Director, Outdoor Studies, Adirondack & Sustainability Semesters
The sound of excited voices carried across the lake, alerting those of us waiting in the yurt village that the 2014 Arcadians had reached the final leg of their eleven day expedition- a short paddle across Massawepie Lake. At that moment, the skies opened (again) in the heaviest down pour of the day, thunder booming above the water.
What a tease! The rain would ease, the thunder subside for a few minutes, only to begin again preventing a safe paddle across the lake. Arcadia-just within sight, but Nature seemed to be saying, “Be patient, pay attention, pause a little longer, the wait is worth it.” Finally, voices in the village! They abandoned the final paddle and hiked around the lake, arriving soaked, happy and hungry!
Two 2013 Arcadians set the culinary bar high with a feast from our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery of fresh vegetables and local, organic chicken, and baked us home made bread and cookies as well.
The first few days at Arcadia have been packed with site orientation and learning the rhythms and traditions of this magical place they will call home and classroom for the next few months. The weather has finally cleared allowing for runs around the lake, exploratory paddling, sleeping out on the docks under magnificently star-lit nights enjoying the calls of the loons and Bard owls and daily scoldings by red squirrels. Some Grey Jays seem to have made Arcadia their home as well, delighting us with their appearance. We have at least 7 guitars here, so often there is the soft sound of strumming and singing.
We have completed a couple of days of wilderness first aid training and they have met Everett Smith, the woodworker with whom they will make their own wooden paddles and they are now into their first week of classes. Please check out the photo gallery.
From this point on, the weekly updates will be written by the students. The next update will focus on their paddling expedition. After that, who knows? Stay tuned!