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Saturday, December 10, 2016

12/9/16 New Trails at Perch Pond - Redux

Back to do the new trails we hadn't done yet. 27 degrees and more clouds than sun.

We started out the Spruce trail which was a problem when we came here years ago before the new trails. The first part of the trail was easy to follow- a narrow trail on what was once an old woods road, but then we entered the woods. We could still follow the trail- tapes and new bog bridges but sometimes had to look more carefully.

Kelley didn't like the narrow bridges and also found a drink.

Just some lichen

The pond was frozen with no way in for Kelley - those bits of blue sky were short lived.

A nearby pool had ice I could break

Similar to one from the last hike- don't know why I took so few pictures today - it was a pretty hike.

A puddle on the way back - not a good water day for my girl

Another very nice hike and Kelley had a really good day - best she's had in awhile, even running a few times. We met no one. 1  1/2 hours

Thursday, December 8, 2016

12/7/16 New Trails at Perch Pond

When we were here 2 days ago we found a map, at the N. Trailhead,  with new trails. The first time we hiked here, years ago, we did the Spruce Trail  first and as the trail became unclear, we ended up bushwhacking to the pond but then spent a long time trying to find the trail to get back to our car- a long afternoon; since then we have done other trails.. None of the new trails were here then.

Didn't seem like a great hiking day- 23 degrees and gray and cloudy. First surprise , even though only about 15 miles from home, there was more snow than the inch or two we had at home and as a bonus light snow began.

This is from the parking area. Straight ahead is Spruce

but we took Bo's Run to the left and into the woods.

The trails were pretty and somehow different from the trails in the other sections. Kelley was enthusiastic as she usually is on new trails.

Didn't plan on going to #7 but we ended up there and Kelley took a break while I checked the map.

Heading back

Right temps for snow to stick to the pines

When we got back to Spruce I wanted to go a short ways to check it's condition. Kelley decided we had hiked long enough and had a lie down

I just went a short distance but it looked OK and we will check it the others next time.

This turned out to be a really nice hike- kind of a winter wonderland, when I had not expected much. There was one other car at the trailhead and we saw his tracks on some sections  ( other sections were untracked )but did not see him and the car was gone when we got back. Kelley did very well and seemed to also enjoy the hike. 1  1/2 hours

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

12/5/16 Perch Pond

Cloudy, twenty three degrees but no wind or rain - snow predicted for this afternoon. Have had a little practice with the new computer and software so the pictures should be improved.

A chilly start with frost and ice on most of the plants .

The small pond was frozen and we gave up on it. The bank was iffy and I didn't want to get wet in the cold.

Through the woods to the big pond

It was also frozen

Kelley was very frustrated when she put her paws on the ice and it din't break. I got some rocks to throw and break some ice for her but she did not go very far.

Another section of trail

When using the North Trail, we usually go out on the old woods road that parallels the trail and return on the trail; it crosses a small stream. The stream was not frozen and Kelly got a little more water.

Kelley did well today except for being frustrated by the ice keeping her from the water. It stayed cold but wasn't bad once we got moving . The snow didn't start until we got home.  1  1/2 hours 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

12/3/16 Essex Woods

Another dreary day- we have had several. This morning it's 35, windy and mostly cloudy with a few breaks of sun and a little snow on the way home.

Good news is I got my new computer yesterday and also new photo processing software- downside is I'm having to learn how to use  it all and pictures were a bit of a struggle.

Went to the nearby woods for an hour and a quarter and Kelley did very well. I think she was glad to be out as we have just been walking the neighborhood, mostly in the rain.

Lots of sniffing to be done at the start

Most leaves are on the ground and just brown

First water she found

The old rail bed

Not very exciting but color

 The wetland part of the park

More water

Most colorful thing we saw

Worked out OK. As I said, Kelley did very well and even got to greet a couple of people along with getting wet. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

11/28/16 Downtown Bangor

After three gray days with rain and a few snow flakes we got sun. In the woods it is now what some call 'stick season', no leaves. flowers, or color except the green pines and no snow. Decided to go downtown where we hadn't walked in some time. We had sun but wind and temps in the 30's.

We started our walk along the Penobscot River - this a view upriver .

There are only a couple of places Kelley can get in the water. I couldn't get her in the water because she had  had the sun directly behind her.

We walked back on the street , doing a small loop.

City leaf

Back in the water just before the end

Not an exciting walk, with few people about for Kelley to greet, but Kelley did very well. She was more enthusiastic than she's been in awhile, taking the lead most of the time. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

11/24/16 DeMeritt Forest

I am using a borrowed laptop and got some old software working. Problem is screen on laptop - different tilts give different brightness so I tried to natch to older posts - they may be off a bit.

Cold and dreary - 30's with lots of clouds. I read that lots of Maine families go hunting on Thanksgiving so we picked a spot where hunting is not allowed. Kelley was not very enthusiastic ( neither was I) but we did a bit of the Logan Rd. before going across the road to the river.

Not much color around today - this little leaf stood out

There was water in the small stream

Cove of the river

and the Stillwater

Underwater leaf

Back around the cove on our way back to the car

and one more splash

Not a great day but we got out and Kelley got wet. We also met two nice women with their dogs and that also pleased Kelley.