Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pleasant Pond Mountain Hike

My friends and I went for a short hike this morning up Pleasant Pond Mountain.  I am really lucky to have some great hiking super close to my house, and the Appalachian Trail in my back yard (yes I am linking A Walk in the Woods, because it is awesome.)

The trail-head for this hike is only about 3 miles away.  It was a gorgeous day so we took our time climbing  to the top.  Albert and Beth are two of my favorite people to spend time with, so the walk to the top went by very quickly as we chatted away. 
Appalachian Trail sign, 1.4 miles to Pleasant Pond Mountain summit
On the hike Beth's dog, Austin, flushed a spruce grouse.  These birds are not all that uncommon to see around here, but are considered to be fairly rare in Maine.  They look similar to the ruffed grouse or partridge, for which there is an open hunting season.  Anyway, they act kind of tame and let you get pretty close, even if you have 2 very excited dogs and 3 humans running under them taking pictures (might be why they are considered rare).
Spruce Grouse...in a spruce tree

Albert, Beth, me, Austin, and Bailey at the summit
The view from the top is awesome, and it is an almost 360 degree view, it is pretty cool. 
View looking west toward the Bigelows
I am including this above picture because it is of one of my favorite mountain ranges, the Bigelows. I really like how the peaks from this direction kind of stair step up as you are looking from Little Bigelow (3,070 feet) to West Peak (4,145 feet) (as you look right to left in the photo).  I am working on a 2 day hike of that range for next summer post IMLP (only 251 days away!)

The hike down to the truck was pretty quick and uneventful.  There is a great view of Pleasant Pond (my swimming pool in the summer) on the way down, but it is through the trees and really hard to translate onto film, so you are going to have to take my word for it.  Trust me, it was cool.

When we got back to the truck, we were all hungry.  Albert pulled a fresh box of Strawberry Newtons from his truck, and we were so happy about that.  Newtons make me think of long bike rides in the summer for some reason, and I usually go any flavor but the fig.  Anyway, those babies were good! 
Mmm Newtons!
Yeah, Bailey is a Newton fan too!  He is asleep on the couch now.

Weekly Numbers
I am getting ready to head up to my pain cave and knock out an hour on the trainer, then do 30 minutes of weight training.  This week was a recovery week and I am still working in pretty low volume as I am in the build phase of training.

Swim: 2500 yards
Bike - 35 miles
Run - 8 miles
~ 5 hrs 30 min

23 comments:

P said...

Woo hoo - 2 pics of Bailey! Therefore, an excellent post. :-) Seriously, though, that hike looks gorgeous!

Sarah D said...

Perfect day for a hike...and in such great company! So cool that Bailey can still hike the mtn. I'm honestly not sure I'd take Ru. He could do it, but the morning after would be rough!

Jason said...

I second P's comment. Any post with pics of Bailey is a good post. Great views and for a recovery week.....good numbers too.

Copychic said...

Beautiful, and sounds like a wonderful day!

misszippy said...

Looks beautiful. I love Bill Bryson!

You are smart to take it easy right now...lots of volume on the horizon for you!

Christi said...

Great lookin' hike and strawberry newtons so awesome right now!

The Green Girl said...

I never realized a spruce goose was an actual bird. I learned something new today!

MOOREBOG said...

REALLY LIKED THE CLIMB WHEN I DID IT A FEW YEARS AGO. AND, AS YOU SAID THE VIEWS ARE GREAT OF THE BIGELOWS, WHICH MY GRANDDAUGHTER CLIMBED THIS SUMMER.ANGE'S DAD WAS WORKING AT OUR SHARED COTTAGE TODAY IN VIEW OF LOBSTERMAN TRIATHLON, WATER . ALSO, AS I WAS DRIVING TO THE COTTAGE I DROVE BT JOAN BENOIT SAMUELSON...WHO ALSO WAS IN HER PAIN AREA, BUT THEN I SEE HER FREQUENTLY RUNNING FROM HER HOME.

LMC said...

Beautiful day, great hike, good people to share it with. Sounds perfect to me! I love that your swimming pool is the pond. Thanks for sharing the pics!

She said I need a goal said...

I agree with "P" re the shots of Bailey! You are so lucky to have such great places to hike. I need to do some research around here and see what I can find. It looks like so much fun. Now I just need a great dog!

JohnP said...

What is it with all you people posting the countdown days to IMLP!??!

You're stressin' me out! :)

Jon said...

Bailey just melts my heart. I have probably asked this a bunch of times already, but will he be cheering us on @ Placid?

Nice hike! So pretty up where you are!

Ironman By Thirty said...

@Jon - from the sounds of it Bailey will be sleeping on the couch during IMLP (which is only 251 days away)

Looks like an awesome hike! What a great fall activity. Never heard of strawberry newtons. They are on my shopping list now though.

TreeMapper said...

I think you like to tease all the non-Mainer's with the nice places we have in our backyards.... Maine really is a special place.

So, what happend to the "fluffy bunny" place were everything is all nice, cudley and workouts are like going to a spa? =:-o

Big Clyde said...

I'd like to do a simple hike like that someday...we have places to do that here, but I haven't really been interested. Thanks for the great pics and info. (I love that you do this stuff with your dog).

Big Daddy Diesel said...

What a great weekend

I am with you on the Newton, everything but fig

Sarah said...

I am pretty sure Steve and I hiked the same hike when we were up over the summer but it was super foggy so we couldn't see any of the view. It was neat to see how pretty it can be. I hiked in Brownfield on Sat, Burnt Meadow Mountain. Very pretty view and we even saw some black bears :)

Glenn Jones said...

Nice hike! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Runners Fuel said...

Looks like a beautiful hike!

Anne-Marie said...

Gorgeous hiking! Your pictures always make me really envious. I don't think I've ever seen a grouse.

Love the pic of Bailet eating the newton... I'm hungry for strawberry newtons now! :)

Jon Gilchrist said...

wow..that's an amazing shot of that mountain range. Looks so peaceful...nature's amazing...

Jill said...

Having once lived near the Appalachian mountain, I never tire of their views - even living in the Rockies. The Appalachians are so old and not as jagged as what I see...so they just take on a whole different feel. Looks like an amazing hike - I so need to get back East again to hike.

And yes, I'd LOVE any knitting help. Let's start with the "Knitting for Dumbies" class. :)

Regina said...

That looks like such a great hike!! You are right, photos never do justice to the actual view.

I keep telling my husband when we get our next dog (waiting for our man-child to turn 10), I want a Bernese Mt. Dog.

btw, saw your comment on Jon's blog about our trail run. I am very flattered that you were jealous he got to run with me..ha!! one of us has to get to the other at sometime; it will be done!

And I will totally test our the reflective yarn!

I hope we both make it into the marathon, good luck!!