As we enter the final week of 2016 summer programming at Chewonki, the young women in the Adventures for Girls program are making the most of the time they have together, overcoming challenges and celebrating accomplishments all along the way.
After successfully completing a demanding three-mile portage–a legend for both its length and very difficult terrain–the Allagash Canoe group officially entered the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Those who love this unique, 92-mile necklace of river, ponds, and lakes are celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Our paddlers will travel from Cunliffe Island to Squirrel Pocket, Big Brooks, and Allagash Village before returning to campus here at Chewonki on Sunday.
The Maine Woods Explorers enjoyed their time at Big Eddy on the West Branch of the Penobscot River, practicing their paddling skills before departing for their put-in at Spednic Lake on the St. Croix, from which they’ll travel the final leg of their adventure. Accompanied by bald eagles, turtles, and an occasional deer, the group will paddle over 40 miles from the Narrows to Loon Bay and Egg Point before taking out in Kellyland and returning to Wiscasset.
The Maine Appalachian Trail group logged many miles to reach their resupply at Fourth Debsconeag Lake. After a well-deserved rest day, the group set out again to Sand Beach and Rainbow Lake Dam. They will have one more resupply at Abol Pines before heading out to Katahdin Stream in Baxter State Park. Weather permitting, the group will summit iconic Mount Katahdin before heading back to Chewonki Neck.
In a short while, we will welcome all of our returning adventurers for a final banquet and closing campfire together. I am certain there will be many stories to share. As they portaged and paddled down rivers, lakes, and streams, and hiked their way up and over mountains, their good efforts have been rewarded with memorable experiences and lots of fun. I look forward to hearing about wildlife sightings that are sure to include moose, eagle, fox, hawk, owl, snake, and frog. I will relish listening to the girls’ ways of capturing the beauty of a sunrise or sunset. Most of all, I will enjoy the pride I will hear in their voices, from mastery of new skills, personal epiphanies about life and themselves, and friends made in the wilderness. It’s been a wonderful summer.
-Nancy Kennedy, Director Girls Programs