On our second Saturday morning of the MCS 38 semester, we all gathered in the Wallace Center. We assembled into four groups and each one prepared to hike along a different stretch of the Monsweag River. The idea was to explore in a way similar to that of Bill Roorbach when he explored Temple Steam.
With this in mind, and our packs full of gear, we headed out the doors of the Wallace Center and hiked down to our section of river. It’s the stretch that runs through Chewonki Neck and that is nearest the Wallace Center, and began following it upstream.
We meandered alongside the river, keeping more or less within eyesight and heading in the same direction, and we congregated at points of interest but also chose our own paths to walk, It was a little suggestive, I thought afterwards, of the way we had all ended up at Chewonki.
Occasionally, we wandered down onto the banks of the Montsweag. There it was covered in ice and offered an uninterrupted view of the piled ice sheets that the tide had pushed up. We did not venture onto the ice in the middle, the tides had moved and shifted it too often for it to be safe walking.
Feeder streams often interrupted our route, and we skirted inland around them when they were large enough to have unstable ice covering them.
When our allotted two and a half hours began to run out, we halted and wrote in our new M.C.S. journals for a few moments before making for the nearest road back to Chewonki, and a discussion about our experience.
Franklin Jacoby – Columbia, Maine