I had to drop my daughter of at her cousins to visit for a few days, so with a little free time on my hands and the sun shining, I decided to go for a little hike. I haven't been to the Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary in Lewiston for a few years, so I figured I would go explore.

As a kid, I lived within a few miles of Thorncrag, so I was there quite often. In high school, we would have Cross Country running and skiing practice there sometimes, not to mention a few late-night surprise parties.

We used to go hiking on the trails at Thorncraig, just off Montello St. in Lewiston all the time, but a few years ago, they banned any dogs, so I stopped going.

This is the first time I have been since they stopped allowing pets and built a parking lot and did a lot of grooming. The trails are wonderful and perfect for families, and I saw quite a few enjoying the area while I was walking and taking pictures.

Like Vaughan's Woods (Hobbit Land) in Hallowell, Thorcrag is a hidden treasure. It's right off the road in the city, and within seconds of your walk, you forget that the 'real' world is literally just minutes away.