June 26, 2020 – Fort Williams – Maine

Yesterday Wilma, My Mom and I visited Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Fort Williams Park is a 90 acres Park located in the Casco Bay. It includes: the Portland Head Lighthouse and museum, the Goddard Mansion, beautiful coastal views, and historic ruins. It was formerly a United States Army Fort, but in 1979 became designated as Fort Williams State Park.

We had a perfect Adventure to Fort Williams Park.  My last blog on this location was two years ago with Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I so I thought it was good timing to blog again.  We began our Adventure by visiting some ruins, and then heading down to the coastal Trail.  The coast was lined with flowers, framing the Lighthouse.  After walking for a bit and appreciating the colorful flowers we ventured to the Lighthouse.  The amazing thing about thing about the Portland Head Lighthouse is that you can walk up to it and around.  It is just immense, and so picturesque.  As you walk around you can also see gorgeous water views, with the waves crashing into the shores.  Just a special location in all ways!

From there we wandered to another coastal Trail viewing the Lighthouse from the opposite side.  Wilma made some friends with some visitors which is always a smiling moment.  After walking and exploring we decided to have a Gelato.  This is something we were thinking about on our last summer visit, but it closed before we had planned on stopping back.  The Gelato was a drippy, sticky, yet refreshing.  I was disappointed that there was no dog ice cream, however Wilma did get at couple spoons of an acceptable alternative.  After this savoring snack we decided to find a spot in the shade to sit, relax, and enjoy the coastal view.  Although this location was much cooler then the last, it was still a steamy day.  We chatted away, relaxed and cooled down before heading off to our next location in the Park.

We then decided to explore some more of the coastal Trail, and of course yet another view of Portland Head.  The Trails were lovely.  From afar we could see the Ram Lighthouse, the closest view from the shore.  We walked and walked, I really could not get enough.  At one point I decided to take a steep walk with Wilma down to the rocks.  I left my camera with Mom so she could snap a couple photographs from afar.  See if you can find this photograph below??!!  Wilma sipped from a tidal pool and absolutely loved some rock hopping!  I only took one video on this Adventure, which took place from this location.  It was so peaceful, the sounds of the crashing so therapeutic.  Such a serene and scenic moment.

Our next part of the day was visiting the little beach.  It was at this point of the we were transitioning to this stop that there was a quick downpour, mostly occurring when we were in the car.  It appeared to briefly cool down the air, and made for quite the raging sky.  The rocks on the beach were round, and abundant, quite dramatically framing the beach.  Wilma and I walked through the rocks and to the small sandy shore.  Wilma entered the water as requested, but would rush out when the small raves came racing toward her.  It was fun to watch her, not seeming to realized this was  a continual occurrence.

Our last part of the day was visiting more of the ruins, and the Goddard mansion, quite a unique addition to this coastal park.  I love ruins, especially when you can climb on, explore, and check out spectacular views from atop.  We appreciated these locations, and took many photographs, as per the usual.

We spent about four hours cherishing this magnificent Park!  I did not want to leave!  We definitely will be back to Fort Williams Park in the future (Rating:  4.5)

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June 26, 2020 – Portland Breakwater Lighthouse/Bug Light – Maine

Today My Mom, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse in Portland, Maine. This Lighthouse if often referred to as “Bug Light” due its small size. The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1875 and is known as one of the fancier lighthouses in Maine. It is an active lighthouse, and is located in Bug Light Park, providing views of the Casco Bay.

We had a steamy Adventure to the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse/Bug Light.  Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I had Adventured to this Lighthouse back in February 2018, so I decided it made sense to blog about it again.  I was surprised to arrive at Bug Light Park on a very warm day, hoping that coastal Maine would be a cooler experience, however that was not the case.  Upon arriving at the Park, and began exploring the path along the shore.  The water was bright blue and their were some sailboats throughout.  Wilma posted on the rocks, and enjoyed watching other visitors throwing rocks into the sea.

From there my Mom found a spot to sketch and Wilma and I headed off to get a close-up view of the Lighthouse.  We walked down the breakwater right up to the Lighthouse.  We trotted around and appreciated the views, and a small breeze.  The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse/Bug Light was simple, but yet perfect in structure.  We spent a little time walking around but found the Park to be a little chaotic with off leash dogs, and quite hot so we soon decided to head off to our next Adventure.  So glad we could visit the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse/Bug Light today (Rating:  3.5)

 

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June 20, 2020 – Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse – Rhode Island

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.  The Goat Island Lighthouse was initially built in 1823 but later renovated.  The grounds of the Lighthouse are open to the public, but not the Lighthouse itself.  As expected the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse is located in Newport Harbor.

