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We took a river hike during the Nemo blizzard

02/09/2013

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Jen and I hiked down our street to the Kenduskeag Stream this afternoon in a raging blizzard.

High winds, heavy snow, something like 50 below windchill.

It was beautiful.

We stopped at “Lover’s Leap” the “most photographed” place in Bangor. It’s a rock formation along the stream – the first mill site in the area, now just ruins. We crossed a bridge and followed the stream up river. We spotted an eagle in the air. It struggled against a wind laced with snow. It was the hardest I’ve ever seen an eagle work in the air. The bird acted like it had holes in its wings, still it disappeared quickly into the blizzard like it was flying into a freezing fog bank.

We walked under the I-95 bridge, cut through a parking lot covered in at least two feet of snow, and walked down a set of stairs to a stream overlook. We were perched on the remains of an old dam. Rapids were partially covered with  a thick mattress of snow, which muffled the sound but couldn’t keep the water from busting through in places. The black and gold river water darted through snow banks and around ice cubes the size of refrigerators.

As the wind gusted, scrub trees on the shoreline whacked into each other. Crack. Crack. Crack. It sounded like spring training batting practice.

We walked back under the freeway bridge and got about a quarter-mike away from it when we heard a roar from the roadway above. An orange snow plow raced across the bridge. Snow was launched over the guard rail and plummeted into the river like a waterfall.

“Good thing we weren’t under the bridge when that thing went over,” said Jen. At least that’s what I thought she said.  It’s hard to understand somebody when they’re talking through a scarf….and the wind is blowing…and the snow is flying…and it’s 50 below windchill.

Beautiful.

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7 Comments
  1. Diane permalink

    Tommy and I went out for a walk today as well. Fun!

  2. John Freed permalink

    This is a great story and I appreciate your tales of life in Maine. Wish I was there with you!

  3. The Bread Winner permalink

    I think I look grumpy in these photos, but I wasn’t! It was fun! Definitely a unique experience.

  4. You guys are hardcore! Love the imagery, Mark!

  5. Did you wear your Ice Trekkers? And it looks like you could have used ski goggles, my new discovery this year. I wear em when I’m blowing snow, biking. Haven’t needed to wear them running yet, but I will. Sometimes I wear the goggles inside, just because I like ’em so much.

    Keith

    • Keith: Ice trekkers wouldn’t have worked, it was deep, light snow. We needed snowshoes…I’ll bet you have some of those.

  6. Janell permalink

    Love the update and slide show. I’m in Fremantle, Australia, and your record snowstorm is all over the news down under. Have to admit I’m glad I’m here (it’s 95) and not there! Home soon – can’t wait to see you in Texas. I promise to have warm weather for you there.

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