A few weeks ago, the weather was perfect for a short hike in Chenango Valley State Park. I brought my sketch supplies and stopped at the end of Chenango Lake for a quick sketch.
Walked the Glen today, 40°, the snow has started melting and last fall’s autumn leaves are peeking out. I sketched quickly, adding color at home. Check out my favorite tree on the right, just noticed the heart shape!
That’s what sketching does – helps you notice details, things you’d otherwise miss.
Here’s a screen shot from the Alltrails app of my typical Glen walk- 1.7 miles in 40 minutes. I’m not a speed walker! 😉.
Following my excursion to Machias Seal Island, (read about it here) I went down the Maine coast to Acadia National Park, staying in a rental in Southwest Harbor. I hiked the Otter Cliff walk, Cadillac Mountain, and Jordan Pond.
On Cadillac Mountain, I decided to try the North Ridge trail, 4.4 miles with an elevation change of 1,130 ft. It would’ve been much easier without all those gigantic boulders! But it was fantastic, and I would gladly go back and do it again.
For this view from Bubble Rock, I took a side trip straight up some large boulders. It’s not exactly all the way to the top – I got a little tired, and remembered I still had a couple of miles to finish around the pond, so this is the view very close to the top.
Jordan Pond restaurant is the only restaurant located within Acadia park. They are known for their popovers, which I decided to try while I sketched the view from my seat.
My final night at the park was quiet, as I enjoyed a glass of wine on the deck of my rental, I noticed these turkeys fly into a nearby tree. Wow! What a great way to end this adventure!
Following my wonderful travels last year, I got a little blue, thinking about an entire winter in the cold and snow. So I started making travel plans for this year! Definitely lifted my spirits!
First I found a hiking club, with local “lite” hikes of 2-4 miles, that help keep me active.
Next, I planned a visit to Acadia Park in Maine. It is a perfect place to enjoy the wilderness, without going too wild, or too far from civilization. My rental is called The Bird Nest, and it’s away from the more popular areas, close to trails and close to local stores.
Another event I found is called Trek and Sketch, which includes my favorite pastimes, hiking and sketching, and, even better, it will be in the hills/ mountains in the south of France. Ahh, the perfect place to be, and a great way to enjoy it!
These will require an updating of my equipment, okay, maybe just an excuse to get some new stuff. A new Osprey daypack comes with so many attachments that I may require assistance to make the best use of them!
And, for the very short hikes, an Eddie Bauer cross shoulder pack.
As I’m writing this, we are getting yet more snow, which I don’t mind, but…it will be much nicer when spring arrives. I was excited about seeing a cardinal today, until I realized they don’t migrate, so he’s been here all winter. I need to see a robin!
That is meant in the nicest way! Hiking has been shown to improve both your health and your outlook. Disclaimer: I am not an expert hiker. I’m not even very experienced. But I love getting out in nature and moving!
Today was a gorgeous February day! Does this sound like an oxymoron? Not today, we had 60 degrees and sunshine. It was a perfect day to explore the woods.
As an artist, not only do I need to prep for the hike, I also need to throw down a few sketches.
Just finished this book by Bill Bryson, it’s way better than the movie. Now I can’t wait to go and try the Appalachian Trail!