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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5/25/15 Newman Hill


Another warm day but overcast with a forecast of rain - and for the next week. I wanted to try to get caught up on garden work so we went to nearby Newman Hill to save the driving time- about 7 miles from home.

At the start there is a pond on private land - Kelley doesn't read.


A bit of a breeze so the closeups were a challenge, waiting for lulls in the wind and finding subjects a bit protected from the wind. Kelley was mostly patient but as the hike continued she did whine a few times when I stopped. All of that didn't stop me from going a bit overboard with the pictures - it was a long winter.





There was lots of water for Kelley





Left over from last year


More water


Young cones





There were several flowering trees and bushes.


I photographed this the last time we were here but liked it even more with the extra vegetation.

Three bugs


Pine Pond


 After Pine Pond we went along the old rail bed


 until we came to the part covered by water- another chance to swim


We then turned and headed back


This Tent Caterpillar seems to be just starting. I don't think I have ever seen one alone





A pretty good hike. I was pleased with the number of things I found to photograph, Kelley seemed happy and was in the water at numerous spots ( I spared you some of those pictures) . We met a man in the parking lot who was leaving but otherwise had the place to ourselves. 1  1/2 hours 

Monday, May 25, 2015

5/24/15 Half Mile Pond

Beautiful day - twenty degrees warmer than yesterday, mostly sunny, and less wind. Decided to try this hike we learned about yesterday. I could find no maps of the trails.

It was easy to spot the trail down to the pond.





I believe that is Bald Bluff across the pond and it figures later in our story.





There looked to be a trail to the right along the pond and there were even a couple of old blazes. We were told  this trail was longer than our source wanted to walk but it soon petered out. We bushwhacked around a bit looking for a trail but could not find it ( lots of scrub and difficult for Kelley) and were soon blocked by a stream. I did find an old tree.


Back at the start of the trail there was an old woods road


It went down again but before long it too ended.


Back to the car. Decided to do nearby Bald Bluff - trailhead a few miles up the road from where we hiked yesterday.

 About 5 miles down the road we came to this


I thought maybe our trailhead was not too much further so we walked up the road a bit- no problem walking across the bridge - but at the top of a hill I could not see it ahead and gave up near this flowering tree.


Not a total loss, as there was a pond next to where we parked


so Kelley got some water


A frustrating outing but we got outside on a nice day and got a bit of exercise.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

5/23/15 Partridge and Ducktail Ponds



Cooler ( 40's) and quite windy ( won't be bugs)  but mostly sunny. We started from the Partridge Pond parking area. Kelley appeared enthusiastic today so it seems the easy day was good for her.

Near the start is a set of bog bridges. Kelley sometimes walks them and sometimes not. when we first started hiking she never used them. Today she did.


Signs winter is over









Instead of turning off to Partridge we continue on the trail I have added to the map which takes you to the north end of the pond. It is less used and not maintained with lots of blow downs but not too hard to follow.

Kelley went around this bridge


From the north end





Kelley got in at a spot she didn't want to climb out of


We then went back and took the trail into Partridge.

Panoramic shot- please click for larger version

Partridge Pond  5-23-15

And then on to Ducktail where we met a couple camping. we chatted and I learned of another trail in the area.





Into the water on the way out



A pleasant outing. The wind made close ups difficult  but it was a pretty day and the woods were protective.  2  1/2 hours 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

5/22/15 Walden Parke


Cooler today with a mix of sun and clouds and a forecast of rain- a little drizzle just after we got up. When it started to clear nearby Walden seemed to be the  answer. Kelley had to be coaxed out of the house and then into the car. I decided she needed a short hike today so we just did the Loop trail- a little over an hour.

Starting to look like summer

Northern part of the trail





Flowering tree


Liked this planet even though a cluttered background



Wildflowers I don't know


Some reeds and a reflection along the old rail bed





A blown flower - must have bloomed early


Southern section of trail


A tiny moth. I would not have recognized as such if I hadn't seen it fly. Not quite an inch wide.


Short but pleasant - no rain 'till later in the day so I also got some garden work done.