Throwback Adventure – Sanibel Island – Florida

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, Buster, and I had two separate Adventures to Sanibel Island back during our time living in Florida.  Sanibel Island is located on the West Coast of Florida, and is approximately 15 miles in length.  It is a popular tourist attraction, known for the beaches.  A causeway connects Sanibel Island to the mainland.  There is a fee to enter the Island.

We had beach-filled Adventures to Sanibel Island.  I absolutely loved Sanibel Island, and the fact that it was so dog-friendly.  There were beautiful beaches, with many shells, and the Sanibel Lighthouse.  It was quite unique to find a Lighthouse in Florida.  We spent lots of time wandering the beaches, and relaxing, the boys often playing and digging away.  Definitely a peaceful, and gorgeous spot.

In searching for photographs I was able to locate a variety from our visit back in March 2012.  Definitely memorable vacations in Sanibel Island.  I hope some day we can make it back to this special oasis (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 photo of Shadow and Wilma from the Arnold Arboretum, an Arboretum of Harvard University in Massachusetts.  It was take last month at one of our many visits.  This is a beautiful location, and is a great place for a dog walk.  In this photo the orange leaves of autumn are scattered over the ice of winter as the seasons merge.  If you live locally I would definitely recommend you visit the Arboretum, although of course much more colorful in the spring and summer.  If you want to read more about our first Adventure to Arnold Arboretum you can type it into the search box.   On to Winter we go!

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December 7, 2019 – Sawyer’s Crossing Covered Bridge/Cresson Bridge – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Sawyer’s Crossing Covered Bridge, also known as the Cresson Bridge.  The Sawyer’s Crossing Covered Bridge is located in Swanzey, New Hampshire and crosses the Ashuelot River.  It was originally built in 1771, and later rebuilt in 1859.  It is one of the bridges located on the Ashuelot Rail Trail.

We had a deja-vu type of Adventure to the Sawyer’s Crossing Covered Bridge.  In researching several covered bridges I had noted that there were several in Swanzey, all bright red in color.  The Sawyer’s Crossing Covered bridge was one of the two I chose to explore.  We arrived, again pleased to see the parking lot was plowed, the location covered with fresh snow.  We dove over the plowed bank, and wandered over to the bridge to snap some photographs, and yes some more practice for our Christmas card.  The River was still at this location, and the bridge smooth, versus the lattice style of the Denman Thompson Bridge.  We walked along the shore, again cautious to get too close and end up over the snow covered edge.  The bridge was located in a quiet residential area, and was quite scenic.  We walked up to the sign near the front of the bridge, but traffic was observed to be too dangerous to attempt a walk through the bridge.  There were some snow covered picnic benches nearby.  It was a short but pleasant visit to the Sawyer’s Covered Bridge.  I recall few snow covered Adventures to covered bridges, and our Adventures to these two lovely bridges definitely did not disappoint (Rating:  4).

 

December 7, 2019 – Denman Thompson/West Swanzey Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Denman Thompson/West Swanzey Bridge in Swanzey, New Hampshire.  The Denman Thompson Covered Bridge was built in 1832 and crosses the Ashuelot River.  The Bridge permits one-vehicle travel, and has a walkway on one side.  There is a small park and picnic area adjacent to the Bridge.

We had a snow-filled Adventure to the Denman Thompson Covered Bridge.  I was excited to visit a new covered bridge, the weekend after our first snow storm.  I was pleased to see the parking area was plowed so we could safely leave our car and explore.  We immediately heading to the Bridge.  The snow was deep, adding an interesting aspect to our exploring. The scene was beautiful, the snow covered the park and bridge, while the River water flowed steadily.  The Bridge was adorned with Christmas lights, and a wreath to celebrate the season.  I was cautious to not get too close to the edge of the Park, unclear where the slope began and the water started.  We posed for a bit and enjoyed the Winter wonderland.

After exploring the side of the Bridge we sauntered up to the sidewalk, and strolled under and through the Bridge.  I appreciate finding a bridge that contains a walkway, providing safe travel under.  There was a lovely view from the Bridge down the River.  The location was peaceful and had little traffic.  After observing the sites we made our way back to the River’s edge to snap a few more photographs.  As you can see below we are practicing for our annual Christmas card, although I did save some of my favorites for a future post.  Definitely a gorgeous New England Bridge (Rating:  4).

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Throwback Adventure – Castle Island – 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 of 2018 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Castle Island in Boston, Massachusetts.  Castle Island is located on the shores of Boston Harbor.  Castle Island was formerly an Island, but was connected in 1982 by land, therefore creating a peninsula.  At the top of the land is Fort Independence, the oldest fortified military site in British North America.  Castle Island is the home to the Popular Sullivan’s restaurant, and is a favorite summer spot for Boston locals.

We had a windy Adventure to Castle Island.  I was quite pleased to visit Castle Island as it is a location I had heard about often.  As on many occasions we decided to explore Castle Island in off-season.  There were paths along the Fort, and airplanes flying throughout.  We enjoyed walking next to the Fort, the walls towering high above us, and checking out the views.  Castle Island was not the cleanest spot, but I guess that is to be expected in a more urban setting.  We were glad to visit a new location and enjoy a long walk.  As per my usual Throwback blogs I had some difficulty locating photographs, but I did find some to represent our Adventure as well as a video along our stroll (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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First Snow of the Season

As my fellow New Englanders are aware, we had our first snow of the year, an almost three day storm.  In my part of Massachusetts we had approximately eighteen inches of snow!  I was thrilled to have two days off from work and spend lots of time with my two best friends!  Wilma was very excited about the snow running happily, and spending lots of time searching for the ball as it moved around under the snow.  Constant entertainment, and laughs.  I threw her some snow balls which she of course caught, she enjoyed keep-away with a stick, and of course I spent alot of time throwing the ball, her favorite backyard activity.  As for Shadow he preferred lounging on the blanket, cuddling with Mom, and playing with Wilma.  Even though they love playing, Shadow is often encouraged by Wilma so it is fun to see him engage her in playful moments.  Although different personalities, energy levels, and ten years apart they really are best buds, and the perfect balance.

In addition to hours of play-time we practiced for our annual Christmas card.  I will share these photographs soon!  So although there are pros and cons to being a New Englander and dealing with snow, I can say we definitely enjoyed the first storm.  Below you will see some photographs and videos from the last couple of days.  Let the Winter begin!

 

 

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 photo from the Arboretum at Farandnear Reservation in Shirley, Massachusetts this past May.  Shadow and Wilma are posing near one of the gardens.  The Arboretum is simple, and beautiful, and there are extensive trails throughout the property.  A lovely and quiet local Reservation.  You can read more about our first Adventure to the Farandnear Reservation by typing it in the search box,  It is hard to believe the flowers are already gone for the year.  Time for the snow!

 

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