We are excited today to welcome our George River Canoe Expedition and Boatbuilding Expedition participants to Campus. The George River Paddlers will depart on Tuesday for the 2-day drive to Sept Iles, Quebec where they will load their canoes on the Tshiuetin Railway and on Thursday they will take the 12-hour train ride to Schefferville Quebec. Schefferville is a mining town located near the border with Labrador and is the jumping off point for most canoe trips in northern Quebec. Our paddlers will spend the evening in Schefferville at the McGill University Sub-arctic Research station before being transported about 10 miles out of town to Lake Attikamagen where they will begin the 450 mile paddle north on the DePass and George Rivers to Ungava Bay and the Inuit Village of Kangiqsualujjuaq. Shortly after arriving at Chewonki the Boatbuilders will meet Bill Thomas whose Willow design kayak they will be building. Bill has been teaching the art of kayak building at Chewonki and at the Wooden Boat School for many years. We are incredibly fortunate to work with Bill who is a kind, knowledable patient teacher and Registered Maine Guide. We will keep you updated as the sea kayaks take shape. By the time you are reading this we will have resupplied all of our wilderness trips in the field. We caught up with Maine Coast Kayak just north of Spruce Head at Birch Point Beach. The report back says it all “Beautiful weather for most of the trip! Sun, warm, lots of wildlife, seals, jellyfish, shoals of herring, cormorants, bald eagles, nesting osprey. Harbor Island was a treat! Sun, could smell the roses off the island. Saw an awesome cave, hiked some trails, and saw LOTS of fairy houses. Deer near boats on Whitehead Island. The kids are real troopers. They paddled 20 miles yesterday! They really pushed and did a great job”. The sea kayakers have now crossed into Penobscot Bay and are now in the Merchant’s row area and headed for a couple nights on Isle Au Haut. We resupplied the Mariners Sailing trip in Stonington on the 4th and the group spent the night on Chewonki owned Russ Island. A gem of an island located in Merchant’s Row just a mile off Stonington. They are now on their way to Frenchboro where they will take a rest day and explore the island. On Monday we will meet up with our Umbagog Crew at their campsite at Sunday Cove. The group has been progressing well and they are looking forward to some upcoming high water releases on the Rapid River. The Sustainable Ocean Studies students spent time last week working on tide pool transects at Pemaquid Point, an Eel grass restoration project and visiting with Scientists at the University f Maine’s Darling Marine Center. This week they will board the College of the Atlantic boat the MV Osprey captained by former Chewonki staff member Toby Stephenson for a trip to Great Duck Island and Mount Desert Rock in search of sea birds and whales. Chamberlain Bridge was the resupply location on Saturday for the Thoreau Wabanaki Canoe group. The group had just completed a service project with Allagash Wilderness Waterway Ranger Chris Silsbee and they were looking forward to a rest day on Telos Lake before paddling the rapids of Webster Stream and East Branch of the Penobscot. Maine Appalachian Trail North was resupplied on Sunday at the east end of Nahmakanta Lake by Andy Williams our Site Manager at Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camps which is located a mile and a half from Nahmakanta and the Appalachian Trip. The group is only a few days from Baxter State Park where they will spend several days and summit Mount Katahdin. By the time of next weeks Blog we will welcome all of our three weeks trip back to Chewonki Neck! -Greg Shute, Director of Outdoor Programs Read about all of Chewonki’s Wilderness Trips for Teens on our website.