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Sunday, January 30, 2011

1/29/11 Kelley and Sally

We did the same loop as we did on the 26th but Mary came with us today. Another pretty day though the sun never quite got through the clouds. Near the end we met Sally and her owner and let the dogs play. Both dogs were very exuberant and loved playing in the snow. The lighting was poor and the dogs mostly in motion so the pictures though not the best, I hope, give a feel for the action. In some pictures they look quite fierce but they are having fun and not hurting each other.

1/28/11 Snowmobile Trail

Cold but no wind and the deepest blue skies I have ever seen. We did about three hours with Kelley doing a lot of exuberant running.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

1/26/11 Carriage Roads Near Long Pond

The day started out cold and gray but by the time we got to the park we had sun and a beautiful day.

There had been little or no traffic on the carriage roads except for the section near Little Long Pond which had been plowed prior to the last light snow. As we neared the pond Kelley took off toward it and I expected she had caught the scent of another dog.

I was correct and soon found her with Zeus and Zeus' owner. Both dogs like the snow
and to play with sticks .

and here Zeus got all of them. This was great fun for Kelley who doesn't get to play with other dogs as often as she would like.

We circled back to 33 and continued north. This section had not been plowed and had had little traffic so it was harder walking for me. Kelley did not seem concerned and did a lot of running up and back. I think she was also happy to be back at Acadia after our absence.

When we come to an intersection she usually stops to wait for me to indicate our route and sometimes indicates the direction she prefers. She wanted to take the Asticou Trail so we took that across to the carriage road along Jordan Stream to then loop back. Here she is waiting patiently for me to catch up.

We lost the sun but it was still a pretty day.

Most of the hike had been a fairly strenuous slog for me but after 3-3/4 hours Kelley was still running and showing no signs of fatigue. I was glad to see the car.

Monday, January 24, 2011

1/24/11 New Photo Story

A virus and lots of snow have kept me close to home the past few days and I ended up making a new Photo Story of some of the pictures from this fall and winter

The music is: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach played by Jon Sayles

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

1/17/11 A Bit of the Snowmobile Trail

Have not felt well the past few days so we have been stuck close to home. Yesterday I felt better so we did a couple of hours (an hour each in morning and afternoon) on the trails than run from behind the house. It has been very cold but with bright sun. Kelley was very happy and did a lot of running about. She got frightened and ran when we met two guys on sleds but they stopped until I could catch her and then everything was OK again and she resumed her exploring.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

1/11/11 Breakneck and Carriage Roads

Cold and mostly cloudy with some peaks of blue. We started the Breakneck at the Hulls Cove end. The first part of the trail had been well used ( I think by locals walking their dogs). Crossing the brook was a bit challenging as the stepping stones were all coated with nice shiny ice. Most had apparently turned back at this point as there were not any recent tracks. At the ponds we switched to the carriage roads. Kelley was happy that we met friendly people and people with friendly dogs. She was happy with this hike ,doing a lot of exploring and a lot of running for the, apparent, pure joy of running in the snow.

Lichens of the day

Birches on the Breakneck

Upper Breakneck Pond

Kelley remembers the places she can get into the water and this being one of them, she seemed puzzled to find the pond frozen

A closer look confirmed that there was no open water.

We finished the hike by taking the trail to the visitor center parking lot and then walking to the road and back to the Breakneck. A nice loop 2-3/4 hours

Monday, January 10, 2011

1/10/11 More Snowmobile Trails

Cold and windy but sunny. Couldn't find an adequate map. We started from the end of Fox Hollow off of Essex St. walking along the Penjajawok Marsh to a trail that goes through some nice woods to the utility easement that runs beside Walden Park and is used by snowmobilers. When we came out of the woods to this open area we got the full brunt of the wind in our faces but knew it would be at our back on the way home. We walked to the other side of Essex Street to where the Glenburn trails start and then turned back. Kelley was very happy with this hike as she was off leash, except when we neared the two roads we had to cross, and there were lots of new scents for her to explore and some fresh powdery snow. Once I warmed up I enjoyed it too and it gave me pleasure to see Kelley so freely enjoying herself. 3 hours

Sunday, January 9, 2011

1/8/11 Little River Trail - Belfast

Gray day with light snow at home but none in Belfast. We drove to Belfast to do this trail which we had not done in winter. We started at the Walsh Field end and walked to the water district office and then back. The trail starts out fairly flat but then becomes more rolling but with nothing strenuous or difficult. Today the section past Perkins Road was ,for some reason, much more icy and we had to pick our way around some trail sections. We met several people with dogs and Kelley was happy to meet them all except for one unfriendly dog. Her owner said the poor thing had been abused and did not trust people.

Upper Reservoir

On a farm next to the Perkins Road crossing

Lower Reservoir at the water district where we had lunch.

4 hours

Saturday, January 8, 2011

1/7/11 Snowmobile Trail

Very cold and snow was predicted so we decided to walk from home. We went north on the trail for an hour and then turned and retraced our steps. The footing was very good and we moved right along, except for my picture taking and Kelley's sniffing, and were quite comfortable.

These ice crystals looked like someone had been having a pillow fight

Lichen of the day

Friday, January 7, 2011

1/6/11 Bald Mountain Attempt

The plan was to go up Bald and then ,if that worked out, to Parkman and Gilmore to do a loop. The Hadlock Brook Trail was not bad but as we started up Bald it became more and more icy until we decided it wasn't worth the risk. We came back down to the carriage road and were going to do a couple of loops but I made a wrong turn a 19 and when I realized it, decided to just return. Since we had time left we drove over to Ship Harbor- a short trail in the western part of the park that leads to the ocean. We had not been there in winter.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

1/4/11 Dorr Mountain

Cold but sunny. This would be our first time on Dorr since I broke my ankle ( different trail).We started at the trail head for Dorr Mtn.Ladder trail but turned onto the Kane Path. The walking was easier today as the rain of a couple of days ago and cooler temperatures had made a crust that supported us. We found some interesting ice formations along this trail.

The start of the Dorr S. Ridge Trail was easy going

but as we ascended it became more icy and several times we had to work around large ice patches ( Kelley doesn't like ice either). When we reached the summit it was quite windy and cold and we had to find a sheltered spot to have our apple before turning back and returning the way we had come.

Lichens of the day were on the Canon Brook Trail

An enjoyable hike in spite of the ice which was a bit nervous making. 3-1/2 hours