Saturday, August 25, 2012
8/24/12 Breakneck Road and McFarland Attempt
A beautiful sunny day in the 70s . An easy hike for Kelley who still seems to be a tiny bit lame from our Black Mountain adventure.
The Breakneck is an abandoned road that still belongs to the town of Bar Harbor even though the land on either side is national park. In some places you can see it was once a road but in others it's a single path.
There is a beaver dam betwen the two ponds that can be tricky to navigate but today is was almost dry.
Upper Breakneck Pond
Lower Breakneck Pond
After we crossed between the ponds we headed off into the woods to once again search for the abandoned McFarland Mtn. Trail. We have searched in the past without success and today was no different. You begin on what looks like old trail and follow that until it just peters out and then look around for more of it. After a bit of wandering Kelley looks at me as if to say, "You don't know where you are going do you?" - she is used to following a trail of some sort. We then came back down to the Breakneck and continued on to Rte. 233 , turned around and returned the way we had come.
Back at the pond we stopped for lunch and photos of a couple of creatures. This tiny frog was only a little over an inch long.
As we continued back we met a nice couple from New York who gave Kelley some attention, which made her happy, while we talked about trails.
A very pleasant outing 3 hours