18 Jul 2018 – Rangeley & The Surroundings
Mon: PacMan not well to hike, the rest heading out 0600hrs in Pokey’s car. Back to S Arm Rd to drive her car to the next AT Trail-Head on this lovely Mon morning. With Franklin driving his car and I driving Pokey’s car, we will manage to get it to the trail-head where they will end up this evening. Passing Roxbury on Rte17 with 22windmills on PartridgePeak, Flathead Mt & Record Hill.
AT Trail-Head by Height of Land, top of Spruce Mountain in Rangeley/ME. Met one Thru-Hiker Switch and did some TrailMagic. He started in GE and now has about 10days to complete his Thru-Hike – Happy&Safe Trails to him.
Spectacular views of MooselookmegunticLake.
RangeleyLake with sections of the AT at the far background in the neck of the woods with Moxi&LongPonds.
Good lobster salad lunch@ParkSide&Main/Rangeley. Was hoping for a sea-plane ride around the lakes, but the office was closed and no answer on their phone. Heard it above our heads during lunch but it did not land, not even after lunch!
Smalls Falls Rte4, Rangeley – a series of waterfalls and cascades on the SandyRiver in Township E-West Central Franklin. Looked refreshing and would have taken a dip if I had my swimsuit.
Coos Canyon – of Rte17 in Byron. And it is no wonder that a snooze was well-received back at The Cabin after a great touring day. Poor Franklin! he too must be rather tired. The beautiful nature in ME makes it all worth with these long drives. Glad that my hiking buddies arrived back safe&sound even when it was nearly midnight after 16hrs on the AT.
Tue: places en route to Farmington – Rumford, is home to both Catalyst Paper’s Rumford Mill and the Black Mountain of Maine ski resort.
Thru’ Dixfield, Wilton & Mexico, ME – besides Mexico, there is also China & Peru here but did not have a chance to visit.
Lunched@Homestead, Farmington – OK lobster salad and good lobster bisque, US$36 S$49.
Churches and library.
Excited about learning and observing maple syrup in the making@Maple Hill Farm.
Thank you for the vanilla ice-cream with warm maple-syrup and to Bruce for showing us their sap-house – a good place to be during winters! Appreciations to Franklin for driving. Lovely night sleeping to the raindrops and hopeful for a short hike tomorrow.