We’re wrapping up week 5 of our spring semester today. After a late start to the course, we had a late start to spring as winter held on in northern Maine through mid-May. Then we had two days of spring weather. Then a five-day heatwave. And now it’s June.
We had the field in Moose Vegas stumped and the white clover is sprouting. We’ve got some seeds in the ground and starts in the garden. June is a great month around here because the green comes back to the land. But it’s also a hard month because the bugs come back to the land. Everyone on the course is already well-versed in the use and maintenance of a smudge pot.
Today we’ll be finishing up our map-making project, then headed out to pole the rips on the Big Machias, one of our local rivers. Next week we’ll be on the Allagash, where the most challenging section of the river is the first two miles below Churchill dam, and in order to run it we need people to be ready. That means hours on the water pushing the envelope of each person’s skill level.
We’ve only got a handful of spots left on summer and fall programs. If you want one of them, act soon or you’ll have to wait until next year.