Throwback Adventure – Arethusa Falls – New Hampshire

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday. These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!  In some cases you will also see journeys that occurred before our little lady Wilma became part of our family, as in our Throwback Adventure today.

In June 2017 Shadow and I had a breathtaking Adventure to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Arethusa Falls, sometimes referred to as Tuckerman Falls, is sourced by the Bemis Brook.  It is almost 200 feet in height and is one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire.  The trail to Arethusa Falls is approximately a three mils round-trip hike.  Part of the Trail is paralleled by the Bemis Brook Trail while following the Bemis Brook, and leading you past the Bemis Brook Falls and Coliseum Falls.  It is a popular area for hiking, and ice climbing in the winter months.

One of the most amazing Adventures I have ever taken was this hike I took with Shadow to Arethusa Falls.  I remember the trail to the Falls was clearly labeled,filled with rocks, a bridge or two, and other hikers along the way.  The main trail was not very inspiring, but the elevation gain was definitely a good work-out.  I was super impressed with my rockstar Shadow, (nine at this time) as unlike me, he did not miss a beat!

Upon arrival at the Falls we were immediately drawn to the massive height at the Falls.  It was thin in depth,and musical in sound, as misty water streamed over the rocks.  We hoped from rock to rock finding a nice place to rest, enjoy the waterfall, and eat a little snack.  It was definitely one of the most impressive waterfalls I have seen, and the experience of an exhausting hike made the Adventure even better.  We relaxed and enjoyed the Falls for awhile before heading back on the main trail.

On our return trip we cut over to  the Bemis Brook Trail.  The Trail over to the Bemis Brook Trail was quite steep.  I actually remember sitting down and scooting to make sure I did not fall.  Upon arrival at the bottom we were pleased at the site of a lovely waterfall, before following the Brook and spotting at least one other waterfall along this trail.  There were places for Shadow to swim and drink from the brook.  The mountain water was pure in color, gorgeous, and magical in sound.  It was so fun to find this side trail as I believe I did not know about these other lovely waterfalls before heading on this journey.  This lovely trail completed a day of  absolute Perfection!  I would highly encourage you to visit the magnificent Arethusa Falls and the Bemis Brook Trail.  I will forever remember this special Adventure with my Shadow.  Please see a quick video and some photographs below.  (I am hoping at a future date I will be able to get the longer video to download) (Rating:  5)

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.

My photo feature today is from an absolutely spectacular Adventure that Shadow and I had to Lonesome Lake in Fraconia Notch of the White Mountains.  It is only reachable by a long hike, and is just a spectacular location.  I posted this Adventure previously, but wanted to post a beautiful photograph of Shadow swimming in Lonesome Lake, framed by gorgeous mountains.  You can find the full blog under my “New Hampshire” tab.

One of my many favorites photographs of Shadow at Lonesome Lake, truly summarizing our perfect day on this Adventure.

Lonesome Lake 2

February 9, 2019 – Fruitlands Museum – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts.  Fruitlands Museum is a museum celebrating multiple visions of America on the site of a utopian community.  It connects nature and culture with a variety of exhibits.  It is on 210 acres of property which also includes hiking trails, a store, special events, and a cafe.

We enjoyed a gusty Adventure to Fruitlands Museum, a place we have been to on at least on two other occasions.  We started off in the museum area, with lovely views, perfectly shaped buildings, and unique statues along the road.  The area is always perfectly groomed, although little landscape to see in the winter months.  We walked through the exhibits heading down the hill, the wind incredibly breezy, almost pushing us back.  We appreciated the museum area visually before heading to the trails.

We spent most of our time exploring the trails on the property.  The trails were marked well with color, winding through the woods, up and down some hills and through a field.  We saw some deer from afar, enjoyed some boardwalk trails and dodged slippery ice patches along the way.  The trails were very simple, and somewhat blah in the brown of winter.  There were kiosks along the way providing information, and numbers to label different parts of the trails.  We especially enjoyed the hike through the field adding a variety in the color, with some perfect hay-like grass for Wilma and Shadow to partake in some synchronized rolls.  The hike was somewhat eerie with squeaking trees, not a person in site, and gun shots from afar.  Although I had called to make sure there was no hunting at this site, the sounds caused some worry, and masked the “normal” relaxation of the hike.  However, we carried on and were glad to get some exercise on this February winter day.

So as you know, we only explore part of the Fruitland Museums property as the Shadow and Wilma were not invited into the museum buildings.  Therefore we will not rate this Adventure for our readers, but definitely a unique local spot for an Adventure.  Below you will see photographs from our visit yesterday, and a past visit with Shadow, Buster, and My Mom (although this past visit was more a relaxing time viewing the sunset, versus exploring.)

 

February 9, 2019

 

 

Fall 2016

Throwback Adventure – Kennebunkport, Maine

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday. These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!

Shadow, and I had two Adventures to Kennebunkport, Maine in the summer of 2017, and I believe my Mom joined us on one of those trips.  Kennebunkport, Maine is a coastal town in Southern, Maine.  It  is well known for the beaches, the Bush Compound, a Trolley Museum, and the Goat Island Lighthouse.

