My friends and I went for a short hike this morning up Pleasant Pond Mountain. I am really lucky to have some great hiking super close to my house, and the Appalachian Trail in my back yard (yes I am linking A Walk in the Woods, because it is awesome.)
The trail-head for this hike is only about 3 miles away. It was a gorgeous day so we took our time climbing to the top. Albert and Beth are two of my favorite people to spend time with, so the walk to the top went by very quickly as we chatted away.
|Appalachian Trail sign, 1.4 miles to Pleasant Pond Mountain summit|
On the hike Beth’s dog, Austin, flushed a spruce grouse. These birds are not all that uncommon to see around here, but are considered to be fairly rare in Maine. They look similar to the ruffed grouse or partridge, for which there is an open hunting season. Anyway, they act kind of tame and let you get pretty close, even if you have 2 very excited dogs and 3 humans running under them taking pictures (might be why they are considered rare).
|Spruce Grouse…in a spruce tree|
|Albert, Beth, me, Austin, and Bailey at the summit|
The view from the top is awesome, and it is an almost 360 degree view, it is pretty cool.
|View looking west toward the Bigelows|
I am including this above picture because it is of one of my favorite mountain ranges, the Bigelows. I really like how the peaks from this direction kind of stair step up as you are looking from Little Bigelow (3,070 feet) to West Peak (4,145 feet) (as you look right to left in the photo). I am working on a 2 day hike of that range for next summer post IMLP (only 251 days away!)
The hike down to the truck was pretty quick and uneventful. There is a great view of Pleasant Pond (my swimming pool in the summer) on the way down, but it is through the trees and really hard to translate onto film, so you are going to have to take my word for it. Trust me, it was cool.
When we got back to the truck, we were all hungry. Albert pulled a fresh box of Strawberry Newtons from his truck, and we were so happy about that. Newtons make me think of long bike rides in the summer for some reason, and I usually go any flavor but the fig. Anyway, those babies were good!
Yeah, Bailey is a Newton fan too! He is asleep on the couch now.
I am getting ready to head up to my pain cave and knock out an hour on the trainer, then do 30 minutes of weight training. This week was a recovery week and I am still working in pretty low volume as I am in the build phase of training.
Swim: 2500 yards
Bike – 35 miles
Run – 8 miles
~ 5 hrs 30 min