February 29, 2020 – Salem Maritime National Historic Site – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, Massachusetts.  The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a nine acre Park that tells the history of the residents of Salem, interpreting maritime history and connections to the world.  It includes twelve historic structures, replica ships, the Derby Lighthouse, as well as a downtown visitor Center.  It was established in 1938 and was the first National Historic Site in the  United States.

We had blue-sky filled Adventure to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.  Although we have been to the area on at least one occasion this was the first time we thoroughly explored the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.  I studied the online map ahead of time, and peaked on my phone throughout our visit.  We began at the waterfront exploring the open greenery before heading down the Wharf toward the Lighthouse. There were beautiful clouds floating in the bright blue sky, the sun streaming through.  We eagerly headed down the Wharf, soon passing the Pedrick Store House and the Friendship of Salem ship.  There were chairs to the left overlooking the beach area.  The pathway was scattered with goose poop (yuck!), shells, and was mostly consistent of rocks, and gravel.  We took our time wandering to the end of the Wharf, exploring all the smells along the way.

Upon arriving at the Derby Lighthouse there were few people in sight, and we soon had this scenic view to ourselves.  We spent a good amount of time wandering around the Lighthouse, and taking photographs.  It was peaceful, and beautiful.  I had been to this Lighthouse once before with Shadow and was pleased to visit again.  We remained at the Lighthouse for awhile before other guests arrived and we headed back down the Wharf.

We then wandered to explore the historic homes.  They were lovely, well-labeled and most separated in a small area which appeared to have fancy walkways, highlighted by white fencing.  We stopped at all the various buildings reading the historic signs and information, as available.  After making sure to stop at all landmarks listed on the map we wandered around the town of Salem for awhile, making sure to get a long walk.  Not the cleanest of places, but definitely unique.  Below you will see a collage of our photographs from the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.  Glad we could visit the Salem Maritime National Historic Site today (blog will not be rated as only the outdoors of the property was explored).

 

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 a photograph of Shadow and Wilma at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, taken last March, in Bristol, Maine.  This is definitely one of my favorite lighthouse poses of Shadow and Wilma, their ears blowing adorably in the wind.  We were quite pleased to enjoy this gorgeous location in the off-season, few other visitors in sight.  You can read more about our visit to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse by typing it in the search box.  It is also located under the Maine tab, as well as the Lighthouse tab.

 

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Throwback Adventure – Derby Wharf Light Station – 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!

Shadow and I Adventured to Derby Wharf Light back in January 2012.  The Derby Wharf Light Station is a historic lighthouse located in Salem, Massachusetts.  It was built in 1871 and is approximately 20 feet in height.  The lighthouse is located at the end of Derby Wharf and continues to aid boat navigation.

We had a fun, blue-sky Adventure to the Derby Wharf Light Station.  Our day was filled with many Adventures, and the Derby Wharf Light was one of our stops.  We walked out to the end of the Derby Wharf to check out this structure.  It was fun find the lighthouse at the end of the wharf.  Derby Light was unique in shape and location.  The area was busy with other guests but we were able to snap a couple photographs before others joined us.  So glad we could visit the Derby Wharf Light Station (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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Throwback Adventure – Nauset Lighthouse/Nauset Beach Lighthouse – 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 of 2017 Shadow, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Nauset Lighthouse (also referred to as the Nauset Beach Lighthouse) in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  The Nauset Lighthouse was restored and relocated back in 1923.  The Nauset Light Preservation Society currently maintains the Lighthouse and through private donations funded the restoration and relocation of the lighthouse.  The Lighthouse has benches nearby and is located adjacent to the Nauset Light Beach.

We had a dark spring-day Adventure to the Nauset Lighthouse, one of the many stops on a getaway to Cape Cod.  I always am pleased to find a Lighthouse with unique features, and the Nauset Lighthouse definitely did not disappoint.  We wandered up to the Lighthouse and around, glad to find the spot all to ourselves.  It was a brown spring day but the bright red on the Lighthouse added the perfect touch.  We located a photo frame nearby of which you could pose with the Lighthouse, a fun little feature for tourists and Adventurists like ourselves.  A delightful visit to the Nauset Lighthouse (Rating:  4).

