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).

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).