Throwback Adventure – Stone Iron Furnace – 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 Stone Iron Furnace in Franconia, New Hampshire. This Furnace is the only surviving Blast Furnace in the state of New Hampshire. The Furnace is on private property but can be viewed across the Gale River from the Interpretive Center.

We had a River-highlighted Adventure to the Stone Iron Furnace. I believe we found the Stone Iron Furnace accidentally. We explored the River on the gorgeous Fall day. Shadow loved drinking from the clear mountain water, while Wilma preferred staying high atop the rocks. This was one of the stops on our first weekend away with Wilma. Although the Stone Iron Furnace was a simple location, we always cherish our Adventures. Definitely a great piece of history for those Furnace fans (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 one of Shadow and Buster from 2010. They are posing just perfectly, and it is one of my favorites of them together. They were the perfect pair! So glad we have yet another special photograph to make me smile. Here are the boys:

October 24, 2020 – Marina at American Wharf – Connecticut

The Marina at American Wharf is located in Norwich, Connecticut. It was established in 1988. The Marina at the American Wharf is located at the head of the Thames River, and the mouth of the Yantic River. It is a place for the community to gather and also provides access to local attractions.

We had an Autumn foliage filled Adventure to the Marina at American Wharf. We started off the day at Gillette Castle State Park, and after our other planned Adventures changed (long story) we accidentally located the Marina American Wharf. We began wandering around this small Marina, viewing the boats on the docks, the gorgeous fall colors, and the scenic pathways. The Wharf was simple, but yet had many small features that made our visit just perfect. The Marina was quiet and peaceful. And although there was little to see we still enjoyed our visit to the Marina at the American Wharf (Rating: 3).

PS – Since I have blogged about Gillette Castle State Park several times I did not blog about this spectacular location today, but you can see our last blog at: https://adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/2020/05/10/may-9-2020-gillette-castle-state-park-connecticut/

Throwback Adventure – Devil’s Hopyard State Park – Connecticut

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 August 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. Devil’s Hopyard State Park is most well known for Chapman Falls, a waterfall that drops more than sixty feet. The Park contains at least five moderate trails, an un-named wooden bridge, and pothole stone formations. The Park is surrounded by many myths and stories including one of a man name Dibble, who had a garden to grow hops which were used in the production of beer. The Park is popular for: hiking, birding, camping, and fishing.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Devil’s Hopyard State Park. I remember this Adventure being on a day of moon significance with warnings not to look at it without special eye wear. Of course I cannot seem to recall the exact title, however I enjoyed some conversation with other visitors who were quite interested in the pups and let me peak through their special glasses. On this Adventure we loved the waterfall, and of course had to check out the stream and covered bridge. There were picnic tables to relax. We walked around but did not explore any of the official trails, however it was one of our Adventures on a full day. I especially love this photograph of Shadow and Wilma at the falls, I cannot believe Wilma was ever so small. Another cherished memory in a photograph. We look forward to visiting Devil’s Hopyard State Park again in the future (Throwback blogs 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 one that highlights one of Wilma’s favorite hobbies – playing ball! If she is not in the midst of squirrel stalking she usually is carrying one of her favorite balls around. Any time I say the word “outside” she immediately finds a nearby ball and runs to the back door. Wilma is the first dog I have had that is absolutely ball obsessed. If anyone comes over to visit she immediately provides them the ball so she can be instantly entertained by some chasing. The other day she actually found two balls on our walk and carried them for most of the time – it was adorable. So now that you have heard enough of my endless ball stores, here is just an adorable pose with one of her favorite toys:

October 18, 2020 – Marshall Point Lighthouse – Maine

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine. The Marshall Point Lighthouse is located on the St. George Peninsula in Midcoast Maine. It was built in 1858. The property includes the Lighthouse, a museum and gift shop, and the Keeper’s home.

We had a relaxing Adventure to the Marshal Point Lighthouse. I was surprised, yet pleased to find parking at the Lighthouse as I had read that we would find a small lot. We immediately wandered over to the Lighthouse, it was beautiful. Due to the other visitors and a photographer set up at the walkway we began by exploring the rocks and under the Lighthouse. The rocks were uniquely grooved and textured adding lovely character to the scene. We took our time, and I was careful not to slip on the wet rocks. We then explored the opposite side before having our turn to wander down the walkway. The sun impacted the photographs, but definitely not the experience. Marshall Point Lighthouse reminded me of our recent visit to Doubling Point Lighthouse, although Marshall Point Lighthouse provided more opportunity to explore. Such a peaceful location. So glad we could Adventure to the Marshal Point Lighthouse today (Rating: 4).

