An Amazing Day Hiking in Maine

Yesterday was a brilliant Maine day. Temperatures were in the upper 50 °F with partly cloudy skies. Perfect. Kirsten had to work so the girls and I headed out to explore and enjoy the big outdoors.

First we went to nearby Saco Heath Preserve, which is a short 3.6 miles from our house. The hike through the woods and out into the heath were ideal. Skye and Hayley took copious notes on every sensation they experienced, including smell, touch, see and hear. They frequently stopped to sit on the boardwalk to search for frogs or to snack on the trail mix they had each prepared prior to our departure.

Jenna explores the Saco Heath Preserve
Jenna explores the Saco Heath Preserve

Hayley takes notes, like a good explorer
Hayley takes notes, like a good explorer

Sisters. Buddies.
Sisters. Buddies.
Hayley in the Heath
Hayley in the Heath
These two enjoyed sharing their discoveries in the Heath
These two enjoyed sharing their discoveries in the Heath
Hayley loves to hike
Hayley loves to hike
Maine and Dunkin Donuts. Bliss.
Maine and Dunkin Donuts. Bliss.
Jenna, Skye and Hayley love to hike
Jenna, Skye and Hayley love to hike
Taking a break in the Saco Heath Preserve
Taking a break in the Saco Heath Preserve

After we were done at the Heath we drove to Cascade Falls in Saco. The trail has changed much since we were there last due to development. We hiked around a bit, frustrated by “No Tresspassing” signs, before we finally found the new trailhead. The hike is very short now, but the falls are the same.

Cascade Falls, Saco, Maine
Cascade Falls, Saco, Maine
Hayley is so cute. She loves to explore.
Hayley is so cute. She loves to explore.
Me at Cascade Falls, Saco. Photo: Skye
Me at Cascade Falls, Saco. Photo: Skye
When we eventually got to the Falls, the girls snacked
When we eventually got to the Falls, the girls snacked
Skye enjoyed exploring, and taking notes
Skye enjoyed exploring, and taking notes

Next we drove north to South Windham to spend some time at Babbs Covered Bridge, which spans the Presumpscott River. The foliage colors weren’t quite peak, but pretty, nonetheless. Again I was faced with a “No Tresspassing” sign at the trailhead leading to the prime photo spot for the bridge. Grrrrr. The girls enjoyed throwing acorns into the river and hiking through the woods.

Presumpscott River
Presumpscott River
Babbs Covered Bridge
Babbs Covered Bridge
Jenna hung out with me for a bit. I love that kid!
Jenna hung out with me for a bit. I love that kid!

We ended the day at my favorite place, Fort Williams State Park in Cape Elizabeth. The sunset was glorious. The girls enjoyed running around in the grass and jagged granite cliffs while I snapped a few pictures and advised the tourists.

Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light

5 thoughts on “An Amazing Day Hiking in Maine”

  1. I love the pictures and enjoyed reading the story. Again, I wish I could have been there. :-( I’m glad you had a wonderful time. I love that we live in such a great place and have the opportunity to explore such amazing places.

  2. I had a fun day with you and my sisters. The weather was nice and I enjoyed taking notes. I love to explore and pretend I was an explorer. I love you daddy and I hope we have tons of days like yesterday.

  3. Great day, great story. What a wonderful way you are teaching your daughters to enjoy the outdoors, beauty and science, beauty is science, observation does not exclude appreciation.

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