December 10, 2018 – Winter Island Park (Includes Fort Pickering Lighthouse) – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Winter Island Park in Salem, Massachusetts. This is the second time Shadow and I have visited this Park, while the first trip for Wilma. Winter Island Park encompasses: camping opportunities, Waikiki Beach, Fort Pickering and the Historic Fort Pickering Lighthouse. Fort Pickering is a 17th Century Fort which was the coastal defense and military barracks for Salem Harbor. Fort Pickering Lighthouse was later built adjacent to the Fort in 1871.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Winter Island Park on a sunny Winter day. Shadow and I had been to the Park once before, and I soon had memories flashing through my mind. Our initial visit was the first new Adventure we journeyed to after Buster had passed. Our hearts were heavy but it was wonderful seeing Shadow enjoy a new Adventure. Both our trips occurred on December days. On our trip yesterday we were pleased to see the sun was out, although not ideal for photographs, it definitely lead to the perfect beach day. We began our visit traversing the trail along the coast. We stopped at the docks, and at the beach areas along the way. The sand was covered with shells, and the sun beautifully shimmering on the sea. We took our time, Shadow and Wilma enjoying some rolls, digging, and play-time along the way.

After traversing the trails, and exploring the beach areas we wandered around Fort Pickering. The Fort was simple, but scenic, lots of crannies to explore. We walked around the area before heading back to the trails along the shore. The trails wound up and down along the coast, and above the Fort. Trees lined the trails, making for picturesque scene, although dull Winter brown, pops of red were found here and there. We veered off to the rocks several times checking out the lovely view.

We then continued to the wreath adorned lighthouse, practicing poses for our Christmas card. We hopped from rock to rock, getting as close to the lighthouse as possible. After stopping at various views we then returned to the larger beach area to relax, swim, dig, and run. The waves and seagulls creating a lovely, therapeutic song.

Although the Park was quite simple, we had a wonderful afternoon in the sun. There were few visitors to the Park, the perfect off-season perk. We definitely chose the perfect afternoon to explore Winter Island Park. (Rating: 3).

December 2016

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