Throwback Adventure – Jordan Pond, Maine – August 2015

In remembering our Shadow I decided to re-post some of our favorite Adventures on our “Throwback Adventure” Thursdays.  Shadow had amazing solo Adventures, Adventures with Buster, and Adventures with Wilma.  He was one lucky boy!  The post today was from a trip to Jordan Pond in Acadia Park that Shadow, Buster, and My Mom took back in August 2015.  One of my favorite memories was the journey Shadow, Buster, and I took around the gorgeous Jordan Pond.  There were boardwalks, rocks, bridges, and mountains, breathtaking beauty.  Forever precious memories!  Please see below for my original post including photographs and a video.

 

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.

In August 2015 My Mom, Shadow, Buster, and I journeyed to Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park, Maine.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He had an amazing zest for life, led by his joyous howl, and happy tail.   We made many memories on adventures, that we fondly treasure.  He will always be missed!!

Jordan Pond was formed by the Wisconsin Ice Sheet during the last glacial period.  It has mountains to the west and northeast.  The loop trail around the pond is less than four miles long, and is mostly flat.  On arrival I found the area to be quite touristy, but as we began to traverse the trail around the pond we were surrounded by nature, and stunning beauty.  The perfect shaped rocks, gorgeous water, and the mountains, combined to provide a picturesque landscape.  The day of this journey it was a bit foggy, which added a mystical feature to the photos.  As per usual I took numerous photos of the boys on our adventure, and the stunning landscape.  This was definitely a trip I will always treasure.  It was one of the most gorgeous spots we have visited on our many years of adventures (Rating:  5)

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April 19, 2020 – Androscoggin Swinging Bridge – Maine

Today, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge connecting Brunswick and Topsham, Maine.  The Androscoggin Bridge is a pedestrian, suspension bridge crossing the Androscoggin River.  It was built in 1892, and later rehabilitated in 2006.

I debated posting this blog, as it is a bit random.  However, we had a day of Adventures in Maine, all of which I had blogged about previously, so why not document this picturesque bridge.  I found the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge accidentally when driving, and was excited to locate such a unique bridge.  The bridge was high above the rushing Androscoggin River, providing lovely views down stream.  There were benches near the bridge to sit and relax.  We soon began our journey across the bridge which was quite the wiggly and windy experience, at moments I even thought I could loose my balance.  Wilma seemed to enjoy the walk but did seem slightly uneasy with this wobbly experience.  I of course immediately thought about Shadow and his likely reluctance of this shaky bridge, which actually made me smile.  After crossing this long an amazing bridge we checked out the other side, finding some trails, and beach-like areas, before crossing back to the other side.

It has been challenging, and quite sad heading out on walks, Adventures, and today, our first new Adventures without our sweet Shadow.  Nevertheless we also find great peace in these times exercising, enjoying the moments, and exploring new places.  It is nice to know we can continue to enjoy Adventures, although we wish Shadow was by our side, rolling around in the grass, and swimming in the seas.  However, we will continue on, and savor all the memories we had with Shadow, and with Buster.  I know it will get better with time, and I am glad we have so many of our past Adventures captured in photographs.  So glad today to enjoy our Adventure to the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge (Rating:  3.5)

 

March 22, 2020 – Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park in Freeport, Maine.  Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park is an approximately 250 acre state park on a peninsula between the Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River.  It contains various ecosystems, and is known for the local ospreys who nest on Googins Island.  Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park is open year around, and has an entrance fee.  As expected the park is popular for:  bird watching, walking, educational programs, and picnicking.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Wolfe’s Neck Wood State Park on a sunny winter day.  I had read about this Park for some time and finally decided to make the trip.  So off we headed with high expectations.  I had researched the trails and printed a map so had a general idea of a plan, as I wanted to make sure we explored both the River and Bay sides of this peninsula Park.

We began our hike at the Harraseeket Trail, a 1.8 mile trail that begins at the parking lot.  I was quite excited to begin our hike.  The pathway was very clear, although I did not notice markers along the path, only when the trail intersected others.  The colors were dull, and the air crisp.  The more we walked the more inspired I became, finding various bridges, and soon spotting the bright blue River.  We stopped to gaze out, the River quiet expanse.  The trail was high above the River and pareled it for some time before veering away.  The trail had some hills, lots of roots, rocks, and of course lovely River views.  We almost had this Trail to ourselves, a peaceful oasis in the great outdoors.

After completing the Harraseeket Trail the Trail merged into the Casco Bay Trail, what I soon would learn to be quite popular.  Just immediate to this merging we found the rocky shores of the Casco Bay, just gorgeous.  There were wooden stairways and stone stairways at various locations leading to the water’s edge.  We enjoyed relaxing on the rocks, Shadow enjoying the water, while Wilma balanced eloquently on the unusually shaped rocks, some formed in circular formation.  The view of the Bay was beautiful.  The farther we walked the more people we saw, but there still was enough space to find your own spot, in almost all areas.  There were kiosks along this trail, and seating, even located across the Osprey nesting Island.  The water was quite clear, and varied in tones, sometimes appearing aqua, and tropic.

The Casco Bay Trail soon led to the White Pines Trail, continuing the scenery as we had seen on the Casco Bay Trail.  I believe it was on the White Pines Trail that we found a sandy beach to relax for a few, Wilma enjoying a quick dig, while Shadow wading in the water and dreaming of a longer leash.  From there we then turned onto the North Trail, which looped around before returning to the end of the Casco Bay Trail.  The North Trail was somewhat dull but had one look-out over the Casco Bay.  I actually heard another visitor describing the North Trail as perfect for snow shoeing but overall a “boring” Trail.

