October 18, 2020 – Marshall Point Lighthouse – Maine

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine. The Marshall Point Lighthouse is located on the St. George Peninsula in Midcoast Maine. It was built in 1858. The property includes the Lighthouse, a museum and gift shop, and the Keeper’s home.

We had a relaxing Adventure to the Marshal Point Lighthouse. I was surprised, yet pleased to find parking at the Lighthouse as I had read that we would find a small lot. We immediately wandered over to the Lighthouse, it was beautiful. Due to the other visitors and a photographer set up at the walkway we began by exploring the rocks and under the Lighthouse. The rocks were uniquely grooved and textured adding lovely character to the scene. We took our time, and I was careful not to slip on the wet rocks. We then explored the opposite side before having our turn to wander down the walkway. The sun impacted the photographs, but definitely not the experience. Marshall Point Lighthouse reminded me of our recent visit to Doubling Point Lighthouse, although Marshall Point Lighthouse provided more opportunity to explore. Such a peaceful location. So glad we could Adventure to the Marshal Point Lighthouse today (Rating: 4).

October 18, 2020 – Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse – Maine

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland Maine. The Rockland Lighthouse is located at the end of a an almost one mile breakwater in Rockland, Harbor. The Lighthouse was built in 1902, and is attached to the home of the Lightkeeper.

Wilma and I had a fascinating Adventure to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. I had been interested in visiting this Lighthouse for some time so was thrilled for today’s Adventure. Upon arrival I was quite surprised about the endless number of parked cars, causing me to contemplate returning another time. However, we carried on and headed toward the Breakwater to analyze the situation. I was shocked when I spotted the Breakwater as although I knew it was long, I could not believe the expansive sight. We wandered down a short path before turning onto the breakwater. There were many people in attendance but due to the size of the breakwater everyone was reasonably spread out and there was enough space for two ways of traffic.

We headed down the Breakwater, barely even seeing the Lighthouse from afar. I was excited to begin this journey on this spectacular Fall day. I was careful to watch my footing, and glad Wilma is quite agile, even as her nose led the way. We walked and walked appreciating the unusual experience, the sun shining on the bright blue sea. As we walked I began to think about the water, often seeming to lap over the edge, and quite level with the Breakwater. Eventually I became disappointed to see that the Breakwater did not arrive at the Lighthouse, and soon discovered that the Breakwater was actually washed out! We walked as far as possible and stopped to take some photographs before returning back. On the way back my attention was drawn to the lovely Fall foliage along the shore. So although we never officially made it to the Rockland Lighthouse we sure did our best. We just will have to return again in the future to get the full experience, and up-close Lighthouse photographs (This blog will not be rated).

October 3, 2020 – Doubling Point Lighthouse – Maine

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Doubling Point Lighthouse in Arrowsic, Maine. Doubling Point Lighthouse is located on the Kennebec River at the end of a small pier. The Lighthouse was built in 1898. It is located on private property but it is open for visitors.

We had a fun Adventure to the Doubling Point Lighthouse. We had attempted to visit this Lighthouse on one occasion but it was closed. Therefore I was especially excited to visit today. Upon arrival we found a group of visitors at the Lighthouse, so began our Adventure exploring on the side. We located a little path through the tall colored grass and down to the River’s edge. I loved this secretive little spot with varying colors of grass, and a large coastal tree branch. It was simple yet uniquely beautiful. Once the visitors on the boardwalk departed we headed over to see the Lighthouse.

It took me a minute to figure out how to open the gate at the beginning of the boardwalk and before I could open it Wilma jumped through the triangular hole causing a nice laugh as I figured how to untangle her and go through myself. Never a dull moment with this enthusiastic girl. We then headed down the pier, my favorite aspect of this Lighthouse. We walked down and around the Lighthouse, back and forth, enjoying the scenery around us and this peaceful location. Thankfully we had some time to appreciate this Lighthouse before the next visitors arrived. Before departing we checked out the Lighthouse from the opposite side. Being that the Lighthouse was on private property it was not a place we felt appropriate to sit and relax. However, we were quite thankful that these kind property owners allowed visitors. So glad we could Adventure to Doubling Point Lighthouse today (Rating: 4).

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 17, 2020 – Cape Cod – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Cape Cod is a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern corner of Massachusetts. It is a popular summer destination known for the laid-back lifestyle. Cape Cod draws tourists for its beaches, lighthouses, ponds, villages, and the seafood shacks and restaurants.

