November 16, 2019 – Battle Road Trail – 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 well-needed Adventure to the Battle Road Trail on a brisk November day.  Having been sick, and with a family member in the hospital we have not been on any new Adventures in the last week or two.  And although we have enjoyed many local walks, I was thrilled to head off on a new Adventure, even though I am far from feeling well.

We spent about two and a half hours traversing the Battle Road Trail, and nearby paths, exploring over half of the East Section of the Trail.  Some of the landmarks we visited included:  the Paul Revere Capture Site, the Hartwell Tavern, the Jacob Whittemore House, the Samuel Hartwell House Site, and the Captain William House.  The Trail was simple, but varied terrain, the anticipation of the next landmark added some elation to the journey.  We often walked at a quick pace, but of course took some time to sniff out the new landscape.  Due to the chilly weather I was surprised to see many others walking the Trail, including:  families, furry friends, bikers, and runners.  Shadow and Wilma even got to say hello to a happy toddler who was very enthused about meeting the pups.

Throughout the day Shadow loved many rolls in the hay-like grass, while Wilma was quite obsessed by the sheep, who were loudly vocalizing their “baaa”.  I think my favorite part, besides a long walk with my two best buds, was the historic homes along the Trail.  I loved their unique architecture, and the often scenic placement amidst the fields.  And although I have not stopped coughing since this Adventure, I could not be more happier that we had a long walk on the Battle Trail.  We will definitely be visiting the other half of the Battle Trail in the near future.  A unique way to combine exercise, the outdoors, and history (Rating:  4).




Throwback Adventure – Fort Phoenix State Reservation – 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 January 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to Fort Phoenix State Reservation in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.  Fort Phoenix Reservation is one of the smallest State Parks in Massachusetts.  It is a historic site and has opportunities for recreational activities including swimming.  Fort Phoenix dates back to the American Revolutionary War.  It was originally built in 1775 but later reconstructed after being destroyed by the British.

We had a historic Adventure to Fort Phoenix State Reservation back on a dark winter day.  I remember Shadow rolling almost immediately, obviously thrilled to explore a historic Fort (haha).  We walked around touring the Fort ruins, viewing the canons, and enjoying views across the Atlantic Ocean.  We even spotted a lighthouse from afar.  We appreciated the history and our Adventure to yet another New England Fort.  And although I thought we may have been there on one other occasion, I have yet to locate those photographs.  So glad we were able to Adventure to the Fort Pheonix State Reservation (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).



Throwback Adventure – Plymouth, 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 May 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the town of Plymouth in Massachusetts.  Plymouth is a coastal town in Southern Massachusetts.  It is famous for the site of the first Pilgrim settlement and contains famous landmarks including:  Plymouth Rock, and the Mayflower.

We had a fun Adventure to Plymouth back on a cool May morning.  We explored the Harbor area, including parts of Brewster Garden, and of course checked out the Plymouth Rock.  The Plymouth Rock was much smaller then expected, but it was still nice to view this important landmark of history.  We wandered around for awhile checking out the boats, and taking a nice long walk.  It was challenging locating old photographs, but I found several below which are a good summary of our visit.  We definitely will be back to explore more thoroughly, and share a more detailed account of our visit (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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October 19, 2019 – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park – New Hampshire

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.

One of our Adventures on the way was the the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park in Cornish, New Hampshire.  This is the second time we have been to this location as Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to this Park back in October of 2015. We were thrilled on our recent visit to have My Parents join us!  The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park is the former home, gardens, and studios of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Much of his artwork is displayed in the gallery and on the grounds. The Site also includes: nature trails, tours, various statues, and gardens.  The Park also sponsors summer concerts, and workshops.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park.  Although I had blogged about it in one of my Thursday throwback segments, I could not resist writing about it again.  Shadow, Wilma, and I arrived about an hour previous to meeting My Parents so we could explore the trails, before returning to tour the main grounds.  I was quite pleased to quickly locate the Ravine Trail, which contained a waterfall we had discovered on our past visit.  The trail was packed with colorful leaves, and sloped quickly into the ravine before turning and following the brook, scattered with fall foliage.  It was a crisp Fall day, but just perfect for an energetic hike.  The trail was not too clear, but I followed it by memory, and also spotted several informational displays, and a bridge on the path.  I was quite thrilled to find the waterfall again, simple, but lovely.  We continued through the trail before hiking up the ravine, and ending in the field on the opposite side of the property.

After traversing the Ravine Trail we wandered around the property checking on the buildings, statues, gardens, and spectacular mountain views.  I tried not to miss a detail snapping numerous photographs throughout.  It was not long after then that My Parents arrived.  Having been there previously, and in refreshing my memory of the site before their arrival, I was pleased to provide an informal tour.  We wandered around viewing the various features throughout.  Shadow engaged in continual enthusiastic rolls, causing me to ponder, did he know he was on vacation?!  Wilma was a bit overzealous, but how could you blame her having her Grandparents in tow!  We picnicked with a view, enjoyed the wonderful company, and created memories.   I really do love the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park, and can just imagine the indoor exhibits are quite fantastic as well.  So glad we were able to spend a family afternoon at this beautiful Park, definitely a special National Park in New England (Rating:  4.5).

