compressed figure 8

sunny so I bundled up
walked in the preserve behind our house
walked the loop in one direction
saw the back end of an owl disturbed by me
retreating to the woods
viewed the little cottage down the hill
circled down then up crossing many plank walks
it was cold – 15 degrees – I was warm
with the exception of my cheeks
little ice but plenty of frozen snow
some steps on the cleared ground occasionally
then walked the loop in the opposite direction
stopping to photograph some ice up close
bubble streams still exuberant though frozen

west shore road

2.5 miles
cold and windy
walk with Sam

bundled up and drove to a parking spot
across the street from Crocker House
which was all closed up

walked down the hill
(called variously Post Office Road, Beach Ave, Beech Ave)
and then up West Shore Drive (or Road)
mostly wealthy homes, mostly deserted for the winter
peaks of coastline and across the water, Acadia’s mountains

trespassed through a couple of yards
to explore the rocky coastline, pushed up layers of sediment

one home had a bright red painted gate,
stairs drawn up for the season

I wanted to view the coastline intimately
with all its ins and outs
not possible, too much private property
but there was one path that could be construed as
Public Access
which I will remember
lead to a crescent shaped capacious rocky beach
with a beautiful view across the water

pettengill preserve

short hike on the blue trail
then the yellow loop
lots of water
a few board bridges showing up
under the snow and ice
a lot more work walking when
you have to crunch through snow
uneven surfaces
and guard against submerging your boot
in soppy snowy water

yellow loop was very soggy initially
then led to higher, dryer ground
very quiet, open, and uplifting

headed back to the car
westward into sunset

through to point road

3.6 miles
1 1/2 hours

breakthrough – hiked from back yard
wood’s entrance
through to Point Road
feeling accomplished
although completely disoriented
in space – all the turns I take
feel like I should end up in a
totally different place

but happy to exit in the yard of
the Ball farmhouse with picket fence
(it’s for sale)

although the walk was kind of long
and I had to snowshoe in the preserve
then carry showshoes as I walked along the roads to home
it felt great to complete a westerly loop

I wanted to take a side road to the coast
but Sanders Lane wasn’t plowed
enough’s enough

regular loop

one hour
almost 3 miles (6700 steps)

Cross Road to Ferry to Grant
back to Eastside to Cross

blue sky and brilliant white
snow covering Schoodic

loitered at the deserted marina

if I were a child I’d be tempted
to climb

but at my age
just looking

on the back loop
observing the birds

and the grove
what tree this

long snowshoe

headed out about 3:30
into the woods, loop to the left
down and around, branched
to the left where I’d always dead-ended
in a marshy area

to my surprise, snowshoe tracks headed on
uphill in a windy twist
followed that trail a long time
came on signs for “Outer Loop”
and various boundaries
and directional signs

never really sure where I was
but started to realize I wasn’t
going to get back to where I started
on the “Outer Loop”

so had to backtrack
since it was nearing 5 pm

great experience
lots of photos and
heavy breathing

walk to shaw’s

feeling overworked at lunchtime
need refreshment in my day
and some movement, change from sitting at my desk
decide to walk to Shaw’s grocery store
and get some lunch
steep uphill from the office
and I’m wearing my new Muck boots, knee high,
not that flexible
but it’s great to be outdoors in the air
and slush
got some calm chowder, package of raspberries
and some trail mix
carried back down the hill to office

.8 mile, 20 minutes