Sunday, May 19, 2019

Kennebec River Rail Trail

The Kennebec River Rail Trail (KRRT) is a 6.5 mile paved rail trail running from Augusta to Gardiner and passing through the towns of Hallowell and Farmingdale.  The trail runs alongside railroad tracks and the Kennebec River and provides a great place to run, walk and cycle. 

My son's marathon training program called for a 20 mile run today, so we chose the KRRT for this and I rode support on a bike.  There were a decent amount of people out using the trail considering it was a cloudy, lightly raining Sunday morning. 

The trail offers views of the river and there are multiple access points along its path.  We started at the parking area for Maine State Housing Authority under the Route 202 bridge.  There is a section where the trail stops and you travel along Water Street in downtown Hallowell, and then it resumes after the downtown area. 

There are multiple places to stop and eat along the way, and Granite City Park in Hallowell has nice chairs to relax and watch the river.  

Here is a link to the trail map for just the Kennebec River Rail Trail.  Here is a link for the full 20 miles that we did, which includes the Augusta waterfront and doubling back on the rail trail.
The trail runs along the Kennebec River and adjacent to railroad tracks.
There are occasional benches overlooking the river.
Two very small waterfalls are visible from the trail.

The trail runs through downtown Hallowell.
Chairs overlooking the river at Granite City Park in Hallowell, next to the trail.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Camden Hills State Park - Mount Megunticook

Today was the third time I've visited Camden Hills this year, and the second time I've hiked up Mount Megunticook.  We had planned on hiking Mount Battie with a small hiking group from work, but when one of our group decided to turn back, we elected instead to visit Megunticook, as it offers better hiking and views.

We lucked out as the rain and clouds held off and we were able to complete the hike in a mix of sun and clouds with 60 degree temps.  Black flies have started but were generally manageable.  Trail conditions were mostly dry with a couple of muddy and wet spots.

Here is today's trail map.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

MOFGA BSA Camporee in Unity

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Waldo District BSA hosted a camporee at the MOFGA fairgrounds in Unity this weekend.  A camporee is like a jamboree, but with camping and no jamming. 

The event provided an opportunity for the scouts to work on five different merit badges (animal life, plant life, gardening, metal working and farm machinery) with MOFGA staff providing excellent instruction in each.  We completed a service project as well, helping to build wooden beam fences.

Our troop had five boys (including my younger son) and three adult leaders.  We lucked out with great weather Saturday and Sunday. 

Considering the heavy rains all day Friday, the grounds were fairly dry.

For our service project, the scouts built this wooden fence..

Hands-on animal science, listening to a cow's heart and stomach.

The gardening merit badge was very popular, thanks mainly to a very engaging MOFGA staff member.

The great thing about being an adult on a scouting trip is that there is plenty of downtime.  Sure, I could have (should have) been applying sunscreen, but instead why not take some pictures of clouds...

and cool looking bugs...

and interesting Stonehenge like pillars.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Webster Avenue in Bangor

Webster Avenue is a short paved path leading to the Bangor Municipal Golf Course from Cole's Transportation Museum that is closed to motor vehicles. 

Although short, the trail is great for kids, as it offers opportunities to explore outdoor exhibits (including a tank and helicopter) at Cole's Transportation Museum, and if timed properly, incoming flights into Bangor International Airport, since the golf course sits right in the flight path. 

I took my younger son here today after spending the afternoon looking at planes at the airport.  It was a nice way to wrap up an airplane themed afternoon. 

Here is the trail map.

Incoming flight into Bangor Airport, viewed from Webster Avenue

View of the tank exhibit at Cole's Museum
The path is a section of Webster Avenue that is closed to traffic.

Bike Ride - Route 2 from Milford to Greenbush

Route 2 north of Old Town is flat, straight, lightly traveled and has a decent shoulder most of the way to Howland (with the exception of a short stretch).  It runs alongside the Penobscot River much of the way. 

Last summer my son and I completed a 50 mile round trip ride from Old Town to Howland.  Today my son needed to run 18 miles so we selected Route 2 from Milford to Greenbush for the run while I rode and supported him. 

Here is a map of today's ride.

Route 2 runs alongside the Penobscot River part of the way

This was a nice little area at around the halfway point where I stopped and stretched my legs

A view of the river from one of two boat ramps on our route

View showing the wide shoulders and proximity of the river