A Day on an Island: With Chimani and the Maine Island Trail Association

Chimani on the Maine Island Trail
Chimani on the Maine Island Trail

In June, the Chimani team left their computers back at the office and headed a few blocks over to the Portland, Maine waterfront office of the Maine Island Trail Association to meet with Executive Director Doug Welch and members of his MITA Monitor Skipper team for a day on the water trail.

Founded as America’s first water trail in the late 1980’s, the Maine Island Trail covers more than 200 islands over 375 miles of Maine’s rugged Atlantic coast from the southern tip of the state in Kittery, to the easternmost points in Maine (and the U.S.) in Eastport & Lubec.

mita-appChimani and the Maine Island Trail Association partnered 2 years ago to create the Maine Island Trail mobile app, available in the Apple Appstore and on Google Play. The two Maine-based organizations worked together to create a mobile experience that allows trail participants to navigate, register “Visits,” and learn more about the Maine Island Trail, without the need for cellular service.

On this particularly¬†hot (for Maine) day, Chimani would be joining members of the MITA team for an island visit that included some trash pick-up, a delicious lunch, some Maine Island Trail app testing, and the installation of new signage for one of the island’s historic military lookout towers.

Check out the video below!

The first leg of the journey brought the two teams to Little Jewell Island, home to a summer cabin used for MITA maintenance staff. Here they discussed the goals for the day and enjoyed lunch by the bay. Soon it was back into the boats for a short skip over to Jewell Island. Here the teams grabbed ladders and signs and headed across the island’s trails to the sight of Jewell Island’s historic lookout towers.

The views from the towers offer a full panorama of Casco Bay, from Cape Elizabeth (south of Portland) to Cape Small (near Phippsburgh and Popham Beach State Park).

Casco Bay, Maine
Casco Bay, Maine

After a full day on the islands and waterways of Casco Bay, the two teams returned to Portland Harbor.

You can explore the Maine Island Trail with the free Maine Island Trail App! Download in theApple Appstore and on Google Play.