Throwback Adventure – Salisbury Beach State Reservation

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.

Shadow, Buster, and I (and my Mom on several occasions) have enjoyed many Adventures to the Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury, Massachusetts. This Beach overlooks the area where the Merrimack River joins the Atlantic Ocean. It is a popular area for swimming, camping, picnicking, and boating. There is a fee to enter the Park, although state park passes are accepted.

We have had numerous Adventures to Salisbury Beach State Reservation. It is one of the few Massachusetts Beaches that permits dogs in ALL months of the year ALL times of the day. Dogs are allowed on one part of the Reservation I think referred to as the “River Side”. With construction views, a cement barrier, and a small Beach, the area is not greatly picturesque. It therefore is far from my favorite Beach, however it has allowed my best friends to join me on the shore, making for many memorable Adventures. I think our visits to Salisbury Beach State Reservation began when I first left Florida, definitely missing a gorgeous beach experience. I sought out to find that perfect beach, really an impossible task. So I soon started taking regular trips to Salisbury Beach State Reservation, providing me at least some sand, and waterfront time with my best friends!

Over the years we have had wonderful times exploring Salisbury Beach State Reservation. We especially enjoyed the sunset evenings, lots of digging, swims, rolls, and enthusiastic play. We really are energized and inspired by our time on the Beach, always a refreshing visit. So below you will see photographs from our various different trips, all mixed together for one Beach collage (Rating: 3).

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December 2, 2018 – Tasty Dog Cookies

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I decided to make some dog cookies. As you may notice, if you follow my blog, our new and fancy Adventures slow down a bit as we get into the early to dark evenings, and the winter weather. However, there are many other things we do that I do not blog about, including: daily neighborhood walks, trips to the pet store, other local walks, Adventures to places we have already blogged about, and visiting our amazing family.

So today I thought I would blog about one of our fun “other” moments, enjoyable Tasty Dog Cookies. I started with finding a recipe online, with some healthy dog ingredients, and then tracked down my cookie cutters, including a squirrel for Wilma, a fire hydrant for Shadow, and a bone for all. Although quite disappointing in presentation, there was no lack of anticipation. Don’t tell Wilma Mae, but I let Shadow sample a couple of cookies, while she was out back stalking squirrels. Not one complaint! Wilma soon was able to sample some of her own, displaying a full bundle of enthusiasm. I even decided to make some people cookies for myself and our company tonight, making quite a perfect addition to our evening. I saved some of the dough for a future night of delicious cookies. So although we will likely plan for a different recipe on our next cookie Adventure, our appetites were satisfied.

Throwback Adventure – Noanet Woodlands – June 2014

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.

In June 2014 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Noanet Woodlands in Dover, Massachusetts. Noanet Woodlands has approximately 600 acres of trails featuring woodlands, ponds, a peak, and a former mill site. It is popular for skiing, hiking, biking, and bird watchers.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Noanet Woodlands in June of 2014. If you follow my blog you are well aware that my Throwback memory can sometimes be limited in detail. This visit was definitely one of those cases as I amazingly I do not remember it all! However, it is clear by the photographs I have gathered that we had a pleasant trip, that would be beneficial to share with others who love dog-friendly outdoor spots. The pictures I tracked down indicate a swim-filled Adventure, with lots of off-leash fun, woodsy trails, and a stop to the peak. We even found a unique rock along the trails. It was so fun watching my boys swim, and hike together, and this journey was no exception. We sure do miss our Buster, leading to another reason I love to share my Thursday Throwback Adventure, even the simple ones. Below you will see the photographs I could locate from our Adventure to Noanet Woodlands. I think a likely spot we will return to in the future (Rating: Unavailable).

November 25, 2018 – Maudslay State Park – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This was our second visit to the Park as Shadow, Buster and I had Adventured there back in May 2015. Maudslay State Park is the former estate of the Moseley family, and is located along the Merrimack River. It is known for its 19th century gardens, meadows, pines, and as one of the largest naturally-occurring stand of mountain laurels in Massachusetts. It is popular for hiking, cross country skiing, picnicking, horseback riding, and summer concerts.

We had a nice Adventure to Maudslay State Park on a sunny, Fall day. We arrived to find the parking lot packed with people, many with dogs in tow. Soon out of the car I was greeted by a woman searching for a missing dog. I viewed the photo and hoped for the best, keeping my eyes out for sweet little Ellie, throughout the day. My heart weighed heavy as we began our afternoon hike.

