On Wednesday this week, we set aside a full day of classes to explore Monhegan Island. It was such a beautiful and magnificent place.
We took an hour-long ferry ride from New Harbor to Monhegan; the salty air and breeze were so refreshing. When we arrived, we split up into groups to learn a little bit more about the culture and basic life on the island. Each group had a specific topic to explore: transportation, education, employment, art culture, food, water, waste, energy, tourism, etc.
It was so interesting to learn about the way of life on an island. Only about 40 people live on Monhegan year-round. They have a one-room schoolhouse that offers up to an eighth grade education. Getting resources isn’t difficult, but it is very expensive. They rely on tourism and fishing as their main sources of income. After a group meeting designed to share the information each group gathered, we set out in different groups, made up of a few advisories, to hike some of the trails.
My group did a costal hike on the eastern side of the island. The views of the ocean from various points on our hike were so beautiful; we couldn’t resist stopping every time we encountered a rocky cliff patch, looking over the Atlantic Ocean. Near the end of the hike, a few groups gathered to take a break and hang out. The heat of the sun exhausted us, so many of us cooled off in the chilly ocean water. It was extremely refreshing!
All of the hikes came to an end at a local brewery, Monhegan Brewing Company. They served us cold glasses of root beer and ginger beer. The yellow jackets seemed to enjoy the drinks just as much as we did! The day ended with a little bit of free time to shop, explore, and eat yummy local ice cream. We loaded back onto the 3:00pm ferry shortly after, and set off to the MAINEland. We spotted seals on the way back and watched them for a while. When we got back, we loaded onto the buses, and headed home.
-Cannon Robinson, Greensboro Day School, NC