Back on solid ground, almost.
The Maine Coast Group B crew had an amazing journey around the coastal islands on their sea kayaking expedition. The weather during their put in was gloomy, but it was beautiful every day after that.
Their first full day of kayaking was spent visiting a lighthouse and perfecting paddling techniques. Sasha was the partner of choice as he is a machine when it comes to paddling. The end of the day found them camping at Pomp Island, a frequent campsite for Frost Valley folks. There, they had their tents pitched on wooden platforms with a great beach and lookout rocks just steps away. Lookout rock was the perfect spot for meals as well as devotion at night.
On the second full day of paddling, they circumnavigated Hardwood Island and had time for some kayak games including a huge seaweed fight with the guides and what is referred to as “deck disco.” During the disco, the kayakers pull up next to each other and hold the boats together. Then people have the opportunity to walk on the decks and do other things such as dance. Alex was trying to do flips while most folks just tried to avoid falling in.
After their third night out, it was a short paddle back to the put in and the group spent the night back in Acadia National Park. On Saturday, they met up with the other Maine Coast group and had a barbeque to send them off on their kayak trip. (Sorry, no pictures from them).
Rock climbing was next on the agenda for Sunday and Monday. It was a real challenge for a lot of people but also a great opportunity to overcome fear. Julie was everywhere and did just about every climb available. Danny A. (who has gotten the nickname of Alcatraz since there are 3 Danny’s) climbed hard as well in addition to being a belay master. Overall, climbing was a great success and led to some great devotions at night. These kids are really deep and had a 2 hour devotion Sunday night!
Otherwise, the day-to-day operations have been smooth. Connor has been the comic relief while others have really taken a hold of the leadership opportunities including Danny B. and Leonore. Florence and Leonore have really been gung ho and are the first people to jump into everything. Cooking has been new for some people including Hannah who made quesadillas Sunday. Of course, there have been some random occurences that make a trip unique. One such moment involved a man with a telescope who invited the group to visit this evening. Danny M. was all over this and soaked up a lot of information about the moon and stars. Tuesday the group is going to sleep in a little before hitting the carriage roads with their bikes. Check back in a couple of days for another update!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.
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