Posts tagged hike

Eldorado Canyon, Boulder, CO 6/25/18

Eldorado Canyon is just outside Boulder, and offers lots of hiking trails, a roaring South Boulder Creek, and lots of technical climbing routes up the sheer sandstone walls of the canyon.IMG_1612

In 2014, we did the longer Eldorado Canyon Trail, which you can see here. This time, We took a short hike across and along the creek.

Can you see the little climber about a third of the way up on this photo??

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Climber close-up:IMG_1595

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Looking back at the bridge we had crossed:IMG_1600IMG_1602

Ropes are easier to see than the climber:IMG_1603

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Climber in red:IMG_1607

Tumbled/eroded boulders make a natural arch:

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Hummingbirds outside the visitor center:

Cattle on the road away from the Canyon:IMG_1615

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Canton Audubon – 6/10/18

Just a quick hike on the trails at the Canton Audubon Sanctuary, and a visit into their Museum of American Bird Art. I like to take a photo of the map before hitting the trails.

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Vernal pool: IMG_1432

Great trail markers (and we can still get disoriented):IMG_1433

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Love this little sitting area:IMG_1435

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Wonderful stone wall:IMG_1441

Always something good to see here, on the trails and in the little museum.

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This is Andy Warhol’s Bald Eagle, from his Endangered Species series:IMG_1442

A John James Audubon original:IMG_1443

 

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Borderland State Park, Northwest Trail, Sharon, MA 5/5/18

Love this trail into Borderland State Park, off of Massapoag Ave, just across from Mansfield St.

You start out on a zigzag trail up towards the main part of the Park, if you want to go that far. IMG_1335

That granite block by the side of the road marks the trail location, and space to park. The greenery is starting to pop along the trail:

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Little flowers too:

The little buds almost look like green confetti floating:

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The trail crosses a stream coming out of a pond:

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The downstream side:

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Just past the stream is a small rocky hill to the right where you can sit and look out at the pond:

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and the wildlife:

We walked on a little ways till we came to the intersection where the Split Rock Trail heads off to the left:

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Stone wall along the trail:

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and boardwalk over a little swampy spot leading to a big rock formation – a glacial erratic?

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Walked around to the left, and lo and behold, it’s the Split Rock itself!

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Far side of the rock:IMG_1355

Looking down on the boardwalk from up at the top:

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More splits on this side of the rock:

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There’s a little garden growing atop the Split Rock:

Headed back, finding a plant with leaf buds in various stages of unfurling:

Back at the stream, we found a way in through thorns to get the babbling little waterfall as it pours out of the pond:

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The trail seems even greener after a little while in the sun:

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Almost at the street, and we pass this fallen tree which has become a buffet for critters:

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Akaka Falls, HI – 1/5/18

Akaka Falls State Park is just 11 miles north of Hilo, featuring a .4 mile trail through tropical rainforest with views of 2 waterfalls.

The trail winds through lush vegetation, and includes stairs down to 100′ tall Kahuna Falls:

Kahuna Falls, from a not-great angle:

Continuing on the trail after Kahuna, you pass through banyan forest – or is it just 1 tree?

Akaka Falls – hard to get all 442′ in the photo:

Continuing on the trail, we find more little rivulets:

And back up at the parking lot, an orange (tangerine?) tree:

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Moose Hill Farm – 9/16/17

A quick stroll at Moose Hill Farm, and a visit with the chickens and stone walls in the woods.

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New Gloucester & 2 Lights State Park, ME 7/29/17

New Gloucester, ME is the site of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, the last active Shaker community, with 2 elderly Shakers remaining. We visited friends with a summer cottage on the lake, but didn’t actually tour the Village.

Took a short hike into the woods around the lake:

Sabbathday Lake:

Then headed to Bates College in nearby Lewiston for a dance performance, followed by drinks and snacks at restaurant overlooking the Androscoggin River. Nice little riverfront park has a bandstand with this decor:

Next morning, we headed home via Cape Elizabeth to check out Two Lights State Park. The park is named for two nearby lighthouses, which you can’t actually see from the park. But you hike along the rocky Maine coast, and climb down to the crashing waves. There’s a playground:

The park was part of the country’s WWII coastal defense system with bunkers and this cement observation tower:

Trails through woods lead to the rocky headlands overlooking Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

You can climb down the rocks to get pretty close to tidal pools and the waves. Folks do some fishing there too.

There are lots of benches, and picnic tables and grills, tucked into secluded alcoves off the trails. Dinner with a view:

We left the park to drive down Two Lights Road to actually see a lighthouse, and the sandy beach below it:

 

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Hardy Park, Mansfield, MA 7/23/17

Hardy Park is a nice local area of conservation land, off of Maple St.

It’s a typical New England woodland trail, except for the chain link fence and towers of rail-car shipping containers. But you pass that bit of civilization and you’re immersed in nature, with a trail marker or two. We took the yellow trail to the green one, which goes by the ponds.

You get peeks at a small pond through the trees:

then come to the larger pond which has more open access:

Hmmm… that looks like a cistern and chairs across the way…

We had the entire trail to ourselves, except for the wildlife – that’s a pretty big toad.

Lavender flowers growing out of the water:

And a couple of nice resting spots:

We kept walking around to the far side. Lovely stroll, perfect day…

and reached those chairs…

Don’t know what this cement tube is, but it’s not a cistern.

Past this spot, the trail forks and we headed out onto the red trail, hoping we’d get some good views of the Canoe River…

Well, it’s the red trail, but no skittles in sight.

A butterfly:

and the trail out… but it’s too high above and away from the River, or the river’s too small, to see it. But there was interesting graffiti on a tree.

Great spot for nature, solitude, and easy 1 1/2 hour outing, including the sitting and admiring time.

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