September 18, 2021 – Brookfield Orchards – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, Gus, My Mom and I Adventured to Brookfield Orchards in Brookfield, Massachusetts. Brookfield Orchards has been family owned since 1918. As expected there is a large orchard for apple picking. Brookfield Orchards also has a playground for children, a Country Store with baked good, and offer hay rides.

We had a warm Adventure to Brookfield Orchards. Although my ideal day for apple picking is not a hot one, today was the day I had it planned, so we did not let a warmer day stop us. I was quite happy to hear about this new dog friendly orchard. Upon arrival I was shocked and disappointed to find it incredibly crowded, endless cars parked in various lots. I did not expect an orchard in a quiet, country town to be such a tourist destination, however we had arrived so we continued on our Adventure. We started with apple picking which of course was our main plan for the adventure. I believe there were three different available apples, but although I love apple picking annually I am not particular about types. We walked through the orchard, picking apples and taking photographs. I was a little bit of a slacker on the apple picking (thanks Mom), as we were sharing the same bag. There were endless apples and rows of trees, and of course people everywhere. We just about filled our bag, before we decided to finish our apple picking.

After apple picking I walked around with the pups while Mom visited the Country Store. We found some nice shade to wait and rest. Throughout our adventure both Wilma and Gus enjoyed endless rolls, grass chewing, and Wilma made sure to keep an eye on her Grandma’s every move! The pups were quite warm so I did not put too much energy into posing. It was fun watching Gus check out the apples, even occasionally picking one up in his mouth, maybe a ball? (haha). Although definitely too much of a hectic scene for Wilma and I we still enjoyed trotting through the orchard and completing our traditional annual apple picking adventure. Off to make apple crisp! So glad we could check out Brookfield Orchards today (Rating: 4).

September 5, 2021 – Hayward’s Ice Cream – New Hampshire

Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Hayward’s Ice Cream in Nashua, New Hampshire. Hayward’s Ice Cream is a family owned business and have been making ice cream since 1940. Hayward’s Ice Cream is a well known location in Southern New Hampshire.

We had an interesting Adventure to Hayward’s Ice Cream. I had heard about Hayward’s Ice Cream many years ago and thought tonight would be the perfect time to check it out. We arrived to find a simple location, with reasonable lines. I was not planning on getting Gus ice cream due to his still sensitive stomach, however when I found out they offered dogs a small bowl of whip cream I thought that would work for him, and of course Wilma would be thrilled as well. I was excited to order a root beer float for myself! I decided to have Wilma and Gus eat their treats in the car before getting out to wander around. They were both quite pleased with this tasty treat gobbling it up in a hurry. We then walked around to check out the grounds. There were some swinging seats, seating, and a small playground. After finishing exploring we headed back to the car. I walked over to get a napkin and when I returned Gus had literally emptied my root beer all over the seat ice cream and soda. He was enjoying eating anything he could, not living me a bit of this delicious float. I was so disappointed, but yet a great story for after the fact. So glad we could enjoy Hayward’s Ice Cream tonight…well Wilma and Gus could enjoy Hayward’s Ice Cream (haha!) (Rating: 4).

July 17, 2021 – Kimball Farm, Carlisle – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Kimball Farm, Carlisle. Kimball Farm has fifty flavors of homemade ice cream and provide picnic tables for seating. Kimball Farm has four different locations between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is a family run business.

We had a tasty adventure to Kimball Farm in Carlisle. Today was a fun day, we had a two hour family walk in the morning, and both Gus and Wilma had their own private adventures. I cannot remember if we have been to this location before but decided to blog about it without checking. I was excited to get some ice cream, and take Wilma on this adventure. We arrived to find a busy location, but all windows open creating quick services. Wilma made some friends with some little ones quickly rolling over for some belly rubs. I ordered a coffee frappe and Wilma ordered her traditional dog ice cream (haha). Due to the quick influx of other dogs I decided to let Wilma appreciate her ice cream in the car, on her knew luxurious new car cover. She devoured it quickly and had no complaints. I was not overly impressed with my frappe, but was glad to have a refreshing treat. So glad we could adventure to Kimball Farm, Carlisle today (Rating: 3).