October 18, 2020 – Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse – Maine

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland Maine. The Rockland Lighthouse is located at the end of a an almost one mile breakwater in Rockland, Harbor. The Lighthouse was built in 1902, and is attached to the home of the Lightkeeper.

Wilma and I had a fascinating Adventure to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. I had been interested in visiting this Lighthouse for some time so was thrilled for today’s Adventure. Upon arrival I was quite surprised about the endless number of parked cars, causing me to contemplate returning another time. However, we carried on and headed toward the Breakwater to analyze the situation. I was shocked when I spotted the Breakwater as although I knew it was long, I could not believe the expansive sight. We wandered down a short path before turning onto the breakwater. There were many people in attendance but due to the size of the breakwater everyone was reasonably spread out and there was enough space for two ways of traffic.

We headed down the Breakwater, barely even seeing the Lighthouse from afar. I was excited to begin this journey on this spectacular Fall day. I was careful to watch my footing, and glad Wilma is quite agile, even as her nose led the way. We walked and walked appreciating the unusual experience, the sun shining on the bright blue sea. As we walked I began to think about the water, often seeming to lap over the edge, and quite level with the Breakwater. Eventually I became disappointed to see that the Breakwater did not arrive at the Lighthouse, and soon discovered that the Breakwater was actually washed out! We walked as far as possible and stopped to take some photographs before returning back. On the way back my attention was drawn to the lovely Fall foliage along the shore. So although we never officially made it to the Rockland Lighthouse we sure did our best. We just will have to return again in the future to get the full experience, and up-close Lighthouse photographs (This blog will not be rated).

October 18, 2020 – Camden, Maine

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Camden, Maine. Camden is located in Midcoast Maine, on the Penobscot Bay. It is popular for Camden Hills State Park, Mount Battie, the Harbor, shops and restaurants, and numerous lodging options.

We had a coastal Adventure to the town of Camden, Maine on our weekend away. We walked throughout the town, thankful that the sun was finally out after a weekend of rain. In various spots the sun was shining through the perfect fall foliage creating a picturesque scene. We trotted around the Harbor area, located Meguniticook Falls, appreciated the colorful mountains from afar, found several parks and loved the library grounds with various little features including a gazebo. The weather was just right for Fall, and our early morning walk ensured a less then bustling hub that you would find later in the day. Such a nice surprise to explore the lovely town of Camden (This Adventure will not be rated).

October 17, 2020 – Acadia National Park – Maine

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Acadia National Park in Maine. Acadia National Park is a Park in Northeastern Maine that encompasses half of Mount Desert Island, and also is situated on the Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut. It is 47,000 acres and popular for fall foliage seekers, winter skiing, spring fishing and hiking.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Acadia National Park. I was thrilled line up a day at this gorgeous location. Although I had planned to arise early and head for sunrise, the torrential downpours dampened my plans and we instead headed out in the afternoon. The beginning of our afternoon was rainy, but it eventually cleared up and the sun came out for the sunset. Due to the uncertain weather I decided to explore some of our favorites and more predictable locations versus some new locations of which I originally had planned. Our afternoon included: Thunder Hole, Otter Point, Jordan Pond, Sandy Beach, parts of the Ocean Path and various other stops along the route. My favorite parts of day was the thunderous Fall breeze, the amazing coastal views, seeing a rainbow, and the beautiful Jordan Pond. Wilma’s favorites part of the afternoon were: running on the beach, the smells of the beach, lots of walking, and really every moment of exploring. Acadia National Park is one of the most breathtaking places in New England. I really cannot get enough and hope to return again in the future (Rating: 5).

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October 16, 2020 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a port town along the Piscataqua River. The downtown area is known for shopping, restaurants, parks, and lodging.

We had a rainy Adventure to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, because who does not go to Portsmouth with their dog on a rainy Friday night (haha). I sometimes forget how adorable downtown Portsmouth is as I have not been there often. Although geared for shoppers and diners we enjoyed our walk. There was artwork along some of the walls, Halloween decor, and flower arrangements throughout. I especially appreciated the memorials of African American history.

Wilma loved the smells of the city, and and the chance to walk and explore. We definitely enjoyed this fun little city and am sure we will return (blog will not be rated).