Monday, June 27, 2022
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Ben Annis Pond is an isolated 25 acre pond in Hampden that is accessible via Patten Stream, a very narrow stream that connects Hampden Pond to Ben Annis Pond.
I set out to go kayaking in the mid-afternoon today. Given that it was a beautiful sunny, 85° Saturday, Hampden Pond was very crowded.
The outlet for Patten Stream into Hampden Pond is not readily apparent until you get close to it and see water flowing. It is also very shallow, forcing me to pull the kayak up the stream approximately 6 or 7 feet before getting back in.
There were several spots where my one person kayak bottomed out, forcing me to push against the stream bottom with the paddle to continue moving. Shortly before reaching the pond, I encountered a beaver dam requiring that I again exit and pull the kayak over the dam.
Having finally reached Ben Annis Pond, I quickly realized that it was worth the effort. I had it to myself, spotting a river otter, snapping turtles and an osprey catching and then feeding on a fish.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Considering the weather forecast initially called for rain all day, I was happy when the sun popped out and it started to warm up. I headed out and explored Fields Pond by kayak. I paddled across the pond to explore an island (the channel on the northwest side of the island is impassable due to marsh grass) and then paddled back for a total distance of 1.6 miles.
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Two weeks ago I hiked Mount Phillip, a land trust managed by the Seven Lakes Alliance. Today I hiked a different Seven Lakes Alliance property - the 207 acre The Mountain preserve.
Today I hiked the preserve's well maintained 2.7 mile Outer Loop Trail, which gently climbs the mountain and offers views of the area's lakes to the east and west as it circumnavigates the mountain.