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.
Today Wilma, Gus, My Mom and I Adventured to New London, Connecticut, visiting various sites. New London, Connecticut is a seaport city located on the Thames River. It is known for its history as a whaling town and the current music and art scene.
We had a fabulous Adventure to New London, Connecticut. I was thrilled for our first day trip with Gus, and his first Adventure to Connecticut!! We visited sites we have seen before and also some new locations. Our stops included: Fort Trumbull State Park, Rita’s, the Mural Walk, The Hempsted Homes, the sculpture trail at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and the Connecticut College Arboretum. It was a surprisingly humid day but besides that it was just right. I enjoyed watching my new pair enjoy each others’ company, and of course we were quite happy to have my Mom join us! Both Wilma and Gus enjoyed some happy rolls, and exploring new smells. I ordered Wilma some Rita’s ice cream, but decided to wait on Gus savoring this treat due to his puppy stomach. My Mom and I both devoured a gelato, just so refreshing. I was quite entertained in attempting to get Gus to pose, but got a couple good ones here and there. I have been to New London numerous times before, and love the variety and options available. Such a wonderful day in New London today (this blog will not be rated).
Yesterday Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, Connecticut. Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens has 12 gardens, trails, free dog training, educational programs, and summer concerts. The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens is free and is open dusk for dawn.
We had a refreshing Adventure to the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. I was excited to explore a new Arboretum and Garden. We were thrilled My Mom could join us for a girls day out! We began by exploring the trails making sure to see a variety of terrains, including “wetlands” and trails that went over streams, through the woods, and near ponds. The trails were simple, but peaceful. We saw few others along the way. It was warm but there was a little breeze. My favorite part of the trails were the boardwalks.
After exploring trails we went over to the gardens. We did our best to catch all of the gardens. Wilma made friends with some people who seemed to be having a children’s party, literally rolling into their laps, and hearts. It was quite entertaining. Before we knew it she was surrounded by children eager to pat her. I always love these sweet moments. From there we continued to explore the gardens. They were simple but there were definitely some beautiful flowers, and spots along the way.
So glad we could explore the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens (Rating: 3.5).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Downtown Mystic Connecticut. Downtown Mystic is located on the Mystic River and is the hub of restaurants, bookstores and shops. It is a popular tourist location.
We had a people-filled Adventure to Downtown Mystic Connecticut. I actually drove through this area several times looking for parking and determining if we felt like immersing ourselves into the tourist filled streets. Eventually I found a spot and we decided to wander through the town. There were endless people, and a few dog walkers here and there. We found a dock along the River, the drawbridge, a wharf, and walked past numerous shops, and restaurants. There were many tasty smells that filled the air, yummy! We found a couple statues throughout, adding some art to the scene.
Before leaving I found an outdoor ordering window for a small bakery, right next to the car. Poor Wilma must have thought we were at the ice cream shop as she hopefully gazed and charmed the employees while I waited for my iced chai drink, and tangerine cupcake. She even rejected the treat they kindly came out and gave her, my spoiled girl. Do not worry Wilma, the ice cream shops will be open before you know it and we will then be adding it to our Adventures (haha). So glad we decided to explore Downtown Mystic Connecticut today (Rating: This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton, Connecticut. Fort Griswold is the site of the 1781 massacre by the British led by Benedict Arnold, during the Revolutionary War. The grounds include the Ebenezer Avery House, the Monument, and a Revolutionary War museum. The Fort borders the Thames River.
We had a scenic Adventure to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park. We arrived to find the Fort in a quiet neighborhood, few visitors in sight. We began heading through the field over to the Fort, the location framed by a bright blue sky and beautiful clouds. We explored all the areas of the upper Fort, and found a tunnel leading to the lower area. After traversing through the tunnel we found a trail down to the lower area of the Fort. We explored every aspect of the Fort we could find. I found it so interesting, and beautiful, the views of the Thames River spectacular, and in the opposite direction spotting the Monument from afar. We took our time exploring and appreciating the experience. So glad we could visit Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park today (Rating: 4).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Putnam River Trail and Cargill Falls in Putnam, Connecticut. The Putnam River Trail is a three mile Trail that runs along the Quinebaug River. It crosses various parks, passes the Cargill Falls, and has benches and bridges along the path. There is even a dog park on the route.
We had a flurry-filled Adventure to the Putnam River Trail and Cargill Falls. Although I am normally a lover of snowflakes being that it is now April, I was quite unimpressed. We parked at one of the numerous parking lots on Kennedy Drive. We walked and walked. We found some artwork, sculptures, and spotted mills across the River. There were several times we went down to the Rivers edge, to check out the view. Wilma enjoyed some sips, and thought about some energetic digs, but mostly just enjoyed the scene. As expected we appreciated Cargill Falls, composed of cascades below the dam. Although Cargill Falls is not one might consider a “normal” Falls it was more impressive then I expected. We saw several dogs, runners, walkers, bikers, and several people fishing. Overall I found the pathway quiet, except for the sounds of the nearby traffic. My favorite parts of this Adventure were the artwork, the Falls, and a beautiful arched bridge. Wilma loved walking, sniffing, finding some rocks to climb, and yes more grassy rolls! So glad we could visit the Putnam River Trail and Cargill Falls today (Rating: 3).
In April 2015 Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to Hopeville State Park in Griswold, Connecticut. Hopeville State Park is a State Park popular for camping, boating, hiking, fishing, and swimming. It contains 544 acres of property which includes Hopeville Pond, and the Pachaug River.
We had a restful Adventure to Hopeville State Park. I actually do not remember many details about this Adventure, but do recall resting on the beach, and the boys enjoying some sandy digs. It is amazing seeing the peace and quiet of old photographs, while since COVID parks have been packed full of people. So glad to locate these photographs, of yet another Adventure with my boys (This blog will not be rated).
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 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. Devil’s Hopyard State Park is most well known for Chapman Falls, a waterfall that drops more than sixty feet. The Park contains at least five moderate trails, an un-named wooden bridge, and pothole stone formations. The Park is surrounded by many myths and stories including one of a man name Dibble, who had a garden to grow hops which were used in the production of beer. The Park is popular for: hiking, birding, camping, and fishing.
We had a wonderful Adventure to Devil’s Hopyard State Park. I remember this Adventure being on a day of moon significance with warnings not to look at it without special eye wear. Of course I cannot seem to recall the exact title, however I enjoyed some conversation with other visitors who were quite interested in the pups and let me peak through their special glasses. On this Adventure we loved the waterfall, and of course had to check out the stream and covered bridge. There were picnic tables to relax. We walked around but did not explore any of the official trails, however it was one of our Adventures on a full day. I especially love this photograph of Shadow and Wilma at the falls, I cannot believe Wilma was ever so small. Another cherished memory in a photograph. We look forward to visiting Devil’s Hopyard State Park again in the future (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).
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).