A Note From the Director
We are off to a great start to Adirondack Semester 2013! The students spent two days near the SLU campus at the Sustainability Semester farm, repacking gear, making journals and preparing for their 11 day canoe expedition. They departed on their canoe expedition three Mondays ago, the 12th of August. They paddled from 8th Lake on the Fulton Chain of Lakes down near Old Forge to Massawepie, coming through Raquette and Long Lake, the Raquette River and finally Tupper Lake. The weather was fantastic: cool and clear, besides a few rainy days, just to help appreciate the sun. They had four portages of over a mile, and the students improved significantly in their form and stamina as the trip progressed. They spent their final night at Michael’s (one of the wood working instructors) house in Tupper before running some whitewater on the Raquette, paddling 6 or so miles up Dead Creek (with a half hour break for a lightening drill) and portaging the two miles from the creek to Massawepie on a 4x4 trail. Students did a great job, and were excited to finally be home.
We took two days to orient students to Arcadia and held some first aid training. They will also be getting a Wilderness First Aid certification later in the semester through Wilderness Medical Associates.
The students are getting the hang of the routine at Arcadia and the first cook teams have set a high bar for all: home made breads, falafel, tacos, desserts….they are surprising themselves at their own competence and creativity. The sauna has been getting daily use, coupled with a jump in the lake, and they have begun to explore the nearly 5000 acres that is their “back yard”. Classes have begun and speaking for my own class, the students’ journal entries were beautiful and insightful. They will be learning a great deal from each other. They have written their first letters and are eagerly awaiting replies.