A quiet day on Debsconeag today. Everyone was out on a trip! There is a lure to Katahdin, K-money, K$. While on 4th Debsconeag we can see her. She hides behind some hills. She often hides behind some clouds. On clear days, we can see the shadows of her ridges. One of my favorites is to swim across the lake and peak up at her everytime I need to breath. In the winter she is often purple and pink and very much in contrast with the snow. On 3rd Debsconeag you can see her the entire time you are on the lake. She seems to keep a watchful eye over us. We are rooted by her presence. We are closer than 2 miles to the Appalachian Trail and often see through hikers crossing our road or walking along our stream. We about 40 miles to her summit. Enticing. Many seek to start in Georgia and walk their way to Maine. Some start in Maine and walk South to Springer. Hiking K$ on his day off, our site manager Andy ran into three AT Through Hikers who were finishing their trek. Each had accomplished the task in different amounts of time. Each celebrated differently. Our cook Loryn hiked Mt Katahdin today and saw the Nahmakanta Explorers group on their way up. Loryn, used to getting up to bake in the mornings, got an early start and summited by 9:30 am. The Nahmakanta Group wasn’t quite on the same time schedule as Loryn. We look forward to the group hiking into camp on Saturday. We look forward to the migration of all of the groups as they come back into camp. Under the stars, the Northstars sought solice in Solos. They are winding down from a true 7 week experience. They have just finished up Lifeguarding and Small Craft Safety. They are amidst a Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course. Many smiles for Corydalis as they learn to kayak at Big Eddy. I visited them briefly and heard tales of successful wet exits, successful eskimo rescues. The heat of the day was irrelevant as they could enjoy the cold river water. Clintonia returns tomorrow after paddling Flagstaff and a day hike in the Bigelows. Trillium has been on the Moose River and will go for a day hike tomorrow before coming home on Friday. As the groups come home, the participants need to first process out of the trip they were on and then work to process into their return to home. What memories will they keep? What photos will they look at regularly? What stories will they tell? How have they grown? How have they learned? How can they tell their friends about their experience? Transition home can be challenging. I hope they will tell you great stories of the people they met, the experiences they had.