Photos by Claire Hartnell
First thing this morning, nine young adventurers and their two fearless leaders, Becca Abuza and Adrianna Beaudette, set forth from Chewonki Neck bound for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in Maine’s North Woods. Part of me went with them—I love thinking of what’s ahead for this group as they explore a beautiful and fascinating part of the Northeast wilderness. These 11 women are the inaugural representatives of Chewonki’s new Adventures for Girls program. Over the course of the summer, 65 girls from 14 states as well as Ecuador and Russia will learn about themselves, each other, the world around them, and how to live and travel in wilderness settings all over Maine. I’m already looking forward to their stories. Before they left, the Allagash girls shared an evening on Chewonki Neck with students and leaders from Wilderness Trips and Boys Camp. We all had dinner in the Wallace Center and then gathered as a group out at Campfire Circle. A Chewonki summer is full of comings and goings but this first night was a special moment to be right here, as one family, before our adventures. We are Chewonki!