Maalot has had a very busy and fun filled last couple of days at our overnight in Acadia. After packing Monday night, on Tuesday morning, we woke up at the usual time, brought all of our packed clothing down, davened, and then ate breakfast. We left Yavneh around 10:30 and drove all the way to Acadia National Park in Maine. With us, we brought an amazing member of upper staff named Itzik, who cooked for us, took care of us, and always knew what to do. When we arrived at our campground, we unpacked tents from the bus and began to set up camp. While the chanichim (campers) set up their tents, the madrichim (counselors) began to cook dinner. For dinner, we had a barbecue with hot dogs, burgers and a delicious vegetable stir fry made by Itzik. After dinner, we had a bonfire and hung out until it was time to go to sleep.
The next day began with an early wakeup, davening, and then breakfast. Breakfast included bagels, cereal and freshly cooked eggs (made, again, by Itzik). We loaded back onto the bus and drove to a nearby mini-golfing place called Pirate’s Cove. We had a great time playing mini-golf and learned some history about Blackbeard on the way through Blackbeard themed placards before each hole. When mini golf ended, we took the chanichim to Bar Harbor, a stretch of little shops near the beach where the chanichim walked around and explored the local shops. We ate lunch outside next to the beach before driving to our final stop, an outdoor rock climbing facility. Maalot, equipped with helmets and harnesses, bravely climbed up and down the rock faces.
We returned to camp and had another cookout and another bonfire, this time with ukuleles, singing and s’mores. Thursday was the day of our hike; unfortunately, due to the weather, we couldn’t go. Instead of the hike, we took a small nature walk along a beautiful beach, which concluded our trip to Acadia. As we return to camp, we look forward to next week’s main event, Zimriyah!
Josh and Helen