During the weekends we love to take Freckles to forests that are outside of Bangor and Brewer. This past weekend we decided to check out the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Milford, Maine. Sunkhaze is one of the more than 500 wildlife refuges in the United States. For those of you reading from the Temecula/Murrieta area, it is the Maine version of the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve. Activities in the Refuge include canoeing, hiking, hunting and fishing during the warmer months and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. For more information, definitely check out their website.
To be perfectly honest, I was not super impressed by the reserve. We decided to take the Sunkhaze Meadows Bog trail and it was definitely more than we bargained for. It was incredibly muddy- to the point where I was uncertain at some points whether I would be able to get my boots out of it. It was also infested with mosquitoes and black flies. Mosquitoes and black flies are everywhere in Maine during the summer, but this was a particularly bad spot. The view from the trail itself was not anything too special and while the overlook was pretty, I am not entirely certain whether it was worth the drive or the arduous hike.
Although I would be interested in checking out some of the other trails or participating in a few of the other activities, I think I am going to place Sunkhaze on the back-burner. There are so many other gorgeous spots to visit in Maine. At least Freckles had fun in the muck and the mud!