Western Head Preserve

 

 

 

On my trip to Campobello that I mentioned earlier this month, I stopped by one of the visitor centers and picked up a few maps of trails I hadn’t heard of here in Maine.

 

Let’s stop and reflect on that for a second… I had to go to CANADA, to find trails in my own state of Maine. That’s just wrong. Step it up, Maine!

 

Anyway, I learned of a place close by a few of the other trails I frequent in the village of Cutler. In fact, I’ve driven by the road this new trail is on too many times to count and always wondered while passing it, “what’s down there?”

 

Well, I finally found out… Western Head Preserve…

 

But let me take a step back for a moment and tell you about the drive there. On the way to Cutler, I have to pass through a small town called Whiting and at a point where the road curves (there are lots of curves in this road so just take my word here), there’s a telephone pole with a huge Osprey nest built on top. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this in past posts or not…

 

Anyway, the Osprey were in full view from the road. One was in the nest, the other in the trees not far away. I took a few pictures of both and it was only upon reviewing the images at home that I noticed something…

 

 

It looks to me like this Osprey only has one foot. I can’t tell if the foot is just tucked, like a flamingo, or if the leg is missing altogether. Hopefully it’s just tucked.

 

 

Moving on to Western Head Preserve. After parking I had to walk down a dirt road a little way to reach the trailhead which brought me down to a small stone beach then into the woods, to another stone beach, back into the woods, to a third stone beach, and back into the woods once more. This trail’s shape is called a “lollipop.” It’s a length of trail that leads to a loop, then back out along the same trail.

 

The vistas on the far, seaward side of the loop were amazing. I took a few panoramas to share with you folks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

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