Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.
Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I adventured to Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut. Lighthouse Point Park is an 82-acre park that includes: a beach, a carousel, a splash park, and the New Haven Light House, also known as Five Mile Point Light. In the distance from the park, you can see views of downtown New Haven, and the Southwest Ledge Lighthouse.
We had a simple adventure to Lighthouse Point Park. I had been curious about this park, and the New Haven Lighthouse for some time and yesterday was the day. I was excited to head off on a new adventure as we have mostly been visiting local favorites in recent weeks. Lighthouse Point Park was one of several adventures of the day, but our only new site.
Upon arrival we immediately located the Lighthouse in the distance. We began heading down a road and traversed a trail along the coast. I did not research maps online, so we just wandered with our eyes and snouts (haha). The sky was lovely, adding some good character to the day. It was an unusually warm day for New England, almost heating up to 50…so bizarre! We walked around making sure not to miss one corner of the park. We spent a lot of time circling the lighthouse and taking photographs. It has been a long time since I have been able to see a new lighthouse and was glad, I finally could add that to our adventures. Unfortunately, dogs were not allowed on the beach, but Gus found a little area along the trail to enjoy some quick digging, Wilma joining in for a few. On this adventure Wilma especially enjoyed some rolls and was excited to see other visitors, hopeful for some attention. We saw many out walking, the majority of dogs on leash. So glad we could finally get to Lighthouse Point Park (Rating: 3.5)
Merry Christmas from Wilma, Gus, and I! I hope all of our friends and followers had a wonderful time with family and friends. I am blessed to have a very special and loving family to celebrate with on this special day! Below you will see some of my favorites from today and leading up to our the holiday.
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Downtown Norwich, Connecticut. Norwich is the where the Yantic, Shetucket, and the Quinebaug flow into the Thames River. It is home to a minor league baseball team, the Norwich Sea Unicorns.
We had a random adventure to Downtown Norwich. I was disappointed to have to change my adventure plans for the weekend due to a mini–New England snowstorm. Therefore, I decided to check out Norwich, a town I had always been curious about. We arrived and found parking easily. It was a windy day, and there were limited people out and about. We walked around locating city hall, some shop and restaurants, and a riverside park. I was disappointed to see a sign indicated no dogs allowed at the park, as there appeared to be a nice trail paralleling the river.
Although we spent a good amount of time wandering and walking the town, there was little to be found of interest. One thing I did appreciate was various paintings on cement barriers around the city. Throughout our visit we encountered many people who appeared to be transient, and others who begging for money. Although I had not thoroughly researched Norwich, I was surprised to find this was the theme of our visit today. Far from a lovely visit, but we still were able to get a good walk in before heading to a familiar park. Glad I will no longer be curious about the town of Norwich (This blog will not be rated).
Today we were excited to do a photo shoot with Santa! This was Gus’ first time meeting Santa! I was not sure what to expect as Gus is often nervous around those he does not know let alone someone so magical (haha!) However I thought it would be fun, and love these holiday photos so thought we would attempt this meeting. Gus was a little nervous but I was surprised that he was pretty brave. He did not want to get too close to Santa, however warmed up a bit, and I would guess if it was not a very short visit he likely would have ended up in his lap.
As expected Wilma was the perfect poser, and was quite eager to eat the treats provided by Santa and his reindeer. I am not sure why I find these kind of events and photos so entertaining, but I just love these moments and snapshots.
I wanted to thank Quite Fetching Barkery and Pet Boutique in Grafton, Massachusetts! They not only host events like meetings with Santa Clause they also have amazing cakes, and a shop. Definitely check them out if you are a crazy dog mama like me!
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The weekly Video/Photo section highlights 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 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 after his passing we welcomed little Wilma into our world. We were devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.These two precious boys boys will be furever in our hearts! We were recently thrilled to add another amazing rescue, Gus, to our home on June 28, 2021! This Weekly Video/Photo section will allow me to share photos from all four of my rescues, whether it be a precious memory, or a current moment.
Today’s photograph is from Camden, Maine this past October. I asked this adorable pair to sit, and being that they were on the steps, the pose was just priceless. Here they are: Wilma and Gus!