May 28, 2021 – Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar – Massachusetts

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar in Groton, Massachusetts. Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar sells home-made ice cream, lunch, and dinner. There is outdoor seating for dining, and take-out is also available.

We had a tasty Adventure to Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar. Both Wilma and I were quite thrilled to have our first ice cream Adventure of the season. We were pleased to arrive with no line. Johnson’s did not have any dog specific ice cream but recommended soft serve vanilla for my sweet Wilma, and I ordered a sherbert drink. Wilma watched her ice cream very closely on the counter, hopeful girl. After our order was filled we headed to one of the many seating options up on the shady hill. Wilma inhaled her ice cream while I sipped my refreshing drink. It was amazing watching how fast her ice cream was gone! Johnson’s was simple, no fancy decor, but had great options for seating, some in the shade, some in the sun, and a more formal patio area. This made the perfect environment for us to enjoy our treat. So glad we could visit Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar (Rating: 3).

September 25, 2020 – Clearview Farm – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Clearview Farm in Sterling, Massachusetts. Clearview Farm is an 85 acre Farm located on the top of Kendall Hill. The Farm includes: pick your own fruit, a farm stand with fresh fruit and baked items, and is host to fall festivals and a variety of events.

We had an apple filled Adventure to Clearview Farm. Every year we plan one annual apple picking trip, and I was excited it was upon us! It was a little hotter then I preferred but still the perfect way to end a stressful work week. We arrived to find a small Farm, framed with pumpkins and mums. Dogs were not permitted in the Farm Stand, but were allowed in all other areas of the Farm. We obtained our bags and headed to the orchard. We passed by some roaring dogs which was a little nerve racking, but were pleased to see they were contained. The orchard was simple, yet scenic. On the opposite side we located a small pumpkin patch, a lovely Fall scene. There was a map indicating which apples were located on each tree. I am far from picky about apples but tried to pick a diverse variety.

We took photographs, and wandered from tree to tree. Wilma enjoyed a great amount of rolls, and laid in the grass relaxing on this warm evening. She is always eager to get a look from other visitors, constantly wagging and hopeful, my social girl. We took our time and made sure to fill our bags. I dreamt about what I may cook, maybe apple crisp, maybe a pie…?? Lots of tasty moments to come. Apple picking is one of those fall activities which makes me happy to be a New Englander, anticipating the wonders of Fall. So glad we could visit Clearview Farm today (Rating: 3).

September 19 – Depot Deli – New York

Today Wilma, I and our friend Adventured to Depot Deli in Copake Falls, New York. Depot Deli is a store that sells ice cream, sandwiches, deli items, and camping supplies. It has been under the same ownership for 35 years. Depot Deli is across from Taconic State Park, and is a stop on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

We had an unexpected Adventure to Depot Deli, locating it on our way to Bash Bish Falls. We stopped at the Depot Deli after our Adventure to Bash Bish Falls. The Depot Deli was full of unique artwork on the building, and on the picnic benches for dining. It was colorful, fun, and creative. I was surprised to find Wilma was permitted in the Deli allowing us to go in to order our ice cream. We then went outside and the ice cream was delivered through the outdoor window. The employee then asked if Wilma would enjoy and ice cream and of course I enthusiastically agreed. My friend and I ordered soft serve with sprinkles, and we all devoured our treats quickly – Wilma even getting some leftovers in addition to her tasty sweets. It was a beautiful day to sit outdoors and enjoy good company. The Depot Deli is a unique location and a nice surprise on our day of Adventures (Rating: 4).

June 28, 2020 – Meadowlands Ice Cream – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Meadowlands Ice Cream in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Meadowlands is an ice cream stand known for their homemade ice cream.  In addition they sell pies, pizzas, and cookies, and are very dog friendly.  Meadowlands began making home made ice cream in 1964 although ownership has changed over the years.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Meadowlands.  This was our first NEW ice cream Adventure of the year.  We arrived just prior to opening, therefore finding the location very quiet.  We first wandered around to see the grounds and viewed several small gardens, before heading over to place our orders.