We had a nautical Adventure to the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse.  There are few Lighthouses left within a day trip of us, so we were quite excited to visit this Lighthouse.  I was not sure what to expect as I had read that Lighthouse was located behind Gurneys Newport Resort, and seen several reviews indicating you could walk through the lobby.  I was pleased to find available parking and decided to first attempt to walk around this lovely resort, and after a short walk we arrived at the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse.

The grounds of the Resort were quite busy with sunbathers and guests, but we appeared to be the only visitors after a view of the Lighthouse.  As we got close we noticed the platform to the Lighthouse was blocked off but we were able to get near this fabulous, modern structure.  It was simple, but yet perfectly shaped.  There were views of boats from the shore, and the water shimmered beneath them.  We did not spend a huge amount of time at this Lighthouse as there was just one angle for viewing, and not much else to see.  So glad we were able to see the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse today (Rating:  4).

 

April 25, 2020 – Nauset Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Nauset Lighthouse (also referred to as the Nauset Beach Lighthouse) in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  I actually have blogged about this Lighthouse in my “Throwback” blog but decided to highlight it again as I took minimal photos on the first visit, as well as Wilma had not visited this memorable Lighthouse.  Shadow, My Mom, and I originally visited three years ago.

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.

I was excited to Adventure to the Nauset Lighthouse a second time as it is unusually colorful and absolutely scenic.  We parked at the nearby beach and made the short trek over to the Lighthouse.  Wilma was eager to explore, anticipating the enthusiasm in my steps.  We found a scenic path to the side of the Lighthouse that led us to the top of the small hill and directly to the Lighthouse.  The scenery was brown, yet had character.  There were benches near the Lighthouse, and several educational kiosks.  The roar from the ocean was fantastic, one of my favorite sounds of nature. We lingered around the area, making several rounds.  On our way back I noticed several overgrown paths to the beach, so we ventured over to observe the scene.  I was shocked to find us high above the beach, almost a large dune, yet we were in a wooded-like area.  The site was just spectacular, and the sounds magnificent.  I do not remember if we visited this beach on our initial visit, but definitely will be adding it to a future Adventure.  One of my favorite photographs from today came at the Nauset Lighthouse of Wilma in the brown landscaping with the Nauset Lighthouse in the background.  So glad both Shadow and Wilma were able to Adventure to the Nauset Lighthouse.  I will include the photographs from our initial visit below at the bottom, but you also can search for the Nauset Lighthouse in my search box to read more about our first visit in April 2017.  Definitely one of the beautiful Lighthouses in New England (Rating:  4).

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April 25, 2020 – Three Sisters Lighthouses – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Three Sisters Lighthouses in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  These three fifteen foot towers were built in 1836, The Nauset Lights.  They later became referred to as The Three Sisters as they were said to appear as woman who were wearing white dresses and black hats.  The Three Sisters fell into the sea, and were replaced by twenty foot towers.  They eventually were decommissioned and purchased and restored by the National Park Service.  The National Park Service provides regular tours are available.

We had a fun Adventure to the Three Sisters Lighthouses on a warm and sunny April day.  I was excited to locate these lighthouses, as there are few left in Massachusetts that I have not yet discovered.  I spotted them as we drove by but it appeared the parking was closed so we parked at the nearby beach, soon locating the path labeled “Three Sisters Lighthouses.  We walked down a nice paved path, past several homes before arriving at the Three Sisters Lighthouses.  The Lighthouses were simple, yet unique, and pretty in their own way.  They were located near one another, standing out well from the bright green grass.  We visited each lighthouse checking out the details, each very similar to one another.  My little hound Wilma was quite overtaken by smells in the area, and enjoyed quite the nasal sensory experience (haha).  We had this location to ourselves, and took our time exploring.  There were several picnic tables, some beautiful bright yellow forsythias and an educational kiosk.  So glad we discovered the Three Sisters Lighthouses today, quite a unique trio (Rating:  3.5)

 

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).