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Saturday, October 1, 2016

9/30/16 Partridge and Ducktail Ponds



50 degrees and sunny- no wind- good hiking. Headed here because there was sure water.

Start of the trail showing leaves are still mostly green


Partridge Pond- leaves are just starting to turn


 Kelley  was happy when we reached the pond because the small streams and pools on the way were all dry.


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Partridge Pond  9-30-16

Back in the water


 The pond from the ledge where we had our apple break


Reindeer Lichen and wintergreen


Ducktail Pond looked to be quite low


Kelley avoided the reeds and chose a section of the stream that runs out of the pond


Was only 60 when we finished so a very comfortable hike. We met no one and Kelley did well. 1  1/2 hours 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

9/28/16 Sheepscot Wellsprings


50's and cloudy when we started 60 and Sunny at the end. I thought this hike would at least have some water.

Up Whitten Hill to the N. Headwaters Trail (1)  - I think this is the prettiest section of this hike.


Then we the took the Goose Ridge Trail (8) which crosses a couple of streams and goes by a pond.

First stream - no water


The second stream was also dry and Kelley wouldn't cross the bridge over it so I went ahead to check the pond - small bit of water surrounded by lots of mud so I gave up on that too. On the way back I met Kelley who had got across the stream, but when we got back to it she had to do a long workaround.

OK - back to the Headwaters Trail. We walked for a way  thinking surely there would be water in the river. First chance at the river and it was almost dry.


Kelley did find a couple of pools and that pleased her.




At this point we headed back. Not a bad hike except for the lack of water. Kelley did well. 2  1/4 hours 

Monday, September 26, 2016

9/25/16 Northern Pond


Another cool morning - upper 40s to lower 50s . We hadn't been here in awhile and Kelley likes variety. She was more enthusiastic this morning but I decide to not push her and do a shorter out and back rather than the complete loop we usually do.

The canoe launch. Usually I can only go a short distance and then the logs are floating. Today I got to the end and there was mud before some water. Kelley didn't bother following me.


First place she can get in the pond


But she didn't like the bottom (maybe silted up) and barely went in.


The beaver dam and a lowered pond


 Kelley worked her way out to some shallow water


 but then found some a little deeper


The ferns are turning brown




Kelley is not especially fond of bog bridges and often walks beside them- especially when this narrow - but she used them today - I think because the brush along side was so thick




A mix of sun and clouds but pretty comfortable hiking. Kelley did well and we had the place to ourselves. 1  1/2 hours 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

9/24/16 Perch Pond


Sunny but cool- 47 when we started and 53 at the finish. Kelley was not enthusiastic so this was a short hike. We went out on the old woods road that runs next to the North Trail and returned on the trail.

Mixed lichen on a stump


There have been fewer mushrooms this year - probably because of lack of rain


The tree was still green but this branch was turning


This small pond is smaller each time we visit


 but still water for Kelley


After she got in the water Kelley didn't seem to want to go on so we headed back. Only an hour but it was pleasant and peaceful 

Friday, September 23, 2016

9/22/16 Hidden Ponds


Sunny again and upper 60's when we started and lower 70's at end. This is another hike with guaranteed water.

We started from the parking lot on Rte. 182 and decided we would skip the loop ( not shown on this map) and head for tilden and the Lake. This map was made by a hiker we met and he sent me this and another and I sent him a couple I had that he didn't.

Near the start. Kelley is ahead because she knows there is a stream coming up.


and it still had water


Most of the trees still have green leaves but there are some colored on the ground.


I think this is some kind of parasite on the tree. We see a lot of it but not usually this dramatic.


Tilden Pond



There isn't a lot of easy access for Kelley but she found this spot.



The only wildflowers we saw today.


From near the end of Tilden we took an old woods road ( not on the other maps of the area) to Spring River Lake ( odd name) .

Even this large lake had lowered some and here the reeds are next to the shore.


A little further along the shore was a spot with fewer reeds


Back at Tilden - can't get in but can get a drink


Don't know what these are


Back at the stream near the start - she really didn't want to leave here.


Nice hike on a beautiful day. Kelley seems to be improving and did well. Unlike the last time we were, we met no one until very near the end and so had the place to ourselves. 2  1/2 hours 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

9/20/16 Redman Beach


We just had a couple of rainy days and walked around the hood. Not enough rain to do much good- just enough to mess up the day.

This morning is upper 60', cloudy, and fog but supposed to clear. Another trail with sure water for Kelley, at least at Donnell Pond.

Trail head with boulders to bar ATVs



No wildflowers but some interesting ferns




 About halfway to the pond there is a stream that is usually  a bit of a challenge for me as I  have to balance on logs to cross it. Today I could walk across.


But there was enough pooled water for Kelley to get wet


There were some interesting fungi




When you come out of the woods at the pond it is at one of the 4 or 5 campsites


Into the pond


We walked along the beach with Kelley mostly walking in the water


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Redman Beach  9-20-16


Another campsite




About where we turned back


Kelley was excited when we got back to the stream




More ferns




A nice hike. It didn't clear 'till we got home and we got a few sprinkles but it stayed comfortable. Kelley did well and seemed more willing to jump over things she might have gone around. We have hiked this trail many times and I don't remember ever meeting anyone on the trail. Sometimes there would be a few people camping ( none today) but they mostly come across the pond by boat or canoe rather than tote things through the woods. 2 1/2 hours