It is hard to believe that we are already at the midpoint of the semester! Students retreated up to the north woods of Maine for an outdoor leadership program last week. They spent some time in the woods on an afternoon solo, not only to try it out before their 3-day solo in November, but also to get a chance to catch their breath, reflect, and look ahead. Will used his time to write in his journal and has shared a few excerpts.
4th Debsconeag, October 19-23
It’s funny how time can fly by. It’s like I just got to Chewonki. The first half of my semester flashed by, and now here I am, sitting next to a stream near 4th Debsconeag Lake in the north woods of Maine. It’s kind of rainy and dreary, but this place is cool. Canoeing was nice yesterday. The lake was so placid, like a mirror. It’s already getting chilly – close to my normal winter, ha. (Editor’s note: like myself, Will is from North Carolina. We are bracing ourselves for shorter days and colder nights!)
As I sit here listening to the soothing din of the stream on my afternoon solo, I realize that even though I will soon be back at Chewonki studying or building something for math, I don’t have to think about the next species quiz or history essay right now. I have time to reflect over wilderness trips, hikes, my friends, my life, and myself. It’s nice to step back and think, even at Chewonki. This time off has given every student a chance to reflect over some of the greatest experiences ever.
Two months may not seem like so much, but this the Chewonki time zone. In the span of about two months I have learned so much about school, learning, nature, camping, and myself. I will try not to take the rest of my time here for granted. This is a wonderful gift with amazing people and it will be gone too quickly.
– Will Godsey, Charlotte NC