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Published: October 25th 2018
Taken from the Loon Lodge deck.
We arrived in Portland on a Wednesday, and the weather was very nice with highs in the 80’s for our drive to Rangeley, ME, and the Saddleback Inn. Unfortunately, on Thursday, the cold temperatures started, and the rains came in earnest, preventing us from doing any serious hiking. From then on, it seems like it rained every other day, and the temp did not get above 60 degrees for the rest of the trip. On Thursday it rained all day so didn't get to do the planned hike to Saddleback Mt. We did drive to a state park along the lake as well as to the trail head for the hike to Saddleback Mt, but it would have been a very wet slog to the top without much chance of any views with the foggy weather. We ended up getting our miles in by walking around the downtown area of Rangeley with our umbrellas.
Rangeley is actually right on the 45th parallel, North, which is generally accepted to be halfway between the equator and the north pole. A bit of research reveals that halfway is actually 10 miles north of the 45th parallel because Earth is an oblate spheroid; that
Where we enjoyed a couple of beverages while relaxing on their deck.
is, it bulges at the equator and is flattened at the poles (so Wikipedia says).
On Friday, it didn’t rain, but the morning was overcast, and the cold wind was blowing. However, we did manage to hike the AT near Saddleback Mountain to a couple of spots called Piazza Rock and the Caves before traveling on to the area for our New Hampshire hikes. This hike was about 5 miles RT through a forest of really pretty autumn foliage. After finishing this hike, I wanted to try to hike a bit in the Grafton Notch state park area so we drove an hour and a half to that area where we tried to hike on the AT as it passes through the park. The cold wind blowing there was pretty brutal, but we managed a couple more miles on the AT in Maine before continuing to our motel in Fairlee, VT., another 2+ hours away.
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