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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2/19/18 Snowmobile Trail Along the Kenduskeg

We have had a stretch of bad weather for hiking with lots of ice. This morning the sun was shining  with temperatures around freezing so we went to this nearby trail to check conditions.

Still lots of snow in the parking area

and along the stream

but the trail was well packed snow with excellent footing -  just off the trail you were in knee deep snow.

Both dogs seemed happy to be out.

The stream was not completely frozen over

At that point we turned back - Kelley waiting for us.

Almost back.

A very pleasant little hike which both dogs seemed to enjoy, as did I 

Friday, February 16, 2018

2/15/18 Friendship Path Long Pond

We have continued to have ups and downs in temperature and precipitation, making it a tough year for us- especially as we age. Today supposed to get to lower forties so we headed back to the area above Long Pond that we had hiked last, which had good footing.

Close to the parking area is a small stream that was not frozen.

The carriage roads looked icy so we tried the Friendship Path

Patches of ice that could be worked around

Until this section where we turned back

Decided to check a little further on the carriage roads but they were impossible. Kelley didn't even follow me.

She had gone back to the little stream. At this point we gave up and settled for the short hike we had done. This was disappointing as when we arrived Kelley had got out of the car without encouragement. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

2/9/18 Carriage Roads Around Long Pond

Forecast is for several days of snow, rain, and sleet so we headed to Acadia to try and get a hike in. At Little Long Pond Kelley wouldn't get out of the car. Went to a nearby parking spot to see if she would get out there. . After some encouragement she got out and I decided to go with the carriage roads which I thought would be easier for Kelley.

This was much better than our last hike - packed crusty snow with good footing,

The ice was in the ditches beside the roads,

Kelley did well and even took the lead at times.

There is a small stream near the parking area and Kelley always gets into it so she is nice and wet for the car.

A nice little hike and it was good we got one in because the bad weather came as forecast.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2/6/18 Harbor Brook

Been awhile since Kelley has wanted to hike. Twenty three and cloudy this morning but more snow forecast for tomorrow so I decided we would go to one of Kelley's favorite trails, even though a fairly long drive. Had to urge her out of the car but she did well once we were on the trail.

This where Kelley usually gets in the water for first time on this hike - not today.

The trail was really icy - another surprise.

There are a lot of trees down across the stream and beside it.

These were across the trail - Kelley went under them - I had to work my way around.

Though the stream was flowing there was a lot of ice along the banks and Kelley does not like the ice.

We finally found a spot where she could get in the water. After we accomplished that we headed back

A tiny stream across the trail - not deep enough to really lie down.

A treacherous hike but Kelley finally got some exercise. She did better on the icy trails than I did.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

1/27/18 Hidden Ponds

Cloudy but upper 30's. We still have a fair amount of crusty snow and ice so headed closer to the coast for less snow. There was a lot less snow but still lots of ice, including on the trails.

It wasn't all this bad but still lots of place to pick our way around.

Kelley always gets in the stream near the start but though it was flowing, the ice along the banks stymied her

A smaller stream later on allowed her to get wet and get a drink but that was all.

Salmon Pond was frozen over

As was Mud Pond.

At this point we turn back to pick up the Loop trail around the ponds. At the trail junction,  I asked which way and Kelley started back so that's what we did. She did very well today in spite of less than ideal conditions and we got in a descent little hike. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

1/20/18 Little Long Pond

Supposed to have sun but we got clouds  ( sun came out on the way home) . The pond was mostly frozen.

Except for a small area near the outlet to the ocean. Kelley couldn't get to the water because of the ice.

We started on our usual route on the West Side Trail - easy walking because little snow had made it to the ground -  but when we came to the meadow section the snow got a lot deeper and Kelley could not negotiate some newly built steps and we turned back.

We decided to try the carriage road on the east side of the pond. There had been more traffic here- both hikers and skiers. It was also pretty in spite of the gray skies. We met several people, which pleased Kelley as they stopped to give her a bit of attention.

Taking a little break.

Not a long hike but Kelley did well. It was good to get out after all the weather problems we have had.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1/18/18 Snowmobile Trail Along Kenduskeag

Fifteen degrees but sun and no wind. We have had a rough stretch of weather with heavy snow and then three days of rain and back to very cold.

The little stream near the start

No recent snowmobile activity. The old track was firm but the last light snow hid patches of ice and  I neglected to bring my ice grippers. The crust along the sides was firm enough to support Kelley

Kelley always has to see who has been here before us.

The Kenduskeag Stream was very high, Usually large boulders and ledge are visible here.

Heading back

A nice little hike but was glad to get back to the car. Kelley did well after initially not wanting to get out of the car and especially since there was no water she could get to.