We have had wonderful trips to Kennebunkport, Maine, with my beach-loving Shadow.  We were especially drawn to Kennebunkport as it was a short drive from our home state of Massachusetts, a dog-friendly town, and provided us a lovely coastal experience.  One of our highlights has been running around on the beaches, often meeting other dog lovers, and enjoying the gorgeous setting sun.  On one of our journeys I took a little video of a jog on the beach that really captured a special memory with my Shadow, (which you can view below).  And although I sound a bit comical I somehow just love this silly little video.

In addition to the beaches we have enjoyed the little downtown area, including:  the tasty Clam Shack,a  lovely bridge adorned with beautiful flower boxes, and little shops along the way.  We also spent some time trying to capture the Goat Island Lighthouse on camera, although only viewed from afar.  It was hard to track down photographs from our visits, but I think I was able to gather a good collection highlighting some wonderful moments in Kennebunkport.  Definitely a special New England town which we plan to return to again (Rating:  4).

 

 

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So my first video is to me a perfect display of an Adventure at one of our favorite local parks.  I have yet to blog about this park, but it is one we visit at least once a week.  I love this video as I think it captures moments on a fun hike, and caught an unexpected moment that I found quite hilarious!

Watch closely and enjoy!  And do not worry, it was not a frigid day…

 

 

 

 

February 2, 2019 – Norris Reservation – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Norris Reservation in Norwell, Massachusetts.  Norris Reservation is a 129 acre park run by the Trustees of Reservation.  The Reservation includes:  boardwalks, ponds, a small brook, a boathouse, and many trails.  Some of the trails parallel the North River.  The area is popular for walking, snow shoeing, dog walking and fishing.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Norris Reservation on a chilly February day.  I recently had been reading about the wonderful parks under The Trustees of Reservation and was excited to check out the Norris Reservation, free of charge.  We started off our hike along the main trail, walking past an icy-filled babbling brook, and a frozen pond.  We soon veered to the right eager to follow the Gordon Pond trail, complete with boardwalks!  Although occasionally you could see the road to the right, overall the trail was lovely, many boardwalks, benches, bridges, and some square stones grooming the trails.  The ice was making cracking, and gurgling sounds, one feature I love in the frigid New England weather.

From the Gordon Trail we looped around on the outer loops of the various trails which followed the North River before looping back to the parking lot.  The River was a bright blue framed by tan grass along the shore.  We walked out to the River’s edge on several occasions checking out the ice, and water.   Shadow and Wilma were enthused with this detour often rolling in the grass and engaging in energized play.  Along the way we also found the beautiful boathouse.  We sauntered through the house enjoying the windows with the perfectly framed scenery and the view from the front porch.  Quite a lovely and unique structure along the way.

The trails were simple but the features, and water along the way made for an absolutely lovely hike.  It was nice to see maps available at the entrance, and along way to guide your way.  Throughout our Adventure we saw numerous dog walkers, and others out on this cold day, many stopping to chat and say hello.  It was a refreshing day at this special Reservation.  I do hope we will be back again (Rating:  4).  (The videos are currently having difficulty downloading, so may be added at a later date).

February 2, 2019 – Hemlock Gorge Reservation – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Hemlock Gorge Reservation in Newton, and Needham, Massachusetts.  Hemlock Gorge Reservation is an urban state park that is approximately 16 acres in size.  It is on the Charles River and is especially known for the Echo Bridge, and a waterfall.

We had a unique Adventure to the Hemlock Gorge Reservation on this dark and chilly February day.  I found this Reservation when planning a visit to the Echo Bridge, soon finding that the Bridge was located in the Hemlock Gorge Reservation.  We began our journey following a very simple, snow covered trail.  The trail was in close range to the Charles River, located to our right.  The trail weaved up and around, soon leading us to a lovely waterfall.  The waterfall sang a beautiful song, and was framed by frozen ice, and snow covered icicles, quite the picturesque scene.  We enjoyed the sound of the falls, and the winter scene before turning to our left where we saw the Echo Bridge.  The Bridge was grand in size, with arches below.  We walked to the water’s edge to get a better view as Shadow and Wilma enjoyed the ice and some sips from the River.

We then headed to the top of the Bridge and noticed we could walk across the top, displaying a lovely view from above.  We met a nice young lady, with a sweet little dog named Charlie.  The dogs said hello and she filled us in on the area, which was great as there really was little detailed information available.  We then continued over the Echo Bridge, down the stairs, and across the street to the well known platform said to have a special “Echo”.  I was completely awed at the grand echo from my voice, and quite humored by the dogs’ reaction looking around as they heard their names.  I attempted a video below, but the echo is very faint in the video.  It was quite the fun moment, definitely meeting all my expectations from my readings.

After enjoying the echo for a bit we headed back to a trail over to the “Island”.  We took a wrong turn before finding the trail leading to the “Island”.  There was a simple, but beautiful snow-covered bridge crossing over to this location.  We walked around a bit checking out the view of the River and the Echo Bridge from afar.  The busy roads were not far, reminding us that we were in an urban park, however there were very little visitors making it quiet in its own special way.

Although the Hemlock Gorge Reservation was a very simple urban park, it really did exceed my expectations.  I still am awed by the echo, loved the walk high atop the bridge, and enjoyed the picturesque winter waterfall.  If you are in the area definitely a fun little place to check-out (Rating:  3).