Monday, September 01, 2008

Transition to Fall

We're back from a nice five days in Quebec. And now Doreen hass gone to Amsterdam for some meetings. The weather in Maine has been wonderfully warm. Today was beautiful, warm but not hot, breezy and sunny. Just about perfect. But there are some sure signs that fall is almost here:
  • Some maple trees are already turning just a little bit orange.
  • There is Halloween candy prominently displayed at the grocery store.
  • It was quite dark by 7:40 today.
  • New students arrived yesterday. They then left this morning for their outdoor orientation trips. I spoke to parents of new students yesterday as part of our welcome-to-campus events. I've done this a lot over the last few years, and it's a fun event.
As usual, I have mixed but mostly positive thoughts as the start of the school year draws near. I'll miss the unstructured time I had in August, but at the same time I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine.


Anonymous said...

Did you see any whales in the Saguenay or St. Lawrence?

dave said...

Yup. We saw quite a few Minke whales in the St. Lawrence, including a few that surfaced fairly close to our kayaks. In the Saguenay we saw a Minke but no Belugas. But when taking the ferry to the North shore of the St. Lawrence, we got a good look at a beluga. We didn't see any Fin or Blue whales this year, however.