Monday, August 24, 2015

Witch Hole Pond Loop Trail, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island Maine

Today I took hike around Witch Hole Pond.  The route I took was along the carriage trails.  Back when the area was the playground of the rich and famous, a Rockefeller built a bunch of trails for horse drawn carriages.   These are now used by the visitor to Acadia for hiking and biking.  We began at the Hull Cove Visitors Center.  The carriage trail begins at the far end of the parking lot.  The walk to the Pond is about .7 of a mile.  The carriage roads or trails are all flat improve trails that make for easy walking.  

Once we reached Witch Pond we turned left and began a loop around the pond and back that was about five miles.  There are a number of streams in the area that have been beaver in them.  We saw several beaver lodges and ponds along the hike. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Video of Mount Champlain Hike, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

     Champlain Mountain is located in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.  The mountain is just south of Bar Harbor and very near the Park's Visitor's center.  The trail head is located just across the street from a small body of water called The Tarn.  The climb takes a little effort due to the rock field that must be crossed to get to the top.  The rock field required three point contact at times.   It was a moderate hike.  Here is the video of my hike up to the top of Champlain Mountain.   

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ansco Memo Camera, Goodwill Find

     I like going to Goodwill and looking for hidden treasures.  Over the years I have found some interesting items.  For a number of years I was a flea market seller.  I would buy storage auctions and sell what I bought at the local flea market.  Now I just go to garage sale and the local Goodwill.  After a while you start to get to the point where you have seen so much that if you see something that you have never seen before, chances are that it is rare.

     Today I stopped by the local goodwill and I spotted an old camera.   It was a Memo Camera by Ansco.  I had never seen one before.  It was two dollars so I bought it.  I have no idea if it was worth anything.  It is a 35 mm camera.  The interesting thing is that it is a half frame camera.  I take this to mean that the pictures are half the height of a normal 35 mm.  These cameras came in a number of configurations that included different lens and shutters.  Some were just plain wooden boxes, some were painted and like this model some were covered with leather.  

     I have no idea if this camera is worth any money.  Part of its value to me is that I get to look it up and learn a little about it.  Eventually it will end up on eBay.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chaplain Mountain, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Maine

I finally climbed my first mountain on Mount Desert Island.  There are somewhere around 10 individual peaks and I hope to climb them all before the season is over.  Champlain Mountain is listed at one thousand fifty eight feet high.  I never really thought a peak could qualify as a mountain at that height.  The dictionary defines a mountain as "a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable."  By this definition it is certainly a mountain.  Somewhere I remember that a feature had to be one thousand feet high to be a mountain.  This would qualify Mount Champlain by fifty-eight feet.

Whether it is a mountain or a hill it was a hard climb.  I parked at the Nature Center and walked over to the trail head.  The start is a short climb up from the road to a relatively level introduction to the trial.  In short order you find a boulder paved trail.  Someone took the time to craft a long portion of the trial with large flat rocks.  It made the going very easy.  This portion of the trail is switchbacks that take you to granite head where the side of the mountain falls off creating a promontory or headland with amazing views form the Tarn to Bar Harbor and Otter Cove.  

You then come to a saddle between between and adjacent peak and Mount Champlain.  After crossing the saddle you reach the most interesting part of the hike.  The improved trail disappears and you are faced with scrambling up the side of the mountain over rocks that often require three points of contact to scale.

At the peak you can see thirty miles in all directions.  It is possible to view three sides of the island.  On the day that I climb the mountain, there were a number of boats heading to and out of Bar Harbor.  I sat and watched a tour boat navigate the shore weaving it way though the lobster trap buoys that are literally everywhere.  It views from the top were well worth the effort.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Indian Point Trail, The Shore Trail and The Big Woods Trail, Blagden Nature Preserve Mount Desert Island, Maine

Indian Point


     Indian Point is located on the western side of the Island.  Blagden Nature Preserve is in the area.  It was a rainy day and I wanted a place near the campground to go and explore.  Indian Point is a peninsula with both private property and the Nature Preserve.  I thought I was hiking on the Indian Point trail.  As it turns out I think it was the Big Woods Trail.  This trail leads down from the parking area to the shore.  It descends through mature forest until it opens up onto a meadow.  Near the Meadow you reach the shore trail that takes you along the water.  Round trip it was a little over three miles and took about two hours.  The trail was covered with puddles and there were areas of short boardwalks to keep you out of the water and mud.  The rules allow you to walk a private road to the shore if you can not handle a rough walk.  The nature of the soil in the area causes roots to grow along the surface and the trail is a patchwork of roots.  The weather was bad and because of this the views were restricted.  I could see that the coast would be an amazing place to visit on a sunny day.

Shore line looking south.

Shore Line Looking North

 There are benches and chains along the shore that you can use to soak in all that the area has to offer.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Turkeys In the Wood at Mount Desert Island Maine

 I am currently workamping in Maine and was surprised the other day.  I was in the primitive camping area of the RV park and stumbled upon a couple of turkeys.  I was without a camera and could not  get a picture.  They were hens with a couple of dozen chicks with them.  Naturally, when I did have my  camera, the turkeys were no where to be found.  Finally I came across a turkey when I had the camera.  She was protecting her young and when I got close, she got up and they walked away. 
There was a number of chicks up under her wings.  I am still looking for the large group and hope to get pictures.  I had no idea turkeys lived this far north.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I Reached A New Milestone and Redefined Success

     A Milestone can be a call to reflection.   I reached a milestone the other day with this blog.  I reached sixty thousand page views.  I started the blog back in May of 2010 and did not really get serious about it for a couple of years.  I have made three hundred and eleven post.  I currently receive between one thousand to fifteen hundred page views per month.   

     My original intent with the blog was to help pay my expenses as I traveled around the country visiting places that interested me.  That has been a dismal failure.  I use Google Adsense for the income source and at its height, Adsense produce twelve to fifteen dollars a month in income.  In recent months that amount has decreased and has hovered at just over one dollar. 

     My most viewed blog post is Jaywalking In Las Vegas, Don’t Do It.   This post has been viewed two thousand two hundred and seventy-five times as of the writing of this post.  I have no idea why.  I lived in Las Vegas for a while and on average one pedestrian a week was kill while jaywalking.  Most of the visits on this page come from China.  Again, I have no idea why.  The second most popular post is My Last Day In Yellowstone and I Busted the Bus.  This I understand.  It has almost sixteen hundred page views.

     Upon reflection I can say that my blog has been a failure at helping fund my adventures.  I think that it is time to redefine what success means.  I may not have a cash cow here.  I do have a great record of events and people in my life.  I have enjoyed writing the posts, taking the photos and being on the journey.  This blog may not be widely read, but it will be here for my old age and for my grandchildren.  If I ever get any of those.  Come on kids, get busy.

     I know that in the bloggerverse there are millions of blogs. I am just a tiny little speck in a near infinite din of word and pictures.  But I like my blog, and in the end, that’s all the really matters.