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Thursday, May 25, 2017

5/24/17 Perch Pond


Fifty five degrees and overcast. Decided to do the new trails here which we have only done once When we first hiked here we did the Spruce Trail but the other trails had not been built. And the Spruce was not in good shape.

Finally looking like life has returned


Only two of these but a welcome sight



Lots of bunchberry



Decided Kelly would really like the pond so at point 7 we took an unfamiliar trail and headed toward it. We soon came to a section where the trail was overgrown and not clear. I was ready to give up ( last time we had spent a long time looking for the trails) when Kelley took the initiative and led the way.

We reached the pond



It was not a good spot for Kelley to get in the pond but there was a nice little pool she liked



We then followed the shore toward a spot Kelley could enter and saw these fishermen - only people we saw on the hike.



The pond was very pretty with a smooth surface reflecting the sky that was trying to clear



Ah



Then we worked on a different route back. There were lots of violets


 and leaves till unfurling



Adding the walk along the shore and the route back from there made the hike longer than intended and though Kelley had done well she was clearly ready to end the hike while we still had a way to go. She slowed and lagged behind for the last part. Tomorrow will be a day to lay around the yard. The hike ended up being almost 2 1/2 hours. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

5/20 and 5/21/17 Two Outings

A pretty day with lots of sun. We hadn't been to northern Pond in awhile so I made the 25 mile drive.

We always go to the canoe launch first so Kelley can get in the water. Today the water was high and the bog bridges were floating.


Which was fine with Kelley


At the start of the trails she sat and did not want to continue so we returned to the car.



Another pretty morning. Not knowing Kelley's intentions I took us to the nearby Kenduskeag - 3 miles from home.

The water here was also high



First things first



Still no wildflowers but lots of new leaves



Almost done



Some of the rapids on the stream



This guy was also practicing maneuvering the rocks in the rapids



After a bit Kelley had had enough and let me know she wanted to turn back. On the way another go at the water


A nice little outing on a beautiful day.

Friday, May 19, 2017

5/18/17 Harbor Brook

Forecast for today in Bangor is for 91 degrees but two weather sites say only 71 at Acadia so that's where we headed. This turned out to be wrong as it was 85 when we finished the hike.

Into the water first thing. You can see trees that have fallen across the stream - there were a lot of them.



They are rerouting the trail because of problems with erosion.



Only flowers today - a small bush









Again you can see trees across the stream



I had to search for clear shots of the stream






Lots of new bog bridges





Some nice ripples.



A nice hour and a half in the woods. Kelley did well and was very happy with all the water

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

5/16/17 Partridge and Ducktail Ponds

After more days of rain we got a beautiful day. Started out cool but it got into the 60's with bright sun.

No wildflowers but the leaves are coming out on the trees and it, finally,  looked like spring'



Kelley was happy that there was water everywhere - skip the bog bridge



Colorful new leaves



In Partridge Pond


and Ducktail


 and a small stream


Kelley did well - I set a slower pace and that may have helped her. A beautiful day to spend two hours in the woods. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

5/12/17 Perch Pond


We have had a stretch of really dreary weather - clouds and on and off sprinkles. Also Kelley has not been interested - we did one very short hike along the Kenduskeag and otherwise just walked in the neighborhood. I am still adjusting her meds and working to help her lose weight.

Fifty degrees and cloudy this morning We had not started on the South Trail in some time and I was hoping the novelty would inspire Kelley.


First part of the trail is through a wet area.



 with a small stream - a drink for Kelley



and then a wet spot in the trail to lie down in



Spring is in evidence with the new leaves coming out on the trees.



 we find figures like these at various spots along the trails



The small pond didn't look very inviting to me.



 but Kelley thought it was fine



 I had given up hope of wildflowers when I found this flowering bush



Kelley did very well today - better than she has in a long time - but after about 45 minuted she sat to tell me we had gone far enough and we turned back


She quickly found another pool to lie in.



No more flowers but some new leaves






A nice hour and a half hike in spite of the lack of sun . We had the place to ourselves and it was peaceful.  I was  really pleased that Kelley did so well.

Friday, May 5, 2017

5/4/17 Little Long Pond


Mid fifties and sunny. Drove to Kelley's favorite hike in hopes of getting a little more enthusiasm.


Obligatory shot of the pond



and Kelley in the pond.


At the start she was slow and lagging behind, at times sitting down but we kept moving and eventually she showed more enthusiasm and hiked along with me.

Back in the water at Jordan Stream. She is under a small bridge with bright sun overhead and that gave an odd effect that I like.


Regular shot


On the trail across to the carriage road there has been a lot of work.


I was thinking we would see more wildflowers because it's usually warmer along the coast but there were none. I had to settle for tree buds





Near the end of the hike Kelley slowed down again but we got in and hour and three quarters.  We had met two women with a dog at the start and a nice couple at the end but no one the rest of the hike so it had been very peaceful. Once home, Kelley spent the afternoon sleeping in the sun