March 28, 2020 – Battle Road Trail, Part II – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Battle Road Trail is an almost ten mile round trip Trail, connecting historic sites from Concord to Lexington Massachusetts.  The Trail focuses on the Battle of 1775 which began the American Revolution.  It crosses wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and contains various landmarks and kiosks along the way.  The Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Park.

We had a refreshing Adventure to the Battle Trail.  This was the first time we have been to this section of the Battle Trail, so I am therefore titling it “Part II”.  We parked at the Hartwell Tavern Parking Lot as on our first Adventure (Part I), the Hartwell Tavern was where we concluded our hike.  Today we began our walk down the Trail locating a picnic area, and a weeded patch scattered with crocuses, a gorgeous sign of spring.  This side-trail from the parking lot soon dropped us right to the Hartwell Tavern where we turned left and began our Part II Adventure on the Battle Trail.

The Battle Trail was the busiest I have ever seen it.  I have been quite humored by the fact that a Pandemic has caused so many discover the magnificent outdoors, leading the trails to be over-crowded with guests.  This sadly has caused many places to close but we were relieved that although the facilities were closed the physical Battle Trail was still open.  And of course when I say “humored” I do acknowledge that it is a very worrisome time, however, I never would have expected everyone to flood to the quiet oasis of the outdoors.

As expected, the Battle Trail was end of winter brown, however there were small aspects of color in various buds.  In many parts the trails were edged by perfectly shaped rock fences, adding a lovely frame.  We passed historical buildings, remnants of battle, and were educated by kiosks along the trail.  I was surprised to find two boardwalks along the Trail, in my mind an unexpected feature of a historic landmark.  The boardwalks appeared to transform us into a new environment, a wonderful aspect of the Trail.

We spent about three hours walking the Battle Trail, including exploring several side-trails.  I had planned to hike the entire second half of the Trail, often thinking we were close to the finish, although no way to know.  However Shadow seemed quite tired and Wilma appeared to be re-aggravated a sore leg, so I regretfully headed back, feeling this was best for my furry best buds.  So there will be a “Part III” in the future. no matter how short it may be!  Such a wonderful day to enjoy a walk on the Battle Trail (Rating:  3.5).

(If you are interested in reading Part I of the Battle Trail, you can type “Battle Road Trail” into the search box.  I will be updating it immediately after posting this blog to indicate “Part I”.)

Throwback Adventure – Fort Revere Park – Massachusetts

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 April 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fort Revere Park in Hull, Massachusetts.  Fort Revere Park is less then 10 acres in size.  It is located on Telegraph Hill, and is famous for its’ role in the American Revolution.  The Property includes a Water  Tower, remnants of the Fort, and picnic tables.  Fort Revere Park is owned by the Town of Hull and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

We had a historic Adventure to Fort Revere Park on a day full of Adventures.  The Park was very small, and had minimal property to explore.  However, we still enjoyed the experience.  We pranced around the Water Tower taking photographs, and then headed over to the Fort which was scattered with graffiti.  I was disappointed to see the Fort in this condition but we still wandered around checked out the ledges, doors, and various aspects of the Fort.  I especially remember walking around on a ledge high above the Fort.  We appreciated the views of the Harbor, and even noticing a lighthouse far in the distance.  There were no other visitors at the Park, which appeared to be hidden away in the quiet Town of Hull.  Glad we were able to visit the Fort Revere Park (Throwback Blogs will not always be rated).

 

Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog, and the weekly/video photo I would recommend skipping on to paragraph three, specific to this week’s 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.

I was delighted to have our Tuesday “Weekly Video/Photo” occur on Wilma’s third birthday!!  In between working from home, we have celebrated with a walk, chasing squirrels, playing ball, new bones, and I have hidden away a new toy for tonight.  I snapped many photographs of Wilma, and of Shadow and Wilma together.  Wilma is cuddly, energetic, athletic, and loves the great outdoors.  So glad this precious bundle ended up in our home.  Please considering adopting a rescue dog of your own, the most wonderful companionship one could ever receive!  Happy Birthday Wilma Mae…We love you!

Wilma age three

March 22, 2020 – Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park in Freeport, Maine.  Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park is an approximately 250 acre state park on a peninsula between the Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River.  It contains various ecosystems, and is known for the local ospreys who nest on Googins Island.  Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park is open year around, and has an entrance fee.  As expected the park is popular for:  bird watching, walking, educational programs, and picnicking.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park on a sunny winter day.  I had read about this Park for some time and finally decided to make the trip.  So off we headed with high expectations.  I had researched the trails and printed a map so had a general idea of a plan, as I wanted to make sure we explored both the River and Bay sides of this peninsula Park.

