After 24 hours, I felt very relaxed. As I watched the wind make the trees blow in the wind and the leaves fall, I was thoroughly enjoying myself. I had spent the last 24 hours thinking, knitting, and writing in my journal, things which we don’t always get to do. I had also slept, watched the sunrise, seen different birds flying overhead, and
generally enjoyed being in this woody area on Chewonki Neck. I had no idea what time it was, but it didn’t matter. I was just enjoying my time in the woods, not worrying about having to be somewhere or to do something.
It was Solos, a time during the semester in which we are all able to reflect on the past several weeks here. Although I have really enjoyed the time I have spent with my friends here, it was nice to have time to be alone and reflect. It was a nice change of pace.
Originally, our Solos were supposed to be the entire weekend. We were supposed to spend two nights on our sites, and to come back at any point on Sunday. However, this was not to be. I was wondering what would happen if the air horn rang (and we all would have to leave). I was hoping that it wouldn’t happen, but then
the air horn rang. A storm was coming into Chewonki Neck, with 40 mph winds. This was dangerous due to the large amount of dead trees in our Solo sites (since the wind could knock therm down), so we were brought
back in. Although it was sad, it was nice to see everyone. We then reflected on our Solos, and then enjoyed a fun night. We curled up on the couches, sharing pillows and blankets, watching The Princess Bride.
No matter how nice Solos were, it was nice to be back.
-Schuyler Rowe, New York, NY