Jon and I hope this finds you all well, learning new skills, practicing kindness in as many moments as you can, and sitting with acceptance of where we all find ourselves. We too are practicing the same, sometimes with grace and sometimes… not.
On April 28th, Governor Mills issued her four-phase plan for reopening the State of Maine. Here are a few links should you wish more detail here and here. The basic gist is that we are not allowed to operate until July 1st and even then with strong restrictions. At this point, although this is still subject to change, even after July 1st, those coming from out-of-state must quarantine for 14 days before they are able to move about the state freely. This effectively negates our season unless the restrictions lift ahead of schedule.
Jon and I had been holding out hope that the circumstances would be different, but that is not to be. As of this notice, we are rebooking all trips through July 18th to either later in the summer or the 2021 season. We are not ready to throw in the towel for the entire season and the governor has repeatedly said should things improve more rapidly, the restrictions will be lifted sooner.
We are so deeply saddened to not be able to celebrate our last season with at least some of you. Again, we are not ready to make a decision about the season after July 18th. Equally distressing is that, as you can imagine, not being able to operate for at least half a season is a huge hit financially to a business that is already a labor of love above profit.
If you are booked with us for the 2020 season, please reach out so that we might have a personal conversation or email with you about your trip. We only have two phone lines and can only have one conversation at a time. When we are talking with you, we want to be fully present with you. We will do our best to connect with you all as quickly as we can.