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Old 07-22-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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Cod Pond

This weekend's low key hike was a short trip to Cod Pond in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forrest. My partner was my ten year old daughter, who kept me advised on the number of rocks and deer flies we encountered.

The trail was in pretty decent shape although there was some overgrown areas in the first .25 mile and several dead falls in the last .25 mile. According to the register, the trail gets quite a bit of use, probably because it's only 1.2 miles long and fairly level. The highlight of the walk in was a barred owl calling to us from a deep hemlock grove as we were going around a dead fall. My daughter tried to call back "who cooks for you..." It didn't impress the owl as he must have flew away.

We were able to have a mid-morning snack on the rocks at the shore of the shallow, weedy pond. Shortly after we arrived, Bill from Johnstown showed up hoping to count some loons and maybe catch a glimpse of a moose. Apparently, one was sighted there last week. We saw neither, but were treated to a fly-by from an adult bald eagle. We all thought that was pretty neat. Soon, Bill headed out and we headed back.

The hike out was no problem and we were back to the cabin for lunch.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:56 PM   #2
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Always wanted to take that walk, but never have we got around to it. From the photo of the pond it doesn't look like much of a swimming destination...that's how we always evaluate summer walks into ponds & lakes!! We'll save that one for the cooler months. Always nice when an eagle "cooperates". We will never tire of that... Thanks for sharing Tick Magnet...
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