This past week Maine has seen the nicest weather we’ve had all summer, with clear azure skies and a gentle breeze. I’ve been imprisoned working and have missed this glorious meteorological wonder. So today, weeds be damned, Dan and I went hiking.
This inland hike overlooks Megunticook Lake to the west, Coleman and Norton Ponds to the northwest, and to the south, the sea. It a short 2 1/2 miles round trip, with about a 700 foot vertical gain. Parts of the hike are pretty steep, but well constructed with stone steps to make the climb more manageable. According to local lore, in 1864 a young girl fell to her death from the cliff. I was very careful when approaching the cliff edge, but I think Dan got a little vertigo from watching me. The large cross seen in the below photos marks the point of her fall.
It was a spectacular day for a hike anyway, and the views from this one were gorgeous. We enjoyed lunch on the ledge, then hiked down and drove a short distance to the Fernald’s Neck Preserve on a large peninsula in Lake Megunticook. Wow, what a gorgeous spot, and from the preserve, we had a great view of Maiden Cliff.
Demonstrating just how small Maine is, I discovered that the Preserve Steward is a former student of mine from many years ago when I worked at Unity College. I left him a note at the sign-in box for sure. We enjoyed a quick stroll out to Balancing Rock before we needed to hit the road for home. It was a gorgeous day. Click the photos to enlarge or see them on Flickr.