October 5, 2019 – Goose Rock Beach – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Goose Rock Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Goose Rock Beach is located in a neighborhood area, which is especially populated in summer months.  Goose Rock Beach has approximately three miles of shoreline, provides views of several islands, and is bordered by tidal rivers.  There is limited parking spots, and passes are required seasonally.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Goose Rock Beach.  I decided to get up at four o’clock in the morning to explore a new beach and to appreciate the sunrise.  Goose Rock Beach sure did not disappoint!  We parked in front of several homes, the beach area bordered by greenery.  I immediately heard the waves, and soon found a path to the gorgeous sandy beach.  It was just lovely, sunrise in process, and few people in sight.  Immediately we were energized, Shadow running, Wilma bounding.  We walked down the beach exploring the tidal areas, found some lovely shells, and of course waded into the sea.  We went to the end of one side where we found the tidal River entering the ocean, before turning around and exploring in the opposite direction.  We caught a glimpse of an island, observed several boats floating in the water, and noted some kayaks and chairs scattered on the beach.  The beach was pristine, peaceful, and quite therapeutic.

We spent about two hours walking, running, digging, and dipping.  Shadow went deep into the ocean, the water quite shallow while Wilma especially enjoyed some chaotic digging.  Both Shadow and Wilma took turns engaging the other in energetic play, just so sweet!  As time went on we saw more people, most with furry friends.  It was great to see that almost all of them had their dogs under control, and many quite friendly.  I am guessing most were locals, appreciating this serene locale.  The perfect, extra-early morning Adventure today (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

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Throwback Adventure – Peaks Island – Maine

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 September 2013 Shadow, Buster, My Mom and I Adventured to Peak’s Island in the Casco Bay of Maine. Peak’s Island is only accessible by ferry, and is popular for kayaking, swimming, the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, and a small shopping and restaurant area along the harbor. The Island has approximately 1,000 residents, which doubles in the summer months.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Peak’s Island. I was beyond entertained by the fact that Shadow and Buster received their own ferry tickets, and were about to head out on a boat Adventure. Luckily they did well on the ride, and although Shadow appeared a bit uneasy at first he settled down and napped under the staircase. The Island was simple, and peaceful. I remember beautiful flowers, rustic fencing, rocky shores and an extra warm day. We enjoyed walking around and appreciated the new experiences. I had some additional photographs that I was not sure if they were from Peak’s Island so decided to only post those photographs I knew were from the Island. We were glad to experience Peak’s Island (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

 

September 14, 2019 – Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Cape Neddick “Nubble”.  Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse is located in Cape Neddick, York, Maine.  It is on Nubble Island off of Cape Neddick point.  It was initially put into use in 1879, and continues to be a working lighthouse.  The area is popular for visitors, and even has a small gift shop and restrooms (available in season).

We had a perfect Adventure to the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse.  We have been to the Nubble Lighthouse many times previously, but it really is quite spectacular, so I decided to blog about it again.  We arrived to find huge gust of winds, an incoming tide, and an abundance of crashing waves, a gorgeous scene.  Upon wandering around, we soon found some scuba divers performing a practice exercise.  Wilma was quite intrigued by the divers, unsure of the scene.  We observed for a bit before moving on, climbing on the rocks, and loving every moment.  There were flowers between the rocks, and in the grass, bright yellows, pinks, and whites, just lovely.  We explored, and explored, cherishing the full coastal experience.  Shadow especially loved his rolls, and often searched for a tidal pool, hoping for a sip and dip.  Wilma was quite wild at this location, energized by the rocks, and guest attention.  Thankfully I manged to stay on my feet in Wilma’s exuberance.  After wandering around for awhile we sat in the grass to relax and savor our wonderful afternoon.

Before we left Nubble Lighthouse I decided to check out the food at Fox’s Lobster House, located on the property.  I was quite thankful to see an outdoor window.  The menu appeared a bit pricey so a good excuse to order myself an ice cream, and a “puppy pop” for Shadow and Wilma.  Although there was a seating area the location was very busy with guests so I felt it ideal to find a rock and a grassy spot to savor our treats.  Our timing was not ideal as it began pouring!  Shadow quickly began eating his “pop” while Wilma wanted nothing to do with the rain.  So I attempted to eat my ice cream, and next thing I knew Shadow’s had vanished.  I searched the crannies of the nearby rocks and was unable to locate the “pop”.  Shadow decided to go for seconds, grabbing Wilma’s bowl.  I somehow was able to rescue it for Wilma and we scurried back to the car.  I felt badly I could not locate Shadow’s dish, and thought for a quick moment – did he eat that too?!  Wilma was able to eat her “pop” in the car but seemed to have lost interest.

The Nubble Lighthouse is a special place.  The only downfall is the large tourist draw, buses even arriving and dropping off guests.  However, we had a magnificent visit to the Nubble Lighthouse, a quintessential New England landmark  (Rating:  4.5)

Please see below for photos and videos from today’s visit, and at the bottom I included several from previous visits, including with our love Buster

 

Previous Visits:

September 14, 2019 -Ellis Park/Ellis Short Sands Park – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Ellis Park in York Beach, Maine.  Ellis Park is adjacent to Short Sands Beach.  It contains a basketball court, a playground, and is a popular location for summer concerts, and locals.  The Park is owned by the Town of York and managed by the Trustees.