We had a relaxing Adventure to Cape Cod today.  We were able to visit:  the Green Briar Nature Center, Highfield Hall and Gardens, Nobska Lighthouse, and Nobska Beach.  We have visited all of these locations previously, although it was Wilma’s first for several.  These locations included:  gardens, a fabulous lighthouse, and a lovely beach.  Unfortunately the Lighthouse was under some construction, but we still enjoyed our visit.  I decided to do a photo collage of all of these four stops combined all in one!  If you have any questions about the photographs, or locations feel free to contact me on the contact form, or in the comments.  A beautiful day with wonderful company (Rating:  4).

 

August 10, 2020 – Eastern Point Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The Eastern Point Lighthouse was built in the 1880s and is currently an active lighthouse.  On the property you will also find:  the oil house, radio beacon, fog horn building, and Dog Bar Breakwater.  Access inside the fence is forbidden, however there are good views of the light station from the exterior.  There is a $10 parking fee for parking.

We had a tranquil Adventure to the Eastern Point Lighthouse.  We began our day with a long walk in Gloucester before heading over to Eastern Point Lighthouse.  I have been interested in the Eastern Point Lighthouse for some time, and finally did some more extensive research which indicated that attendance is permitted.  Upon arrival we found ourselves the only car in the parking lot, with two walkers just exiting.  We immediately walked over to the rocky shore filled with colorful seaweed and the harbor scattered with bobbing boats.  It was beautiful!  We took our time appreciating the peace and beauty of our surroundings.

From there we wandered over to the breakwater.  It did not seem as though we could get to there from the beach at first, but I soon realized that was the pathway.  We viewed the Lighthouse from different angles as we headed over to the breakwater.  The breakwater was very long, and provided easy footing, although not something I would recommend for those unsteady on their feet.  We walked along and I continually peered back to see various viewpoints of the Lighthouse.  The sun was quite shiny for photographs but I still snapped away.  As we got further we noticed the breakwater was clearly owned by the seagulls but to be expected at a quiet coastal oasis.  It was funny to hear them warning their peers of the deer-like creature heading onto their grounds.  Wilma was eager to stare them down and loved all the new smells from the sea.  At the end we found what I believe is the structure for the electric fog signal, almost a little lighthouse.  A fun little aspect on the breakwater.

We then returned down the breakwater appreciating the ocean, boats, and view of the lighthouse from afar.  Such a lovely location!  And of course we ended the Adventure with some fun on the beach.  Wilma enjoyed some digging, and attempted running energized by the coast.  She rubbed her adorable face in the seaweed and waded in the water, continually sticking her nose in, quite entertaining to watch.  I am glad Wilma finally recognizes that water can provide a cooling effect.  Such a spectacular Adventure to the Eastern Point Lighthouse (Rating:  4.5).

July 15, 2020 – Old Scituate Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Scituate Lighthouse in Scituate, Massachusetts. This was my third visit to the Scituate Lighthouse. The Scituate Lighthouse is also referred to as Old Scituate Lighthouse. It is a historic lighthouse which was built in 1811, later being purchased by the town of Scituate. It is located at Cedar Point in Scituate Harbor, and as expected is a popular location for painters.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to Scituate Lighthouse. Although I have been here twice before I apparently had forgotten the beauty. We arrived to find the sky blue, with fluffy white clouds. We circled the Lighthouse and then decided to hop down the long breakwater. The breeze was perfect, the large boulders colorful. The water was crashing into the breakwater, adding lovely drama. As we hopped I continually peaked back to check out the different views. The breakwater was not difficult to traverse, but yet the rocks did require careful calculation, especially with an energetic Wilma leading the way. We went to the very end of the breakwater, and appreciated the spectacular scene. We relaxed for a bit enjoying the breeze before turning back.

After we visited the beach, lots of rocks, and new angles of the lighthouse. Wilma was interested in the water, although still had jumpy movements with the waves. She explored the shore, and often looked around as though she was appreciating the views. We then decided to check out the smaller breakwater, another fun part of Adventure.

Lastly we made sure to explore the beach on the opposite side. It was a little more challenging arriving at this beach, with lots of uneven rocks. The rocks were round, and colorful, many my favorite color – purple! It was a little challenging walking along the shore due to the numerous rocks creating an unsteady gait. However we could not miss a part of the shore. From there we headed for one last view of the Lighthouse before heading out. The area was a bit more crowded then I preferred, but to be expected. Definitely one of the most beautiful Lighthouses in New England (Rating: 5).

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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).