June 12, 2021 – Fort Knox Historic Site – Maine

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Fort Knox in Prospect Maine. Fort Knox is located on the Penobscot River. It is a granite fort built between 1844 and 1869. It was named after Major General Henry Knox, America’s first Secretary of War. The Fort was created to protect the Penobscot River Valley from attacks from the British. This Site is also the location for the Penobscot Narrows Bridge observatory which is not dog friendly.

We had a spectacular adventure to the Fort Knox Historic Site. As you may know if you have been following my blogs this weekend my camera was not charged properly so I relied on my cell phone for the majority of photographs. Although I am far from a history buff I have grown to really enjoy visiting, and photographing forts. Fort Knox definitely did not disappoint! I actually first discovered Fort Knox driving down the grand Penobscot Narrows Bridge, an amazing site on the shores of the River. We arrived at Fort Knox after a day of hiking at Acadia and I was quite excited to check out the sites. Wilma and I were both tired from our hiking but we carried on to explore. We made sure to explore all the crannies, tunnels, staircases, and everything we could find. I could not believe how much fun it was locating these different areas within the Fort. It is usual that you can find a Fort to explore, especially one that is dog friendly. The views of the Penobscot River, and Bridge were lovely, the sky bright blue. Wilma loved lounging in the grass and rolling over for those who may give her a belly rub, she is quite the charmer!! We could not have asked for a better day to visit the Fort Knox Historic Site. It really made me feel like a kid again, and I think may have been my favorite Fort yet. So glad we could visit the Fort Knox Historic Site (Rating: 5).

May 16, 2021 – Hancock-Clarke House – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington, Massachusetts. The Hancock-Clarke House was built in 1737 and was the parsonage house for the town of Lexington. It was the childhood home of statesman John Hancock and is known as part of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The house also has an herb garden, highlighting traditional herbs from the 1700s.

We had a historic adventure to the Hancock-Clarke House. We had a weekend full of local walks, friends and family, and catching up in the yard so decided to enjoy this simple NEW Adventure. We were walking along one of our favorite trails, the Minuteman Bikeway, and turned off this route to find the House. The Hancock-Clarke House itself was beautiful a vibrant yellow color. The front was lined with a scenic rock wall, and it a small herb garden. The house was open but of course we did not enter assuming there were no precious pups allowed. There was not much to see outside the house, but glad we were able to Adventure and learn about yet another New England home (this blog will not be rated).

January 18, 2021 – Old Hill Burying Ground – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Old Hill Burying Ground in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Old Hill Burying Ground was established in 1729. It includes the Pierce Tomb said to be the resting place of seven family members.

We had a historic Adventure to the Old Hill Burying Ground. We spent about two hours walking around Newburyport and the Clipper Trail, including today’s Adventure to the Old Hill Burying Ground. (Please click on this link if you would like to read more about our last visit to Newburyport – January 1, 2019 – Downtown Newburyport and the Clipper City Rail Trail – Massachusetts). We first walked around the outskirts of the Burying Ground checking out the scene from all angles. It was quite scenic, the sun streaming through the trees, the blue sky full of fluffy cloud. Wilma enjoyed walking along the stone fence. which oddly makes me smile. Once we made our lap around we went into the grounds to explore, including venturing to the top of the hill. I am far from an expert on cemeteries but I found it quite picturesque. So glad we could visit the Old Hill Burying Grounds today (This Adventure will not be rated).

January 2, 2020 – Franklin Park (Including Schoolmaster Hill Ruins)

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Franklin Park is the largest park in the Emerald Necklace at approximately 527 acres. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1890s. Franklin Park includes: trails, history, a public golf course, Schoolmaster Hill and the ruins, Scarboro Pond, and the Franklin Park Zoo.

