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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

3/10/10 Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

Another bright sunny day. The plan was to hike the Donnell Pond area but we decided to continue on for a few more miles to the wildlife refuge. We had been there in the summer but could not hike the Birch Point Trail because they were working on it.We did that trail first. It begins in blueberry barrens ( we ate lots last visit) and then continues through pleasant woods. Kelley liked this trail quite a bit as it was new to her and therefore a bonanza of sniffing opportunities. There was also lots of water for her to get into.

The woods continue to a point where the trail splits and we took the trail to Lobster Point first .

Returning to the fork in the trail we hiked the Birch Point Loop which briefly follows the shore before returning to the woods.

Back to the parking area we walked the road ( closed to cars for the winter) to the Hollingsworth Trail. This trail is quite different from the first and reminiscent of some trails at Acadia with smaller trees, scrub, and granite.

Reaching the ocean you can see Petit Manan lighthouse on it's island in the distance.
Again the trail follows the shore for a short distance before looping back to the trail you came in on. The wind off the water was chilly but the rest of the hike was quite comfortable. We only met one other person and she did not like dogs so Kelley was disappointed ( when this happens she takes it personally) 3 hours


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