Weekly Video/Photo

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 feature is a photograph of Buster on a trip to Cape Cod.  As you know all my pups have enjoyed numerous visits to the beach.  Buster and Shadow grew up on the beaches of Florida, and then moved to Massachusetts and enjoyed the New England beach experience.  I love this photograph of my Buster, posing eagerly.  One of many beach memories with my boys!

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June 1, 2020 – Wickham Park – Connecticut

Today Wilma, My Mom and I Adventured to Wickham Park located in Manchester and East Hartford, Connecticut.  Wickford Park is a private, non-profit foundation.  It is 280 acres in size and has a vast amount of opportunities including:  gardens, playgrounds, sports facilities, and ponds.  It is also a popular location for community events and private weddings.

We had a fragrant Adventure to Wickham Park.  I was very happy to find yet another dog-friendly garden!  We arrived at the Park at around five and explored until it closed at eight.  The Park had beautiful gardens, decorative features to highlight the garden theme, boardwalks, bridges, and more.  We walked and walked, I believe exploring every garden in the Park.  Throughout the evening we often smelled the fragrance of flowers, including the lilacs, my favorite smell of all!!  We approached each turn eagerly, looking forward to the next garden.  And of course we took plenty of time to relax, enjoy the scenery, and take photographs.

Besides the beauty of the gardens, we were quite awed by the sky, blue with beautiful clouds.  The sun was streaming through the trees, creating a fantastic sunset.  It was really the perfect way to end a wonderful evening.  We absolutely loved our visit to Wickham Park and hope to be back in the future (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

 

May 31, 2020 – Glendale Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Glendale Falls in Middlefield, Massachusetts.  Glendale Falls in sourced by the Glendale Brook and is considered one of the longest waterfalls in Massachusetts.  The trail to Glendale Falls is only about a quarter of a mile in length.  The Property is managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

We had a water-rushing Adventure to Glendale Falls.  This was a waterfall I had been curious about for some time so was pleased to fit it in to today’s Adventures!  We located the Falls on a long country road and were disappointed to find it so crowded.  However we were able to obtain the last spot and headed down the trail.  We were quickly distracted by some rocks and what appeared to be the top of the Falls so headed off the trail to explore.   There were some small cascades and a beautiful view although the complete Falls was not yet in sight.  I had a brief flash of several on my White Mountain view’s but definitely not quite as spectacular.

We then headed back to the trail.  The trail was short but somewhat steep at locations. Certain spots actually had steps which helped with balance. We appreciated many boulders, some unusual in shape.  Upon arrival to the bottom we found it very crowded, and took some time trying to navigate our route while adhering to social distancing. We soon found some perfect rocks to enjoy the sounds of rushing water.  The Falls was a bit difficult to capture on camera as it was cascades from far above, however I did my best to capture this beautiful Falls.

We were quite upset to have a little incident when a dog jumped the Brook and bounded high up to the rocks we were standing on and charged Wilma.  I was so disappointed to see the lack of quick response from the owners let alone letting this incident occur in an on-leash location (maybe due to COVID but clearly listed as a rule).  However they eventually made their way to us to retrieve their dog and apologized continually. However this dampened the mood for a bit before we regrouped.  I then decided not to explore farther down the brook as they had headed in that direction but yet was thankful we had seen the complete Falls.

We headed back up the trail taking numerous opportunities to head to various rocky parts of the cascades.  We definitely had to be careful watching our step especially with rock jumping Wilma at the wheel (haha).  Upon arrival at the top we found an area busy with visitors, perfect for dipping.  We actually chatted with several guests and Wilma was quite thrilled to get some belly rubs and lots of attention.  One guest actually mentioned that she had seen the incident with the dog and was impressed at how I handled it.  This made me feel a bit better as everything happened so fast, and although I was not at all happy I did not say a negative word to the owners.  As I think about it Wilma recovered quite quickly it was more myself that was rattled, and frustrated.  I debated mentioning this incident but it did play a big impact in the day.  However, we loved finding a new waterfall, quite unique to the other ones we have located in Massachusetts.  Beautiful rocks, cascades, and a view down the Falls.  So glad we could visit Glendale Falls today (Rating:  4).

 

May 31, 2020 – Wells State Park – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Wells State Park in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  Wells State Park has approximately 1400 acres and is popular for:  hiking, camping, mountain biking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding.  The trails include a pond loop, scenic vistas, rugged terrain and wetlands.

