Scaling Parkman Mountain in Maine

Posted by Francesca

If you read Martha’s blog yesterday, then you know we went hiking while we were in Maine.  You know that Sharkey and I are avid hikers and we’re trying to get G.K. conditioned as a skilled trekker.  And after scaling Parkman Mountain in Acadia National Park, I think the boy has what it takes.

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I just love the stone cairns marking the trail.  They remind me so much of prehistoric Stonehendge.

1 I just love the stone cairns marking the trail. They remind me so much of prehistoric Stonehendge.

It's really too bad Sharkey wasn't able to hike today.  She went and hurt her paw and Martha wanted her to stay home and rest.

2 It's really too bad Sharkey wasn't able to hike today. She went and hurt her paw and Martha wanted her to stay home and rest.

But where are all the other hikers?  Why - I suppose that once again I am the fastest climber!

3 But where are all the other hikers? Why - I suppose that once again I am the fastest climber!

I've made it to the summit and it feels like on sitting on top of the world!

4 I've made it to the summit and it feels like on sitting on top of the world!

You may not know, but Parkman Mountain has an elevation of 941 feet or 287 meters.  That's quite a lot of climbing for one little Frenchie!

5 You may not know, but Parkman Mountain has an elevation of 941 feet or 287 meters. That's quite a lot of climbing for one little Frenchie!

Of course, I had Martha encouraging me every step of the way.

6 Of course, I had Martha encouraging me every step of the way.

In fact, Martha is a very serious hiker and you better not be too slack if you go hiking with her.

7 In fact, Martha is a very serious hiker and you better not be too slack if you go hiking with her.

Martha, I think I'll just climb onto your lap and we can assess G.K.'s performance on this hike.

8 Martha, I think I'll just climb onto your lap and we can assess G.K.'s performance on this hike.

He's not panting too hard, so I guess he's got stamina.

9 He's not panting too hard, so I guess he's got stamina.

I never heard him complain once that he was tired.

10 I never heard him complain once that he was tired.

And so, G.K., I guess you get the hiking seal of approval and you can come again, next time!

11 And so, G.K., I guess you get the hiking seal of approval and you can come again, next time!

Comments (13)

  • I still can't get over that you and GK were able to hike such heights Francesca. You look like the Frenchie Queen of the Mountain. GK looks like he just took a walk in the park not a moderately tough hike.

    Thank you for clearing up where Sharkey was Franny. I hope your paw is feeling better Sharkey. Take it easy this weekend so you will be 100% again ASAP.

    Have a great weekend everyone! :smile:

  • Good Morning F & S

    I told mom there were no pictures of Sharkey in your mom's blog. I hope there is nothing serious going on with her paw - poor little girl. Sharkey you take care, get lots of rest and no rough housing with Francesca.

    Wow that looks like a really steep mountain you climbed. Pretty soon you'll need a jacket to do that walk I'm sure the weather in Maine is getting a bit chilly these days.

    Well it's Friday - TGIF!!!! And to make it even better the Phillies hung on last night and won to continue the series :)

    Tonight I get to see my mom and dad all dressed up because dad's daughter is getting married. I've never seen my dad in a tux and mom got a beautiful gown. I still can't believe I wasn't asked to be the flower girl, hell I wasn't even invited to the wedding!!

    Well have a great weekend everyone.

    Zoe

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Hiking, mountain climbing and just being in the outdoors with someone you love is all that is needed to have a good day. The only thing missing is Sharkey in order to make it a perfect day. Hope her paw gets better this weekend. I’m up early today. I don’t think Mommy and Daddy wanted to be up this early; it’ll do the “old folks” good to have a longer day. Now don’t any of you tell them I called them “old folks.” I could find myself in “hot water” and I don’t mean a bath. Have a good weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hope Sharkey's paw is better soon!! Wonderful pictures!! Love the cover shot of GK on the magazine!! Very handsome! Franny looks in good shape!

  • I hope Sharkey's paw is o.k. (I don't want her to end up with a faux paw!). Keep Martha hiking, Francesca - it's good exercise (humans need a lot of help). I'll bet the view from the top was gorgeous, particularly with the leaves changing color. Good luck!

  • Uhhh...sparkey Sharkey hurt her paw??? hope she's OK...the hike looked like a fun event...great blue sky, lovely surroundings and being with your mommie Martha...what more can one ask!

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    I noticed that Sharkey wasn't in her Mom's hiking photos, so I am glad you addressed what was wrong. Just rest over the weekend Sharkey and take good care of yourself. I was in emergency 2 days ago and it wasn't my regular doctor. She was nice, but still not my Dr. Westfall. He knows all about my sinus problems. I am going to see him today. Mom says my eyes look really scary this morning--like I could be in a Halloween movie--they are really, really, red. I need to get on my feet because next Wednesday I am due to go with Mom and Dad in the camper to Lake John in the mountains, and there is lots of snow there already I hear. You think 990 feet is alot to be at, well, I live at 5280 feet all the time. We are the mile high state and the mountains are very high, so I must get some medicine and get better. Keep your paws crossed for me all. G.K. you did very well for your first hike. Before you know it yuo will be the leader of the pack. Enjoy the nice autumn days this weekend.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hi Fran ,Melly here,Hope sharkys paw gets better but you and GK looked fine .Mom wants me to stop sneezing about GK but how can I , just look at him! Basil I hope you feel better. GK I just want you to know I'm fighting this retirement but you better hurry , I see a vet visit in my future.Melly

  • Hi Francesca: Gosh, I sure would like to go hiking, but there is no place close by. Sharkey, hope your paw gets better very soon so you can go on more adventures. Momma said we could go climb some big rocks one of these days but I know she is just humoring me. Hmmmph!!!

    Momma and daddy are really enjoying their retirement and we all get up in the morning when WE WANT TO! What a change from what it used to be. The electrician guy came over yesterday and so did the guy from the air conditioner place to check out our system for the winter. She is starting to clean like crazy and I have to stay away from that noisy monster thing that she runs on the carpets so it won't run over me and take all my beautiful fur off.

    It is getting cooler every day that passes and I am enjoying my walks more too. Momma said her sister should be getting snow pretty soon if not already. She lives in North Dakota. Ugh! I cannot stand too much cold but the snow sounds like fun. It doesn't snow very much here. I like to run and roll in it.

    Basil - Paws crossed for you and hope your sinus problem gets fixed soon and your poor little red eyes too.

    Well, time to go have a mid-morning nap and a snack. Have a great weekend everyone. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Hey, Francesca, this sure was a great blog about your fun hike at Parkman Mountain. Was so thankful to read about sister Sharkey and why she wasn't on your blob or Martha's about the hike. We were so worried when her photos didn't appear on either blog. Sure hope her little paw is doing better! You certainly did a great job of helping G.K. learn how to hike such a high mountain. These photos of the two of you and Martha are fabulous and the weather looked beautiful!!! You two are the King and Queen of mountain hiking so far thanks to Martha!!! Have a great weekend! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hey Basil I hope you get your sinus problems taken care of so you will be in tip top shape for your trip to Lake John next week. Rest up this weekend and have fun. :smile:

  • Message to Basil, Sure hope you are doing better now that you saw your regular Vet. Have fun on your camping trip and stay healthy. Have a great weekend everyone. Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Francesca, you are right. That does look exactly like Stonehenge! And you were very brave to climb that mountain; I'm not sure I could do it! --Heidi

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