August 2, 2020 – Thoreau Farm – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Thoreau Farm in Concord, Massachusetts.  The home is also titled the “Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House”.  As expected this home was the Birth House of Henry David Thoreau.  Thoreau was a poet, and a philosopher.  The property offers tours, but are currently closed due to COVID, however they are providing virtual tours online.  In addition they have a partnership with the Thoreau Society for a writing program.

We had a short Adventure to the Thoreau Farm after a local walk.  I was looking forward to visiting yet another historical homestead in the area.  We parked and found one car in the parking lot, although saw no other visitors on our Adventure.  We were greeted by a gorgeous tree, possibly a Catalpa, unique and spectacular.  We wandered under the tree and headed over to the home.  The home was simple but well kept.  It had several gardens, benches, and a “monument” with a brief description of Thoreau and his work.  We wandered around the home and appreciated the grounds.  It was very small, but pretty in its own way.  Wilma appreciated some happy rolls to celebrate our visit.  So glad we could Adventure to the Thoreau Farm today (This Adventure will not be rated as only the grounds were explored.)

 

July 26, 2020 – Codman Estate – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I adventured to the Codman Estate also referred to as
“the Grange”. This historic home was built in 1740 and owned by five generations of the Codman family before becoming a historic home.  The Estate is approximately sixteen acres and includes the home, and gardens.  Tours of the home are available, however currently are on hold due to COVID.

We had a historic adventure to the Codman Estate.  We took a local walk before heading over to explore this historic home.  We parked and began down a dirt road, before arriving at the Home.  The Home had a grand entrance with several stairs leading us to the substantial mansion.  There was not much to see but the Home was well maintained, and attractive.  We wandered around the home soon finding the Italian garden, a fountain-pond filled with gorgeous water lilies, flowers, and several statues.  We sauntered through the garden.  I loved the European style, and especially appreciated the tiger lilies and water lilies.  As we got near the pond there was a massive frog panic, quite humorous.  Poor Wilma wanted to go in the water but it looked a little unhealthy for sipping so I did venture too close.  We took our time admiring this little garden even laying out in the grass.  Just perfect!

From there we explored some nearby trails, although it was unclear if they were related to the Estate.  After walking on one for a couple minutes I located a sign for the Bay Circuit.  Therefore we decided to turn around as Wilma appeared hot and we had already obtained our walk on this warm summer day.

Our last part of the adventure was completing our loop around the home and relaxing in the green, soft, shady grass!  As I mentioned Wilma seemed quite warm I thought this was the perfect way to end our Adventure.  We were able to cool down and before heading home.  Lounging in the grass was by far Wilma’s highlight of the adventure (haha)!  So glad we could visit the Codman Estate today, a nice surprise (Rating:  4).

July 18, 2020 – Wright’s Tavern – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Wright’s Tavern in Concord, Massachusetts.  Wright’s Tavern is a historic tavern that had significance in the American Revolution.  Unlike most other historic landmarks in Concord, there are no tours, or museums, however Wright’s Tavern continues to be memorialized as a National Historic Landmark.

We had a historic Adventure to Wright’s Tavern.  Due to another hot day we decided to again just take a local walk, relax in the backyard, and visit a nearby community landmark.  We arrived at the Tavern and found parking at the neighboring church.  We sauntered over to Wright’s Tavern to take photographs and check out this Historic Landmark.  The building was in perfect condition, and immaculate in structure.  We viewed Wright’s Tavern from each angle.  There was really not much to see, except a nice looking building, with great history.  Although the Adventure was quite uneventful, still glad to see another historic landmark in Concord.   (Rating:  This Adventure will not be rated).

July 6, 2020 – Historic Deerfield- Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  Historic Deerfield is a Museum dedicated to the history of Deerfield and the Connecticut River Valley.  There are approximately 11 historic homes from the 18th and 19th centruy. Historic Deerfield also has museums, a shop, and offers tours and educational programs.

