Thursday, November 21, 2013
11/20/13 Piney Knoll Conservation Area - formerly Marsh Island
A late start so we headed to nearby Orono. What was once Marsh Island Natural Area is now Piney Knoll Conservation Area with a new map. The old map was sometimes confusing for us and the new map continues to be so, and it's harder to read. I have not marked out our route as the middle on the outward bound section is a little hazy ( some new paint blazes but also sections with both blue and red flagging. - simple signs at intersections would make things easier) coming back we did not get off track. We started at the Hillside Ave. entrance and went to the Penobscot. River and back. Kelley was happy in the woods and tolerant of my missteps.
Some things we saw
Still some leaves in late November
Ducks were too far away for a good picture
The river looked high even though streams are low
Queen Anne's Lace- one of my favorite plants to photograph
A pleasant 2 hour outing- a bit cool but supposed to be warmer tomorrow.