June 10, 2018 – Massachusetts – Ashuelot River Park, Walpole Creamery, and Beaver Brook Falls

Today we had three adventures in Keene, NH.  It was a beautiful spring day, the perfect temperature for some shady hikes.  Our first stop was at the Ashuelot River Park.  The Ashuelot River Park is a 157 acre park, which includes the River, and adjoining wetlands.  There are numerous trails throughout the park, many alongside the River.  The trails are especially popular for bicyclists.

When we first arrived at the Park we found a well groomed open area, with beautiful flowers, and benches.  We quickly arrived at the pedestrian bridge, and the Old Mill Dam.  We spent a couple hours wandering the beautiful trails, mostly choosing the route neighboring the River.  There were a couple spots along the trail that were near residential areas, but mostly we felt away from the world, and at peace with nature.  The birds were chirping, and the scenery was peaceful.  It was a great Park of which to enjoy the day (Rating:  4).












Our second stop today was the Walpole Creamery in downtown Keene.  I always love finding an ice cream stop with an outdoor window, and dog ice cream available for the pups.  We made our purchase and found a quiet grassy area to enjoy our ice cream, and to sit for a bit.  It is good to note that there were some nicely shaded umbrella areas in front of the creamery, but I figured we would be more comfortable in the grassy shade.  We each greatly enjoyed our refreshing ice cream.  Shadow and Wilma then enjoyed some time playing, and rolling around in the grass.  Definitely the perfect, and energizing break in between our stops (Rating:  4)






Our last stop of the day was at the Beaver Brook Waterfall.  The trail was less then a mile long, slowly sloping upwards, on an old New Hampshire highway.  The trail was not too picturesque, with wires above and the sounds of local traffic nearby.  It was therefore especially pleasant to hear the babbling Beaver Brook, reminding us that we were truly on on adventure in nature.  We walked along the top of the gorge, and could see the Brook far below.  However, I was so disappointed to arrive at the Falls, as I found no viewing opportunities.  We could hear the magical sound of the water, but yet it was so overgrown that there was not a glimpse in site.  Possibly with some steep, risky climbs, but yet with two dogs in tow, really not an option.  So although I feel like I must have missed something, we never did see the Beaver Brook Falls.   I attempt to think like a dog in these times, and just enjoy the moment, and the experience.  Luckily there were some moments to dip into the Brook, a rock to pose on, and I even saw a beaver like creature along the trail.  Glad we attempted to see this waterfall, while in Keene (Rating:  2)





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