We had an unexpected Adventure to Franklin Park. My initial plan was to visit the ruins at Schoolmaster Hill and then likely head to the Arnold Arboretum nearby. However, not knowing exactly where it was located we parked and began walking. I soon realized we were in Franklin Park, and decided to just explore, and hopefully locate the Schoolmaster Hill in the process. We immediately stumbled on Scarboro Pond, and decided to walk on the loop around this Pond. The Pond was simple, but lovely, filled with ducks and framed by two two bridges on the near and far ends. The people we passed were friendly, which is not something I would have expected in the city. Along this tiny loop we found a map to help us navigate our route.

After Scarboro Pond we headed on the main loop around the Park. The Park was centered by the golf course, and the clouds and sun were just right. We passed various things including a playground and cafe before arriving at the Schoolmaster Hill. I was so excited to head up the Hill to check out the ruins. We arrived at the ruins after a short walk up the Hill, trotting through the ruins several times, appreciating each moment of the experience. Wilma appeared extra curious, jumping up, putting her front paws up to look through, and peaking into each corner. I absolutely loved the ruins, they were beautiful. Definitely exceeded my expectations! (Please see below for a video as well as numerous photographs).

After spending time at Schoolmaster Hill we continued to explore the Park, including: The 99 Steps/Ellicott Arch, and Scarboro Hill with the “vista” lookout. We spent about two and a half hours walking on the paved trails, and trying to see what we could find. I absolutely loved watching the sun setting the clouds were framed by all colors, and sunlight creating a spectacular scene. I wish this beauty was easier to capture on camera. As you may expect the sunset and ruins were my favorite parts of today’s Adventure, while Wilma loved walking along the stone fences, jumping on the rocks, and the expected walking and sniffing. Although I had heard of Franklin Park I never thought of exploring it until our accidental find. So glad we could Adventure to Franklin Park today (Rating: 3.5)

December 12, 2020 – Bunker Hill – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Bunker Hill includes the Monument, the statue of Colonial William Prescott, the Museum (located across the street), and the Lodge. The Bunker Hill Monument was created to remember the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. The Battle occurred on June 17, 1775 when the British defeated the Americans.

We had a dark Adventure to the Bunker Hill after a long walk at one of our favorite local parks. Upon arrival I immediately spotted lovely holiday wreaths adoring the lights around the park. We immediately headed up the hill to the Monument. There was an outer loop that we began trotting along, Wilma thrilled to spot numerous city squirrels. We took our time checking out the grounds and appreciating the moment. In between the neighborhood buildings we could spot views of the city, and bridges, hard to capture on camera but a beautiful perk to this simple park.

After trotting the outer grounds we made our way closer to check out the kiosks, the Colonial William Prescott Statue, and the architecture of the lodge. There was a Hanukkiah Menorah at the base of the Monument, and several benches to sit and enjoy the location. Bunker Hill is a very small but really was lovely. I can just imagine the view from the top of the Monument is beyond spectacular. So glad we could Adventure to Bunker Hill today (Rating: 3.5).

August 30, 2020 – New Bedford, Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to New Bedford, Massachusetts. New Bedford is a city located in Southern  Massachusetts. It is one of the bigger cities in the state. It if often referred to as “The Whaling City” as in the 19th Century it was one of the most important whaling ports in the world.

We had an exercise filled Adventure to New Bedford walking approximately five hours during our day trip.  Our Adventures today included:  Clarks Point Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Fort Taber Park, Palmer Island, Palmer Island Lighthouse, Harborwalk, Covewalk, East Beach, Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail, and downtown New Bedford.  I have been to almost all of these locations before but I was eager to return and especially excited to see Palmer Lighthouse.  Although unfortunately New Bedford is far from the cleanest place, it is less crowded then many others, and it houses a variety of attractions.

I was quite pleased to start a full day of Adventures, as having returned to work last Monday we were ready for a long day of Adventures.  The sky was spectacular, and the weather was reasonable, even finding a strong breeze in some locations.  Our Adventures centered around the bike trail and walkways, with the majority of our stops along these routes.  The walkways were wonderful, unique in their own way, and provided consistent views over the water, including views of Clarks Cove, New Bedford Harbor, and Buzzards Bay.  It is always energizing going on a long walk when you have coastal views.  We stopped at several beaches along the route, including East Beach and other sandy areas with no name.  We walked along the breakwaters and I encouraged Wilma to “swim” although was pleased when she decided to wade.  Wilma briefly enjoyed some digging and we sat in the sand for a short time, savoring the atmosphere.  The beaches were packed with shells, actually deep in some areas.  There were no sign indicating that dogs were not allowed so we assumed they were permitted.

