Millions of people visit Maine each year and Maine Coast Semester students enjoy the chance to find out why. read more Every student goes on a five-day wilderness trip in a beautiful part of the state, hiking, canoeing, or kayaking their way through places they’ll always remember.
Wilderness trips showcase some of Maine’s assets but they are important for another reason as well. Students and faculty get to know each other very well when in the woods and on the waters of Maine. Wilderness trip groups often become small “families” within the semester community.
Semester 57 student Vivienne, from Crossroads School and Santa Monica, California, shared her thoughts about the trip she took on the St. Croix River in the blog post below.
“Before the odyssey that was wilderness trips, the members of our trip groups were relatively unacquainted; trip assignments separate cabin mates, allowing us to branch out to other people. This caused me to be slightly anxious about the trip, because I was already super close with my cabin mates; and although I was pretty close with everyone else, too, I had yet to spend every waking moment with them. I was on the whitewater canoe trip, 5 days and 25 miles on the St. Croix River.
“Bright and early, we got all of our gear onto the bus and the 13 of us (10 students and 3 faculty members) packed in and began the 5-hour drive to the put-in spot right on the border between the U.S and Canada. When we arrived, we all gathered together by the river and it finally set in: we were about to be on the river for 5 days with no one but each other. This thought hadn’t quite dawned on me until this moment, I looked around, taking in each face, and a wave of excitement washed over me. We got in our boats and began the journey. The sights were not only incredible and magical, but we had so much fun. When we sang and laughed and became so close just within the first day, I knew this was going to be an extraordinary trip. The following days were all just as amazing. We were exposed to so many beautiful places and saw so many unbelievable things that many people don’t get the opportunity to see ever in their life. Living in L.A., I have never been able to witness fall in its full form and beauty; the leaves in L.A. just fall during ‘winter.’ So being able to see the stunning fall foliage that decorated the sides of the river was a true privilege.
“Every day, each person in our group had a responsibility, and one of the things that I think made this trip amazing was the maturity and reliability each person showed. We established a strong community that, even after coming back from our wilderness trip, we hold together and cherish.”
Vivienne, Crossroads School, CA