Saturday, August 25, 2012

Nothing to see here, folks ...

... just keep movin' right along.

Friday, August 17, 2012:

Only five miles of trail were on the agenda today - between the slopes of North Crocker Mountain and a little road called Stratton Brook Pond Road just north of ME highway 27.

Hmmm ... Stratton Brook Pond Road ... the name is almost as long as the road itself.

As I mentioned yesterday, the logistics of the road crossings here are limiting my options.  I was done hiking by 1PM.  As it turns out I probably could have done the 8 mile section of trail that I finished today in one day rather than taking three (two on the trail and a rain day in between), but hindsight is always 20-20.

I prefer foresight - I'm looking forward to traversing the Bigelows in two days - 8 miles of trail each day.  It will feel good to do a full day of hiking for a change!

But what about 'now-sight'.  What did I see on today's hike?  Well, the title of this post pretty well covers it.  There was a lot of pretty, damp, mossy woodland - flush and vibrant with the soaking from yesterday's all-day rain.  But there were no vistas, no side trails, no landmarks at all - nothing to photograph but parking areas at two road crossings.

So I had to create my own little point of interest:

And then I found another bored hiker, pretty much stalled on the trail.  He seemed to like his own display better than anything else he was encountering.  And I kind of agree ... nice coat of camouflage on this three-inch-long hairy little dude.   Never seen anything like him - wonder if he dropped in from another planet ...

... yep, had to find my own 'points of interest' today.


Below is the map of today's hike with an extraneous line connecting the two parking places I used and with a link to a few more photos-mostly of parking areas and road crossings:

AT Day 207 - slopes of N Crocker at EveryTrail
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