we’ll welcome the Northeast High Peaks trippers, who will soon begin five weeks of backpacking over some of the great mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Quebec. I can’t wait to meet them!