This is Alex checking in from the Outer Banks!
This session has been flying by faster than any of us thought possible. We are already getting ready for our first overnight trip, which leaves Friday morning, by learning about what to pack on an overnight kayak trip. Campers also did their own meal planning, grocery shopping, meal prep, and planned the logistics of this trip. It is very rewarding to see them work together and figure out what goes into getting ready for a trip!
The first couple days we were together, we spent our time on the water. Expeditioners learned how to rescue each other when they flip their boats, got an understanding of both basic and advanced paddle strokes, and are beginning to learn how to read water.
Yesterday we went out to Great Lake in Croatan National Forest and enjoyed a sunny day, with a slight breeze. We paddled out into the middle of the lake (under the direction of our leaders of the day, Liza and Evan) where we enjoyed some casual swimming, boat tipping, and snacks. Today we went to the Maritime Museum in historic Beaufort, and let the expeditioners explore the city a bit!
Even though we have received more mild temperatures than last session, expeditioners are getting quite tan as a result of long days in the water, and afternoons spent lounging on the dock!
Our little community is bonding like family. All of our group has displayed so much empathy and care for each other that myself, Sean and Sarah are wowed by their maturity and emotional awareness. Even though we look forward to more days on the water, we take the present moments to heart, and are constantly growing and improving ourselves.
Anyway, thanks for reading! As always, Seek the Joy!!