A ten mile hike today with snow underfoot was the longest one yet. While my feet remained warm and dry, I carried my heavy Muck boots every step of the walk. My friends and I scared up an owl and stepped over many deer and wild turkey tracks. Nearly 45 degrees and the climb steady to begin, it wasn't long before I shed my down jacket tying it around my waist. An engineer's dream the Parkman Mountain carriage path affords views, stone bridges and stone walls that withstand the freeze and thaw of our crazy Maine winters. 'Twas a perfect day!