Neither Grant or I were working and the weather was perfect, so we loaded the canoe on our car and took a drive out to Field’s Pond. The plan was for Grant to fish from the canoe, I could read, and then we would paddle around the pond and explore for a while. However, plans don’t always work out the way you’d like. When we got there, we took one look at the pond and realized that the water was too choppy to canoe in safely.
We had a brief moment of utter defeat and despair, before I remembered that the Field’s Pond Audobon Center was just up the road! So we made lemonade from our lemons, and took the short drive up to the Audobon. They have a Visitor’s Center from which they offer maps, a small store, and even weekend and summer camps for kids. A map was unnecessary however, I remembered the trails from when I was young. I grew up in Bangor, and the trails of the Audobon were like our very own wilderness-away-from-home. We often packed up a picnic and took the drive out to Holden.
Katherine Kurran’s estate left 192 acres around Field’s Pond to the Audobon center in 1994. Since then, its trails and have been a great destination for families, nature lovers, and hikers alike.
Before we knew it, we were on our way up the Ravine Trail. I loved the beautiful wooden bridges and stone steps that were built into the trail, and crossing the brook twice (once on our way in, and again our way out) was an adventure. It was not as intense as fording the Pleasant River at Gulf Hagas but using the stepping stones to pick our way across was great fun nonetheless.
The whole loop was only about 1 mile, but it was the perfect substitute for our original plans. We hiked, I had fun snapping pictures as we walked, and soon enough we were back at the parking lot. Grant did end up throwing his line in a few times from the banks of Field’s Pond, and we took the opportunity to chat and catch up.
We drove away that evening completely satisfied, knowing that we would return soon enough to explore Field’s Pond. Overall? I’d give the Field’s Pond Audobon Center five stars. The trails were well-kept and family friendly, and the overall site was beautiful!
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What do you think? Have you ever been to Field’s Pond or the Audobon Center? Have you ever had an adventure in which you’ve had to find a way to turn lemons into lemonade? Tell me all about it in the comments below!