A Walk in the Park

A lazy Sunday morning…one of my favorite things.

Tonight we’re having dinner with cottage owner, Ollie, and I’m looking forward to it.

Joseph and I didn’t want to do any strenuous hiking, but we wanted to do something physical and outdoors. So I picked the Hadlock Pond carriage trail. The trail is 280 feet high, not too bad. Both sides of the trail are uphill, with about a mile at the top that is level. Happily, based on my notes from previous trips, I knew one side was steeper than the other. So we decided to follow the trail book’s directions backwards for a more gentle trip up and the extremely steep section on the downhill.

It was just after noon when we got started. While it’s pleasant walk and today’s weather was warm but not hot. This carriage trail is mostly through a forest and the path crosses over two beautiful cobblestone bridges. I took a selfie on “the waterfall bridge” but because there’s been so little rain, it’s hard to see the waterfall. By the end, we got some views of Hadlock Pond.

While I like this trail, and it was perfect for a Sunday walk in the park, I really prefer hikes with more views. To me, it’s all about the views! Those short, distant glimpses of the Hadlock Pond weren’t enough “view” for me. Still, for a cool Sunday afternoon, this was a good choice.

We picked Ollie up for dinner and headed to The Chart House. We each enjoyed our food, but I mostly enjoyed talking with Ollie. He’s one of those kinds of guys who is so down to earth and special that you enjoy whatever time you have with him.

This was another good day!

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The Maine Diaries is a fun look at my annual adventure to New England where I unwind from normal life and reconnect with myself.

I was captivated by the Maine Coast on my first trip there in the late 90’s. In the years since, I’ve traveled up and down the coast from Kittery to Calais but I spend most of my Maine time Downeast. I love the adventures I have and the chance to unwind from the world and restore my inner clarity. I chronicle my experiences in The Maine Diaries.

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Every year Annmarie Kelly embarks on a trip to Maine where she reflects on her life, the years challenges and successes while seeking solace and adventure in the beautiful Northeast wilderness.

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