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Monday, July 28, 2014

7/27/14 City Forest

Sunny but with a forecast of rain. Went to nearby City Forest but Kelley was no at all enthusiastic. She only got in the beaver pond once each time we passed it and walked behind me until I decided we needed a day off and headed back. She then took the lead- seemed like a clear message. More rain forecast for tommorow so another easy day.

I only took a few pictures

We got home, had some watermellon,  and took it easy.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

7/26/14 Catherine Mountain

Warmer and more humid. We picked this area because there are several hikes to chose from. Our first choice was Tunk Mt. but when we stopped the car it was surrounded by deer flies and we did not even get out. We then drove to the Catherine Mt, trail head and found no deer flies- it's a couple of miles away ???  During the entire hike 4 or 5 found Kelley and I quickly dispatched them.

The first part of the trail is fairly dense woods.

Too early for this

An interesting fungus

Further up you start to get some views

and areas of ledge .

It's hot up here

Part way down the other side there is a short trail that takes you to the Catherine Cliffs with some more open views ( you have to watch carefully for this trail as there are no markers)

Then we turned back to return the way we came.

It doesn't have to be a lot of water

Two more views from the trail

Flowers or weeds ?

Turned out to be a pretty good hike- we usually don't see anyone on this hike but on the way up met a couple and their two children and on the way down another couple. This made Kelley happy. There were also enough small pools of water for Kelley to cool off.  2  1/2 hours 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

7/25/14 Partridge and Ducktail Ponds

Beautiful sunny day in the 70's . We started from the Partridge Pond trail head and there were few mosquitoes and no deer flies. As we neared the ponds we started to encounter the flies and on the trail to Partridge they were pretty thick. When we got to Partridge Pond it was really bad- when I lifted my camera to take a picture 5 or 6 landed on my camera.

We usually do the trail that continues on to the end of Partridge but skipped it today and head back to do Ducktail

Flies were thick there too, but when we got back on the main trail there were only a few and I got a couple of pictures.

Without the flies this would have been a really nice hike. Still a pretty day and lots of water for Kelley

1 3/4 hours

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7/22/14 Eliot Mountain - Harbor Brook

Warmer and more humid so we headed for the island where it is often ten degrees cooler than inland.

Near the start of the Eliot Mt. Trail- It was still wet and muddy in spots but neither mosquitoes nor deer flies. There are lots of rocks and exposed roots to trip you up- the small stream beside the trail sometimes uses the trail

Eliot's summit is wooded without views but there is a ledge near the top that offers some.

They are doing a lot of work on the Asticou Trail and we met three crews  along the short section we did. Kelley was happy to greet them.

When we got to the Harbor Brook Trail there were some mosquitoes and deer flies but that didn't last long and soon we were deer fly free again. The trails today were mostly wooded with few flowers or insects except in areas that got some sun.

Pretty good hike- water for Kelley ( she really liked the Harbor Brook) , mostly deer fly free, and still in the 70's when we finished- got into the upper 80's back home.  2  1/2 hours 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

7/21/14 Perch Pond

Another nice day. New map for Perch Pond trails and we decided to check it out. Started on North Trail - mosquitoes but few deer flies. Once we hit the Spruce Road, there were lots of them but they diminished again once we got back into the woods. The map is still confusing and had us going in circles again. Kelley was very happy when we got to the pond.

I neglected to take pictures because I was focused on trying to sort out the trails and maps- I also had the old map. Only one more - a clump of grass growing through a knot hole in a small bridge.

A pretty day but it was frustrating trying to sort the trails- Kelley didn't seem to mind. 2  1/2 hours

Monday, July 21, 2014

7/20/14 City Forest

A little warmer and more humid but still a pretty nice day. I didn't feel like a long drive so we went to nearby City Forest There were almost no deer flies on the West Trail, a few more on the side trail. and more on the rail bed- but still many fewer than last time we were here.

We started from the end of Kittredge Rd. and walked across the meadow to the beaver pond.

Floating on the pond

Two versions of the same chicory

Lots of butterflies but skittish and hard to get close to.

Some of the other things we saw

 Another chicory


There were lots of walkers, a couple of bikers, and two runners, but no dogs. Kelley was happy to meet the people and there was still lots of water so all in all pretty good for her.  2  hours 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

7/19/14 Little Long Pond

Another beautiful day- sunny and 70's and about 3 deer flies the whole hike - I only had to get one of them off of Kelley.

Obligatory shot of the pond after coming down the Friends Path

On the meadow section the grass had grown quite high

There were still lots of wet and muddy sections from the recent rains- one spot on the Jordan Stream Trail required a small bushwhack up a hill around a pool of water.

A couple of damselflies and a butterfly- the damsels are usually skittish but the second seemed to be in a staring contest

We stopped at the cobblestone bridge for our apple snack and this was the trail there.

On the east side of the pond we encountered several people and dogs  and walked with some of them most of the way so I didn't get back to pictures 'till near the end of the pond

Pretty good outing. Kelley had lots of water and there were also  people and dogs. She seemed quite happy with all of that.  2  1/2 hours