August 15th – Four Trails Update

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As we begin looking toward the end of summer, we wanted to offer a final Four Trails update before the campers return and we all gather together for Grand Council on Thursday:

Shaw village returned today from an adventurous bike ride through the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Like Flag village on their bike trip last week, Shaw picked up some interesting “trail booty” (found objects) along the way. They have also shared with us some amazing tales of skunk invasions, village insights under the stars and warm fires.

Flag village also returned today from their hike trip in the Mahoosuc range of the Appalachian Trail. They were blessed with gorgeous weather and therefore, beautiful views. They claimed to have loved hiking in the Mahoosuc Notch and the arm, known to be one of the most challenging sections of the entire AT!

Katahdin village made a triumphant return from their bike trip today! They pushed themselves to their limits and ultimately biked over camp hill just before the sun was set! Afterwards they were rewarded with a warm meal in the eating lodge and some much needed rest.

Chocorua village is also back in the Canaan Valley! They completed their 10-day hike in the Saddlebacks and Bigelows with smiles on their faces! You will have to ask them about their temporary trail tattoos and “summit sundresses”!

Tomorrow we are excited to be welcoming 5 final villages back to camp!

Nesuntabunt will also be completing their trek in the Saddlebacks and Bigelows! Their final day of hiking will consist of an easy couple of miles with the beautiful and rewarding Flagstaff lake at the end. We hope they enjoy swimming!

Both Voyageur Co-ed and Voyageur Men boarded a ferry in Yarmouth, NS this morning and made their return voyage to the United States! We were told by the drivers that met them in Portland that everyone had seemed to have a stellar trip. We are sure they will be savoring these last few miles in the saddle tomorrow!

Yesterday Odyssey Co-ed and Odyssey Women were able to successfully summit Katahdin! They spent their last days at Katahdin Stream and Foster’s Field, respectively, soaking in their last bit of trail air, trees, sunshine and community that is formed on such an adventure.