We peaked at the map before following the masses, pleased to soon find ourselves away from the crowd on a woodsy, tree-lined trail. I had printed a map, which clearly labeled the trails but soon found we were on a complex trail system with no names,or colors to direct us in our hike. So I decided to remember where we had walked, noticing little details along the trail. I was thrilled to eventually find the water, and a trail leading to the shore’s edge. We ambled along the water trail, finding a cute little bridge with a River view. The water’s edge was iced, as well as some of the rocks along the shore. It crackled as we walked bye, adding sweet nature sounds to the air. This was my favorite part of our hike today, adding color, and variety to the trails.

Throughout our visit I found the trails to be very dull, and quite confusing. I even had a brief moment of worry in finding the trail back with numerous turns in all directions. I was able to use my Nature Warrior (haha) skills, and continually headed back the the starting point until we chose the correct path. This however did not dampen our energized pace as we explored a new Park. My thought is this Park might be quite beautiful in the spring, but definitely bland and brown this time of year. I guess that will be the theme for the next six months in New England, but this will not slow us down. It is funny that Shadow, Buster, and Shadow visited this Park before as I do not recall specific details. However my photos reminded me that Shadow and Buster enjoyed a dip in the water on a much greener journey. We definitely will plan a trip back to Maudslay State Park in the warmer months of the year (Rating: 3)

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November 22, 2018 – Natural Bridge State Park – Massachusetts

Yesterday, Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Natural Bridge State Park in North Adams, Massachusetts. The park was named for the marble bridge, the only natural marble bridge in North America. The Bridge spans the Hudson Brook. This marble bridge is estimated to be over 500 million years old. The arches are said to be carved by the forces of glacial melt many, many years ago. The Park also encompasses: a marble dam, marble quarry, and woodland walks.

We had a frigid Adventure to the Natural Bridge State Park, on one, if not, the coldest Thanksgiving days ever! I attempted to walk quickly, to warm up, but of course the pups wanted to smell every spot along the way. So we took our time, ambling up the road to the bridge. Along the way there were small water features, and waterfalls, scattered with beautiful ice features. It did not take us long to get to the marble bridge. It was a scenic backdrop to the snow. Wilma seemed especially enthused encouraging Shadow to play as I took a video and some photographs.

After checking out the bridge from below we continued the path up the road and walked along the marble bridge. There was fencing for safety, dulling the view, but yet we still got glimpses of the lovely area from above. We continued along the path finding several spots to view the geological features. Soon we found a little bridge leading over to the marble dam. The waterfall-dam was gorgeous, being half frozen and quite mystical. Really hard to capture this lovely scene on camera, but so glad to find this frozen feature. We continued along the way checking out the large boulders, and carved rocks. We only spent about forty five minutes at the park, but so glad we could view this one of a kind location (Rating: 3)

Throwback Adventure – The Frost Place – October 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

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.

In October 2017 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to The Frost Place in Fraconia, New Hampshire. The Frost Place was poet Robert Frost’s home in the White Mountains. It is considered a “house museum”. The property includes a museum, a nature trail displaying Frost’s poems, and museum grounds.

We had a wonderful Adventure to The Frost Place on a gorgeous Fall day. We began our visit on the trail through the woods, stopping to read the poems, and snapping many photographs along the way. The trail was short, but pleasant. After completing the trail we returned to the location of Frost’s home. Near the home there was a barn-like area allowing you to make purchases and watch an informational video. We watched the beginning of the video, but did not find it too interesting, so headed over to check out the stunning views of the mountains. It was a beautifully picturesque and unique location in one of my favorite areas of the White Mountains. So glad we were able to explore the Frost Place (Rating: 4).

November 17, 2018 – Lowell National Historic Park – Massachusetts

Today, Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Lowell National Historic Park to explore the Lowell Waterways. The Lowell National Historic Park was established in 1978 and includes a group of different sites in and around the city of Lowell. These sites are related to the era of manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution. They include a visitor center, the Lowell Waterways, the Boot Mills, the Patrick J Morgan Cultural Center and much more.

We were happy to find a local Adventure with our visit to the Lowell National Historic Park. Obviously we were only able to explore the outdoor aspects of the Park, however we did our best to get a feel of the Park. Upon arrival we parked at the visitor parking and were able to speak with the ranger to get a map and some additional details. We headed on our journey, soon realizing that the Waterways were quite unclear, and not marked. However, I felt it best to not look like an obvious tourist in the city, so decided not to continually pull out an overly detailed map, but instead wander on our own.

It was a dull day, leftover snow and brown leaves covering the ground. We were pleased to find some grass, between the city side walks, and some paths along the canal. We walked about an hour and a half, experiencing the sounds, viewing landmarks, and appreciating the diversity of the city. Along the way we found signs noting we were on the “Canalway” and finding various information and historic signs to educate us on our journey. Although I was excited to enjoy a new Adventure, I was disappointed with the Park. However, it was fun to provide Shadow and Wilma with a city Adventure, something we do not do often (Rating: 2).