I ordered cookie dough topped with whip cream and their canine selection for Wilma.  We then wandered behind Meadowlands to sit and savor our treats.  Wilma quickly devoured her ice cream, which was topped with peanut butter.  I took my time and gave Wilma the last spoonful.  So tasty!  I loved that Meadowlands had plenty of space to sit and was backed by a field.  This created a tranquil atmosphere.  Definitely a fun and filling trip!  You cannot go wrong with ice cream (Rating:  Just right)

Throwback Adventure – Great Brook Farm State Park – Massachusetts

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

Today my Throwback Adventure is Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, Massachusetts.  Great Brook Farm State Park is a State Park managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.  It is approximately 1,000 acres and has over twenty miles of trails.  It has an ICE CREAM stand, an active farm area, and is popular for hiking, skiing, mountain biking and dog walking.  There is a parking fee during in-season months.

I am pleased to share that Shadow, Wilma, and Buster ALL had many, many Adventures to the spectacular Great Brook Farm State Park.  I am sure I have been there hundreds of times over the years, which is why it probably took me so long to create this blog, finding old photographs from various Adventures.  So I therefore have determined it falls under our Throwback Adventure Thursday.  We have been to Great Brook Farm State Park with family and friends, attempted training with Wilma (haha), created holiday photos, met many dog friends, and lounged, relaxed, and rolled in the leaves and grass.  Great Brook Farm State Park has been one of my favorites in all seasons, and is one of the few local, dog-friendly parks that grooms their trails when snow is deep.  The Park has trails with bridges, fields, rocks, wildflowers, hills, and ponds, creating endless opportunities to explore.  Shadow loved many swims and rolls, Wilma especially enjoyed bounding up onto the large boulders, and Buster always appreciated a long, vigorous hike.

In addition to our hikes we enjoyed many scoops of ice cream, a tasty way to end an Adventure.  Please see photographs and videos from some of our Adventures below. (Several of the videos you may have seen before in my Weekly Video/Photo section if you have followed by blog regularly).  If you live locally Great Brook State Farm MUST be added to your list (Rating:  4).

March 8, 2020 – Spruce Pond Creamery -Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Spruce Pond Creamery in Franklin, Massachusetts.  The Spruce Pond Creamery is well known for their flatbread pizza, homemade ice cream, calzones, pasta based dishes, and their beer and wine.  The Creamery has a porch that overlooks the Pond and an outdoor window for ordering.

We had a pricey Adventure to the Spruce Pond Creamery.  Upon completion of our Adventure at the nearby Franklin Sculpture Park my mind was set on something cold and refreshing, sadly battling a cold.  We were pleased to find an outdoor window for ordering, but quite shocked at the high prices and and to find no official dog ice cream.  However, with the help of the kind server we were able to find a dog friendly ice cream option, while my Mom ordered coffee ice cream and I an Orange Sorbet Freeze.  After ordering we decided to head home with our goodies, outdoor seating not appearing to be available in off-season.  My Mom found her ice cream “satisfactory” while I found my Freeze quite refreshing.  We enjoyed our treats as we drove home chatting away planning our next Adventure.

As soon as I dropped my Mom home and we arrived at our house we scurried out to the backyard so Shadow and Wilma could devour their well-awaited treats.  They clearly had no complaints and made me smile as they slurped away.  And for those of you who are crazy dog lovers, as myself, please enjoy two short videos below of their cheerful licks.  Glad we could visit another ice cream spot today at the Spruce Pond Creamery (Rating:  3).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog, and the weekly/video photo I would recommend skipping on to paragraph three, specific to this week’s video/photo.  I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will 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.

So 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.

Today’s feature is what I find to be a hysterical photograph of Shadow.  I often take pictures of my dogs when they are getting a special treat, and this one really was just perfect.  This sweet, eager face, named Shadow, was very excited to devour a special dog dessert.  We were on an Adventure in Provincetown which is a very dog friendly place to visit.  You can read more about this Adventure by typing in Provincetown in the search box.  Hope this photograph makes your day, as it sure did mine!


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