We spent about two and a half hours exploring this magnificent park, mainly on the above trails, however, traversing parts of others along our walk.  The farther we hiked the more impressed I became.  The scenery was beautiful and diverse.  In addition it was so nice to see the dogs almost all on leash, and owners being respectful of one another.  We had a special day that I will always treasure.  Wolfe’s Neck Park did not disappoint, and we definitely will be back again (Rating:  4.5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 2020 – Babb’s Bridge – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Babb’s Bridge which divides the towns of Gorham and Windham, Maine.  The Babb’s covered Bridge was originally built in 1840, making it the oldest covered bridge in Maine.  It later had to be rebuilt and also has undergone numerous repairs. The Babb’s Bridge traverses the Presumpscot River.

We had a brief visit to the Babb’s Bridge on a beautiful winter day.  Although on a public road we arrived to find numerous private property signs making it unclear as to where we could wander.  I decided to first drive through the bridge to take some photographs.  The far side, which I believe to be the Gorham side, provided no public River across.  Upon peering down the River I noted at least three rope swings, signs of a great summer day.  I debated walking through but the bridge was dark underneath and the traffic speedy so I chose to drive back across.

On what I suspect was the Windham side,  there was a beach-like area filled with a group of people fishing and enjoying the fresh air.  We tranced around a bit and snapped some quick photographs.  Fearing an accidental trespassing incident I decided to make it a short stop, although I guess often the case on a covered bridge Adventures.  So glad we could visit the Babb’s Bridge today (Rating:  3.5).

Throwback Adventure – Edwards Harborside – 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 April 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I adventured to Edwards Harborside in York, Maine. In researching Edwards Harborside to create this blog I learned that it is a marina with several beach areas. However I was unclear on the exact title of the beach which was in front of the Edwards Harborside Inn, therefore not officially the Edwards Harborside Beach as I expected.  Even without this official title I still decided to blog about this location, possibly a less known area for travelers.

We had a beach-filled Adventure to Edwards Harborside, one of our many stops that day. It was a sunny spring April day.  I believe we found this location accidentally, parking after finding a sign for “Edwards Harborside”.  The beach we found nearby was small and quiet.  Shadow and Buster were energized by the beach, digging, wrestling, and romping!  They always made me smile on our beach trips, as on on this Adventure to Edwards Harborside. We explored the entire beach, walking in the water, and checking out the rocky areas. Definitely a fun day of memories at Edward Harborside (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

December 26, 2019 – Long Sand Beach – Maine

Yesterday Shadow and I took an Adventure to Long Sand Beach in York, Maine.  Long Sand Beach is a less then two mile sandy shoreline that includes some rocky areas and tidal pools. The beach is located along Route 1A.  It is a popular tourist spot in the summer months.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Long Sand Beach in York, Maine.  I decided to take a solo Adventure with Shadow.  Wilma sometime struggles with off-leash locations as she does not appreciate being  charged by off-leash dogs, while on leash.   I often am disappointed to find that the majority of the off-leash dogs we encounter are not under voice control, and as you might guess this can be unpredictable.  And although I might be an overprotective dog Mom, I do not feel Wilma is quite ready to be off-leash, still young and quite driven by her adorable hound nose.  So…having some extra days off I felt this would be a good opportunity to take Shadow on a journey of his own, my beach-loving, extra-well behaved boy.  Although feeling a bit guilty I decided to head off to Long Sand Beach with Shadow.

We arrived at Long Sand Beach finding it just below the main road.  There were other visitors scattered throughout the beach, many dogs in tow.  Shadow was absolutely thrilled to be at the beach.  We headed straight to the water and began walking along the shore, appreciating the sun, and the sounds of the surf.  I spotted Nubble Lighthouse off in the distance, although a bit too far off to photograph with my cell phone.  Shadow was excited to meet all dogs in sight, quickly making best buds with an adorable Vizsla.  I often heard comments about how “big” Shadow was but fellow walkers quickly noted his calm and friendly demeanor.  It was so fun to see him in this environment as we have not recently encountered new friends.  Shadow enjoyed smelling, finding some lobster traps, shells, and numerous smells unknown to my eyes.  Shadow loved wading in the water often trotting enthusiastically.  It was clear that the tide was going out the beach growing quickly as we strolled along.  It was a gorgeous afternoon filled with many smiles.  And although the beach was simple, and somewhat unappealing the memories and moments were absolutely perfect.  So glad we could enjoy a relaxing beach Adventure today (Rating:  Beach:  3, Adventure:  Priceless)

Throwback Adventure – Fisherman’s Walk – 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!

We have had several Adventures to Fisherman’s Walk over the past five years.  Fisherman’s Walk is a paved and gravel trail that parallels the York River in York, Maine.  The path begins near the Wiggly Bridge, and ends at Harbor Beach.  It is broken by streets at some locations and is less then two miles round-trip.

We have enjoyed all of our Adventures to Fisherman’s Walk in the scenic town of York.  I always smile when I can share Adventure that ALL of my pups had the opportunity to visit, and Fisherman’s Walk is one of those Adventures.  The Fisherman’s Walk is a lovely coastal stroll, quiet, and peaceful.  We enjoyed viewing attractive boats, scenic docks, and of course you cannot go wrong with a trek along the coast.  Great memories of our coastal time at the Fisherman’s Walk.  See below for a mix of photographs from our various visits (Rating:  Throwback Adventures will not always be rated)