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).


November 3, 2019 – West Dennis Light/Bass River Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the West Dennis Light, also known as the Bass River Lighthouse in Dennis, Massachusetts.  It is owned and sits on the Lighthouse Inn.  The Lighthouse was formerly a light in the attic of a private owner before the federal government provided funding, and construction began in 1854 for the present-day structure.  The Lighthouse is currently lit seasonally, when the Inn is open.

We had an unappealing Adventure to the West Dennis Light.  I actually debated blogging about the Lighthouse as it is not what I visualize as a Lighthouse.  However it is an official Lighthouse, a structure that contains light to guide ships in the sea.  So, we took some photographs, and spent some time exploring the beach adjacent to the Lighthouse.  The beach had several rock jetty’s, lots of thick green seaweed, and a variety of shells.  We strolled around, Wilma enjoying some digging, while Shadow hopeful for a swim.  There were few people in sight, and I believe the Inn was closed for the season, creating a peaceful visit.  So glad we could cross off another lighthouse on our Adventure today (Rating:  3).



September 21, 2019 – Beavertail State Park (Includes the Beavertail Lighthouse) – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island.  Beavertail State Park is a Rhode Island State Park that encompasses 153 acres.  It is located at the Southern end of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, and is well known for its beautiful, scenic coastline.  On the site you can view the Beavertail Lighthouse, a 64 foot lighthouse, built in 1856.  There even is a museum and a gift shop at the site.

This was our second Adventure to the Beavertail State Park as Shadow, Buster, and I had been there in August 2016.  Although I blogged about it in our Throwback blog, it is a special location so I decided to share another blog today.

We had a scenic Adventure to the Beavertail State Park.  Upon arrival I could not believe the huge amount of visitors that had transcended to this location.  However, being a long drive we could not resist joining the crowd and exploring the Park.  We walked around the Lighthouse, found various spots along the rocks to climb down and explore, and enjoyed some lounging in the green grass.  There were gigantic, singing waves, beautiful flowers along the shore, lovely textured rocks, and of course the scenic Beavertail Lighthouse.  Before we left we visited a one room aquarium on the grounds.  I had debated entering as Wilma can be quite energetic, and sometimes is nervous of other furry friends.  Nevertheless we entered the aquarium, peaking at the fish and other aquatic wildlife.  This soon became a humorous experience as Wilma began growling at the turtle, and as I was addressing her concern with this new creature I found Shadow drinking out of a low tank – oops.  We scurried out quickly before creating a further scene.

Besides taking in the beauty of this location, highlights of our visit, included:   finding a large tidal pool for Shadow to lay in, observing Wilma’s cheer in the many visitors, and finding a spot in front of the lighthouse to relax, roll, and cherish the coastal time with my best buds.  We will definitely be back for future visits to the Beavertail State Park.  Please see below for photos and videos from our visit today, and our previous visit (Rating:  4)