Throwback Adventure – Riverhills Park – 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!

In August 2012 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Riverhills Park in Temple Terrace, Florida.  Riverhills Park is located along the Hillsborough River.  It includes:  a boardwalk, boat landing, tennis courts, and a playground.

We had many trips to the Riverhills Park back when we lived in Tampa, Florida.  These particular photographs were taken from a visit in August 2012, our last month in Tampa before relocating to Massachusetts.  (I am guessing I may have other photos, but these are the ones I was able to locate).  Riverhills Park is a small, but scenic park with a lovely boardwalk along the River lined with cypress trees.  We often would visit the Park to walk and relax, and also take a stroll in the lovely neighborhoods surrounding.  It is definitely a place I have fond memories of, and hope some day I will be back to reminisce.  Not necessarily a Park to travel far to visit, but yet if you are in the area a scenic spot to stop.  We loved our Adventures to Riverhills Park. (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

 

 

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Other Tidbits, Fun, and News

I have decided to add a “History and Forts” section under the menu on my blog.  I am excited about this as we have been on many Adventures on these topics, and it will be helpful to have a separate category, especially for those history buffs out there!   Most of these are obvious History and Fort blogs, but there were a couple state parks that are categorized as “historic” so I added them to this section as well.  These blogs will continue to be listed in their relevant state, and in some cases may fall under another category (Example: if a Fort is located at a Park that also has a lighthouse it would be in the lighthouse category as well).  I thought I would share just a few of my many favorite photographs and/or Adventures.  I look forward to adding more categories in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Shadow and Buster from one of my favorite local State Parks.  It is one I have yet to blog about, but a location we often enjoy.  I utilized a special feature on my camera, so it has a unique touch. Reminds me…I really should buy a camera!  Another great memory of my boys together!

 

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August 19, 2019 – Lost Pond Trail – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Lost Pond Trail in Goreham, New Hampshire.  The Lost Pond Trail beings at the AMC Visitor Center, and is officially part of the Appalachian Mountain Trail.  It follows the Ellis River and ends at Lost Pond, providing distant views of Mount Washington.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Lost Pond Trail on a warm summer morning.  We headed out early, planning this as our feature Adventure on a day full of many. The Lost Pond Trail began across the street from the AMC Visitor Center. It was marked with a sign, before beginning down a boardwalk, and across a marsh. Immediately there were spectacular, jaw-dropping views. This reminded me exactly why we journey on long drives for day trips to the White Mountains, like Lost Pond.

From the boardwalk the trail veered toward the right following the white and blue blazes. The trail paralleled the Ellis River, often from high above. On several occasions we headed over and through the River, cooling down in the clear River water. There were yellow wildflowers, bright mushrooms, and berries along the trail. Some sections of the trail that had boardwalks and small bridges, and there were continual rocks throughout. At one point I thought I had taken a wrong turn as the trail started gaining elevation, but soon after this gain we spotted Lost Pond from the distance.

Upon arrival at Lost Pond Shadow and Wilma posed on a rock as they checked out the views. From there we traversed down the side of the Pond, lots of large rocks, making for an interesting hike. The views were beyond picturesque the pond scattered with rocks, lilies, and breathtaking mountain views. Shadow loved his swims, and water-sitting, while Wilma continually hopped on rocks. She sometimes threw me off-balance with her athletic, and unexpected jumps. This place was so absolutely beautiful words really cannot explain. I loved that the trail followed the River, providing opportunities to wade, and lead to the beautiful Lost Pond with glorious views. The trail was very quiet, and on several occasions I thought I heard some animal voices in the distance. The only downfall was that a good portion of the trail was close to the main road, providing sounds of vehicles zooming bye. However, I can definitely say this was one of my favorite White Mountain hikes. So glad we took the trip to the Lost Pond Trail (Rating: 4.5)

August 19, 2019 – Crystal Cascades – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Crystal Cascade in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This was our second Adventure to the Crystal Cascades as Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I had visited back in October 2016.  Crystal Cascade is a gorgeous waterfall that has a 100 foot drop into the Ellis River.  There is just a short walk to the Falls that begins at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.  The Cascade is along one of the popular routes to Mount Washington.

