At 11:00 today a new windmill was raised at the Chewonki farm! All of the students on campus should have the chance to check it out. By lunch time today all of the Friends Academy paddlers had returned to campsites on the Chewonki peninsula. They came in from islands a night early because winds are predicted to be high tonight and tomorrow morning – we did not want them to make any long crossings on the water in heavy wind. Instructors report that the students were all up for the adventure of getting up early and getting on the water before the wind picked up. One enthusiastic group even had tents down as the sun was rising! From my office I can hear Applewild students in the hallway asking their instructor questions about the sun pipes that bring light into the building from the roof. She asked them if they could find the light switch to the hall lights, and of course there isn’t one – it’s sunlight they are seeing! They are on the Renewable Energy Quest, and for the past two hours they have been exploring our campus looking for examples of sustainable energy technology or energy conservation measures. I watched the Providence Country Day students learn sea kayaking skills this morning at the waterfront. They then headed out for a day paddle into the protected waters of our salt marsh. Applewild students doing day canoe trips also headed the same direction. It has been a spectacularly sunny day on Chewonki Neck. Looking out my window at this lovely day, it is hard to imagine that rain is coming; however, the forecast shows that late tonight students will have the chance to experience their first rain of the week. Luckily, everyone should be snug in their tents by the time it starts and will be headed home in the morning! We’re expecting Pike students to return around 10:00 in the morning. I can hardly wait to hear about their trip!