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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

4/25/17 Glenburn Trails

Fifty and sunny but supposed to cloud up and rain ( and for next couple of days) so we wanted something close. Had not done this section except when it was snow packed.

Was quite different today

What it usually looks like

 Soon the trail became very wet - OK with Kelley but not for me or Cooper

We went back and crossed the road to take the trail in the other direction. There are a couple of meadows before you get into the woods.

but there was water along the edge

Finally some woods to explore without wet feet.

They were both interested in whatever had passed here.

Hard to believe but still some ice.

At this point we turned back. Kelley was slower today ( we have  been going alternate days and she may have been a little tired) but Cooper was energetic and showed no signs of tiredness . Still, we got in a good hour hike. ( We did get light rain in the afternoon) 

Monday, April 24, 2017

4/24/17 DeMeritt Forest

55 and sunny - a nice day for a hike. We still have  Conner with us and I don't know if she has been here before. Had trouble with the camera so messed up a bunch of shots.

Hard to believe but a bit of ice on the Logan Rd.

The small stream was clear but I had to move some windfalls so Kelley could get to it

There was water everywhere and Kelley took advantage. Cooper is not interested in the water.

I only got them together by anchoring Cooper's leash to a stump.

More water - this time with a bit of ice.

 After our loop through the woods we went across the road to check out the Stillwater River. Kelley was into the small cove before we could actually reach the river. Cooper was interested in exploring the shore but not the water.

Water in the river was quite high.

So instead of getting in at her usual spot she chose an unphotogenic spot.

Then it was back to the car. Cooper did very well and seemed to enjoy our outing.  Kelley was not as energetic has she was yesterday but perked up for the water. Still a pleasant hike with the woods to ourselves. 1 1/4 hours 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

4/23/17 Along the Kenduskeag Stream

Forty five and cloudy but better than the colder rainy days we've had. I am dog sitting with a friends dog which I keep on a leash out of caution ( leash has been cloned out of pics) . Cooper is much smaller than Kelley and not as interested in water as she is.

The small stream at the start is ice free but still no signs of spring.

Neither dog takes direction so it's difficult to get them in the same picture

Kelley, of course, found some very muddy water to get into.

The Kenduskeag is also finally ice free

Heading back.

Both dogs did well - Kelley showed more enthusiasm than she has in some time. We did only did one hour in deference to Cooper's short legs. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

4/17/17 Perch Pond

Cloudy and 45 degrees. Kelley was not into it and lagged behind until we got to the small pond which was. at least. no longer frozen.

After her dip she sat and did not want to go farther so we headed back. We had left the parking area on the old woods road but returned on the trail through the woods where Kelley found water in a small stream.

Once we were headed back she took the lead. There were still sections with snow.

Not our best or most interesting hike but we got an hours exercise and Kelley got wet.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

4/15/17 Newman Hill

Fifties and sunny. Kelley was not enthusiastic this morning but I did get her to the trails and out of the car.  She did better once we got moving and I knew she would like all the water here.

The trails were mostly clear but there were still some patches of snow.

The beaver pond looked kind of stark and wintry still

There were a bunch of limbs and branches at the end of the pond which made it difficult for Kelley to get in and out but she managed.

Pine Pond was also wintry looking but we met a man and his dog and that made Kelley happy.

A pleasant hike but Kelley moved slower than usual. We did get an hour and a half's exercise and that was good.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

4/13/17 Partridge Pond

Forty five degrees, mix of sun and clouds, and a few sprinkles but a pretty nice day

Trail looked good at the start

Lots of water around ( Kelley was happy) and a small stream I don't remember seeing before

In addition to lots of water there was still snow in spots

The pond had lost much of it's ice.

We usually wade the small stream that comes out of the pond to get to the ledge on the other side but the water was too high today. Kelley got a swim- I didn't get the picture.

On the way back we  usually take the side trail to Ducktail Pond but the trail into Partridge had a surprising amount of snow that was difficult for Kelley ( deep enough that breaking  through and fell)  so we skipped Ducktail.

There was plenty of water to keep Kelley happy

Turned out to be a not bad hike and a nice day in the woods. Kelley did well for the 1 1/2 hour hike.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

4/10/17 Newport Rail Trail

Had to go to Newport to Kelley's vet to pick up some meds. I'm also dog sitting with a friends dog. After the vet we did a walk on the old rail bed.

Mostly muddy but still some snow

The lake was still frozen

 but there was lots of water in ditches

I took Cooper's leash off in hopes of getting a picture of the dogs together but cooper took off and I had to chase her down. Good thing she has short legs.

We had a nice hours walk on a warm ( 70 degrees) sunny day

Saturday, April 8, 2017

4/8/17 Branch Lake

We have had a long sting of gray days with rain or drizzle. Kelley was not interested in hiking so we  just walked around the neighborhood and one brief walk downtown, I was getting worried about Kelley. This morning was still gray with possible rain but I needed to get some exercise and decided Kelley was coming too.

Start of the Tote Rd. from the parking lot - some sections had snow and some were clear.

but there was water for Kelley

When we got on the trail in the woods there were sections with a surprising amount of snow and other sections with little.

This stream had been frozen last time we were here.

The lake was still mostly frozen with some melting near the shore

Bog bridges in the wet woods- some of these Kelley will use and others she goes around

Another little stream

After a slow start Kelley did very well and I was happy she seemed back to her old self. A pretty good hike on a dreary day but peaceful as we met no one, though there had been a car in the lot when we arrived. 1 3/4 hours