We had a fun Adventure to Historic Deerfield.  Due to COVID Historic Deerfield is officially closed however this did not change our visit as the indoors of this Village are not dog-friendly when open. We began our morning by viewing a large map posted outside the visitors center.  This map gave me an idea of where all the historic buildings were located so we did not miss a piece of history.  The street was very charming, the historic buildings scattered between private homes and other buildings but yet all restored to 18th and 19th century architecture.

We walked and walked, but also took time to sit in the shade to refresh.  My favorite aspects of the village included:  the Wells-Thorn House – unique blue in color, the various lanterns, the Moors House – framed with lattice, the numerous adorning fences, and the little architecture features throughout.  Wilma loved her summer rolls, searching for squirrels, lounging in the shade and posing grandly.  An Adventure filled with walking with a historic view!  We really enjoyed exploring Historic Deerfield today (Rating:  Historic Deerfield will not be rated as only the grounds could be explored).

 

 

 

April 22, 2020 – Battle Road Trail, Part III – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, and I Adventured to the Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Battle Road Trail is an almost ten mile round trip Trail, connecting historic sites from Concord to Lexington Massachusetts.  The Trail focuses on the Battle of 1775 which began the American Revolution.  It crosses wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and contains various landmarks and kiosks along the way.  The Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Park.

We had a gusty Adventure to the Battle Road Trail.  This was the first time we have been to this section of the Battle Road Trail, so I am therefore titling it “Part III”.  This is our third and final blog of this special Trail, as we have now officially traversed the entire Trail.  It was sad to complete this journey without our Shadow but we were pleased that he was able to appreciate almost the entire Trail as today was the smallest portion of our three part Adventure.  Today Wilma and I parked at the last lot at Meriam Corner.  Apparently we did the Trail backwards as my research indicated this was actually the beginning  of the Battle Road Trail..oops!  After parking we headed toward Nathan Meriam’s home, the only historical building on this last section of the Trail.  Wilma posed on a bench nearby, and at the home.  We then walked around this historic building, quickly locating some bright colors in several flowers, including:  Narcissus, Hyacinths, and Periwinkles.  More and more signs of spring to brighten our day!

We then returned to the parking lot and continued on the Trail, heading in the direction of our previous Adventures.  There were few other visitors exploring, and we did not even spot one dog friend.  The sky was filled with perfect clouds, and the wind roaring.  There were several benches along the way, kiosks, and several very short boardwalks.  We sauntered through the fields, and woods, before entering the edge of farmland, and soon arrived at the farthest location of which we commenced “Part II” of our Battle Road Trail Adventures.  (I believe that official location was “Carty Barn” per my best guess from the map).

Wilma seemed a bit apprehensive again today, but yet the wind was quite wild, possibly causing her some uncertainty.  Yet she may still be building her confidence without chill Shadow trotting by her side, reassuring her that everything will be alright.  However she still was quite energetic to be out and about.  Wilma has had a sore leg on and off so we have been doing a little less walking, and backyard time, causing us both to be especially thrilled to be out and about.  So we did our best to walk slowly, and I took time to cherish the precious moments from our first Adventures with our sweet Shadow.  If you would like to see our previous two Adventures with Shadow to the Battle Road Trail you can type “Battle Road Trail” in the search box, and all three Adventures will be listed from your search.  The Battle Road Trail is definitely an original place to explore in our New England (Rating:  3).

March 28, 2020 – Battle Road Trail, Part II – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Battle Road Trail is an almost ten mile round trip Trail, connecting historic sites from Concord to Lexington Massachusetts.  The Trail focuses on the Battle of 1775 which began the American Revolution.  It crosses wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and contains various landmarks and kiosks along the way.  The Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Park.

