This morning I stopped on the way back to my cabin, ethics textbook in hand, to listen to the birdsong. From studying for my Natural History species quiz and from my recent wilderness trip, I knew that I was hearing mourning doves. Although it was -8 degrees out, and I could feel my hair freezing, what gave me a shiver is the knowledge that spring is on its way.
This is a little difficult for me to believe, considering the fact that just last week; I was skiing on 16 inches of ice, on the beautiful Wilson Pond.
We recently heard from Zand Martin, a man who circumnavigated the globe using only human power. His story is incredible, and got many of us (even more) pumped about the great outdoors. One concept that he explained has come up many times in the last couple of weeks: Types One, Two, and Three of fun. Type One fun is the kind that is fun in the moment. Example: It’s Sundae Sunday, and I am eating my favorite kind of ice cream! Type Two fun is fun that is not enjoyable in the moment, but that you can look back on fondly. Example: I am willingly jumping into 20-degree ocean water! (You can read more about this in a previous blog post). Type Three fun is the kind that is never ever fun. Example: flunking a math test.
My wilderness trip was pure type One fun. As I said previously, I was cross-country skiing on lower Wilson Pond. It was one of my first times skiing cross-country, but with the support of an awesome trip group, I got up from every fall with a huge smile on my face. On my trip, I was fortunate enough to get to know Dot Lamson, who has been a wonderful Chewonki community member for many years. Although her camp was one of the coziest and most welcoming places I have ever been, many in our group decided to sleep outside during our third and final night.
-Written by Madeline Vinh, The Northwest School, Seattle, Washington