October 2016 – Vermont – Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday.  These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing.

In October 2016 Shadow, Buster, and I journeyed to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock, Vermont.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed!  This National Park was named for George Perkins Marsh, and Frederick Billings.  George Perkins Marsh was one of the nation’s first global thinkers, while Frederick Billings, was an early conservationist.  The park includes:  trails, horseback carriage rides, a victorian mansion, and a museum.  It is also a popular location for cross-country skiing in the winter.

We choose a gorgeous, cool, fall day to visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.  I did not conduct a lot of research before this adventure, so we decided to let our eyes (and snouts 🙂 ) guide us.  We wandered around the trails, and enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the mansion, and the gorgeous gardens.  There were luscious fields, landscaped gardens, and even some Robert Frost postings along the trails.  We also spent some time relaxing in front of the Victorian mansion.  It was a beautiful stop, and I do plan to visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park again in the future (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

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July 28, 2018 – New Hampshire – Diana’s Bath

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I journeyed to Diana’s Bath in Bartlett, New Hampshire.  Diana’s Bath is a series of pools, cascades, and waterfalls along the Lucy Brook.  The site was once the location of an old sawmill, abandoned by the Lucy family in the 1940’s, while later becoming a historic site.  It is located in the White Mountain National Forest.

We were excited to adventure to Diana’s Bath today.  We have visited this spot before, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from previous trips (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).  Our adventure began bright and early, as this site is known for being a summer hot spot.  Our journey began down the well groomed trail, benches adorning the sides.  It was short, but lovely trail, which ended in a long wooden bridge.

Upon arrival, we decided to ascend to the top of the Falls, hoping to find the serenity of silence.  We strolled up the hill, on a rooted path, taking some photographs along the way.  Of course we stopped to provide Shadow some water time, in the clear, crisp water.  Wilma herself was quite content on the rocks, watching the scenes unfold around her.  At the top of the Falls the water became a brook, with increased small rocks, and decreased pools for dipping.  We enjoyed a little beach area, before the crowds began pouring in.

After wandering around at the top of our Falls we then began our descent down.  We first hopped across the Falls, looking forward to experiencing a different visual.  Additionally, this helped to provide a somewhat less populated journey.  We enjoyed walking through the water, photographing, and of course numerous belly rubs, and love for the dogs.  I even took some time walking on the smooth rocks through the water, which was quite the sensory cool-down.  It was fun to spend time hanging out on the large rocks, and viewing the little waterfalls throughout.  I was pleased that someone offered to take a family photo, with one of the Falls.  Besides being excessively populated, Diana’s Bath was a wonderful place to visit (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

October 2016

July 6, 2018 – New Hampshire – Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest

Today we visited the Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.  Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest is a 157-acre forest with over four miles of hiking. The Forest includes a mile of waterfront views and beaches on gorgeous Squam Lake.  The area even has camping sites, and docks for boat access.  The Squam Lake Association manages the shorefront areas and trails within.

We spent about two hours exploring the trails at Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest.  I was impressed at how well marked the trails were, with printed maps posted throughout the Forest.  The trails went from the forest, to waterfront, to even a “Swamp Walk” trail with a boardwalk surrounded by blueberries!  Mid-hike I was awed to spot a gigantic hawk with a fish in his mouth, just feet above our head.  Although I was not quick enough to take a photo, it was quite the spectacular moment.

If you are one of our followers you know that Shadow ran straight for the water upon site, while Wilma jumped onto the rocks along the trails.  I was humored watching Wilma’s uneasiness with the small waves, but that of course did not stop Shadow from just sitting and enjoying a cool down in the Lake.  These two are the perfect balance of calm and experienced, and wild and curious.  We definitely had a pleasant visit to this lakeside forest (Rating:  3).