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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

4/23/18 Sunkhaze Wildlife Refuge

Fifty three degrees and sunny and we hadn't been her in awhile.


Still some patches of snow



but the pond was mostly clear of ice



except along one edge



so Kelley could easily get in



Wet dog heading back



There were other small pools of water



A pleasant short hike and Kelley did well. I will continue to try short hikes every other day. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

4/21/18 DeMeritt Forest

Trying another trail, closer to home. Again Kelley was ready to hike. Mix of sun and clouds - 45 degrees.


Surprised to see there was still snow. 



But the little stream was ice free and Kelley was able to get down to it.



Crews have been cleaning up the winter damage



We turned back when Kelley indicated she was ready. There was also water beside the trail.

Not a lot of picture oportunities but spring is coming.
Another nice little hike. I'm hoping keeping them shorter than we used to do will keep her wanting to go.

Friday, April 20, 2018

4/19/18 Harbor Brook

Cloudy and 45 degrees with a forecast of rain. It's been hard to get Kelley out hiking this winter so I made the 54 mile drive over to Kelley's favorite hike. When we arrived she jumped out of the car, ready to go. She must recognize the trail by smell.


First place she can get in the water



It's been a rough winter with lots of trees down



but there were still places for Kelley to get to the stream.



Apple break



One more time in the water



Heading back



Kelley did well and we had a nice little hike -  and the rain  held off. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

4/14/18 City Forest

Cold and gray. Yesterday we went to the Kenduskeag but Kelley wouldn't get out of the car, so back to City Forest where she did get out.

The warm yesterday had elimimated most of the ice.



And she was a happy girl



Lots of sniffing to be done.



The trails in the woods still had some snow and ice.



Didn't want Kelley to over do it so we did a moderate amount and turned back - one more dip.


Not the most pleasant day- the wind made it feel colder than 37 but Kelley did well and that pleased me.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

4/12/128 City Forest

Lower forties but still looking a bit wintry. At least the snow is gone from the field leading to the pond. Unfortunately the pond looked to be still frozen




But Kelley was able to get in at the edge



Once we got into the woods there was still quite a bit of snow and ice.



 But more water for Kelley



Kelley did better today than she has in a long tiime, even taking the lead



A pair of ducks on the pond as we were heading out.



I have been worried about Kelley and so was very pleased with how she did today. Don't know if it because it was warmer or that there was water but she seemed like her old self.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

4/8/18 DeMeritt Forest

A little above freezing but the sun was shining. We hadn't been here in awhile and I thought maybe I could get Kelley out for a short one.


Still a fair amount of snow in thw woods.



The little stream was flowing but too much snow for Kelley to get to it.



Lagging behind. She sped up when we met a couple and their pup. She still has to great everyone she sees and they gave her some attention which made her happy.



"This is as far as I'm going". At this point we turned back


A short but pleasant outing. I was happy to get her out and am hoping for more as the weather improves.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

4/3/18 Trail Along the Kenduskeag

Forty five and mostly sunny, so a pretty day. Kelley was easier to coax out of the car this time but she was still up for only a short hike.


Still a fair amount of snow



Lagging behind



Pleasant but short -  better than we had been doing. Supposed to rain tomorrow so that may get rid of more snow.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

4/1/18 Newman Hill

Forty degrees and cloudy. Kelley has not wanted to hike and I haven't pushed it because of poor conditions - snow too deep for her and/or ice. Today I made her get out of the car and we did a short hike.

Some open water near the start but not that Kelley could reach.



Still snow and ice on the trails but the footing was not bad



Unfortunately the small pond was still frozen



and Kelley was very disappointed



Going back into the woods there was more snow.



 Kelley did not want to continue so we turned back - enough for a start after a long layoff.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

3/12/18 Little Long Pond

We have another big storm coming so decided to drive to Acadia to see if I could get in a hike with Kelley. Thirty nine degrees and mostly sunny when we got there.

Obligatory shot of the pond



There was water for Kelley



We started on the West Side Trail but it had had little use so we went up to the carriage road. It had more use and better footing fo Kelley






Badly exposed pic of Kelley having an apple break



One more time in the pond



and a final picture of the pond.



Kelley has not been interested in hiking lately so I was very pleased that she did well and seemed happy to be out. We met a couple with their dog and that also made her happy.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2/23/18 Little Long Pond

Overcast and 29 degrees but we had a couple of days of above freezing weather with rain and thought the trails at Acadia might be improved.


Obligatory shot of the pond.



The pond was mostly frozen except at the end where it empties into the ocean and was flowing.







We decided to try the West Side Trail because it looked to be mostly ice free.



But then we started running into large patches of ice



A little stream had water



The trail was getting quite difficult but I thought we could take the  trail across Jordan Stream and over to the carriage road and take that back which would be easy. When we got to the bridge across the stream it was surrounded by ice and Kelley would not come down to it so we headed back the way we had come.

More icy trail



One last dip


Not the hike we had planned. It took us 2 1/4 hours and was dangerous in spots. Kelley did very well with the ice except for a few spots she had to bushwhack around. This was the longest hike she has done in some time and I was glad for that.