Friday evening at dinner, Pete Sniffen reminded everyone to pack layers for the morning field trip to hike Mt. Megunticook in Camden. There were several groans and grumbles after this announcement, due to idea of having to get up earlier than a usual Saturday in order to get on the bus and head out. 7:15 was the time specifically we had to be up and ready, buses leaving at 7:30. I surely was not one very welcome to the idea, but oh well. We woke up Saturday morning to a surprisingly warm cabin (62 degrees, compared to the usual 55ish). The usual morning haze was easily seen in the eyes of many students who stumbled into the dining hall looking for something to eat. I had arrived around 7:00, and ate a bowl of cereal. Before I knew it, we were out the door heading to buses.
Within five minutes of the bus ride, everyone was groggily chewing on a bagel with their choice of spread (I had one half sesame seed bagel with peanut butter, the other half with cream cheese). The rest of the ride (about an hour) I spent in a doze. After unloading, we split into four groups for the hike. At that moment, a few people (including me) had realized that the snow was perfect for snowballs… that was fun! The hike to the top of Mt. Megunticook was quick and rewarding. We reached the top around 11:00 and the view was spectacular. Had the trip been optional, I definitely would not have gone, just so I could enjoy sleep. I’m glad it was mandatory, because I would have hated missing it. It was something that will be a precedent for future morning trips.
-Corbin Percy, Wiscasset, ME