 

 

December 22, 2019 – Ned’s Point Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Ned’s Point Lighthouse in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.  Ned’s Point Lighthouse was built in 1838 and was named after farmer Ned Dexter.  The grounds are open, however the Lighthouse is only open during scheduled tours. The Park also includes picnic tables and a small beach.

We had a gorgeous, sun-rising Adventure to the Ned’s Point Lighthouse.  I was unclear if dog’s were allowed at this spot due to my research, although finding some comments about dogs visiting.  I tried emailing the Lighthouse Keepers several months ago but never received a response.  I therefore decided to carry on with our Adventure.  Although I had planned to arrive just a bit earlier, I was pleased to make it with the sun still rising, sparkling atop the ocean.

Ned’s Lighthouse was simple, but quite picturesque, the ocean scene framing it as the sun shined to one side.  The Park was very quiet with one person sitting in their car, and several cars driving through.  We walked around for a bit posing for some photos, appreciating the heat of the sun, and peering out into the ocean.  I noted there was a sign on the beach stating no dogs so we avoided this area.  The tide appeared to be in as there was practically no beach area to explore.  An unembellished Lighthouse, but yet still the quintessential New England scene.  So glad we could visit Ned’s Point Lighthouse today (Rating:  4).

December 22, 2019 – Fort Taber Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fort Taber Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Fort Taber Park is an oceanfront Park in Clark’s Point which includes a museum, Fort Rodman, a playground and a walking and bicycle path.  On top of the Fort you can find the Clark’s Point Lighthouse.  In the summer months the Park is also popular for swimming, and picnicking.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to Fort Taber Park.  We were quite lucky to get a warm and sunny New England day adding quite the picturesque coastal scene.  Shadow and I had been to Fort Taber Park about three years ago, but only visited briefly as it was the end of the day of a long day of exploring, and dusk was upon us.  I therefore was quite thrilled to more thoroughly explore this area. The Park was quiet with few other guests.  We began following the paved trail around the Fort Rodman, taking the outside loop to ensure a coastal experience.  The sun was shining brightly, just beautiful.  We sauntered around, taking many pictures.  The Fort was tall, and grand, clearly 19th century history.  I attempted to get a photograph of the Lighthouse, but not a simple task being located on the very top of the Fort.  We enjoyed walking around, lots of rolls, and numerous photos per our usual Adventure.

Besides exploring the outer grounds of the Fort itself we enjoyed some time on the beach which had contrasting colors, and ice throughout adding a unique scene.  We then wandered down the lengthy pier, which appeared from afar to bring you to the foot of the Butler Flats Lighthouse.  Wilma was quite curious about all the shells, and smells, the shells appearing to have been dropped onto the pier from birds above.  The sun sparkled off the water, creating a lovely scene.  We spotted some boat from afar, and took or time checking out the view.

We enjoyed every moment of our Adventure at Fort Taber Park taking in the sights, sounds, and smells.  Such a perfect location that combines recreation, history, and coastal splendor.  Definitely a special place in New England.  We look forward to returning again in the future (Rating:  4.5).

 

Winter 2017 Adventure

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Throwback Adventure – Sanibel Island – Florida

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!

Shadow, Buster, and I had two separate Adventures to Sanibel Island back during our time living in Florida.  Sanibel Island is located on the West Coast of Florida, and is approximately 15 miles in length.  It is a popular tourist attraction, known for the beaches.  A causeway connects Sanibel Island to the mainland.  There is a fee to enter the Island.

We had beach-filled Adventures to Sanibel Island.  I absolutely loved Sanibel Island, and the fact that it was so dog-friendly.  There were beautiful beaches, with many shells, and the Sanibel Lighthouse.  It was quite unique to find a Lighthouse in Florida.  We spent lots of time wandering the beaches, and relaxing, the boys often playing and digging away.  Definitely a peaceful, and gorgeous spot.

In searching for photographs I was able to locate a variety from our visit back in March 2012.  Definitely memorable vacations in Sanibel Island.  I hope some day we can make it back to this special oasis (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).