As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, my lady, my friend and I went cold weather camping overnight here in Maine a few weeks ago. There was about two and a half feet of snow on the ground and we had to do tons of shoveling in order to set up our tents. We also had to cut down a few small Ash trees to use as firewood. We had a great time that night, but it was very cold. I’ve never slept in that kind of cold before, but I, well, we survived. Yes, we all made it and we were very proud of ourselves in the morning. I think our -35° sleeping bags had something to do with our success.
My lady and I went back into the woods again yesterday to visit our camp site. Some of the snow has melted off and I wanted to see what the area looked like. I sort of missed it. It’s not like it’s too far away from our house or anything, so it wasn’t a long walk. We also wanted to hang a new deer feeder that we recently purchased back in the woods. We bought that from Tractor Supply along with a 50 pound bag of feed from a local hardware store and we wanted to get that set up for some future photography. Our goal is to hide in the woods while the deer are eating so we can photograph them.
In this post, I simply want to share a few photos of our short hike to the back of our property. We own 15+ acres here in Maine and it’s stunningly gorgeous. I love all the different species of trees and most of all, the abundance of and variety of pines. The topography is nice too. There’s a bit for everyone here on our land. Plus, it’s great for camping.
Okay, here are a few photos. I’ll try to tell you what you’re looking at before each one, since they’ll likely all look the same.
This is the beginning of the hike. It’s right past our back yard and it leads into the woods. This area is full of sugar maple trees. I have tapped them in previous years for syrup.
This is the beginning of where I recently began cutting the trail that leads back into the woods. Since the closing for the land I purchased was in December, there was snow already on the ground. Some of the stumps from the small trees I cut down are becoming visible. Some of the land is actually swampy in this area, so I’m interested to see just how swampy it is come spring.
We call this area “Big Rock” because it contains a large boulder that tells us the trail splits off in two. If we hike to the left, we go to the northern corner of the property which is elevated somewhat and if we hike to the right, we go towards our camp areas to the west. The big rock is covered with snow, but you can still see it.
This next shot is of a snow trail I made that leads to the area our friend used as his camp site. This area was completely thick with small pines before I cleared it.
And this is his camping area. While we were setting him up, we made a nice bench out of a Maple tree for him to sit on.
His fire pit is to the left of the bench, but you can’t see that now because of all the snow.
These next two shots are of the deer feeding trough that we hung from a pine tree as well as the deer feed we purchased to go in the feeder. So far, we haven’t had any deer visit it, but we’re heading back there in about an hour to check on it today.
We set this feeder up right past the small camp site I just showed you. We did this because the area is somewhat of a valley and we thought the deer would feel safe there. We also saw deer tracks in the area. Hopefully they’ll smell the feed soon. It stinks pretty bad.
This area was my first choice for a camp site. We decided to head further down the hill though because the eventual camp site was more open and we’d have to cut down fewer trees to make space.
I did like this area though because it was almost directly underneath an enormous White Pine tree. It was huge.
Don’t even ask about these next two photos. I’m on a hunt for fatwood and I haven’t been having much luck finding any. I will soon though because these woods are full of downed and rotting Spruce and other pines trees.
This is the dead White Pine branch I was about to chop with my new hatchet.
And here’s a photo of the branch half chopped away. You can see how dry it is in the center of it. No fatwood here.
I think I’ll leave the rest of the photos off this page. I took a nice long video of the walk around the campsite and then all the way back to our house. I’ll post that below, so if you’d like to check it out, please do so.
Trust me, there will be many more photos and videos of this piece of property. Just wait until I show you the brook that runs along it. You’re going to love it.