We have a special lab planned for the third week of class on Friday, February 20th: an overnight hike into Maine Huts and Trails’ Stratton Brook Lodge. This is a self-sustaining, off-the-grid facility that has become a popular recreation destination. They generate their own electricity and compost their waste (including your waste). It will serve as our laboratory for studying sustainable energy systems in the context of Maine’s tourism/lodging industry.
You’ll find a link for what to bring for the trip below. Look this over and let us know if you think that you’ll have trouble acquiring any of these items. Warm, appropriate clothing for the trek to the lodge will be essential. You’ll need winter boots, mittens, a hat and a sense of adventure.
If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions these can easily be accommodated but we need to let the Maine Huts folks know in advance. Pass these along to us as soon as possible.
The hike in is only 1.8 miles and the trail is pretty flat. If you’d like to practice, that’s roughly equivalent to snowshoeing from the front door of the President’s house to the front door of the field house 3 times.
Since the lodge generates its own electricity, don’t plan on bringing any rechargeable electronic devices (cell phones, iPods/iPads or other tablet computers, etc.). We (and the Maine Huts and Trails staff) strongly discourage the use of cell phones for anything other than picture taking.
This trip is made possible by the generous financial support of Colby’s Integrated Studies Program.