I have to say that this past weekend has been the best weekend of my life. The ten of us and Ben Redman headed up to Acadia National Park in a packed Chewonki van. Sure, we had to get up at 5:30am so we could head out at 6, but it was so worth it. We pulled into camp around 9:30am and as soon as we got off the bus, we had the time of our lives. We hiked Pemetic, Bubble Rock, and finished off the afternoon by hiking the cliff ridges along Jordan Pond. It was the first time I had ever hiked that tall of a mountain, let alone getting to the top of three! It was so amazing getting to the peak of a mountain with turkey vultures and bald eagles flying around. The never-ending ocean and the surrounding mountains were completely breath taking.
We can never finish a Saturday at Chewonki without a polar bear swim. So, Elsie, Liz, Bill, Paul, Scott, and I all put on our suits by Sand Beach and made the crazy decision to go for a dip in the “warm” Maine waters. We finished up the evening with the famous Redman burritos, s’mores, and laughter on the rocks looking up at the stars.
We decided as a group to get up early at 4 am to hike Mt. Champlain to watch the sunrise. Most of us were expecting an easy 45 min hike; many of us (including me) had a tough time getting to the top, but it was so worth it. The sun slowly rose above the peaks and painted the clouds a light pink and orange which contrasted against the light blue sky.
When I heard about this Acadia trip, I didn’t even blink to sign up. I had never been to a national park before, and what’s a better time to go than with my Chewonki buds? Now looking back, my trip exceeded my expectations. I was able to apply what I learned in the past field trip about bogs, along with new information from Xochi, who explained to us why certain rock formations formed, the types of rocks, and aberrations. The fact that I was able to do this trip with the head of school and his sons, a fellow and her boyfriend, my math teacher, and nine of my friends truly shows how different Chewonki is. I learned how to hike, how to better identify species, and how to enjoy nature without harming it. Sure, we could have stayed back and studied for the APs, but the truth is that we only have one month left and we must embrace what Chewonki can provide us. This Acadia trip allowed me to bond with students who I am not that close to.
I hope that in this last month here at Chewonki, our semester can participate in similar activities as this Acadia National Park trip. What is so tough for me to accept is that this time is going to come to an end and that all the things I want to do has a deadline. I believe that everyone else in our semester feels the same way. I hope that as a community we are more willing to get off our computers and hike around the Neck to embrace what we have here. Ah! 13 days until we are gone and I cannot imagine not being with my Chewonki buds! I love and will miss all of you when that day comes, but for now, let’s have a blast!