Where in the woods am I?

It has gone from sweaters to shorts in about a week. How strange. I guess I shouldn’t complain about the heat and sun. I — along with many other Mainers — have been whining about the unusually cold weather all spring. Isn’t this what we asked for?

I will say that 80-degree temps makes hiking a bit … sticky. Then you have to add on the bug spray, which is absolutely necessary due to the hoards of mosquitoes and blackflies that have emerged lately. I guess you’re always combatting some element or other when you’re spending time outdoors. Ticks, too, are something I’ve been looking out for. And sunburns.

On Sunday — with sunscreen on my nose, bug repellent on all exposed skin and plenty of water in my pack — I went hiking with Derek and our dog Oreo on a trail system quite a haul south of Bangor. It was a great place to go on that particularly balmy spring day (86 degrees!) because the trails traveled to the shores of a pond, where Oreo could go swimming. And by the end of it, Derek and I kicked off our shoes to wade in the refreshing water.

See if you recognize the trail network by viewing the photos below. Leave your best guesses in the comment section at the bottom of the page. Winner gets a high five and a mention in the updated post. And as always, stay tuned for tomorrow’s “1-minute hike” video and summary of the adventure!

Aislinn Sarnacki

About Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.