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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7/22/14 Eliot Mountain - Harbor Brook


Warmer and more humid so we headed for the island where it is often ten degrees cooler than inland.

Near the start of the Eliot Mt. Trail- It was still wet and muddy in spots but neither mosquitoes nor deer flies. There are lots of rocks and exposed roots to trip you up- the small stream beside the trail sometimes uses the trail


Eliot's summit is wooded without views but there is a ledge near the top that offers some.


They are doing a lot of work on the Asticou Trail and we met three crews  along the short section we did. Kelley was happy to greet them.

When we got to the Harbor Brook Trail there were some mosquitoes and deer flies but that didn't last long and soon we were deer fly free again. The trails today were mostly wooded with few flowers or insects except in areas that got some sun.






Pretty good hike- water for Kelley ( she really liked the Harbor Brook) , mostly deer fly free, and still in the 70's when we finished- got into the upper 80's back home.  2  1/2 hours 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

7/21/14 Perch Pond


Another nice day. New map for Perch Pond trails and we decided to check it out. Started on North Trail - mosquitoes but few deer flies. Once we hit the Spruce Road, there were lots of them but they diminished again once we got back into the woods. The map is still confusing and had us going in circles again. Kelley was very happy when we got to the pond.



I neglected to take pictures because I was focused on trying to sort out the trails and maps- I also had the old map. Only one more - a clump of grass growing through a knot hole in a small bridge.


A pretty day but it was frustrating trying to sort the trails- Kelley didn't seem to mind. 2  1/2 hours


Monday, July 21, 2014

7/20/14 City Forest


A little warmer and more humid but still a pretty nice day. I didn't feel like a long drive so we went to nearby City Forest There were almost no deer flies on the West Trail, a few more on the side trail. and more on the rail bed- but still many fewer than last time we were here.

We started from the end of Kittredge Rd. and walked across the meadow to the beaver pond.


Floating on the pond


Two versions of the same chicory





Lots of butterflies but skittish and hard to get close to.



Some of the other things we saw




 Another chicory





Hoverfly


There were lots of walkers, a couple of bikers, and two runners, but no dogs. Kelley was happy to meet the people and there was still lots of water so all in all pretty good for her.  2  hours 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

7/19/14 Little Long Pond


Another beautiful day- sunny and 70's and about 3 deer flies the whole hike - I only had to get one of them off of Kelley.

Obligatory shot of the pond after coming down the Friends Path


On the meadow section the grass had grown quite high


There were still lots of wet and muddy sections from the recent rains- one spot on the Jordan Stream Trail required a small bushwhack up a hill around a pool of water.

A couple of damselflies and a butterfly- the damsels are usually skittish but the second seemed to be in a staring contest









We stopped at the cobblestone bridge for our apple snack and this was the trail there.



On the east side of the pond we encountered several people and dogs  and walked with some of them most of the way so I didn't get back to pictures 'till near the end of the pond








Pretty good outing. Kelley had lots of water and there were also  people and dogs. She seemed quite happy with all of that.  2  1/2 hours

Saturday, July 19, 2014

7/18/14 Marsh Island


Beautiful day- sunny and 70's. Deer flies not as bad as yesterday and some stretches had few or none; again they were more interested in Kelley than me. Plan was to revisit the fields of milkweed to see if monarchs had arrived- the flowers were more open but still no monarchs. Our route is shown above,

Near the start is a pond ( not shown on map) that we visit at both ends of the hike


Some of what we saw

Bug love

















Near the end we found some delicious black raspberries


Pretty good hike in spite of the deer flies. We met no one but Kelley seemed not much bothered by the flies and there was water to get into.  2  1/4 hours

Friday, July 18, 2014

7/17/14 Newport-Dover-Foxcroft Rail-Trail


Partly cloudy, 70's, and the rain has stopped. Nice day except for the deer flies. There were sections where there were lots of them and other sections with none or few. They also seemed more interested in Kelley than me, though they mostly buzzed around her rather than landing and biting. We had been in Newport a few days ago and did some of the trail from that end: today we started from the Dover-Foxcroft  end ( the whole trail is 26.5 miles)

Near the start is a bridge that takes you across the Piscataquis River

I think Kelley is trying to figure if she can somehow get down there








We chose this trail hoping it would be fairly dry after all the rain and it was, though there was plenty of water for Kelley beside the trail


There were lots of flowers and creatures








A nice spot for Kelley along the trail





Lots of butterflies today









and more weeds and flowers






Not a very good one, but this years first bee


Good water





and a white moth


Turned out to be a pretty good hike in spite of the deer flies- Kelley was happy to be out of the house and the flies did not seem to bother her as much as it bothered me seeing them around her. 3 hours