2009 Mar 25 Gull Harbor

Knowing that the weather has been warm for a few days and that the Island had a little rain last evening, the destination today would be Gull Harbor to check out the area for walking and driving. There was absolutely no problem driving to the walking trail area from Whiskey Point, but don't immediately think about driving all the way around yet. There is still a great deal of snow from the edge of Gull Harbor all the way to northern end of the Gull Harbor road. It was a quiet walk, so the solitude could still be enjoyed. The sounds of the birds and the cracking, crushing sound of the push ice during the melt was easily heard without the noise from the town area masking it.

You can see from this picture that the ice is melted away from the shoreline and continues to the "black" ice out a little farther. Black ice is really just the water that can be viewed through the semi-transparent ice.

Heavenly reflections of the sunlight abound..

The ice is being pushed by the wind, and you can see many layers of the pushed ice, some in the distance a long way out.

The sign indicating this as a natural area....

The entrace to the walking trail closest to the harbor...

A couple of views from the bench seats placed all along this walkway or trail...

The reason this is called wetlands..

One look out across the ponds and then a look toward the end of the trail..

Looking out toward Hog Island, the layers of push ice seem very obvious...

Stacked like puzzle pieces in a stripes going out and farther out yet....

Looking back toward the trail's beginning

The stages of meltings shown clearly......Ducks, staking out a territory?

Just a short walk back to the car...worth every calorie burnt to get there...This area is well recommended for all four seasons....