We had a refreshing Adventure to the Battle Trail.  This was the first time we have been to this section of the Battle Trail, so I am therefore titling it “Part II”.  We parked at the Hartwell Tavern Parking Lot as on our first Adventure (Part I), the Hartwell Tavern was where we concluded our hike.  Today we began our walk down the Trail locating a picnic area, and a weeded patch scattered with crocuses, a gorgeous sign of spring.  This side-trail from the parking lot soon dropped us right to the Hartwell Tavern where we turned left and began our Part II Adventure on the Battle Trail.

The Battle Trail was the busiest I have ever seen it.  I have been quite humored by the fact that a Pandemic has caused so many discover the magnificent outdoors, leading the trails to be over-crowded with guests.  This sadly has caused many places to close but we were relieved that although the facilities were closed the physical Battle Trail was still open.  And of course when I say “humored” I do acknowledge that it is a very worrisome time, however, I never would have expected everyone to flood to the quiet oasis of the outdoors.

As expected, the Battle Trail was end of winter brown, however there were small aspects of color in various buds.  In many parts the trails were edged by perfectly shaped rock fences, adding a lovely frame.  We passed historical buildings, remnants of battle, and were educated by kiosks along the trail.  I was surprised to find two boardwalks along the Trail, in my mind an unexpected feature of a historic landmark.  The boardwalks appeared to transform us into a new environment, a wonderful aspect of the Trail.

We spent about three hours walking the Battle Trail, including exploring several side-trails.  I had planned to hike the entire second half of the Trail, often thinking we were close to the finish, although no way to know.  However Shadow seemed quite tired and Wilma appeared to be re-aggravated a sore leg, so I regretfully headed back, feeling this was best for my furry best buds.  So there will be a “Part III” in the future. no matter how short it may be!  Such a wonderful day to enjoy a walk on the Battle Trail (Rating:  3.5).

(If you are interested in reading Part I of the Battle Trail, you can type “Battle Road Trail” into the search box.  I will be updating it immediately after posting this blog to indicate “Part I”.)

Throwback Adventure – Fort Revere Park – Massachusetts

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. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!

In April 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fort Revere Park in Hull, Massachusetts.  Fort Revere Park is less then 10 acres in size.  It is located on Telegraph Hill, and is famous for its’ role in the American Revolution.  The Property includes a Water  Tower, remnants of the Fort, and picnic tables.  Fort Revere Park is owned by the Town of Hull and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

We had a historic Adventure to Fort Revere Park on a day full of Adventures.  The Park was very small, and had minimal property to explore.  However, we still enjoyed the experience.  We pranced around the Water Tower taking photographs, and then headed over to the Fort which was scattered with graffiti.  I was disappointed to see the Fort in this condition but we still wandered around checked out the ledges, doors, and various aspects of the Fort.  I especially remember walking around on a ledge high above the Fort.  We appreciated the views of the Harbor, and even noticing a lighthouse far in the distance.  There were no other visitors at the Park, which appeared to be hidden away in the quiet Town of Hull.  Glad we were able to visit the Fort Revere Park (Throwback Blogs will not always be rated).

 

February 22, 2020 – Fall River Heritage State Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fall River Heritage State Park in Fall River, Massachusetts.  Fall River Heritage State Park is a historic public park that is located along the Taunton River.  The Park includes:  a large carousel, a visitor center, a boardwalk, and views of the battleships of Battleship Cove – America’s Fleet Museum.  Fall River Heritage State Park is popular for sailing, walking, educational programs, and summer activities.

We had a scenic Adventure to the Fall River Heritage State Park.  Upon arrival, I was immediately awed by the World War II battleships docked at neighboring Battleship Cove.  They were gigantic, and absolutely fascinating.  We immediately wandered toward these ships, but did not enter the actual Battleship Cove, unlikely to be dog friendly.  We explored the minimal grounds finding several propellers, a 9-1-1 Memorial, and various other artifacts.

