1 The hike began on this lovely carriage road. The early morning sun's misty rays were beaming through the tall pines.
2 The blazing foliage of low-bush wild Maine blueberries
3 Leaving the carriage road, you find a meandering rocky trail.
4 There are a lot of red spruce growing in this part of Maine.
5 A beautiful contrast of autumn fern and blueberry
6 This trail is moderately challenging.
7 It's intriguing how grasses and other small flora grow so well in rock crevices.
8 I love how little growing environments are formed on rocks that can eventually become a home for a tree.
9 Beautiful contrast
10 More blueberry bushes
11 You can see how much shorter and how much more sparse the trees are at higher elevations.
12 The blazes of this trail are marked with blue rectangles.
13 In addition to the blue rectangular blazes, trails are also marked with stone cairns.
14 Another cairn - To avoid confusion, the park asks that you don't build more cairns.
15 G.K. enjoyed this hike.
16 G.K. and Simon
17 This tree is an Atlantic white cedar growing nicely next to a protective rock.
18 Approaching the summit
19 A gorgeous contrast of yellow aspen against a clear blue sky
20 The blueberries near the top have already lost their leaves because of colder temperatures.
21 The Atlantic Ocean is about 3 1/2 miles off in the distance.
22 The intrepid G.K. with Simon and Richard - That's the scenic 35-acre Upper Hadlock Pond below.
23 The fluffy grayish plant is reindeer moss, which is actually a lichen - a combination of a fungus and an alga, which share a symbiotic relationship and form a new plant.
24 What is Kevin contemplating?
25 The gorgeous view of Upper Hadlock Pond the the Atlantic from the summit, of course!
26 Off in a different direction - a view of Somes Sound, often called the only fjard on the east coast of North America. Fjards are found in low lying coastal areas instead of the comparatively severe immediate land elevation surrounding fjords.
27 Parkman Mountain has an elevation of 941 feet - 287 meters.
28 Sally was ecstatic!
29 With his blue shirt, Shaun blended right in.
30 Vanessa, G.K., Sally, Shaun, me, Francesca, Kevin, Lisa, and Richard - Kevin and Richard are wearing the new orange Skylands fleeces.
31 Posing with Lisa
32 And with Sally
33 And with Richard
34 A spectacular place!