The Boothbay Region Land Trust does a great job of acquiring, managing, and communicating information about their many trails in the area.
Saturday, we walked on trails in the Lobster Cove Meadow Preserve, right in Boothbay Harbor. Before we got on the trail, an abutter, out in her yard gardening, told us she’d picked up a lot of ticks on the trails the day before, so we sprayed liberally with OFF before heading in. The entrance to the trail system is a little hard to discern — it starts on private property, with a residence to the right — but we spotted the BRLT sign on a tree on the left and made our way henceforth.
A few hundred yards from the entrance, we almost stepped on this small garter snake in the middle of the trail. Near the end of the walk, we saw a larger snake, just off the trail.
Lots of star flowers (Trientalis borealis) all along the trail, too.
And lots of views of the pond from the trails.
Even though the walking paths are also open to ATVs, we didn’t see or hear any, and, as you can see, some of the paths were pretty narrow.
This is the pond at the apex of the trails.
A view of the lobster cove meadow. There’s milkweed here, so summer should find the meadow radiant with monarchs and other milkweed feeders.
On the way out, we checked the kiosk and noticed this scary sign about how well bullets can travel.
In all, we probably spent about an hour here, but we stopped often to take photos.
For us, the most striking thing about this walk was that it sounded like part of the woods were a rookery. First we thought perhaps woodpeckers, then kingfishers, then blue jays … something with a harsh rattle call, and with dozens of them echoing and bouncing off the trees. We could hear it all around us, but we couldn’t see the birds.