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 also enjoyed a lot of adventures, including learning to surf some waves in their kayaks. Our other sea kayaking group, the Boatbuilders, reported spotting a pod of beluga whales on the Saguenay Fjord. These paddlers are traveling well in their boats, which not long ago they were building here at Chewonki. The weather up in Canada has been clear–beautiful for exploring the unique natural environment around them. Also on the coast, the Mariners have enjoyed some recent windy days and long sails. They ran into a Chewonki alumnus on the water and he reported that the group was “sailing with precision” into the harbor where they met. When we resupplied the Mariners, the report came back that they had bonded like a family. What a great way to describe a successful community! Our Umbagog Whitewater Kayakers and Northeast Rivers Kayakers relished a cookout together on the Rapid River. Ryan and Stacy Linehan, former longtime Chewonki leaders who happened to be paddling in the area, joined in on the fun as well. This was a perfect chance for both groups to meet and talk kayaking. It was a release weekend on the Rapid, so lots of fun was had by all as they paddled the bigger water. The Umbagog group will stay on the Rapid and continue to build their skills, while Northeast Rivers kayakers are now in Canada on the Ottawa River, a fine way to end their trip. Our Maine Appalachian Trail hikers will attempt to summit Katahdin tomorrow. Aaron from our Wilderness Trips office did their resupply and reported that the “students were dialed in and ran the entire resupply themselves.” They are definitely in the final phase of the trip–everyone knows exactly what they’re doing. Great news! The Maine North Woods Canoe gang reported seeing many moose along their journey. These paddlers savored a beautiful, sunny afternoon at a favorite Chewonki site called Squirrel Pocket (one of the best names ever), where the students did their solos. The Gaspe Expedition has encountered some incredible landscapes as they’ve traveled the International Appalachian Trail. This is the second year we have run this trip and once again it has inspired awe in our participants and our leaders. I can’t wait to hear more stories from the group when they return. Our George River Expedition is just arriving in Kangiqsualujjuaq, the village where their expedition ends. I had the good fortune of leading this trip last year. The last day of paddling is an exciting one where the George River meets Ungava Bay–the ocean! The tidal exchange is 40 feet, which makes entering the village a bit tricky: it is only accessible at high tide. All reports have been enthusiastic and we know they group will have a lot to share when they get “home” to Chewonki. -Emma Carlson, Director of Wilderness Trips See more photos of Chewonki Summer 2016 wilderness trips here.