We of course loved Fort Taber Park, definitely one of our favorite Forts in New England.  Due to COVID only New Bedford residents are allowed to park at the Fort, but we were lucky to find parking, although some distance away.  The Fort is grand, and has paved trails weaving around it.  There are other historic ruins nearby that you can climb and view the Fort from other angles.  I think I have been there three times and it never gets old.

As you may be aware, New Bedford is home to three lighthouses.  Butler Flats Lighthouse is far off the shore, so was not easy to capture as I do not have a complex zoom.  However it does not seem as far as you are walking.  An unusual lighthouse is the Clarks Point Lighthouse which is found on top of the Fort.  The first time I went there I do not even think I realized that was the case.  Again hard to capture being so high above.  The last lighthouse we visited was the Palmer Lighthouse, my favorite one in New Bedford.  Visiting Palmer Lighthouse is also an Adventure as you must time it with the low tide so you can walk to Palmer Island.  And we did!!  We walked over to the Island and explored the entire Island, including the spectacular Palmer Island Lighthouse.  I still was a little worried about the tide so I did not spend quite as much time as preferred, however I still tried to be relaxed and allow Wilma to take in the smells, and enjoy some wading.

Our last stop was the downtown area and the fisher’s coast.  Much of the downtown area has cobblestone, adding quite the charm.  One thing I appreciate about New Bedford is the arts and culture, highlighted by many murals throughout the city.  And of course who does not like boats, scenic, and colorful.  These last stops were definitely a good way to end our day.  Below you will find a photograph collage summarizing our day.  So glad to have a long day filled of walking (Rating:  4).

 

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August 20, 2020 – Eustis Estate Museum – Massachusetts

On Thursday Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Eustis Estate Museum in Milton, Massachusetts.  The Eustis Estate was built in 1878 and contains 80 acres, including the home designed by William Ralph Emerson.  The home was owned by William Ellery Channing Eustis, and remained in the family until 2012 when it was sold to Historic New England.  The Eustis Estate offers tours for a fee.

We had a lovely Adventure to the Eustis Estate Museum.  I was looking forward to visiting a new local estate and had emailed the Estate previously to ensure dogs were allowed on the grounds.  Upon arrival we immediately located a wild flower path scattered with Goldenrod and Queen Anne’s Lace, so beautiful!  We walked on the path enjoying the colorful flowers, the view of the Estate from afar, and of course enjoying great company.  We took many photographs and appreciated the picturesque footpath.  We soon discovered that this path looped back to the Estate.

From there we wandered over to the Estate walking around it and looking at the various details.  There was not much to see, but I admired the intricate characteristics of the structure, various colored bricks, brilliant arches, and a grand porch high above the ground.  We also observed some large trees on the property, likely ancient in years.  From there we strolled around the estate, locating what almost appeared to be a small orchard.  It was a little unclear in some locations where the property continued, but we walked as far as it seemed appropriate.  I think my favorite aspect of our visit to the Eustis Estate Museum was actually the flower path, definitely spectacular.  My only disappointment was a dog off-leash quite far away from the owners – in a leash required zone.  However, so glad we could visit the Eustis Estate (Rating:  Blog will not be rated as the indoors of the property was not visited).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog please skip to paragraph three…

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still display a video or photo, usually highlighting 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 will 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 later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

My feature today is an adorable photograph of Wilma at the Minute Man National Historical Park.  This is one place we walk from time to time, and I absolutely love this garden.  There were new blooms when we visited earlier this month, just lovely.  Here is my flower girl, sweet Wilma.

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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).