Every semester at CSG goes on Coastal Expedition. It is an 8 day trip lead by our lovely teachers. The girls in my semester spent the week before May 2nd, carefully packing and preparing for our trip. We received a packing list and a quick look at what the 8 days would look like.
On May 2nd we all woke up at 6am so we could get dressed, finish last minute packing, eat breakfast, pack the vans and be ready to hit the road around 8:15. By the time the vans were packed there was barely enough room for 7 girls in each van; backpacks, coolers, water jugs, and day packs were crammed in every available space. Around 8:15 we said our last goodbyes and hit the road for a 5 hour car ride to Cobscook Campground. It was a beautiful drive through many places I had never seen before.
When we arrived, the vans were unpacked and we began setting up our tents in groups and setting up our stoves so they would be ready for dinner. Before dinner, we had about 2 hours to explore as we pleased. It was a beautiful place to be, surrounded by the ocean, the rangers had opened up the campsite early just for us. When we gathered back at the campsite we made burritos for dinner in our cooking cooking groups. They were delicious!
The next morning we had solo time on an island we could walk to. It was so peaceful. Afterwards we headed back to camp to pack up and hit the road again for a 45 minute drive to the Bold Coast Trailhead. The hike to Fairyhead campsite was about 4.8 miles of beautiful coastline. The trail was filled with stunning sights of rock faces, crashing waves, and fog.
We spent two nights at Fairyhead and then hiked back out along the Inland Trail. I lead the hike back through the trees, moss and swamp. It was beautiful in a very different way. When we arrived back at the vans we ate PB&js for lunch and then packed and piled back into the vans for a 4ish hour drive to Camden Hills State Park.
We spent 3 nights at Camden Hills. On our first night we drove up to the tower on Mt. Battie. What a stunning sight we saw-the sun was setting and in the distance we could see rain coming towards us in a dark cloud. From our campsites at Camden Hills we took day trips to The Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Bigelow Laboratory, The Farnsworth Art Museum, and Herring Gut Learning Center. It was amazing to speak with people, especially women, doing radical things in their community. I had never realized how many cool things there were happening in Maine.
After our 3 nights, we drove to Rockland to take a lobster boat out to Hurricane Island to spend a night there. It was a beautiful ride, I had forgotten how beautiful Rockland Harbor is. We saw the Owls Lighthouse, and saw Camden and Lincolnville from the water. The day was bright and warm; it was a perfect day for a boat ride. When we arrived at Hurricane we received a brief safety talk from “Safety Sam” and then we were guided to our campsites. I was excited to sleep on tent platforms, that meant flat ground! Hurricane Island was beautiful. We could see Vinalhaven and the surrounding islands. On our first afternoon, we took a trip the intertidal zone at low tide and explored the area for about an hour collecting every organism we could find. We then headed back to the lab to classify them. I was amazed how many organisms lived in such a small area…
We left Hurricane around 9 on May 8th. We took the lobster boat back to the dock, said our thank yous/goodbyes, repacked the vans, piled in a headed to the Damriscotta Mills Fishladder to watch the alewives move up the ladder to the lake to spawn. We walked up to the lake, ate lunch, and then piled back into the vans to head back to CSG.
We were greeted by the CSG staff when we drove in. I was so tired, but we still had to clean up the group gear, and I really needed a shower. We worked together to clean up the gear with guidance from Haley and Vanessa, then we had time to shower and do laundry before dinner.
Finally taking a warm shower was wonderful; after that all I wanted to was sleep-so thats what I did until dinner. After making our own meals for a week it seemed luxurious to have Gail make our meals again. I was grateful to be home again.
I had been looking forward to Expedition for so long, the reality of leaving in 19 days is slowly setting in… However I am still in denial that I will be leaving. In CSG time 19 days feels like one week.