April 2, 2021 – Downtown Mystic Connecticut

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).

April 2, 2021 – Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park – Connecticut

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).

April 2, 2021 – Putnam River Trail and Cargill Falls – Connecticut

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).

VIDEO OF CARGILL FALLS

Throwback Adventure – Hopeville State Park – Connecticut

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).

Throwback Adventure – Devil’s Hopyard State Park – Connecticut

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).

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 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).

May 9, 2020 -Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds – Connecticut

Yesterday Wilma, and I Adventured to the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut. As expected Studio 80+Sculpture Grounds is a Studio and outdoor Sculpture Ground, dedicated to arts education and appreciation. The Studio is open by appointment while the Grounds are open 365 days per year. The Sculptures on the Grounds are available for purchase.

We had a colorful Adventure to the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds on a breezy May day. I was excited to discover a new Sculpture Grounds to explore. We wandered through the woodsy section of the Grounds, appreciating sculptures in many directions. The Grounds were small, but had no shortage of sculptures to admire. The Grounds abutted a “waterfront” which I am guessing was the Lieutenant River. We wandered over to the water’s edge, and Wilma enjoyed posing on a bench, intently watching the fisherman from afar. It was a simple yet beautiful scene. One aspect I appreciated about the grounds were signs pointing to different locations identifying sections of the Sculpture Grounds (example: secret garden, waterfront…). I thought this was a fun, and artsy way to add character to the lovely display of artwork.

Throughout our visit Wilma was thrilled to roll around in the grass, and eager to explore. I had many flashes of our Shadow, as he would have been rolling alongside little Wilma, bittersweet!  Wilma appeared curious about some of the sculptures but had no moments of fear to these unexpected structures. We sauntered throughout the property several times to ensure we did not miss one of these special creations. We really loved our Adventure to the 80 + Sculpture Grounds and thank them for allowing dog-friendly guests (Rating: 4).

May 9, 2020 – Fitzgerald Road/Blackwell Brook Covered Bridge – Connecticut

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the Blackwell Brook/Fitzgerald Covered Bridge in Brooklyn, Connecticut.  This covered bridge was just built in 2010 repairing the original bridge which was was constructed in 1986.  The Bridge crosses the Blackwell Brook, and is said to be the only one in Northeastern Connecticut.

We had a scenic Adventure to the Fitgerald Road/Blackwell Brook Covered Bridge.  We found the Bridge in a gorgeous residential area, the Brook rushing below.  The Bridge was in a quiet location, providing the ability to walk under and check out the views from the windows.  We did see numerous trespassing signs so were not able to take a photograph from the Brook.  However we enjoyed the peaceful oasis and snapped some photographs from the ends, and under the Bridge.  So glad we could visit the Fitzgerald Road/Blackwell Brook Covered Bridge today (Rating:  4).

 

 

May 9, 2020 – Gillette Castle State Park – Connecticut

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. This was our third trip to the Gillette Castle as we have been there on two other occasions with Shadow. Gillette Castle was once the estate of William Gillette, a famous Actor in the early 1900’s. It was later bought by the state of Connecticut. The Park includes a visitor center, museum, hiking trails, and picnic area. There are even live theater events and walking tours available to visitors.

We had an extra-green Adventure to Gillette Castle State Park.  I debated blogging about Gillette Castle as I have blogged about it before, however it has been well over a year, we have many new followers, and it really is an exceptional Park.  I had three Adventures planned today but in realizing how close Gillette Castle State Park was I decided to add it to our day.  Upon arrival I was shocked to find the parking lot almost empty, quite different then our past Adventures, as Gillette Castle State Park is a popular destination.

Today we decided to spend some time hiking, and exploring the trails, something we have done some in the past, but not too extensively.  The Trails were labeled by color, however the online map had no color identification.  I soon realized it was too cumbersome to follow the map so we just walked and walked. There were plenty of landmarks nearby, and the Park is not large so I knew we would not become lost.  I absolutely loved seeing green in every direction, so vibrant!  We trotted high above the Connecticut River, wandered through the woods, and later headed toward the River before heading back to the Castle.  There were picturesque bridges throughout, and many choices for trails.  The wind was strong, but refreshing.  It was really pretty, and the hills ensured great exercise on this trail system.  Quite an energizing experience.

After hiking for some time we went over to view every angle of the Gillette Castle.  Unfortunately there has been continued construction over the years, and this time we were not even able to go on the porch or get too close.  However we rested in the grass, Wilma watched and rolled, and I appreciated the views of the Castle, the River, and the soft texture of the bright green grass.  Such a unique and scenic state park, even on the third time visiting.  So, so glad we could visit again, and I am positive that we will be back in the future.  I will include photographs at the bottom from today and our first two Adventures, glad to share our other visits with our sweet Shadow (Rating:  4).

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