August 2nd, 2009
Yesterday we awoke to a glorious sun shiny day, a perfect start to the day for all our girls traveling the trails and waterways that surround Girls Camp. Clintonia, our youngest group that remains in second session, started off their journey on Lobster Lake yesterday afternoon. They will eventually make their way up the West Branch of the Penobscot River and pass the only road-less village in Maine, Chesuncook Village, on Chesuncook Lake.
We look forward to getting an update from Trout Lily tomorrow during their re-supply of food, mail, and goods. They are hiking on the Appalachian Trail for ten days. They started their journey south of Girls Camp and are hiking their way back into camp. From what we heard from last session, those final steps back into camp are very exhilarating. They begin walking on paths that look very familiar and hearing sounds of camp and friends.
The entire Clintonia group and a couple of staff members met up with the Girls Maine AT Hikers last week for their re-supply. Together the groups enjoyed lunch on the shores of Nahmakanta Lake sharing stories of the adventures at camp and on trail. This group of older girls plans on hiking over 100 miles of the Maine AT, making their way up to Mount Katahdin. They have been getting glimpses of Katahdin along their path, their excitement is rising as they get closer.
Corydalis is on day four of their 10-day canoe trip. They too started on Lobster Stream, spent on evening on Lobster Lake, then made their way up the West Branch of the Penobscot to Chesuncook Lake. Last night they were planning on camping near the north end of Chesuncook Lake on Gero Island. Today their itinerary is to head towards the southern end of Chesuncook Lake. On Tuesday the group will have a short shuttle around the big rapids near Big Eddy Campground and begin their paddle and portage through the start of the Debsconeag Chain. Paddling through and portaging over First, Second, and Third Debsconeag, making their way to Fourth Debsconeag and back to camp.
While the girls are on their journey, the support staff and in camp staff are getting camp ready for their return. Cleaning the grounds, making welcoming signs, and gearing up for our final celebration. The weather forecast is looking bright and sunny for the end of their trips. We look forward to having our campus filled with their cheer and energy again.