by: Ali Kostick
As we wrap up fall activities, it is starting to feel like winter here at Arcadia. This past week, on Halloween morning, we awoke to the first snowfall of the year, which coated the tops of the yurts. However, the previous weekend we had one of the nicest days of the year, with highs in the 60s, a final goodbye to warm weather. We spent Saturday doing trail work with the Massawepie Scout Camp Ranger Ben Geiger, his assistant A.J., and boardwalk expert Peter.
The day began at 8:30 a.m. with a twenty-minute walk down the White Trail that encircles Lake Massawepie. With lots of recent rain and the help of a new beaver dam, the boardwalks had been submerged in mud and rainwater. It was our mission to dig up and replace these old boardwalks. Upon our arrival, we split into two groups and went to work on either side of Grasse River. The White Trail includes a bridge that allows for easy access across the lazy current. Saturday, this bridge was loaded with the supplies that we needed. Each group worked hard hauling wooden frame and decking boards through the marsh and mud. Pairs of people hammered down boards. “The spacing is important,” Peter advises us, giving us a spacer tool to make the boardwalk even. Our work day lasted until 3:30 p.m., at which time the White Trail was miraculously resurrected. No longer was a nice walk around Lake Massawepie jeopardized by falling knee-deep into swampiness. Leave-No-Trace expert Drew Felter commented that it was awesome to help preserve so much nature.
Sunday night Arcadians began embracing Halloween festivities. Ali Kostick, Alyssa LaCoy, Erin Lescinsky, and Oscar Wilkerson all carved pumpkins. Pumpkins were fitted with creative designs ranging from scenery to a goofy face with buck teeth. Dinner was cooked while card games were played, and as the chilly night grew dark, the kitchen glowed with warmth, and laughter floated in the rafters. Roasted pumpkin seeds made for a delicious appetizer as the community came together for dinner, marking the end of the weekend and the start of another hard week of classes.
Note from the Director:
There would have been Halloween-related and other photos to accompany this blog but the Director’s puppy got ahold of the camera card. She is going through a destructive phase. Baaaad puppy! But there are photos of trail work instead!