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Friday, February 24, 2017

2/23/17 Along the Kenduskgeag



Cloudy and 35 degrees. First trail we checked had had no use so went back to this trail.

Still lots of snow


but the trail had some use and the footing was good.


This spot in the stream does not freeze over though above it and below the ice covers the stream


Kelley was not enthusiastic today and never took the lead so I decide to do a short one today.



Nearly back and she is still behind- usually speeds up when she sees the end. The sky is trying to clear.



We only did an hour but it was pleasant with easy walking and we had it to ourselves. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2/21/17 Glenburn Snowmobile Trail


Still lots of snow so snowmobile trails still our best chance. 25 degrees and sunny- a pretty day.


There had been lots of activity over the weekend so the snow was well packed with excellent footing. This part of the trail starts off across a large field. Today  only one snowmobile passed us - here at the start.



Into the woods





A section with dead trees. We tried to hike this in summer and found this section very wet - water had killed the trees - probably the work of beavers.


This time the trail had been used where it turns toward and we went a short distance along it before stopping for an apple break and then  turned back. I didn't want Kelley to over do it.


Heading back



This was an early ( first? ) school in Glenburn. Now full of junk.


In sight of the car and Kelley stopped. She sometimes does this because she doesn't want to stop but today I think she was tired.



Nice hike on a pretty day. Kelley did well. 1 3/4 hours

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2/19/17 Little Long Pond



Beautiful sunny Sunday - 45 degrees. Thought the snowmobile trails would be too busy and so decided to check out Acadia where we have not been in awhile. Both the Eliot Mt.and Harbor Brook trails had had no use and there was also no place to park - lot's of snow here too.  That left  the pond. As soon as we started Kelley took off for the pond. It was not much used  and the pond was frozen.  It was a bit of a struggle for her to get back.



 No one had been on the trail at the bottom of the pond so that left the carriage road on the east side of the pond. There had been some use by skiers and walkers and the footing on the narrow path was not bad for me and pretty good for Kelley. After her trip to the pond she was not excited about continuing but did well once I coaxed her to follow me and she realized the footing was OK.


 The frozen pond


The footing became less firm the farther we went as there had been less traffic. We met a man with two dogs who said it got softer ahead and that he thought it was much better on the pond ( he was on snow shoes) .   We went a bit farther and when I saw his tracks I started toward the pond. Kelley sat down and said, "no way". She was right too much snow. At that point I decided, though we hadn't gone all that far, we should just head back.

Almost back


A pretty  day and though we only walked an hour ( it felt like more) we got a little exercise . Kelley got to meet a few people and dogs which made her happy. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2/17/17 Snowmobile Trails From Dover-Foxcroft



Sunshine and 26 degrees. Still deep snow and the first two trails we went to had had no activity so I made the 35 mile drive to Dover-Foxcroft where the trails usually get lots of use. There were a lot of sleds at the Irving on Rte, 15 where we parked (gassing up) . I was afraid we were going to be overwhelmed but  once we got on the trail we met no one until we were back to Rte. 15 at the end of our hike.

Starting out the trail had been groomed and used so we had good footing.



There is a bridge at the start crossing the Piscataquis River  - looking north



We soon came to a side trail that had been groomed but not yes used.



At the start Kelley had acted like she didn't want to hike and I made her continue. Once she  got moving she became enthusiastic and took the lead most of the time.












When I decide we had gone far enough, Kelley wanted to on - I don't think she understands the return will be as long as the leg out but we continued. When we came to this large field overlooking the town I insisted and we headed back.
















The river looking south


This turned out to be the nicest hike in awhile. The woods had been beautiful and we had them to ourselves.  Kelley did very well and when she slowed near the ens I knew we were right to turn when we did.  1 3/4 hours

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2/15/17 Trail Along the Kenduskeag

We had sun yesterday but no one had used this trail so it was no go. This morning it's cloudy and 12 degrees and there have been a few users so we gave it a try.





It was quite soft for me and a real slog but  Kelley was mostly supported. Since we hadn't got any real exercise in days I decided to slog on.  After a bit Kelley did not want to go on and we turned at this point to return.


Weed of the day


Heading back. Kelley had not taken the lead until we were almost back.


A bit of color



A tiring little excursion due to the deep snow but we got 3/4 hour exercise. It was fairly pleasant otherwise because in spite of the cold there was no wind and it was pretty.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2/13/17 Blizzard

We woke up to good amount of snow and a lot of wind. Kelley was anxious to get out in it so I let her outside and she would not come in.


So we went for a walk around the neighborhood.


Back up the drive.


Kelley decides again to stay outside.


Later - our tracks are almost gone but you can still see our mailbox- it was completely under snow in the morning after the road was plowed.


In the afternoon the snow was 30" deep on front deck from the wind and drifting


This morning we did a short walk before I cleared the drive.


I think the official level for Bangor was 24 inches but it was much deeper in our drive due to drifting. Some parts of the state got much more. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2/11/17 Glenburn Fail

Six degrees and light snow. First two trails had little use and looked iffy. The third had some use but was still soft and a bit of a slog.



Seemed OK for Kelley but she sat down, after a short while. and did not want to go on. Got her to move a little and she sat again. I gave up as I wasn't fond of the idea of slogging across the large field in the cold.

I complained about the rain and now we have snow and cold for next few days.


Sunday
Isolated snow showers before 8am, then a chance of snow after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday Night
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 24. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
Monday
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow after 8am. High near 30. Windy, with a north wind 23 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches possible.
Monday Night
A chance of snow before 8pm, then a chance of snow showers between 8pm and 2am. Areas of blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Windy, with a north wind 24 to 29 mph decreasing to 14 to 19 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.