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Thursday, November 10, 2011

11/9/11 Northeast Harbor Trails and Norumbega

Another beautiful day for hiking. Decided to explore the trails around the village of Northeast Harbor. I had only been on a couple of them and that was many years ago. We started near the Asticou Gardens and it was quite a pretty area.

Unfortunately my map does not have the names of many of the trails and we ended up having a hard time following it and did some circles. We then decide to do nearby Norumbega Mountain and took a trail that took us to Lower Hadlock Pond

It's a short way to the Norumbega Trail which is also very nice, though a bit more strenuous - Kelley needed help in only one spot.

When we reached the summit we found someone had taken the summit sign.

We shared an apple and headed back down, finding another snake. This one was not aggressive and quickly moved off into the brush

We cut off from the Norumbega and took the Golf Course Trail which goes by a local golf course before heading back toward the ponds.

Waiting for me again

We found the Quarry Trail and hoped to take that down to another trail that would take us back near where we had started. But we lost the trail and ended up bushwhacking our way back to the road nearer the village than we had started. Walking back we found access to the water and walked down to a nice lunch spot before continuing back to the car. A nice hike in spite of the confusing trails. 3 1/2 hours of reasonably strenuous hiking and Kelley had no problems with her legs last night or this morning.

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