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. As a follow up to our series in the spring, MITA wanted to share a few more here on the Tales of the Trail blog to inspire summer adventures. These submissions were edited for length and clarity.
Member #5081 Belfast, ME
lobster boats leave harbors by the dozen,
many before dawn,
roaring out to their traps,
so loud you need earplugs
if you happen to be camping
not far from a working harbor,
engines roar, radios even louder
chattering about weather, other boats,
sea conditions, or maybe it’s country music
you hear over the big engines
as you roll over in your sleeping bag.
what do the volunteers get out of it?
a day on the water
in small fast boats,
a visit to unfamiliar islands,
a chance to make new friends,
and the peace that comes from
doing something loving,
like cleaning up a toddler’s room
or washing your wife’s car.
Member #6146 Orono, ME
After racing kayaks and canoes for many years, I felt I had to get back to the ocean, and there it was: The newly formed Maine Island Trail Association. It was exactly what I was looking for… I joined the group in 1994 and have been an avid supporter ever since. I immediately paddled the entire Trail, and was hooked.
I am amazed myself about what a significant chapter the past 2 decades of my life have turned into. There seems to be a distinct thread running through all my coastal canoe trips, namely the history of our early explorers. And just think, it all started when I joined MITA 22 years ago, paddled the entire 300-mile Trail, and fell in love with coastal ocean travel and island camping. Thanks, MITA!