We had a heart-pumping Adventure to Wells State Park.  I was excited to finally visit the Park as it is one I had been curious about for some time.  My plan was to check out the Mill Pond Trail, then hike the North Trail, finally connecting with the Carpenters Rock trail before visiting the Walker Pond.  It took a couple minutes for us to locate the trails but we then followed the route as planned.  The trails were clearly labeled by color, however I was thankful to have a map so I knew exactly where to turn.

The Mill Pond The trail was handicapped accessible and provided several pond views. There were a few side trails which we located that allowed a closer view of the Pond(s). It was simple but provided some variety.  The remaining trails that we hiked were quite unappealing however had many hills to ensure a good workout.  On two occasions the North Trail actually ran through a field with electric poles and wires with signage for danger.  We were able to avoid these poles and carried on.  I found the trails to be more buggy then most, but nothing too unbearable.

My favorite part of these trails was the lookout on the Carpenter Rock trail.  This vista was a rocky ledge which displayed quite lovely views!  If you are visiting Wells State Park for some hiking I highly recommend you visit this well known scenic vista.

After completing our hike we headed over to check out Walker Pond.  On the way Wilma found some perfect grass for some happy roles.  We arrived at the Pond quickly and enjoyed the scene.  Wilma waded in a bit to drink before we headed back to leave on our next Adventure!  So although I likely will not return to Wells State Park we enjoyed a new Adventure and a vigorous hike (Rating:  3.5).

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Fort River Trail – 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 January 2016 Shadow, Buster, and I met my Aunt and Uncle at the Fort River Trail in the Conte Refuge in Hadley, Massachusetts.  The Fort River Trail is 1.2 miles and consists of boardwalks, and flat surfaces, providing handicap accessible access.  The trail is popular for bird watching, walking, and cross country skiing.

We had a fun Adventure to the Fort River Trail, filled with fantastic company.  I am very lucky to have a special Aunt and Uncle in my life.  They are supportive, loving, and always encouraging.  It is always nice when they can join us on an Adventure.

The Fort River Trail was a short boardwalk, but as you may know, I absolutely love boardwalks!!  The boardwalk was covered with snow, adding color to a dark winter day. The boys posed at a look-out area with beautiful mountain views.  We enjoyed catching up with one another and appreciated a refreshing walk.  And although I did not take many photographs, you still can get a good visual of this special little Trail.  So glad we could visit the Fort River Trail (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated.)

 

 

Weekly Video/Photo

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 feature is a photograph of Wilma at Borderline State Park in Easton, Massachusetts.  This is a beautiful park of which I was happy to explore with Shadow, Buster, and with Wilma.  This photograph was taken on our first non-neighborhood hike after we lost our Shadow.  It was hard going out but yet therapeutic and refreshing as well.  I love this photograph of Wilma as she appears quite regal, far from a term I usually would utilize to describe this wild, and unfocused little lady.  You can read more about this park and see photographs of our past Adventures to Borderland State Park by typing it in the search box, or directly at:  https://adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/?s=borderland

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May 25, 2020 – Connecticut College Arboretum – Connecticut

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, Connecticut.  The Connecticut College Arboretum is an Arboretum and collection of botanical gardens.  It provides opportunities for research, teaching, conservation, education and recreation.

We had an eccentric Adventure to the Connecticut College Arboretum.  I had heard about the Arboretum back on our last visit to the area and was quite excited to head back to New London.  After some confusion with parking, we eventually arrived on Williams Street and parked at the gate entry.  Soon after heading in there was a map on a kiosk, but it did not have a detailed trail routes so we decided to wander with no specific plan.  We soon arrived at the Azalea garden, finding pink, orange, red, and various other colors.  From there we came upon a pond, hearing the bullfrogs chirping loudly, and birds singing.  We located a dock-like area and of course had to head out to the end.  Wilma seemed slightly uneasy at the shaking of the dock, but overall was quite brave and curious at this floating feature.  There were lily pads throughout, and rocks protruding.  After exploring the pond we headed on to the trails.

I loved the trails at the Arboretum, feeling as though we were transferred into another environment.  Along the trail we found large boulders, views from atop of a ravine, a dock like boardwalk through a bog, and lots of greenery and trees.  Although I found the Trails a bit confusing we always ended up figuring out where we had been and where to go next.  There were numbers on several parts of the trail, but I was not sure what they were indicating, my guess is a self-guided tour.  We walked, walked, and attempted to traverse all the trails we could find.

After enjoying endless walking we found various areas of the Arboretum including the wildflower garden, and the conifer collection.  I actually found myself appreciating not having a map as we never knew what we might find around the corner.  Wilma enjoyed a nice long hike and as always was eager for some exercise and new terrain.  We spent about two and a half hours at this spectacular Arboretum.  Definitely a fun place to explore (Rating:  4).