Throwback Adventure – Grassy Pond – Massachusetts

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

Shadow, Buster, Wilma, and I had numerous Adventures to Grassy Pond. Grassy Pond is a conservation area in Westford, Massachusetts. Grassy Pond is centered by a pond that occasionally dries up during certain seasons. This conservation area has picnic tables, a “Life Course” and has several short trails.

We have had simple Adventures to the Grassy Pond. I have been there with Shadow, Wilma, and Buster, but only could locate some limited photographs. Grassy Pond is a very small location so we would often walk there before a long trip, or if we only had a very short time to fit in a walk. Certain times of the year Grassy Pond can be quite beautiful. I always have loved the wooden bridge, and of course the views over the pond. You will find many locals walking at Grass Pond, including those exercising with their dogs, many off leash. We are lucky to have so many conservation trails in Massachusetts. So glad we were able to discover Grassy Pond (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

Today’s photograph is a heartwarming photograph of Shadow and Buster. This photo actually was taken during a devastating time as Buster had just been diagnosed with a terminal illness. This was snapped on my cell phone at an appointment he had with a medical specialist, but of course I brought them both everywhere together. Shadow and Buster were best friends, and it almost appeared as Shadow was providing him moral support. This photo makes me sad yet also warms my heart as they had a special, and unconditional bond. Many wonderful years together ❤️ I sure do miss my boys!

November 21, 2020 – Tidal Flats Recreation Area – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Tidal Flats Recreation Area is the western most section of the Cape Cod Canal bikeway. The Area is popular for walking, fishing, biking, and picnicking. It also contains the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Tidal Flats Recreation Area. We have been to other sections of the Cape Cod Canal, so had some idea as what to expect. Upon arrival we immediately spotted the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge. I have seen this Bridge from afar, but quite a unique and spectacular Bridge to see from below. We began down the paved walkway. The sun was shining and it was an unusually warm day for November in New England. We walked and walked. There were ducks floating in the current, some gigantic boats passing through, and two bridges to admire. The colors along the route were minimal, but the water was beautiful blue, and the atmosphere peaceful. This is really a simple location but perfect for a nice walk, and of course even better for those out there who are Bridge fanatics. So glad we could enjoy a walk at the Tidal Flats Recreation Area (Rating: 3.5).

Throwback Adventure

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

So today’s Throwback Adventure is more a Throwback memory, although it really was an Adventure. Back when I lived in Tampa Buster used to climb into the big tree in my backyard. I am not sure if he was smelling the opossums, or just preferred a different view. It is a very funny memory, and what is wilder about it as he used to actually get stuck in the tree. He began this activity as a puppy but grew to be 95 pounds and did not let that stop him. I am sure Wilma would have joined him if she was there. Here he is…my tree climber:

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

Today’s photograph is a happy photograph of Wilma who really looks like she is smiling! I actually took this photograph at our recent Adventure to Salem, however, somehow it did not make it in the collage so I could not resist sharing in the photo of the week. I also added it to that blog. I love this cheerful photo. Here is my girl Wilma.

November 15, 2020 – Plymouth, Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth is a coastal town in southern Massachusetts. It is famous for the history of being the first Pilgrim settlement in 1620.

We had a perfect Adventure to Plymouth, Massachusetts. We have been there numerous times but I have not blogged about the town specifically since the Throwback blog so today was the day. It was yet another cloudy New England although the sun came streaming through here and there. Throughout our day we explored locations including: downtown Plymouth, the waterfront, the Forefathers Monument, Brewster Garden, the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, and the Grist Mill, almost all of which we have explored previously.

Wilma loved walking and of course sniffing the new smells. She enjoyed rolls in the grass, always reminding me of sweet Shadow. I loved getting exercise with some new scenery, the coastal views, finding the artistic shells throughout the town, and finding some remnants of fall. Plymouth is a unique, bustling town filled with lots of history. If you love history, shopping, the coast or a walking town Plymouth is definitely for you! So glad we could again visit Plymouth today (Rating: 4).

November 14, 2020 – Boston Common – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Common is located in downtown Boston. It was established back in 1654 making it the oldest urban park in the country. Boston Common is rich in history, and is a popular location for gathering with friends, walking, and ice skating in the winter months.

We had a squirrel-filled Adventure to the Boston Common (haha). Surprisingly I was able to locate meter parking nearby and off we went. Today was a dark New England day with remnants of color still scattered about and leaves blowing poetically in the breeze. We walked and explored venturing to all corners of the Common. There were memorials, endless belly heavy squirrels, lots of paths, and of course the empty frog pond. We also located the Central Burial Ground on our walk, however no dogs allowed so we just peered in the gate.

Throughout our Adventure Wilma was somewhat out of control loosing her mind with the squirrels. Likely due to their lack of fear and overly friendly personalities causing her to get dangerously close to these brave creatures. I can just imagine what the other canine friends thought about the screaming suburban girl who kept trying to climb the trees. I do not even think Wilma realized I joined her on this Adventure (haha). Wilma did stop to greet several visitors but mostly was hyped with the city squirrels. The Common was busy with culture and companionship creating quite the family feel. There were endless dog visitors many off leash. So glad we could visit the Boston Common today (Rating: 3.5).

Throwback Adventure – The Rocks – New Hampshire

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In October 2017 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to The Rocks in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. This was the first time we discovered The Rocks, but also had numerous Adventures to The Rocks in the summer of 2018. The Rocks is a 1400 property that contains a Christmas Tree farm with views of the Presidential Range. The Rocks is also an educational and conservation center and has trails throughout.

We had a lovely Adventure to The Rocks. The Rocks is such a unique spot as you find a Christmas tree farm with gorgeous mountain views. We explored and snapped our usual endless photographs. Viewing these photos made me smile remembering Wilma’s constant desire to play with Shadow who often engaged with her, while on some occasions dashed away from her energy. She was obsessed with her big brother and it was always adorable to see! Our visits in the summer occurred when we were up in the area working at the Inn in the Mountains. You may have seen some of the summer photos in my past post on Bethlehem. The Rocks is definitely one of a kind. We look forward to returning in the future (Rating: 4).

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

Today’s photograph is a happy photograph of Buster just looking adorable! My guess is that this occurred after a walk in the rain, or possibly the snow and I had just dried him off. He was such a good sport to leave the towel for a cute pose. The boys absolutely loved being dried off, such a joyful pair. We sure do miss our Buster, a loving bundle of energy!

November 7, 2020 – Salem Willows Park – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Salem Willows Park in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Willows Park is a 35 acre oceanfront park that includes: beaches, a pier, restaurants, basketball courts, tennis courts, and arcades. It is known for the European Willow trees which were planted in 1801.

We had a shore-filled Adventure to Salem Willows Park. We decided to explore Salem Willows Park after spending almost two hours walking around Salem. Our Adventure began along the sidewalk that paralleled the Park where we found many benches for guests, and of course for Wilma posing (haha). We stopped at various beaches along the way, where Wilma loved some digging, running circles around me, and dipping in the water. We made sure to explore every inch we could find, avoiding the off leash dogs, yet also finding many other canine friends on-leash. It was an unusually warm day, quite unexpected for November in Massachusetts. It was nice to still see some colorful Fall leaves, and of course the famous European Willows. The perfect spot to end our morning of Adventures (Rating: 3.5).