North Woods Canoe was the easiest, I knew they were camped on Thoreau Island and that the weather was bright and sunny, exactly how I was experiencing it in that very moment. Thoreau Island is a favorite site of mine. Islands are fun to camp on in general and this one is named after an early explorer of the area, which offers a great chance to tie in some human history for the participants.
I conjured up images of the Umbagog group, who are also camping on an island surrounded by fresh water. They get to call the island home for the entire 3-weeks. Past leaders have told me that “Sunsets from Sunday Cove are the best on the planet.” I look forward to resupplying the group to spend more time on that special island.
When I think about Maine AT I imagine them getting used to their packs, cooking delicious food, and planning ahead to the fist summit, the Barren Chairback Mountains. The Gaspé Leadership Expedition is in route to Parc National de la Gaspesie. A wild and remote adventure awaits!
On the coast of Maine, the Mariners and Maine Coast Kayak both left from our waterfront. I can picture the send off for both trips. Campers, counselors and year-round staff waving and shouting the Chewonki cheer as the groups departed!
Our last 3-week expedition to depart on Tuesday was the Northeast Rivers. I will likely see them tonight when I return to Chewonki’s Big Eddy Campground. This group of eager paddlers will be exploring and testing their skills on Maine and Canada’s greatest rivers.
There is a lot of fun to be had during Session II!
-Emma Carlson, Director Wilderness Trips