Days at Chewonki, although enriching and amusing, can be long and tiring. One thing that helps me through these days is simple and relaxing: night walks.
Right before leaving for spring break, emotions were running high on campus due to school work and feelings about going home. A couple friends and I wanted to get away from it all for a little bit so we practiced the art of walking at night. We started at campus and walked southwards towards the index finger of Chewonki, “the point”, sharing stories, laughing, and just enjoying each other’s company. We all remarked about our feelings towards going home, and those who thought they were alone in their anxiety soon realized that everyone was feeling that to an extent. We walked, slipped on the ice, and looked up at the stars while navigating the woods and soon decided to walk off trail to an area that had been found a little earlier in the semester. The area had a little beach and a large body of water that was flowing quickly towards the sea, and was known for its echoing ability — rightly given the name “Echo Point”. When we got there, we gazed up at the stars together and forgot all of our stressors. The stars were beautiful, and being all together held a sense of unity between us. We sat on the rocks and looked into the unknown of our sky, and screamed, letting out the frustration of our lives. The screams echoed back to us, relaying our exasperated sounds.
For the rest of our time together we talked about things that didn’t impact our current lives at Chewonki, such as species quizzes and leaving each other, but focused on the stars and the relaxation, in ignorance, they brought to us.
Jolie, The Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