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 Guillemot! They also saw Atlantic Puffins, Common and Roseate Terns, and Plovers! From Muscungus Bay, they had good strong winds and an unbelievable sail (reefed) all the way to Isle au Haut! Under normal wind conditions this would take about 2-3 days. They covered about 40 miles in one day! Now into the second week of their adventure, the trippers are honing their sailing skills, learning the boats, and working on navigation. The fog settled in while resting on Isle au Haut. Instructors (armed with GPS and chart) completely turned over the boat handling and navigation to the students, who took this challenge seriously. Through the fog, the two boats stayed together and communicated via VHF radio to sail in tandem for 10 miles from Isle au Haut to Russ Island through and around the beautiful yet challenging islands of Merchant Row. At times they could not see land and had to rely on traditional navigation skills. You should have seen the pride in the students’ eyes as they described this challenge! After a wood shop tour at the Wooden Boat School, the students participated in a service project as a way to give back in thanks for the opportunity to utilize this beautiful location. During the Umbagog resupply, we learned that students are building skills everyday during the paddle to the Rapid River. Instructors commented on how windy the lake has been, which actually helps the participants become more comfortable in a dynamic environment. The group has been working on their roll technique and they are thrilled that the sun has been out for days. They will continue working up to more challenging rapids on the river in the days to come. Maine Coast Kayak has enjoyed some unplanned rest days on Monroe Island waiting for the right weather window to cross Penobscot Bay. On Sunday the leaders made the call to continue up the coast to Warren Island State Park rather than making the crossing. Warren is a beautiful island where the group can enjoy a fire and visit with other campers on the island. Our Maine AT hiking group received their second resupply. Mt. Katahdin is looming bigger and bigger the closer they get to Baxter State Park. The group has really hit their stride and they can’t wait to head up the largest mountain in Maine! Our two canoe groups have been enjoying a sunny stretch of weather in the North Maine Woods. Thoreau Wabanaki Trail participated in a day of Solos at High Bank campsite. Today they are running Webster Brook, which is a premier paddling destination for canoeists. Thoreau commented on his 1906 expedition that paddling Webster was “Somewhat like navigating a thunder spout.” North Woods Canoe is paddling down the Allagash River and has enjoyed several Moose sightings and a fun run down Chase Rapids. They will end their journey on the St. John River, which is the northern border between Maine and Canada. We look forward to hearing more updates and greeting all the groups as they return to campus on Monday!