Please see below for photographs from both of our Adventures.  You can also read about our first Adventure by typing in “Saint-Gaudens” in the “search box” (to the right side of the page on a computer and on the bottom of the page on a phone)

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September 28, 2019 – The Wayside Inn Historic District – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The Wayside Inn Historic District in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  The Wayside Inn is said to be the oldest, continually operating Inn in the country.  The Historic District has nine buildings, including:  The Wayside Inn, The Grist Mill, The Martha Mary Chapel, and The Schoolhouse.  The property encompasses 100 acres of property including these buildings, trails, field, and gardens.  The area is popular for weddings, visitors, and photography.

We had an interesting Adventure to The Wayside Inn Historic District.  Upon arrival I was shocked to see crowds, and crowds of people soon discovering it was due to the Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfes and Drums Event.  This led to quite the complicated parking situation, however, we eventually found a parking spot and began our journey.  I had planned to walk the Innkeeper Loop, however never located the trail, so decided to wander where our eyes, and noses (haha) guided.  We explored The outdoor landmarks, including:  The Grist Mill, The Martha Chapel, and the Schoolhouse, and wandered along several trails in the vacinity.  We chatted with guests and appreciated the unique Fyfe music.  I was impressed that Wilma was hardly phased by the loud drums from various directions, and although Shadow had a couple nervous moments, he overall was quite relaxed.

The day was a warm one so we did not do any strenuous walking, but more exploring.  Wilma loved greeting all guests possible, participated in excessive roles, and  almost literally knocked me off my feet jumping on a gigantic boulder along the trail.  Shadow loved his “normal “Adventure rolls, and was quite satisfied with his dip in the brook.  I loved the Fyfe music along the way, and appreciated the unique atmosphere and location.  There were scenic little spots along the pond, pretty paths along the brook, and a couple simple bridges throughout.   I was quite ecstatic to see many signs of fall, with colorful leaves along the way, and piles of leaves along the trails.  Our favorite time of year has just about arrived!!  And although the sun was not too cooperative for photographs I still posted a variety below.  So glad we could visit the Wayside Inn Historic District today (Rating:  3).


September 21, 2019 – Slater Mill Historic Site – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  The Slater Mill Historic Site is the birthplace of the American industry, and celebrates the people of the industrial revolution.  The Site includes:  the Slater Mill, the Sylvanus Brown House, the Wilkinson Mill, and a waterwheel.  It also has several gardens, highlighting agriculture of the era.  The Slater Mill Historic Site has a museum, educational center, and also hosts special events including concerts.  It is located on the Blackstone River.

We had a unique Adventure to the Slater Mill Historic Site on an unusually warm September day.  I was eager to visit a Mill as Mills can be quite picturesque, and often include scenic water features.  We arrived to free parking, and an almost empty lot.  We began our journey walking past the entrance to the park on the opposite side of the Site.  I was surprised to find people sleeping, quite a bit of trash, and a popular location for what appeared to be the city’s homeless population.  However, I attempted to appear unphased and headed over to the beautiful brick path, paralleled along and above the Blackstone River.  The sun was shining bright,adding a glare in some photographs, however I attempted to capture the scene.  There was a bridge on one side of the River, and a dam on the other.  We did not spend much time in this open area, and soon wandered to the museum building.

We located some canal-like holes and found it quite odd to find them empty, leaving no possibility of fueling the waterwheel.  This discovery was a bit disappointing as I was hoping to see the waterwheel spinning in action.  However we re-focused our attention on the lovely mill buildings, and the House, beautifully contrasted in color, and gorgeous in style.  We sauntered back and forth ensuring not to miss a building, or landmark.  After viewing the buildings we ventured to the garden, somewhat out of season, but still spotted some brilliant colors along the way. There were several employees watering, and working hard to ensure the garden was in good care.  This area was small but a nice touch admidst the buildings.  Shadow and Wilma appeared to be quickly warm with the heat, but participated in their regular rolls, and sniffing.  Glad we could Adventure to the Slater Mill Historic Site today (This blog will not be rated as only the grounds were explored).


September 14, 2019 – Old York Historical Society Buildings – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Old York Museum Center and surrounding historical buildings in York, Maine.  This early English settlement was one of the first colonies.  The buildings are open to the public and include lovely architecture, artwork, and artifacts.  There are tours, programs and events, and nine historic buildings to explore.

We had a simple Adventure to the Old York Historical Society Buildings on a dreary, dark day.  I debated writing and posting this blog as dogs were not allowed inside the building, which only provided a limited visit.  However, it a great historic location which others may not know about so here I go….

We began our Adventure at the Museum Center.  From the door of the Center we began our journey hopping from building to building.  The structures appeared historic, yet modern and unique.  Without a map we walked from building to building attempting not to miss one.  We also spotted a graveyard in the middle of our walk around the property.  Our Adventure to the Old Historical Society Buildings was short as we could only walk around and near them, and besides the actual buildings there were very few outdoor artifacts.  Still Glad we were able to explore this location, something many might not expect to find in coastal Maine (This location will not be rated as the site was not thoroughly explored).