This weekend Wilma, Gus, and I went on long local walks, in order to give me time to catch up on the endless leaves and my yard. We were lucky that the weather was warmer than it could be this time of year. Wilma and Gus loved playing ball, running and chasing, sharing sticks, keep away with the balls and toys, and lounging in the sun. It really was a refreshing weekend although I only have fifteen bags done, and still many more to go. I figured I would share some fun photos of this perfect pair, enjoying being outside. Cheers to the endless leaves!
Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Coast Guard Beach is the start of twenty miles of sandy beaches. It received its name from the old coast guard building which sits above the dunes. It is a popular swimming destination, and in-season only allows parking for local residents, however provides shuttle services from nearby parking.
We had a magnificent Adventure to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts. Since our family is celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday this year I decided it would be a good day to visit the Cape. I was surprised to arrive to a crowded scene at Coast Guard Beach. We found some trails high above the tunes that we explored a bit before heading down to the shore.
There were many people wandering onto the beach, but I was relieved that once on the shore everyone was spread out. Dogs are required to be on leash, but to be expected not all followed these guidelines. The ocean was beautiful in color, crashing and singing into shore. The sky was bright blue and the dunes lined the shore, just gorgeous. We walked and walked enjoy the serenity. It was Gus’ first true beach experience. He loved finding crab shells, crab legs, shells, and digging with big sister Wilma. Wilma loved her regular, chaotic digs and continually wanted to play with Gus. The Beach had an endless variety of rocks formed in unique shapes, colors, and texture. We explored and trotted along, not wanting the Adventure to end. It was a perfect day! So glad we could visit Coast Guard Beach (Rating: 5).
Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area in Bourne, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. The Buzzards Bay Recreation Area is the northwestern most section of the Cape Cod Canal bikeway. The Area is popular for walking, fishing, biking, and picnicking. It also contains the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge.
We had a sun-shining Adventure to the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area. If you have followed my blog you might think this area looks quite familiar, however this was our first visit to the Buzzards Bay Recreation section of the Cape Cod Canal bikeway. And although a little odd to be out and about on Thanksgiving our family will be celebrating on Saturday, so an ideal day to explore. I often stop at the Cape Cod Canal bikeway on our way up to Cape Cod. It is a great place to walk, the dogs are generally under control, and although far from magnificent there are some lovely sights. The Buzzards Bay Recreation Area started at the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge a unique and spectacular site. From there we followed the trail, and spent about two hours exercising our paws (haha!). I stopped taking photographs once we merged into the connecting Recreation Area to make sure I was capturing only the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area. I was surprised to see so many others out on this holiday, but an especially gorgeous day for late November in New England. Wilma and Gus loved walking, and checking out the sites, while Wilma added some happy rolls, and Gus some stick chewing. It was really a beautiful day, and if we did not have other plans for the Cape we might have gone on forever.
Afterwards we wandered around Buzzards Bay Park a small park containing a statue, and gazebo, and children’s activities. So glad we could visit the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area today (Rating: 3.5)
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to the Harbor Connector Path, and some additional sections of the multi-use trail system in Salem, Massachusetts. The Harbor Connector Path is the location of the temporary “Sculpture Garden”.
We had a sunny Adventure to the Harbor Connector Path. Today I decided to do some local walks and exploring with this pathway being the only new location of the day. I accidentally found it and thought it looked like an interesting place to take a stroll. The path went along the water, marsh, through a park, and even by a beach. I was especially drawn to this walkway by the sculptures, such a fun feature. The trail was reasonably busy with runners, walkers, bikers, and dog walkers. It was a beautiful Fall day with the sun out and shining. So glad we could check out this Trail Network in Salem today (this blog will not be rated).
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I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about three years 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. This Throwback blog will also allow me an opportunity to share special memories of my boys, Shadow and Buster who have passed. They began my life of wonderful adventures with my rescues, and will be furever in our hearts!!
Today’s Adventure is from three years ago at Winter Island Park in Salem, Massachusetts. I took this Adventure with Shadow and Wilma. We enjoyed playing on the beach, posing with the holiday decorations, wandering the trails, and exploring the Fort. Looking at this old blog I had a flashback of how Wilma always used to get down low waiting for Shadow to return if he was in the water or far away…always ready to pounce and play. Special memories of this pair! I will have to return to Winter Island at some point in the future. Below you will see two photo highlights, and you can also click below to see the full original blog.