We had a short Adventure to the Ellis Shorts Sands’ Park on a dark and dreary day.  I had noticed the Park in the past but do not believe we ever have explored it.  There was a fee to park based on the expected time.  The word “Park” did not seem to fit the location as it was really just a big square with a gazebo in the center, appearing more like a town common.  However, we sauntered around the park as I worked hard to notice little details of appreciation.  Shadow and Wilma relished their happy grass rolls, and as always were enthused to explore a new place, never a complaints from these amazing two!  There were benches around the park, and flowers, many past season.  My favorite part of the Ellis Short Sands Park was walking above the beach.  The tide was in, and the waves a rough, a beautiful scene.  I was disappointed that dogs were not allowed on the beach, but was pleased we could walk nearby.  There were few people on the beach on this windy and drizzly day.  Although I was quite unimpressed with this Park, the coastal border made it just right (Rating:  3).

 

September 14, 2019 – Old York Historical Society Buildings – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Old York Museum Center and surrounding historical buildings in York, Maine.  This early English settlement was one of the first colonies.  The buildings are open to the public and include lovely architecture, artwork, and artifacts.  There are tours, programs and events, and nine historic buildings to explore.

We had a simple Adventure to the Old York Historical Society Buildings on a dreary, dark day.  I debated writing and posting this blog as dogs were not allowed inside the building, which only provided a limited visit.  However, it a great historic location which others may not know about so here I go….

We began our Adventure at the Museum Center.  From the door of the Center we began our journey hopping from building to building.  The structures appeared historic, yet modern and unique.  Without a map we walked from building to building attempting not to miss one.  We also spotted a graveyard in the middle of our walk around the property.  Our Adventure to the Old Historical Society Buildings was short as we could only walk around and near them, and besides the actual buildings there were very few outdoor artifacts.  Still Glad we were able to explore this location, something many might not expect to find in coastal Maine (This location will not be rated as the site was not thoroughly explored).

 

 

 

April 29, 2019 – Owls Head State Park and Owls Head Light – Maine

Although my goal is to post our Adventures  the same day, or following day, I failed to reach that goal for this blog.  However, I still am excited to share this Adventure.

On Monday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Owls Head State Park, which hosts the Owls Head Lighthouse in Owls Head, Maine.  The Lighthouse was built in 1825 is located high above the Penobscot Bay.   There are two beaches in the Park, one with views of the Bay, and the other with views of Rockland.

We had a scenic Adventure to Owls Head State Park and the Owls Head Lighthouse on a beautiful sunny day.  This was our last official Adventure of our weekend in Maine.  Upon arrival we wandered over to the picnic area to find lovely views framed by a narrow beach.  We decided to wander down the path to the right to the Owls Head Lighthouse.  It was a tranquil spot, with several look-outs along the way.  It did not take long to arrive at the Lighthouse.  We were delighted to have the area all to ourselves slowly weaving up the ramp, and stairs to arrive directly underneath the Lighthouse.  Owls Lighthouse is a unique lighthouse area providing sweeping views.  After spending some time enjoy the picturesque location we headed back to the picnic area.

From there we ventured down the trail to the left, not quite sure what to expect.  Another short trail which ended at a small beach.  The beach was quite rocky, but provided some sand areas in between the numerous rocks.  There were small cliff-like rocks adorned with evergreens.  After exploring for a bit we sat and enjoyed the ocean breeze, Shadow rolling, and napping, while Wilma took part in some digging fun.  A wonderful place to relax on a gorgeous day.

Our last stop at the Park was the Beach area, immediately adjacent to the parking lot.  Yet another rocky beach making for some unpredictable footing.  However that did not stop us from strolling around briefly to survey the area, and snap some photographs.  Such a lovely Park, and Lighthouse in Owls Head.  We are so glad we could explore this special area on our Adventure (Rating:  4).

April 28, 2019 – Cadillac Mountain – Maine

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine.  Cadillac Mountain is at an elevation of 1530 feet, making it the highest point along the North Atlantic Seaboard.

We had a stunning Adventure to Cadillac Mountain, enjoying the scenery in the morning, and later heading back for the sunset.  This was the second day we had journeyed to Cadillac Mountain as we had previously visited back in August 2015 with Shadow, Buster, and My Mom.  I decided to blog again about this spectacular location as the first visit, although quite magical and misty, left us absolutely no view.  This time the view was clear as can be, and absolutely breathtaking.  We walked along the path, focusing on the unique landscape, and the glorious views.  The path lead around, providing a perspective from many angles.  At one point the path lead off toward a trail so we followed this trail away from the other guests, and at peace with the world.  We found a place to sit and relish the flawless scenery.  Although I was happy with many of my photographs, I really cannot describe this location in words.  I do not remember ever seeing a more amazing view, and continually found myself commenting about this spot as we strolled around.  I think the highlight of our weekend in Maine was Cadillac Mountain.

So we decided later to head back to Cadillac Mountain for the sunset.  I had been told, and read that it was the best place to see the sunrise and sunset, so why not end the day at this sensational Mountain location.  We spent about an hour at Cadillac Mountain observing this lovely sunset.  We hopped around before finding the ideal rocks away from most other guests, and of course with the perfect view.  I do not remember the last time I watched a sunset, nor the last time I saw something so picturesque.  The sun changed from color to color before officially setting.  One of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen with my two furry friends by my side.  It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day in Mount Desert Island.  I highly recommend you visit Cadillac Mountain, and below you can see too many photographs and videos of these memorable visits (Rating:  5).

(You can read my initial blog on Cadillac Mountain by typing “Cadillac Mountain” in the “search box”.  On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.  You might see it in the midst of some outside advertisements.)