A snapshot from land above the cascades, where Green Stream flattens out and collects a number of side flows in the process, like the one pictured below. I know — I’ll get some better pictures soon. Just wanted to chronicle the exploration for today’s post.
I wandered through this more constricted area quite a ways before turning back. Complicated! I can’t wait to map it all out. So this flatter area is above the 2 blocks of cascades we’re talking about. And then there’s flatter land below them, which would border Whitehead Crossing proper to the west and south.
The second section of cascades represents a somewhat steeper descent of Green Stream through Red Head. It also marks the place where Green Stream experiences its steepest elevation change anywhere along its approx. 1 1/2 to 2 mile long route, most likely. The topmost of the cascades is here; again we’re dealing with some very interesting looking rocks…
… such as pictured here in an earlier blog post…
And this stone I dubbed South Rock on my initial hike in the area did indeed turn out to be at the bottom of this stretch of cascades before the stream flattens out again. It is the southernmost of the larger rocks, and perhaps makes a nice balance to the rock at the top of the first cascades above it (the “Billrock parallel”), which I might call North Rock, then. But don’t commit me to that.
I didn’t go down into Red Head yesterday. My back still isn’t completely healed up, and apparently walking on uneven ground for lengthy spells still irritates it some. Explorations in and around Red Head do *not* involve long stretches of level ground. It’s all uneven to a degree. Which gets to my news today. I *did* find a pretty easy way into Red Head day before yesterday, through relatively open woods. But it’s a descent toward the end, because the stream probably lies 250-300 feet below the top of the ridge I hiked along to get down there. I’m going to give it a name even: Martin Ridge. The side trek peels off from the Maine Trail before it too takes a sharp turn downward in heading toward the direction of Whitehead Crossing proper. And it was also reinforced to me the same day that there really seems to be no easy way at all to get from one to the other. Red Head is effectively blocked from Whitehead X-ing. And that’s good in a way, and how it was “designed” I’m sure, let’s put it. That person or those people constructing and using the WH X-ing teepee, for example, probably can’t get to Red Head, even if they heard me over there walking about.
Interesting grouping of tree trunks encountered while heading down the ridge to Red Head:
Remember: When Allen and Martin switch places with each other, all will be revealed about Whitehead X-ing, Red Head, and all the rest. But that switcheroo is probably a considerable distance in the future still, perhaps decades and decades.
And I believe my intense focus on Middletown is over for the moment because of the Red Head findings. My attention is fully on Frank and Herman Park presently and the Blue Mtn. region. For now.
Red Head: general areas.
Green Stream is the spine of the area. Two blocks of cascades help define its passage through Red Head. The first block creates an area that reminds me of Billfork in character, with a standout-ish rock and also a side spring, like Billfork has Billrock and Billy Spring. This block really only has 2 well defined cascades if memory serves — at its beginning and end. The first or top one starts around the place where the largest rock of the area is encountered. I still do not have a name for this rock. I’ll give a picture of it again…
The second cascade, a mossier one (Mossy Falls?), comes right where the side spring empties into Green Stream. Unfortunately I still have not created a blog worthy photo of it; will try again quite soon (today? Sunday?).
Rocks near top of first cascade:
Interesting rusty piece of metal jutting from the ground there:
First cascades. Esp. interesting seeming, squarish rock in the middle of the mossier ones here; can you spot it?