Well, all campers are gone yet again on trips. Corydalis and Trout Lily departed camp early on the morning of July 6th and Clintonia left just this morning! All yurt groups are excited for these voyages because unlike the last hiking expeditions now they are canoeing on Maine’s beautiful rivers and lakes. Perfect timing with the weather indeed! We have been having sunny days here and the Debsconeag Lake is more wonderful than ever! Campers have been finding time two, three, even four times a day to enjoy the water and their levels of Vitamin D are finally where they should be. Many campers are extremely excited for the canoeing portion of their three-week session because of the massive amounts of fresh food they are able to bring! Unlike hiking trips, canoeing trips allow for more luxury; the reflector oven allows the councilors to make delicious desserts and breads. Some of the creations that have been favorites are brownies, bannick bread (dense and sweet), corn bread, and of course pizza! This takes our meals to a whole new level and in the backcountry, good food is perhaps the greatest way to lift spirits and create positive energy. Besides the amazing food that is made on trip, a plethora of wildlife can be seen when the campers spend ample time on the waterways. Clintonia is traveling on the Junior Grand Lake Stream where they hope to see snapping turtles, mergansers, and maybe even a moose or two! Trout Lily, who is paddling the St. Croix, will be combating some white water as they follow the river that divides Maine and Canada! We expect them to see many bald eagles, hopefully the patriotic kinds who favor their homeland. Corydalis is also doing river travel on the West Branch of the Penobscot but they will eventually make their way back to Fourth Debsconeag through the power of portaging! Portaging is a difficult skill the girls will learn where they carry all gear, including the canoes, over gaps of land that connect the different bodies of water. Backpacks will be transported normally but the canoes will be lifted above heads and carried by a single person (with the help and encouragement of a spotter) and the wannagins will be tumped and carried in the manner the natives of this land and others have employed for hundreds of years. We wish all the girls luck and can’t wait for their safe return to camp! The stories at the dinner table are vastly more entertaining after trips when the girls can share their experiences, both the highs and lows. In terms of those still at camp we are all busy doing some beautification and general maintenance on the grounds to make sure we are running as efficiently as possible!