Adirondack Semester 2014 has begun! This marks the 15th year of the Adirondack Semester and it was an auspicious start. The 12 students arrived at the Sustainability Semester farm on Saturday, Aug. 9th for their 2 days of expedition briefing and prep. After various teaching and information sessions, meeting ADK Semester faculty and a BBQ, they slept in tents under a “super moon”, full and especially bright.
Sunday brought another beautiful North Country day and the students sorted their gear further and learned how to pack all they would need, including personal gear, tents, food, and cooking equipment for their 11 day canoe expedition in their waterproof “pickle barrels”. This proved to be a challenge for some.
The making and wearing of wild flower head garlands spontaneously occurred and then the students spent several hours making journals they will use in class. They learned to sew quite a complicated (and beautiful) binding , and invested themselves into their hand-made journals. It is our hope that 5, 10, 15 or more years from now they’ll pick up these journals and rediscover with wonder this journey they are just embarking upon. More learning and expedition prep filled the rest of Sunday.
Monday dawned sunny and warm again, and we drove to their put in on Eighth Lake. All were eager and enthusiastic for their adventure to begin in earnest. The weather forecast looks like some cooler, wetter weather will be with them for the next few days, but I doubt it will dampen their enthusiasm. Already, the group seems to have bonded and are working well with our very competent assistant directors, Doug and Zena.
The next update will report on their arrival and first few days at the yurt village, Arcadia. Since I will be with them then, don’t look for a post until after Aug. 27 when I will be back in the office. After that, there will be weekly updates throughout their time at Arcadia, written by the students.
Director, ADK Semester