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Sunday, July 24, 2016

7/23/16 Newman Hill-Hinds

Going to be another hot one. Eventually got to 93 but we started early when it was in the 70's . Lots of deer flies and mosquitoes almost made me give it up but didn't want to take the time to drive elsewhere so we set off.

Lots of sumac around

 and Queen Anne's Lace

In a small pond  ( not on the map) near the start

We took the short spur to Pine Pond - actually there is a smaller pond next to the larger and Kelley found a way through the high grass and reeds

The old rail bed continues beyond this beaver pond but was flooded and overgrown.

but the pond was available.

There were two groups of geese on Black Pond - this group swam away

 while these came closer to check us out

Small pond next to Black - also not on the map

I got this frog while Kelley swam.

Clover in sun against shaded woods

Without the bugs this would have been very nice - still not bad. Kelley did well and there was lots of water for her. We beat the heat and had the place to ourselves 1  3/4 hours 

Friday, July 22, 2016

7/21/16 Eliot Mt. and Harbor Brook

Another hot one predicted so we got an early start to Acadia where it's predicted to be 8 or 9 degrees cooler.

Start of Eliot Mt. Trail. Kelley was eager to hike and took the lead at the start.

A section of the new trail from Eliot Trail down to Harbor Brook ( added to map) . The last time we did this Kelley had a hard time with the steps. Today she just hopped right down them.

And then the best part for her. I took a lot of pictures of her in the water but will spare you most of them. The trails are mostly in fairly dense woods so there are few flowers.

Except there was a good amount of this hawkweed

Turned out to be a good hike. Temperature stayed in the 70's and very few bugs. Kelley did well throughout and we had the place to ourselves. 1  3/4 hours 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

7/19/16 Little River Trail

Very nice day - 70's, sun and clouds, few bugs. Kelley was Ok to get in the car to go but was moving leisurely once we got started so I decided to let her set the pace and not go too far.

Reservoir one from the parking lot

First place Kelley can get in

 and a view from there

A little further along she got in at a more difficult spot and is looking for a way out.

Near the only road on the trail is an open field - I have photographed this tree in all seasons - this the least interesting.

Milkweed about to open

Reservoir Two

Not far along this section of the trail we met a nice couple and their dog and had a chat about the trails and our dogs.  Chris knew reiki and she gave Kelley a treatment which Kelley seemed to like. I decided this  was  a good point to turn around and we headed back

Another swim

Another section of reservoir two

Kelley managed to find a mud puddle and came out a mess

but I knew she would get clean near the end of the hike and before the car.

Pretty good hike that took 2 hours - longer than usual because of our pace and the long chat. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

7/18/16 City Forest

Rained most of yesterday with more predicted for today. Not yet raining when we got up so we headed to the forest for a short hike. Kelley wasn't enthusiastic about getting in the car so we parked in the regular parking lot which meant she would have to walk further to get to the beaver pond. Along the way, and around the pond as she swam, I found flowers and weeds.

When we got to the pond the sun was trying to come out. The rain held off until the afternoon.

So a short but enjoyable hike. This is Kelley's favorite pond

Sunday, July 17, 2016

7/16/16 Little Long Pond

Heat continues so we decided to head for the coast where it's a few degrees cooler. 70's when we started but felt warmer because it was very humid. Back home it reached 88 degrees but we had watermelon to share

The pond

Start of West Side Trail in the woods.

Blueberries are starting to ripen

 and water lilies to bloom

Last time in at end of hike.

Kelley did well but she has seemed lamer last few days so I chose a shorter loop. It took us longer than usual ( 2 hours) because on the carriage road side we met lots of nice people and their dogs which involved a fair amount of chatting. Supposed to rain tomorrow so she will have an easy day.