On August 7, members of the Girl Scouts Coastal Rompers group, their families, and friends traveled to Appledore Island: a beautiful island in the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of Portsmouth, NH.
Many of the people I met that day had planned on this trip for months in advance, though others didn’t know they were going until the day before. Some were invited by friends. All of them were excited to explore and discover the island – and the ocean that surrounds it.
Camden, an Ambassador Girl Scout from Barrington, NH, said she looks forward to the annual Isle of Shoals trip each summer, and enjoys visiting the island. “We live near the Seacoast and it’s important to take care of the native creatures,” she added. Camden especially enjoys discovering some of the island’s most unique spots: this year she had her heart set on finding the “Sneaker Tree.”
John, a Boy Scout from Dover, NH, attended the tour with some friends and enjoyed discovering the “Devil’s Dance Floor,” while Girl Scout Lola enjoyed learning about sea tables and crabs.
Arriving on the island, we learned the important role seagulls serve there: they’re currently being studied on Appledore. Adult gulls are white and black, and chicks are brown.
Throughout the day, the tour group experienced the island in many ways: going tide-pooling, viewing ocean organisms under a microscope, and visiting Celia Thaxter’s partially-restored garden.
Boarding the boat to return to the mainland, we were filled with excitement. The sun was shining, the skies blue, and the views of Appledore Island were great. As we pulled into Portsmouth, we passed tug boats, the Portsmouth Station lighthouse, and Whaleback lighthouse.
It was a fun, educational, and adventure-filled day!
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Guest blogger Cassie Levesque is a lifetime Girl Scout having been a girl member for 12 years. Cassie is from Barrington, NH. The Coastal Rompers is a marine education and conservation series for Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts.