Sunday, October 25, 2009

An autumn walk in the woods

It was a good

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hiking around the town of Dana ,Quabbin

This is a nice easy walk to the Dana town common, along the way you will find old growth maple and oak trees, small fields and old orchards. Birds are plentiful and along with many Squirrels and chipmunks deer are often seen in the larger fields behind the common. When you get to the common there are many roads to choose from to extend your hike, many miles of old roads meander threw the hills around the reservoir and along the way there are Several old cellar holes to explore. Be aware of old wells. One of my favorite hikes is to a place called Doubleday village, its located a few miles North of Dana a little deeper in the woods. I suggest downloading and old map of the Dana area off the Internet so you will have a reference.

Hiking around Pepper mill pond ,Quabbin

Pepper mill pond is located off of RT 9 in ware just before the First entrance to the quabbin heading west. It starts off as a cart road for about a half mile following the East shore of pepper mill pond than quickly Turns into a footpath at the north end of the pond. At that point you will find yourself in fairly thick woodland Setting, crossing a large beaver dam the trail continues north Winding threw the woods and along side of a large marsh.

There are many birds to see in this area and a lot of deer activity. After about another half mile the trail connects to another cart road, If you stay to the right this takes you to the base of the Goodnough dike in Quabbin.

Gassabias Lake Maine

Gassabias is an 896-acre lake. you can get to Gassabias via A gravel road that runs between, the "Airline" (Route 9) in Washington County and Route 16 in Penobscot County. The gravel-logging road takes you deep into the Maine woods north of the studmill road. At the lake are three primitive campsites (picnic table and fire ring). I had the privilege of camping there with my son for a week, during that Week we did not see another person, we spent every day paddling, fishing and hiking.

This area is a great place for viewing wildlife we saw moose, loons and there were fresh bear tracks near our tent.