Holy Double Hike, Batman!

Ok, go ahead and say it….I’m a slacker….

It’s true, at least in part.

I wish I had some profound and valid excuse for not updating this regularly, but alas, I don’t. I just simply haven’t been doing much in the way of getting out and taking pictures.

Recently some things have interrupted the usual flow of my daily routine. I’m not trying to sound melodramatic here cause not all said “things” are really bad. My brother’s birthday was last week so of course I attended that shindig…Yes, I said shindig. Then I used some downtime to work on a gift I’m going to give one of my professors for Halloween this year. That reminds me, I can’t forget to make one
of the crucial pieces in the next two weeks. For the bad part, I’ve been struggling with a music download I purchased…A HUGE download. 280MB. Yeah. But luckily I was able to get in touch with the man that is responsible for the file and he was nice enough to break it into pieces for me. I’m still in the process of downloading said pieces (they’re still hefty files).

So now, with my pathetic attempt at explaining my lack of updating, I’ll get to the actual update. Yay? YAY!
I’ve grown just a bit bored with the beach near my house. I’ve been taking pictures of that place almost constantly since I moved here (and that was about 6 years ago) and until recently we had nowhere else to go. Now, as I’ve mentioned in earlier posts my mother and I have taken up hiking. In taking up said hobby, we’ve found some new places around here with some rather nice trails.

For example, Tuesday we went to the Bold Coast Trails in Cutler. We followed the shortest of the trails just to see what it was like since it was our first time visiting the place. We were pleasantly surprised. The trails were marked well, and they weren’t too strenuous. At the end of the coastal trail we were on, there was an overlook point. Out on a rocky ledge we got a clear view of Grand Manan (Canada). There were fishing boats zooming back and forth checking traps. But what really stunned and excited me was the seal sighting. I’ve seen one seal in real life before about seven years ago so to see this one, and have my camera all ready was pretty awesome.

Isn’t it cute!? I just wish it had been swimming toward me instead of away.

(Camera: Sony A100. Focal length: 500mm. F-Stop: 6.3. Shutter Speed: 1/500. ISO: 200)

After the little seal showed off for a bit, it decided it had had enough and swam away. At that point we had decided we had had enough so we hiked back. After that, we went to Quoddy, had some lunch, then hiked out to Green Point. I got some more pictures of the rock formations people make there. I’m thinking I could do my gallery show (whenever my professor gets back to me about it) just on the rock stacks at Green Point. Interesting notion, no? I’ll have to explore that further.

Anyway, yesterday, we went out yet again.

That’s right….Two days in a row.

This time we went back to Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge in Steuben. We hiked the Shore Trail again and I got a better picture of the lighthouse where I had my biggest lens with me.

(Camera: Sony A100. Focal length: 500mm. F-Stop: 22. Shutter Speed: 1/100. ISO: 100)

After we got back from the Shore Trail and had our lunch we set off to explore the Birch Point Trail. I was impressed with the quality of this trail. Granted there were a few muddy and marshy areas but that was to be expected since it was on the coast, in the woods, and after all the rain we had a while back.

The four mile loop was a really non strenuous hike which I was glad about (I’m still not in the best of shape). I managed to get a few ok shots of the water at different points but the big thing that happened was my discovery of a feather among the rocks on the beach. It wasn’t any seagull feather mind you, this thing is huge. It’s over a foot long. I’m not sure exactly what kind of feather it is but I’m thinking it’s either an Eagle or an Osprey feather. It’s cool regardless.

So in total, over the past two days, my mother and I hiked about 8 or 9 miles. And we’re planning to go back out again tomorrow, not sure where yet though. I just hope my arthritis doesn’t start acting up. Yes folks, I have arthritis. 25 and I have arthritis. Not the debilitating kind that requires constant medication but enough to cause discomfort when it acts up. Not fun. Not fun at all.

Well, I guess that’s all for now folks.

Take it easy.




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