January 18, 2021 – Old Hill Burying Ground – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Old Hill Burying Ground in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Old Hill Burying Ground was established in 1729. It includes the Pierce Tomb said to be the resting place of seven family members.

We had a historic Adventure to the Old Hill Burying Ground. We spent about two hours walking around Newburyport and the Clipper Trail, including today’s Adventure to the Old Hill Burying Ground. (Please click on this link if you would like to read more about our last visit to Newburyport – January 1, 2019 – Downtown Newburyport and the Clipper City Rail Trail – Massachusetts). We first walked around the outskirts of the Burying Ground checking out the scene from all angles. It was quite scenic, the sun streaming through the trees, the blue sky full of fluffy cloud. Wilma enjoyed walking along the stone fence. which oddly makes me smile. Once we made our lap around we went into the grounds to explore, including venturing to the top of the hill. I am far from an expert on cemeteries but I found it quite picturesque. So glad we could visit the Old Hill Burying Grounds today (This Adventure will not be rated).

January 17, 2021 – Columbia Greenway Rail Trail and Westfield River Walk – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail and Westfield River Walk in Westfield, Massachusetts. The Columbia Greenway Rail Trail is a two plus mile paved path through the town of Westfield that traverses the Great River Bridge over the Little River. The Westfield River Walk is an almost two mile stone-dust path along the Little River which intersects with the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail.

We had a bridge-filled Adventure to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail and the Westfield River Walk. Our main Adventure fell through today so we found ourselves exploring spontaneously. This Trail and Walk were not too clearly identified in-person, however upon arriving home I did some research in regards to our travels to discover that we had explored these two locations.

We enjoyed walking along the River, across the bridges, and down the paved path. The bridges were the pair of the Great River Bridges and the Westfield River Bridge, all of which had crossings available for pedestrians. There were lovely views down the River. Wilma enjoyed the walk over and under the bridge, and entertained me as she played in puddles of cracking ice. If I had realized that there were particular trails we may just have traversed these entire pathways, however glad to find portions of today’s trails for our Adventure (This blog will not be rated).

January 17, 2021 – Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail is a less then .5 round trip pathway along the canal. It is lined with various trees, has benches, and displays informational kiosks.

We had a simple Adventure to the Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail. I had planned this Adventure as one of the mini stops after our main destination. It took at a minute for me to figure out where to park, but we located a retail mall and decided to walk to the Trail. Upon arrival we found several information kiosks and headed down the path. The Trail was quiet, a nice separation from the visual needs of the community. The canal flowed steadily, but did not add any song in the air. One side of the Trail was lined with a decorative cement barrier, while opposite the canal there were mill buildings, mostly appearing to be apartment living. We walked to the end and turned around, only seeing one other fellow walker. The Trail was someone unappealing, but yet Wilma absolutely loved the smells along the way. Definitely not a place we will return but always glad to explore a new place (Rating: 2).

Throwback Adventure – Middlesex Fells – Massachusetts

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

So today I am sharing a post from Middlesex Fells Reservation with Shadow and Buster back in June 2014. Middlesex Fells Reservation is a 2,200 State Park located in Stoneham, Massachusetts. It is filled with numerous reservoirs. It is a popular park for: biking, boat rentals, hiking, and fishing. Reportedly the Park has areas reserved for on-leash and off-leash dog hiking.

We had a warm Adventure to Middlesex Fells Reservation. I am always embarrassed to admit that I do not remember numerous details of an Adventure but this is the case with Middlesex Fells Reservation. I recollect numerous trails and lots of hiking with my amazing boys. I do not recall seeing many others at this location. Wilma and I will just have to return at some point to provide a more in depth description. However, still glad to share yet another dog friendly location in Massachusetts (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

Today’s video is an Adventure I had with Shadow and Wilma back in April 2019 to Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine. I have been to Cadillac Mountain three times, and on this occasion the sky and view were absolutely lovely. We enjoyed walking the paved paths, relaxing and checking out the scene. The experience was so spectacular that we came back to watch the sunset later in the day. Such an amazing memory at a gorgeous location. Here it is:

January 9, 2020 – Scituate, Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Scituate, Massachusetts. Scituate is a coastal town in Southern Massachusetts. It is a small town known for the beaches, history, restaurants, shops, and the fishing community.

We had a walking-filled Adventure to Scituate on a beautiful winter day. Although we have been to many of the locations we visited today, I have only blogged about the Scituate Lighthouse, so decided to do a blog about the town. Today we explored: Scituate Harbor, the Harborwalk, the shopping district, Lawson Tower, Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, and the Scituate Lighthouse. We walked and walked, and enjoyed the spectacular sun on this winter day.

