Excitement is stirring around campus as we prep for the departure of wilderness trips. As usual, Saturday began with a plethora of activities. By 7AM, 27 of us semester students ventured into our first Saturday morning polar bear swim. Following a brief gathering outside the Ellis Room, Jason and Todd led us down to the waterfront. In sets of three we dove from the one floating dock to the other. We dried off and sprinted frigidly to the serenity of a hot shower. By 8:30, over a dozen students left campus with Ruth(erford) and Tom Twist in order to be certified by Habitat for Humanity as a weatherization guru. Simultaneously, Marjo and Ben were holding seminars teaching us how to set up tents and pack most efficiently for our trips. Immediately following the tutorials, over half of the semester students loaded onto the buses and went apple picking. We travelled a half hour north of Chewonki, passing Wiscasset, heading over the bridge and through the quaint town of Damarisscota. Upon our arrival, the man greeting us made one rule clear: “eat as you pick.” We accumulated over 300 lbs of apples and two cartons of cider. With our stomachs overfull on apples we headed back to campus and enjoyed warm butternut squash soup for lunch. After the overload of activities in the morning we spent the better half of the afternoon relaxing on campus. Some of us went biking, running and even some ceramics. Notably, Meghan and a few other students began the strenuous task of dreading Eloise’s hair. The day came to an end with the American meal: burgers, fries and milkshakes (all prepped by students) and a mock-tail party, during which we dressed up, played cards and board games in the dining hall.
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