Over the weekend, a few friends and I spent the day exploring the woods of Maine, in hopes of stumbling into any of the five points labeled on our map of the Chewonki Neck. Inspired from our hikes with advisee groups, we decided to assemble early on Sunday for a morning walk, eager for an adventure. I got the chance to whip out my first pair of hiking boots that morning, and truly experience the nature of the world around me like I never had before. With the help of pink neon markings on the trails, we slowly crept our way through the white pine trees, hemlocks, and birches to four of the five destinations. Art journals in hand we took the opportunity to sit down on the peninsula, and bask in the chilly morning while sketching twigs, rocks, and wintergreens.
I found myself constantly looking up onto the horizon, and tracing the movement of slow tide out to the waterfront, where the very first polar plunge of Semester 52 just took place the day before.
After a few drawings we were off again to the other points while stopping to snap some photos of our surroundings, trying to grasp the beauty of all that we saw. Losing our sense of time, and letting go of our worries about our awaited tasks ahead, our morning walk shifted into a daylong expedition. A couple of hours after the visit to our last point, we wrapped up our journey and headed back to campus hungry for supper, and ready for a good night’s rest.
-Dolma Tsering, Concord Academy, Medford MA