Throwback Adventure – Green Briar Nature Center

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 2014 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Green Briar Nature Center in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  The Green Briar Nature Center is located adjacent to the well known Briar Patch of Thornton Burgess’s stories.  As you may know Burgess was a native of Sandwich, and is famous for his books, including Peter the Rabbit.  The Center is located along Smiling Pond, and includes interpretive trails and a wildflower garden.  The Center also offer nature programs, and contains a “jam kitchen”.

We had an enjoyable Adventure to the Green Briar Nature Center.  We were visiting in off-season, so had the entire Center to ourselves.  It was brown time of year in New England, but we spotted several tulips, and purple flowers on our walk.  I especially recall relaxing on the dock, and the boys enjoying a dip in the water, almost sending me right off the dock.  We relaxed and wandered around the premises, and found ourselves a bit disappointed that the jam kitchen was closed for the season.  I can imagine that this Center must be quite stunning when the wildflower gardens are in bloom, so we might just have to visit again.  Glad we were able to explore the Green Briar Nature Center (Throwback Adventures  will not always be rated).

 

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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 at one of the smaller waterfalls on the hike that leads to Arethusa Falls.  We were thrilled to find several smaller falls along our trek to the the main feature.  Shadow was able to dip in the water, drinking from the cold, fresh Beavis Brook.  This was definitely one of the most amazing Adventure I have gone on, and it is a day I will always cherish.  You can read more about our hike by typing in “Arethusa Falls” in the “search box”.  Enjoy this photo from one of the smaller highlights of the day.

 

Arethusa falls Shadow

October 13, 2019 – Quechee Covered Bridge -Vermont

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, my Friend, and I Adventured to the Quechee Covered Bridge in Quechee, Vermont.  The Quechee Covered Bridge was originally built in 1970 and spans the Ottauquechee River.  It has views of an old mill dam, gorge, and contains a pedestrian walk across.

We had a scenic Adventure to the Quechee Covered Bridge.  Shadow, Buster, and I had been to the bridge on one occasion, and I was glad to be back.  We were thrilled to have one of our friends visiting from Tampa, and could not have chosen a better covered bridge to represent these wonderful structures.  We parked and took some posed photographs on the gorge side before crossing the front of the bridge to the waterfall.  The waterfall was gigantic, and just spectacular, the sunset framing the background of the falls.  We sauntered down to the Quechee Falls Park, a cemented, landscaped area with benches to relax and take-in the view.  We spent some time photographing and just gazed at the spectacular scene, the falls singing from all directions, and the bridge towering from above.  Such beauty!

From there we wandered back up the stairs and headed to the bridge to see the view from atop the bridge.  The bridge was lined with colorful flower boxes, and provided continued lovely views.  After peering out at the panorama, we strolled all the way across, and found an additional viewing spot.  Another perfect scene from a new angle.

I have written about this bridge previously in a blog about Quechee, but decided to discuss the bridge in depth today.  We were so glad to Adventure to the Quechee Covered Bridge, definitely a must-see new England bridge.  I have included photographs, and videos from our visit today, and two photographs of our first visit.  A little dark on this New England evening, but hopefully you can still imagine this picturesque location (Rating:  5).

 

Throwback Adventure – Hopkington State 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!

Hopkington State Park is a Park located in Hopkington, Massachusetts.  It is located on the Hopkington Reservoir, no longer a water source.  The Park encompasses 1500 acres of forest and is a popular area for boating, swimming, and hiking.  There is a fee to enter the Park in-season but Massachusetts State Park passes are also accepted.

Shadow, Buster, and I had numerous Adventures to Hopkington State Park, and on some visits My Mom joined us, while on one occasion my cousin and her pup joined us as well.  We have always gone in phases with local Parks, and for several years this was one of our favorites.  Although dogs were not allowed on the public beach (in-season), we always found side areas to swim.  Over time we found favorite spots away from the hustle and bustle of a popular beach location.  The Reservoir was beautiful, framed by colorful kayaks, and docks.  I loved the view of the circular island not too far out from shore.  We mostly visited Hopkington State Park to swim, but on one occasion I went kayaking, while several times enjoyed some of the trails.  We really have loved our Adventures to Hopkington State Park, and will definitely have to take Wilma to check out the scene.  I gathered some photos from various visits, and although I am sure I have more, I think it is a good representation of our time spent at Hopkington State Park.  We definitely will be back for a future Adventure  (Rating:  4).

 

 

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 what I find to be an adorable photograph of my Shadow.  I guess I feel a little guilty sharing it as he had a moment of unacceptable behavior, but how can you not smile at this hopeful face.  I actually was attempting to snap a photo of my fancy dish, and only later did a realize a sweet face was peaking from behind.  My Mom and I were eating at the Jordan Pond House Restaurant at Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park.  We were thrilled to have Shadow and Buster join us at their outdoor seating.  One of the most beautiful places we have had Adventures to is Acadia Park.  This particular trip to Jordan Pond has forever engraved fond memories in my heart.  If you would like to read more about this Adventure you can search for Jordan Pond in the “search box”.  Shadow’s lesson for us today is, never give up on your dreams (haha!)

 

Jordan pond 17

October 5, 2019 – Goose Rock Beach – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Goose Rock Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Goose Rock Beach is located in a neighborhood area, which is especially populated in summer months.  Goose Rock Beach has approximately three miles of shoreline, provides views of several islands, and is bordered by tidal rivers.  There is limited parking spots, and passes are required seasonally.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Goose Rock Beach.  I decided to get up at four o’clock in the morning to explore a new beach and to appreciate the sunrise.  Goose Rock Beach sure did not disappoint!  We parked in front of several homes, the beach area bordered by greenery.  I immediately heard the waves, and soon found a path to the gorgeous sandy beach.  It was just lovely, sunrise in process, and few people in sight.  Immediately we were energized, Shadow running, Wilma bounding.  We walked down the beach exploring the tidal areas, found some lovely shells, and of course waded into the sea.  We went to the end of one side where we found the tidal River entering the ocean, before turning around and exploring in the opposite direction.  We caught a glimpse of an island, observed several boats floating in the water, and noted some kayaks and chairs scattered on the beach.  The beach was pristine, peaceful, and quite therapeutic.

We spent about two hours walking, running, digging, and dipping.  Shadow went deep into the ocean, the water quite shallow while Wilma especially enjoyed some chaotic digging.  Both Shadow and Wilma took turns engaging the other in energetic play, just so sweet!  As time went on we saw more people, most with furry friends.  It was great to see that almost all of them had their dogs under control, and many quite friendly.  I am guessing most were locals, appreciating this serene locale.  The perfect, extra-early morning Adventure today (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Middle Covered Bridge – Vermont

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 February of 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to the Middle Covered Bridge in Woodstock, Vermont. The Middle Covered Bridge was built in 1969, replacing a previous bridge.  It crosses the Ottaquechee River.

We had a dark, winter Adventure to the Middle Covered Bridge. We found the Bridge near the shops and restaurants, in the middle of a busy street. Shadow posed, as I snapped this memory from this Adventure. Our visit to the Bridge was brief and I only took a photo or two.  Although a dreary day for photographs I still love this photograph of Shadow, taken in one of my favorite Vermont towns. We definitely will be back to the Middle Covered Bridge in the future (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

woodstock briddge