Throwback Adventure – Shore Path – Maine

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.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

Today I am posting a new Throwback Adventure! These photographs are from a trip My Mom, Buster, Shadow and I took to Shore Path in Bar Harbor Maine in August 2015. The Shore Path was originally built in 1880 and follows the Frenchman Bay, the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island. It provides views of various highlights, including several Island.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to Shore Path. We found this location accidentally and it did not disappoint. Our visit was on a foggy day, but yet that did not impact the beauty of the coast. We enjoyed seeing the boats floating in the Bay, the flowers lining the shore, and even a photographic run. Special memories of this wonderful location (This blog will not be rating).

March 14, 2021 – Back Cove Trail – Maine

Wilma and I Adventured to Back Cove Trail in Portland, Maine. Back Cove Trail is a popular loop trail that is almost four miles in length. The trail circles Back Cove, and ranges from paved to gravel. There are benches along the route, and several water fountains available in-season. The trail is popular for biking, walking, running, and dog walking.

We had a gusty Adventure to Back Cove Trail. I am thankful that I am officially fully-vaccinated allowing me entrance into Maine. We look forward to continuing our Adventures outside of Massachusetts starting with this Adventure to Back Trail Cove. I believe I located Back Cove Trail initially just spotting it while driving through the area. I was surprised to find the Trail quiet empty, but also quite shocked at how frigid the wind was at times. Wilma did not seem to mind the chilly weather, although occasionally was surprised by a sign moving in the wind. We walked and walked, finding mileage markers along the route. I loved seeing the ice on the edges of the water, and into the Cove. Overall there was not much to see but it was nice to walk in a new location. Wilma loved walking, watching the ducks, and enjoyed some rolls. I was disappointed that part of the Trail was closed due to construction but did our best to explore this Trail. We might just have to return to the Back Cove Trail in the nicer weather (Rating: 3).

October 31, 2020 – York, Maine

Today Wilma and I spent the day in York, Maine. York is a coastal town in Southern, Maine. It contains: York Harbor, Cape Neddick, York Village and York Beach. It is known for the summer resorts, beaches, golf courses, shopping, and the famous Nubble Lighthouse.

We had a beautiful Adventure to York, Maine. I decided to Adventure to places we have been to previously. Our stops included: Old York, Long Sands Beach, Ellis Park, Short Sands Beach, the Wiggly Bridge, Fisherman’s Walk, Sayward-Wheeler House, and Nubble Lighthouse. We walked and walked, ran on the beach, stopped to watch the crashing waves, searched for any last colors from Fall, and followed Wilma’s little nose in whatever direction she chose. The sun was out, and it was the perfect temperature complete with a gusty coastal breeze. Such a beautiful coastal day in York. So glad Shadow and Buster were able to visit these locations too. See below for a photo collage of our spectacular day: (Rating: 4)

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 18, 2020 – Camden, Maine

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Camden, Maine. Camden is located in Midcoast Maine, on the Penobscot Bay. It is popular for Camden Hills State Park, Mount Battie, the Harbor, shops and restaurants, and numerous lodging options.

We had a coastal Adventure to the town of Camden, Maine on our weekend away. We walked throughout the town, thankful that the sun was finally out after a weekend of rain. In various spots the sun was shining through the perfect fall foliage creating a picturesque scene. We trotted around the Harbor area, located Meguniticook Falls, appreciated the colorful mountains from afar, found several parks and loved the library grounds with various little features including a gazebo. The weather was just right for Fall, and our early morning walk ensured a less then bustling hub that you would find later in the day. Such a nice surprise to explore the lovely town of Camden (This Adventure will not be rated).

October 17, 2020 – Acadia National Park – Maine

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Acadia National Park in Maine. Acadia National Park is a Park in Northeastern Maine that encompasses half of Mount Desert Island, and also is situated on the Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut. It is 47,000 acres and popular for fall foliage seekers, winter skiing, spring fishing and hiking.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Acadia National Park. I was thrilled line up a day at this gorgeous location. Although I had planned to arise early and head for sunrise, the torrential downpours dampened my plans and we instead headed out in the afternoon. The beginning of our afternoon was rainy, but it eventually cleared up and the sun came out for the sunset. Due to the uncertain weather I decided to explore some of our favorites and more predictable locations versus some new locations of which I originally had planned. Our afternoon included: Thunder Hole, Otter Point, Jordan Pond, Sandy Beach, parts of the Ocean Path and various other stops along the route. My favorite parts of day was the thunderous Fall breeze, the amazing coastal views, seeing a rainbow, and the beautiful Jordan Pond. Wilma’s favorites part of the afternoon were: running on the beach, the smells of the beach, lots of walking, and really every moment of exploring. Acadia National Park is one of the most breathtaking places in New England. I really cannot get enough and hope to return again in the future (Rating: 5).


October 3, 2020 – Mid-Coast Maine

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Mid-Coast Maine for four Adventures. Although I do not know if Mid-Coast Maine is technically defined, that is how I will categorize our Adventures today. We visited: Wolfe Neck State Park, Robinson Cove, Doubling Point Lighthouse, and Fort Williams Park, the home to Portland Head Lighthouse. We loved exploring the shoreline, hiking, the spectacular geography of the rocks, and the perfect Fall weather. Since I have blogged about the two Parks somewhat recently, I thought I would share some of my many favorite photographs in one collage. I did a separate blog of Doubling Point Lighthouse, however will still include some of my favorites here. Wolfe Neck State Park and Fort Williams are definitely on my top Maine State Parks…so far! Hope you will enjoy these photographs of a wonderful day.

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).

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)

June 2020