Friday, April 23, 2021
Gorham Mountain Trail, Acadia National Park
Ryan and I hiked the Gorham Mountain Trail in Acadia today. This is a fun hike that winds it's way through a forest, then along the base of a cliff, through a rock crevice, up rungs and then finally along a bald ridge line until reaching a summit which provides views of large sections of the eastern side of Mount Desert Island.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Camping Recipe: BBQ Hash
Quick easy one pot meal that can cook while you set up your tent and campsite on a car camping trip.
1 lb ground beef, turkey or pork
3 frozen hash brown patties or equivalent amount frozen potatoes, thawed
Corn kernels 1 cup
Chopped onions 1/2 cup
Barbeque sauce 12 ounces
In a nonstick pot brown meat, corn and onions. Crush up frozen potatoes in a ziplock bag and add to browned meat along with BBQ sauce. Cook until all ingredients are hot and most liquid has burned off. Serve warm.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Middle Ground Campground, Third Machias Lake, Machias River Public Reserved Land
Matty and I explored the Machias River Public Reserved Land yesterday and today, traveling the length of the preserve before settling in to tent camp at the Middle Ground Campground on Third Machias Lake.
This was a great trip. We had the campground to ourselves, with no other people and no insects. On the way through, we stopped at several of the other campgrounds, and with the exception of one RV, didn't see anyone. The weather may have been a factor (partly cloudy with intermittent rain and nighttime temperatures dipping to 25 overnight). Other than a few light sprinkles, the weather held and we were treated to a beautiful sunset and clear night.
We woke at 3:30 am to an amazing dark sky filled with stars.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Wayward Yurt, Hidden Valley Nature Center (Jefferson)
Ryan and I stayed in the Wayward Yurt at Hidden Valley Nature Center Saturday night.
The Yurt features 3 bunk beds with mattresses, a wood stove (got up to 58 inside while it was 40 outside), table and chairs, picnic table, fire pit, and pit outhouse. There is a gas coleman stove and a hibachi for cooking, and fire wood is supplied. Reservations can be made online at https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/preserve/hidden-valley-nature-center.
There is a roughly 0.8 mile hike to the Yurt along fairly level dirt roads, except for a brief climb right before reaching the Yurt.
This is a quiet place, the only sounds coming from birds and coyotes.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Park Loop Road, Acadia National Park
My sons and I went bike riding at Acadia National Park today on Park Loop Road between Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Cadillac Mountain Road. This is the last weekend this year that the road will be closed to motor vehicle traffic. The ride was approximately 7.1 miles with a 472 foot climb on the ride out (followed by a much more enjoyable 472 foot descent on the way back!)
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Halfmile Pond Trail, Amherst Community Forest
After spending Easter morning with my kids, I went for a solo hike at the Amherst Community Forest.
I parked at the first pull-off on the road leading to Halfmile Pond and walked 1/2 mile to the trailhead. The road was muddy so I was glad to have made that decision.
The trail from the road is short but steep and leads down to the shoreline of Halfmile Pond. The shoreline provides excellent views of a nearby mountain. The trail continues along the shore until reaching the outlet on the south end of the pond.
As I stood admiring the view an otter climbed onto the ice carrying a fish. I watched for two minutes as the otter worked on eating the fish and then climbed back into the water.
Here is a map of my hike.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Hike for the Homeless, Bangor City Forest
A group of 20 people from my workplace participated in the annual Bangor Hike for the Homeless event today at the Bangor City Forest. The event is being held virtually this year, so participants can hike anywhere between April 3rd and May 31st. Proceeds from the hike support the Bangor Homeless Shelter.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Hart Farm/Fields Pond
I went to Fields Pond after work Tuesday to go on a quick hike and discovered the adjacent Hart Farm managed by the Holden Land Trust.
Hart Farm is a relatively new land trust property, having been acquired by the Holden Land Trust around 2017. Trail work is still being completed, and there are new signs and wooden footbridges throughout. The trails travel through woods and open fields and past a scenic stream.
I started my hike at the Fields Pond nature center and headed up the Ravine Trail. It was then that I came across a sign stating "Connector Trail to Holden Land Trust" and decided to explore where it went. I soon came to the Shelterwood Trail and followed it first as it gradually climbed to the Hart Farm's parking lot off Copeland Hill Road. The lot overlooks an open field atop a hill with excellent views. I headed back along the trail and followed it as it ran parallel to a stream before crossing back over to the Ravine Trail in Fields Pond.
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