We began our hike at the Harraseeket Trail, a 1.8 mile trail that begins at the parking lot.  I was quite excited to begin our hike.  The pathway was very clear, although I did not notice markers along the path, only when the trail intersected others.  The colors were dull, and the air crisp.  The more we walked the more inspired I became, finding various bridges, and soon spotting the bright blue River.  We stopped to gaze out, the River quiet expanse.  The trail was high above the River and pareled it for some time before veering away.  The trail had some hills, lots of roots, rocks, and of course lovely River views.  We almost had this Trail to ourselves, a peaceful oasis in the great outdoors.

After completing the Harraseeket Trail the Trail merged into the Casco Bay Trail, what I soon would learn to be quite popular.  Just immediate to this merging we found the rocky shores of the Casco Bay, just gorgeous.  There were wooden stairways and stone stairways at various locations leading to the water’s edge.  We enjoyed relaxing on the rocks, Shadow enjoying the water, while Wilma balanced eloquently on the unusually shaped rocks, some formed in circular formation.  The view of the Bay was beautiful.  The farther we walked the more people we saw, but there still was enough space to find your own spot, in almost all areas.  There were kiosks along this trail, and seating, even located across the Osprey nesting Island.  The water was quite clear, and varied in tones, sometimes appearing aqua, and tropic.

The Casco Bay Trail soon led to the White Pines Trail, continuing the scenery as we had seen on the Casco Bay Trail.  I believe it was on the White Pines Trail that we found a sandy beach to relax for a few, Wilma enjoying a quick dig, while Shadow wading in the water and dreaming of a longer leash.  From there we then turned onto the North Trail, which looped around before returning to the end of the Casco Bay Trail.  The North Trail was somewhat dull but had one look-out over the Casco Bay.  I actually heard another visitor describing the North Trail as perfect for snow shoeing but overall a “boring” Trail.

We spent about two and a half hours exploring this magnificent park, mainly on the above trails, however, traversing parts of others along our walk.  The farther we hiked the more impressed I became.  The scenery was beautiful and diverse.  In addition it was so nice to see the dogs almost all on leash, and owners being respectful of one another.  We had a special day that I will always treasure.  Wolfe’s Neck Park did not disappoint, and we definitely will be back again (Rating:  4.5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 2020 – Babb’s Bridge – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Babb’s Bridge which divides the towns of Gorham and Windham, Maine.  The Babb’s covered Bridge was originally built in 1840, making it the oldest covered bridge in Maine.  It later had to be rebuilt and also has undergone numerous repairs. The Babb’s Bridge traverses the Presumpscot River.

We had a brief visit to the Babb’s Bridge on a beautiful winter day.  Although on a public road we arrived to find numerous private property signs making it unclear as to where we could wander.  I decided to first drive through the bridge to take some photographs.  The far side, which I believe to be the Gorham side, provided no public River across.  Upon peering down the River I noted at least three rope swings, signs of a great summer day.  I debated walking through but the bridge was dark underneath and the traffic speedy so I chose to drive back across.

On what I suspect was the Windham side,  there was a beach-like area filled with a group of people fishing and enjoying the fresh air.  We tranced around a bit and snapped some quick photographs.  Fearing an accidental trespassing incident I decided to make it a short stop, although I guess often the case on a covered bridge Adventures.  So glad we could visit the Babb’s Bridge today (Rating:  3.5).

Throwback Adventure – Henry Cowdrey Nature Center – Massachusetts

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 September of 2012 Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to the Henry Cowdrey Nature Center in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.  The Henry Cowdrey Nature Center is a 1.7 mile loop on 300 acres of conservation land.  The Preserve is part of the town of Lunenburg’s conservation land.

We had a warm Adventure to the Henry Cowdrey Nature Center, one of our first Adventures after relocating to  Massachusetts.  The land was filled with signs of nature, had a lovely wooden bridge, and swamp-like areas.  I recall the trails not being clearly marked, and somewhat overgrown in places.  One memory that comes to my mind immediately is a humorous moment when we encountered a log on the trail and could not figure out how to navigate over, or under it.  Shadow appeared to prefer under, while Buster over, adding quite a laugh.  We somehow made it past and carried on our journey.  Although I do not remember a huge amount a details about this Adventure I can tell you it is always a pleasure exploring local conservation land.  It is free, and often times hidden in the nature beauties of our community.  And although we may not be back to the Henry Cowdrey Nature Center we will definitely continue exploring our local conservation land (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog, and the weekly/video photo I would recommend skipping on to paragraph three, specific to this week’s 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.

Today’s feature is a photograph of Wilma at the Thetfield Center Covered Bridge in Thetfield Center, Vermont.  This is one of my favorite photographs of Wilma posing in front of a covered bridge.  The colors and textures are spectacular.  We were lucky to find this side path to get a close up view of the bridge, Wilma appreciating hops from each and every rock. You can find out more about this bridge by typing “Thetfield Center Covered Bridge” in the search box, or by scrolling down in the Vermont, or Covered Bridge sections.

Here she is…

Wilma Thetfield covered bridge