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Friday, August 18, 2017

8/18/17 City Forest With Friends

Cloudy morning with rain forecast . Friend has a new pup and we wanted to try the dogs out together.


We started from the end of Kirkland to go down to the beaver pond .


Kelley, of course, went right into the water



Ollie has not been in water yet. He was very interested but cautious.











Mary had an appointment and the dogs seemed to be doing OK together so she left and we proceeded to the West Trail.


Loosestrife may be an invasive but still pretty



Tried to get a picture of the dogs together on the trail but they would not cooperate so here is Ollie




A short walk on the trail and we headed back to the pond. Ollie not yet ready to get in the water.



But a drink was OK


Thursday, August 17, 2017

8/16/17 Partridge Pond



Hadn't been here in awhile so gave it a try. Nice morning with temps in the 70's and very few bugs. Kelley was more motivated than usual and took the lead at the start.



Things to come



   All the small streams on the way to the pond were dry and this is the only water she found on the way



The good stuff



We rarely see anyone on this hike but today a couple had lugged an inflatable boat to the pond .



We had our apple snack and then back in the water before we head back



Blueberries are ripening



This worked out fairly well. Though enthusiastic at the start , Kelley slowed down later - still a nice little hike - a little over an hour and a half. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8/14/17 Mariaville Falls

We started out for Harbor Brook ( at Acadia) even though I was not looking forward to the drive. As we neared Ellsworth  (about half way time wise) I saw a road that I thought went to Mariaville Falls. We hadn't been there in some tome and never from this direction but it would be a shorter drive and a change... Turned out I was wrong about the road and after stopping for directions we finally found the preserve.




As elsewhere, the water in the river was low



Not a lot of water


A bit more



The falls are of the step variety and not at all impressive with the low water.



A wildflower I had not seen before



A little more water where the river takes a bend



Another view of the river looking south



One last dip before the car


A pleasant small hike - a little over an hour - and Kelley did well except for one set of steps where she had to be helped. They have done a lot of work on the trail and it is easier to walk except for Kelley,  those steps. She first tried to find a way around but couldn't and had to accept my help.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

8/12/17 Beaver Pond at City Forest

Cloudy day and we hiked yesterday but as I had an errand in this area I decided to see if I could get Kelley walking for a bit.


Coming down the hill to the pond - it seems to be shrinking from lack of rain



Into the water



and  doing her shaking in the water thing



There were a lot of bees out this morning and flowers.























we got a few sprinkles but no real rain






After her dip in the pond Kelley laid down and didn't want to walk. I went ahead, hoping she would follow. when i got to the intersection with west Trail I met a man and his dog. As we were talking Kelley came up - she either heard  or smelled us. After our little chat Kelley was not interested in walking farther so we went back. So not really a hike but a little exercise and a pleasant morning. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

8/11/17 Caribou Bog

 Overcast and breezy. This nearby trail also has water to tempt Kelley




There were lots of flowers and insects but the wind caused most to be out of focus







This bee appeared to be taking a nap










Last chance to get in the water



A pleasant hour and Kelley did well and I'm now thinking that an hour is about right for her.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

8/9/17 Stillwater River Trail

We had not done this trail in awhile and it has water so I thought it might interest Kelley. Some days she just does not want to get out of the car so I'm trying to tempt her with variety and water.



First chance to get in the water.



Don't know what this one is called



We met a couple of people also walking the trail and it was a pretty day. This is the point where we turned back.



But not before a swim



  and a little lie down on the shore



Most of the Jewelweed was past it's prime but I found this nice one.


A pleasant hours walk along the river seemed to be about right

Monday, August 7, 2017

8/6/17 Harbor Brook

A beautiful sunny day in the lower 70's so we headed for Kelley's favorite


I didn't take a lot of pictures but did get my first damselfly - not the best pic but I was beginning to think I would not get one.

Kelley did very well today. We rarely meet anyone on this trail but today we
met a family and their Lab and that pleased Kelley.












Fungi on end of tree which had been cut











Nice hike on a pretty day - almost an hour and a half - best Kelley has done lately