Hurricane Island

Day 1

20 June, 2022

Quote of the day - “Ah! The stars!  Mrs. Poll, you should have seen the stars last night!  They were sooooo beautiful!” - Rubi

While it was our first official day of summer break, we were all at the airport at 5:00 AM.  Despite being extremely early and a little groggy, the excitement was there.  We had been looking forward to this trip for a couple months, although some of us were involved in the planning and were looking forward to it for almost the entire school year.  Finally, here we were, getting ready to take off.  There were some muffled comments about the anxiety of traveling without parents for the first time, and traveling with students for the first time, so let’s go!




Thankfully the plane and bus ride were smooth.  Mr. Pope made everyone take an exceedingly long walk around Boston airport to get to the bus, and only got yelled at when Rubi saw the crosswalk that would have made the walk about thirty seconds, not the five minutes that it actually took.


We finally arrived at the Hurricane Island office, a small building in Rockland Harbor at about 1:30 PM.  The last leg of our journey was an hour long ferry abound the Equinox, there was no other way to get there.

After moving in to our cabin and yurt near the top of the hill, we were taken on a history hike around the entire island.  Hurricane Island is basically a piece of granite sticking out of the water covered in spruce trees reclaiming their place in the world.



For much of its history after the arrival of Europeans, Hurricane was a granite quarry, at times with a population of 1500 people.  There was even a church and school.  Prior to 1870, the Penobscot people were frequent visitors to Hurricane, leaving behind middens (discarded shell piles) indicating that people had been coming to the island for thousands of years.  We also got a view of the scallop farming facilities, the foundations of the wet lab being built, and the ice pond.



Dinner that night was amazing, finished off with fresh scallops that were amazing!  We also got to meet people from all over the world, part of a group from United People Global, who were there to study sustainability projects to take back to their home countries.  Before being taken to Sunset Rock, we got to meet Odin, the chef’s cat.  He apparently had found his way to Jaden’s bunk.  Hurricane is one of the few places where you can see the sunrise AND the sunset over the water.  A truly beautiful site.


While settling in for the night, I think it is safe to say that we were all excited for tomorrow.  It was a long day, but we made it.