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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

11/20/17 Snowmobile Trail Along the Kenduskeag

Thirty one degrees and mostly cloudy. We hadn't been here in awhile and I knew there would be flowing water if I could get Kelley out of the car.


Looking kind of wintery - just lacking the snow



but the water was flowing



and Kelley took advantage



while I got some leaves with a nice reflection



The steam is much higher than the last time we were here



No more flowers or bugs so it's cones and leaves







Doesn't have to be the stream



Some lichen just before we got back to the car.



Kelley did OK today and I was pleased to get her walking for almost an hour. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

11/16/17 Perch Pond Trails

Cold gray morning. Kelley was not too excited about getting out of the car but did well once she did.  The woods are all brown and green now -





except for the birches.




and a dusting of snow




This little stream didn't have much water




and when we got to the small pond it was frozen.




I broke the ice next to the shore but Kelley couldn't get out very far.







At this point she decided she had had enough and we headed back. Not a great hike but we got about an hours exercise.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

11/13/17 Harbor Brook

Twenty two when we got up but up to thirty nine by the time we got to the park. More clouds than sun but no wind so not bad. When she first got out of the car Kelley was not enthusiastic but did well once we got into it.


I think the water helped



Heading across one of the new bridges



The stream is still quite low but at least it's flowing



Part of the new trail which is further up hill from the stream than the old one



Another chance







One of the new bog bridges






Almost back to the car



Not too bad - we got in a little over an hour 

Monday, November 13, 2017

11/12/17 City Forest

Thirty degrees and mostly cloudy. Nothing, lately,  but walks in the neighborhood so I decide Kelley was going to get some exercise.

Starting to look wintry



Bad news - the pond was frozen and I couldn't break through with a stomp.






Of course, no wildflowers or insects so some old Queen Anne's Lace



Another shot of the ice



and the leafless trees


After she found the pond frozen, Kelley was not interested in walking. I started off anyway as she usually follows and she did - aways back  At the trail junction I turned right rather than the usual left looking for some water for Kelley. I looked back and she was not behind me so I backtracked, calling her. Kelley had gone the way we usually do and a couple with a dog were calling my number from her collar tag, think she was lost. I gave up and we headed back to the car.


My disappointed girl




Thursday, November 9, 2017

11/7/17 DeMeritt Forest

Around forty degrees but mostly sunny. Kelley was not enthusiastic but did agree to a hike but it was only about an hour.

The recent rain has left water in the small streams again which pleased her.



We did a bit of the Blue Trail







and then crossed the road to the Stillwater River.



The wind off the water made me wish I had brought gloves. I didn't get a picture of Kelley in the river because the water was high and the only place she could enter was rock shelf which she doesn't like. She finally got in but stayed right next to the shore not giving me a descent shot. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

11/5/17 City Forest

Kelley has not been very enthusiastic and we've had a stretch of rainy weather so it's been walks around the neighborhood. This morning it was gray and in the forties but I got her out of the car.

The color has pretty much gone and we are into stick season.






Kelley was still interested in the beaver pond


We didn't get much beyond the pond so this was a short outing .

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

10/31/17 Partridge Pond


Well. got the storms and lost power for about 8 hours - many people are still without power and we encountered a close road on our way here. Backtracking to find another route we went through a large area without power. When we got here it was a nice day - sunny and lower 50's. There were downed branches and a couple of trees across the trail, but easily got around.


The color has gone.






but thanks to the rain there was water along the way for Kelley



This just needs a hookah smoking caterpillar



Another small pool



Partridge Pond







One last watering hole



Kelley did well today for a hike of a little more than an hour and a half.