Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The other morning we awoke to a glistening fresh snowfall. As lovers of winter, it has been disappointing to some degree. The older I get I seem to be in the minority here. I like the crisp cold air, the smell of a wood stove and watching the snow build up in the yard. We take every advantage to enjoy the activities this time of year allows us.
Packing the truck with snowshoes, a Camelbak, and snacks, we slam the door and head towards Sebago Lake. The pickup exhaust meets the cold air in the rear view mirror and leaves a pile of fog behind us. It’s a chilly morning, but with time the windshield is unthawed and we take off our gloves. It’s a beautiful morning.
Arriving at the Douglas Mountain trailhead (a 45 minute drive from Portland) we strap on our snowshoes and head around the loop. It’s approximately a 3 mile trip, but feels longer. We stop occasionally to explore small sights. We hike down to a frozen stream, curious how many inches of ice are in cover. We later examine the recent holes left by a local woodpecker.
An amazing view awaits atop the mountain. An old stone lookout tower affords 360 degree views South to Mt. Washington and North, seemingly, to Bangor. The sky is clear and the moment is peaceful. Take time this week to experience the same. Find a local hiking trail.
Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys.
Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout.
Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.