Tarmac ribbons criss-crossing the landscape, dusty back roads twisting between the cool shadows of ancient pines, and less traveled pathways connecting present to past, all I wander, seeking, seeing, with my keyboard and camera capturing scenes and stories to share with you.

Now in its seventh year, this venue has become an important part of my life, a place where I can express my thoughts and feelings about the things I see and do, hoping the process brings me a bit closer to friends and family who enjoy sharing my sometimes chaotic and often nonlinear observations and ideas. A journal, I suppose, but one with which I find pleasure in thinking others are alongside me on my journey.

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August 20, 2012

MT. VERNON TO MOOSEHEAD TO MOXIE

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... today, a bit of a miscalculation on my part ... by the time i'd driven to mt. vernon where jacqueline joined me, followed back roads to bingham, scooted up to greenville and rockwood on moosehead lake, crossed through the woods to jackman, motored up the hill to park and hike in to see moxie falls, negotiated route 201 south back to waterville to take the dogs for a walk, escorted jacqueline on her first night-drive back to mt. vernon, and finally, after a great home-cooked supper drove back to waterville, i'd covered 301 miles ... just a tiny bit more than the 200 or so i'd thought we were going to cover ... !!! ... three cheers for jacqueline, her motoring and exploring instincts didn't fail her until she sat down to dinner, at which time she finally crashed ... (cheers for me, too, i guess, since i'm pretty sure this is the most i've ever motorcycled in a single day) ...

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... consistent with what i've observed this summer on other streams in the mountains, moxie fall's flow is the highest i've ever seen at this time of year ...

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... varying sources list the vertical drop of the falls as anywhere from 60 to 100 feet ... my estimate is that when the water is at its highest flow in the spring–much more than seen here–the falls are about 90 feet high ...

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... along the trail i continued to explore the capabilities of my little olympus camera ...

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... heading back to waterville on route 201, we stopped at the overlook above attean pond ... the ridge of mountains on the horizon is canada, out of the picture to the left is the morass that benedict arnold and his troops desperately wandered on their ill-fated march to quebec ...

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... as the sun set, from just north of the 45th parallel it was a comfortably cool to almost-cold ride back to waterville ...