The most beautiful stop in Scituate today was definitely the Scituate Lighthouse. It is one of the most gorgeous Lighthouses in New England with several breakwaters, and rocky beaches surrounding. One of the special features about the Scituate Lighthouse is you can get up-close to view this spectacular structure. While at the Lighthouse Wilma especially loved exploring the beach, covered with rounded beautifully colored rocks, and hoping along the breakwater rocks. We have been to the Scituate Lighthouse numerous times, and it never disappoints.

We also stopped at Lawson Tower, which we had not been to before. This was a grandly tall structure, surrounded by gating, but yet a unique and unusual Tower. I initially was planning on just blogging about this Tower but decided to share the summary of our time in Scituate due to our numerous other stops, and time spent exploring.

Throughout the day Wilma enjoyed charming those around us, rolling in the grass, walking, and exploring the coastal smells. I was planning on a half day trip today but between Scituate and our previous stop we walked the day away! So glad we could visit Scituate today (Rating: 4)

Throwback Adventure – Chesterfield Gorge – Massachusetts

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In August 2016 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the Chesterfield Gorge with my Aunt and Uncle. If you are a follower of my blog, or a fanatic of New England Gorge’s you may be aware that there are two Chesterfield Gorge’s in New England – one in New Hampshire, and one in Massachusetts. Today my blog will be about the Chesterfield Gorge in Chesterfield, Massachusetts. The Chesterfield Gorge in Massachusetts is located in a steep rock canyon along the Westfield River. The Gorge has trails and is a popular location for fishing. It is a park of the Trustees of Reservation.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Chesterfield Gorge with perfect company. I remember appreciating views of the Gorge from high above before walking down a hill to get to the water’s edge. The boys enjoyed drinking from the clear River water, framed by beautiful evergreen trees. The River was filled with rocks adding a variety of color to the scene. We enjoyed wandering down the trail parallel to the water and fantastic company. I look forward to exploring the Chesterfield Gorge again in the future (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

Today’s photograph is one I took last week of Wilma in Provincetown, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. I was looking forward to posing Wilma on this bench, and was quite thrilled to remember the location. It is so colorful, and the perfect summary of the coast. A good memory of our wonderful day on the ocean!

January 2, 2020 – Franklin Park (Including Schoolmaster Hill Ruins)

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Franklin Park is the largest park in the Emerald Necklace at approximately 527 acres. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1890s. Franklin Park includes: trails, history, a public golf course, Schoolmaster Hill and the ruins, Scarboro Pond, and the Franklin Park Zoo.

We had an unexpected Adventure to Franklin Park. My initial plan was to visit the ruins at Schoolmaster Hill and then likely head to the Arnold Arboretum nearby. However, not knowing exactly where it was located we parked and began walking. I soon realized we were in Franklin Park, and decided to just explore, and hopefully locate the Schoolmaster Hill in the process. We immediately stumbled on Scarboro Pond, and decided to walk on the loop around this Pond. The Pond was simple, but lovely, filled with ducks and framed by two two bridges on the near and far ends. The people we passed were friendly, which is not something I would have expected in the city. Along this tiny loop we found a map to help us navigate our route.

After Scarboro Pond we headed on the main loop around the Park. The Park was centered by the golf course, and the clouds and sun were just right. We passed various things including a playground and cafe before arriving at the Schoolmaster Hill. I was so excited to head up the Hill to check out the ruins. We arrived at the ruins after a short walk up the Hill, trotting through the ruins several times, appreciating each moment of the experience. Wilma appeared extra curious, jumping up, putting her front paws up to look through, and peaking into each corner. I absolutely loved the ruins, they were beautiful. Definitely exceeded my expectations! (Please see below for a video as well as numerous photographs).

After spending time at Schoolmaster Hill we continued to explore the Park, including: The 99 Steps/Ellicott Arch, and Scarboro Hill with the “vista” lookout. We spent about two and a half hours walking on the paved trails, and trying to see what we could find. I absolutely loved watching the sun setting the clouds were framed by all colors, and sunlight creating a spectacular scene. I wish this beauty was easier to capture on camera. As you may expect the sunset and ruins were my favorite parts of today’s Adventure, while Wilma loved walking along the stone fences, jumping on the rocks, and the expected walking and sniffing. Although I had heard of Franklin Park I never thought of exploring it until our accidental find. So glad we could Adventure to Franklin Park today (Rating: 3.5)

Throwback Adventure

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

So today I am sharing my blog from Fort Foster Park in Kittery, Maine. I have fond memories of my Adventure there with Shadow and Wilma back in November 2018. Fort Foster was a beautiful Park filled with the beautiful coast and Fort remnants. In addition we walked through a wind and hail storm, a crazy weather experience. We will definitely have to get there in the summer months. Please enjoy this previous blog on Fort Foster:

November 10, 2018 – Fort Foster Park – Maine.