To celebrate MITA’s 30th anniversary in 2018, we asked our Granite Society (folks with 20+ years of MITA membership) to submit their favorite stories and memories. Every other month we’re sharing a few here on the Tales of the Trail blog, edited for length and clarity.
Member #210 Beaconsfield, QC
One summer, our family of four camped on Stockton Point, at Winslow Memorial Park. Our objective was to leave early the following morning for Crow Island, some four miles out in Casco Bay. For that voyage, we had bought a four-person dome tent from L.L.Bean in nearby Freeport. My wife had been feeling somewhat uncomfortable for the last few days, so much so that she decided to take one of those instant pregnancy tests late that night. What a surprise! The next day, we drove back to L.L.Bean and exchanged the tent for a six-person dome – without ever trying to explain why – and sailed to Crow under a magnificent sun.
My older daughter, a sculptor who built her own kayaks, now paddles those same waters with her husband. No doubt, the other two will find their favorite island and boat to get there soon. …All this thanks to the pioneering work of Dave and Dorrie, Steve, Kate, Karen, and so many others.
Member #224 Ellsworth, ME
How to collect over 20 years of memories with MITA on clean-ups and kayaking from island to island? My first thought is multi-sensory. It’s a collage blended and united (almost like a beautiful tapestry) and interwoven with color, sound, hearing, touch, and taste. I feel that all people who have ventured on the Trail have similar memories.
For me, it’s sunlight, moonlight, fog, wind, foghorns, lobster boat engines, surf, sunrises and sunsets, gulls screeching, a lone owl’s hoot in the darkness, an osprey screeching as eagles try to steal its catch, the smell of morning coffee, the sea-salty taste of freshly cooked mussels, the sounds of the first raindrops on my tent, the beauty of a night sky brilliant with stars, the companionship of a good friend, and the happiness blended with the excitement of another day on the Trail.
Member #1369 Churchville, MD
I came to MITA because of Dave Getchell. I don’t know Dave, but I read him for years in Small Boat Journal and elsewhere. He confirmed in his writing my sense that small boats, including outboards, offered a wonderful and often unappreciated access to all sorts of waterways, not just in Maine – and also that improving one’s small-boat skills is a lifetime occupation.
After Dave wrote about his trip up the Labrador coast in a Lund 18 [recounted in the Winter 2018 edition of the MITA newsletter], I decided that he had found the perfect boat, so I bought one.