We had a musical Adventure to the Crystal Cascades.  I decided to blog about the Crystal Cascades again as it really is a beautiful cascade with gorgeous mountain views.  We began our walk to the Cascades after enjoying our feature Adventure at a nearby trail.  The path was short, and had several spots along the way to walk over for a dip, and/or a river view.  Almost immediately we could hear the water’s sound, increasing my anticipation of the Cascades.  The Cascade was lovely, and from afar I could see a remodeled, rustic bridge over the falls.  When we arrived at the Cascades I noticed the path to the bottom of the Falls was no longer available.  This made me ponder if some flooding had occurred, leading to renovations.  We actually had tried to visit last summer, and the trail was closed due to flooding.  It was disappointing to not get too close, however precious memories of our visit with Buster, Shadow, and My Mom will always be dear to my heart.

I attempted to get several views of the Cascades between the trees and then we walked up over and above on the beautiful new bridge.  We sauntered across several times and took in the sounds, and scene.  There were cascades from either sounds adding quite the therapeutic sounds.  I decided to add in a couple photographs from our first visit and mix them with our photographs from today.  However if you want to read more about our first visit, and see all of the photograph summary you can search for “Crystal Cascades” in the search box.  Wonderful memories at a special place (Rating:  4).

August 19, 2019 – Trails End Ice Cream Shop – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Trails End Ice Cream Shop in Intervale, New Hampshire.  The Shop includes homemade ice cream, soft serve, shakes, sundaes and much more.  They even provide free sprinkles to their customers!

We had a delicious Adventure to the Trails End Ice Cream Shop, on a day of numerous Adventures.  We had just spent several hours hiking, so it was especially the perfect treat.  The Trails End Ice Cream Shop was located on a busy road, and did not provide any shady seating, however did provide lovely mountain views from afar.  I ordered a creamsicle shake, and the pups had a dog ice cream, soft serve adorned with treats.  After ordering I decided to drive across the street to a “scenic” area where we could enjoy these refreshments.  Shadow and Wilma very quickly ate their ice cream with mountain views framing each lick.  Shadow finished his ice cream with a celebration roll, while Wilma barked hello to a distant dog friend.  I sat for a couple minutes before we headed out on our next Adventure.  You really cannot go wrong with any kind of ice cream on a warm summer day (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

 

August 19, 2019 – Durgin Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Durgin Covered Bridge in Sandwich, New Hampshire.  The Durgin Covered Bridge traverses the Cold River.  It was built in 1869 and is one of the few surviving 19th century covered bridges in New Hampshire.

We had a short Adventure to the Durgin Covered Bridge, on a day of numerous Adventures.  Upon arrival to the Durgin Bridge we spotted a not so friendly dog down the street, and although on leash, the owner appeared to be struggling to maintain control.  I therefore felt a bit uneasy about this location, and we did not stay as long as I would have otherwise.

My initial plan was to head to the River to see the Bridge from below.  It was not incredibly easy to arrive at the water’s edge but we managed to stumble down an overgrown path to reach this goal.  As per my usual, unusual (haha), I decided to wade through the water with the pups, a nice cool down on this warm day.  The rocks were round and colorful, adding lovely shades to the clear flowing River.  Shadow took a minute to lay down, while Wilma quickly found a rock to pose on.  The Bridge was beautiful and scenic.  It was challenging to get a full panoramic view, a little cloudy, and in addition to my worries of the unfriendly, furry neighbor my photos were far from representative of this lovely spot.  However it really was a pretty Bridge.  So glad we could Adventure to the Durgin Covered Bridge today (Rating:  4).