After wandering around the Battleship Cove grounds we headed toward the Visitor Center.  I almost neglected to locate the carousel as we passed by, closed for the season.  Our entrance began as we traversed a wooden bridge leading us to the doorsteps of the Visitor Center.  We headed up to and around the Center, making sure not to miss sight of the River.  Over to the left were the ships and the impressive Baga Bridge, while to the right the boardwalk resumed.  Our journey continued down the boardwalk, parallel to the River.  Along this boardwalk we passed a small park with benches, and what appeared to be a building for sailing ventures.  We spent about two hours in the Park mostly walking along the boardwalk, while also stopping to take photographs and explore various sites.  Throughout the Park we located small kiosks identifying our location, which eventually ended, leading me to the conclusion that we ventured far past the Park’s border.  We walked and walked until we arrived at a World War II Memorial.  We visited the various statues, and memorials before heading back to the Park.

Throughout our visit to the Heritage River State Park I especially was drawn to the spectacular Battleships, and the scenic boardwalk along the River.  The Park unfortunately was quite dirty, and was scattered with geese poop.  However, we did our best to avoid these unpleasantries, and enjoyed our brisk walk.  As per our usual Adventure, it was filled with cheerful rolls, lots of posing, and enthusiasm for a new Adventure.  I worked on some training with Wilma during today’s Adventure, and was quite proud of her work, a wonderful role model by her side.  It was nice to see the sun out, and a slight increase in temperature for our New England Winter.  Definitely glad we could explore the Fall River Heritage Park today (Rating:  3).

 

 

February 9, 2020 – Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in Saugus, Massachusetts.  Saugus Iron Works is the Site of the first integrated ironworks in North America, begun by European iron makers.  The Park is nine acres and includes:  a museum, working waterwheels, a mill, a 17th century home, and a short nature trail along the marsh and woodlands.  The Park is open seasonally.

We had a unique Adventure to the Saugus Iron Works.  As I am recovering from a back injury (yes again!) and still being cautious with Wilma recuperating toenail, we decided to defer from a daytrip and instead explore the Saugus Iron Works.  I had observed the sign on the highway several times, leading to our discovering of this National Park.

Saugus Iron Works was well marked, and easily located.  Upon arriving we found one car in the parking lot, however had not expected it to be crowded due to the current off-season.  Immediately we located a brochure providing additional information about the Site.  We spent about an hour exploring the Park, checking out the water wheels, furnace area, and all structures in site.  The Park was on the basin of the Saugus River adding some scenery, and songs of nature.  There were some picturesque bridge structures, and a cement path leading the way.  After finishing exploring the main features we took a stroll along the nature trail, very short, but a nice little add-on to our experience.  I was pleased to see a blue sky, contrasting with the browns of winter.

Throughout our visit Shadow and Wilma appreciated many rolls, while Wilma especially loved watching the ducks.  Shadow and Wilma were eager to inhale the smells, and enthusiastic to explore.  I was disappointed by the excessive geese poop along the grounds, but I guess that comes with New England winter.  I found the Park simple, yet distinctive.  I can imagine it is quite the learning experience when in-season with demonstrations, tours, and working wheels.  So glad we were able to visit the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Park today (Adventure will not be rated as Park was closed for the season).

 

February 2, 2020 – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the ground of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Orchard House is most famous for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women back in the 1800s.  The Alcott family resided in the home for many years.  It currently is a historic museum.

We had a simple Adventure to the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House.  Poor Wilma hurt her paw/claw on Friday so we rested yesterday, and just took a short, local walk today.  I thought it would be fun to explore one of the many local historical homes, so I chose the Orchard House.  So I decided not to research the home to see if it was dog friendly, as I assumed it was not, so of course we only explored the grounds.  We had the property all to ourselves, walking around the property, peering in the windows, taking photographs, and of course enthusiastic rolls for Shadow and Wilma.  There was not much to explore from the outdoors, but the buildings were quite scenic.  I am sure, even more lovely in the non-winter months of New England.  So not necessarily a “normal” Adventure but glad we could get out to add some variety to our weekend of rest.  Definitely many historical hot spots in New England (Adventure will not be rated as only the grounds were explored).