Over the past few days the Wilderness Trip Administrative Staff have been in the field traveling to all parts of Maine to resupply our groups. Photos should be up on the website by Monday from Umbagog, North Woods Canoe, Girls Allagash, Maine Woods Explorers, and both Maine AT Hiking Groups , Thoreau Wilderness Trip and Maine Coast Kayak.
Our trips in the north woods have been experiencing a bit more rain and some heavy thunderstorms but still with many sunny days. There has been a bit less rain along the coast for our Maine Coast Sea Kayakers.
As you read this North Woods Canoers have now entered the Allagash River on their way to the village of St Francis. Thoreau Wilderness Trip has paddled down Webster Brook in Baxter State Park and is about to enter the East Branch of the Penobscot River and paddle through the newly established Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
The Girls Allagash has portaged into Allagash Lake and paddled down Allagash Stream to Chamberlain Lake and crossed over to Eagle Lake on their way north to the Village of Allagash. Our Umbagog whitewater kayakers are now fully immersed in perfecting their moving water skills on the Rapid River. Our Maine Appalachian Trail Backpacking trips are three quarters of the way through the 100-mile wilderness in the Nahmakanta Reserve.
Maine Coast Kayakers are now paddling the island-studded waters of Penobscot Bay and our Maine Woods Explorers have been transported from the West Branch of the Penobscot River to the St Croix River and will be paddling along Maine’s eastern border with province of New Brunswick.
This past week I spent time in the field with several of our trips and talked on the phone to all the other trips. There have certainly been challenges with rain and some aching muscles from the miles traveled but my over all impression was of participants who are developing a keen interest in the wonder of the natural world and groups in high spirits. As we waited out a torrential downpour on one resupply I was serenaded with song and on another we all felt privileged to find a palm sized Cercropia Moth! My parting words of advice to each group were that this gift of time unplugged in wilderness is fleeting and to make the most of the next week on the water and trail!