March 25-March 28, 2022 – Weekend in Maine

This weekend me, My Mom, Wilma and Gus Adventured to Maine. We stayed at our favorite location in Camden, explored the beautiful town of Camden, and enjoyed a gorgeous day in Acadia. These are probably my two favorite places in Maine, coastal beauty! We had some other plans but little did we know we were in for an unexpected weekend…

I actually debated posting this blog, but I wanted to appreciate a community, provide others hope who have found themselves in a similar situation, and celebrate a miracle. On Sunday we had a day of sure terror but wanted to be clear before sharing that it ended with a miracle! On Sunday, while walking back from the gorgeous harbor of Camden the latch on Gus’ leash, somehow opened in the middle of a “normal” walk. I went to grab his collar and he took off. We spent the next 15 plus hours praying, spreading the word, and desperately searching! There were several spotting’s of Gus throughout the day sprinting from place to place, all over this town. On our desperate search we met endless kind people throughout the community, posted signs, and were supported by our amazing Inn Keepers! It was an absolute day of terror, devastation, and fear in the unknown, a horrid nightmare. We went back to the room on various occasions to see if Gus had arrived. My Dad came up from Massachusetts and we searched and searched. I cannot even describe the deep pain running through my sole.

It was after midnight we returned to the room, beyond devastated, but deciding that was best to attempt an early morning start. I decided to open the car door, put food in the car, and put worn clothes and food outside the door, hoping to attract our precious boy with familiar smells! Approximately fifteen minutes after going to the room, Wilma let out an unusual bark toward the door….I opened the door and our Gus was there! It was a dream come true, a miracle! Gus was soaked, had a few cuts, was exhausted but was absolutely ok! He dived into our arms and filled our hearts back up! The extreme emotions of the day will always bring tears to my eyes, deep, deep pain, moments of hope, to pure joy of a miracle! As you may know my dogs are my world, my everything, and what brings me pure joy! They make me laugh, smile, and always keep me moving as I face the challenges of life. I am not sure how I would have made it through this if it did not end in a miracle, and we are feeling beyond grateful.

I wanted to dedicate this blog to the AMAZING community of Camden. We probably spoke with 100s of people, who cared, shared, posted, searched, and told me he WOULD be found. As we drove and walked around, we continually were stopped by people who said they were searching with us, strangers to us but partners in hope! I rarely have felt part of a community, and to feel a part of a community I was visiting was beyond a special experience. I even have received calls and texts since we returned home, checking on Gus, and celebrating his return. I will never forget this kindness! We cannot thank our Innkeepers at the Towne Motel as well, a beautiful Motel, with owners who went over and beyond to take care of us and help in our desperation. Thank you to all in Camden. You are one in a kind!!

So here I will share some photographs from our weekend:

October 31, 2021 – Belfast, Maine

Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Belfast, Maine. Belfast is a mid-coastal town, also situated at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River. Belfast is known for the: arts, music, shops, and restaurants. It is a popular tourist destination.

We had a blue-sky filled Adventure to Belfast, Maine. A friend of mine told me about this town and being nearby on our weekend away today was the day to check it out. I was thrilled to see the bright blue sky and clouds as again the weather forecast was incorrect. We started our visit with a walk along the Harborwalk. It was just beautiful, the boats reflecting perfectly in the water. The “walk” went through the Shipyard revealing a variety of lovely boats and unique equipment. From there we wandered into the town. We found shops, restaurants, decorations, artwork, and beautifully painted crosswalks. The town was on a slight hill giving views of the water in some locations. The downtown area was small but yet we did our best not to miss an inch. So glad we could Adventure to the town of Belfast today! (Rating: This blog will not be rated).

October 6, 2021 – Marginal Way – Maine

Tonight Wilma, Gus, My Mom, and I Adventured to Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. Marginal Way is a well known, coastal, cliff walk along the Atlantic Ocean. The path is approximately 1.25 miles in length, looping along the coast. It is lined with benches, lovely landscaping, and has beach areas along the way. It is dog friendly from October 1 – March 31.

We had a refreshing evening Adventure to Marginal Way. It has probably been about three years since we have been there, and today was a perfect Fall night for a visit. We parked along the route and found a spot quickly and off we headed. First we had to explore the beach. The water was a beautiful color, and the sun was reflected uniquely on the crashing waves. The sun was beginning to set and it was really just a gorgeous scene. Definitely one that I felt I did not capture on camera but definitely lovely. There were many surfers bobbing in the waves, people enjoy the beach, and others fishing along the rocks. This was probably Wilma and Gus’ favorite part of the evening, Wilma loving energized digs in the sand, and Gus finding a perfect shell (haha!) Gus seemed a little more comfortable with the small waves and even did some digging on his own. Wilma continually wanted to play with Gus, but wrestling is quite challenging on a leash. We spent a good amount of time on the beach before heading to the Trail.

Although past the peak of flowers the trail had lovely flowers along the edge. The path was generally surrounded by greenery while in some areas you could step out onto the rocks or down to the shore. It was a little busier then I prefer but yet we were still able to find the location quite peaceful, everyone enjoying a piece of this lovely pathway. As I had to work today we did not have a long visit but it really was just the perfect Adventure. So glad we could return to Marginal Way today (Rating: 4).

October 2, 2021 – Coastal Maine

Today Wilma, Gus and I adventured to Coastal Maine. I decided instead of finding a new spot we would visit some of our favorites and also stop spontaneously along the way. The favorites of our day included: The Fisherman’s Walk, the Wiggly Bridge, Nubble Lighthouse, and Fort Williams Park which includes the Portland Head Lighthouse, and the Goddard mansion. In addition we stopped at York Beach and a colorful pumpkin sale and from there decided to walk around York Village and the Old York Historical Society. It was a dark cloudy day, and it sprinkled but yet it was the perfect Fall temperature. Throughout the day we spent five hours walking, and posed for numerous photographs. I was surprised that the leaves were hardly changing even in Maine but the scenery was still perfect with the end of summer flowers, rocky coast, beaches, and landmarks including lighthouses and ruins. Gus loved finding leftover crabs from the seagulls and sticks along the path while Wilma especially enjoyed digging in the sand and jumping from rock to rock. It really was another wonderful day with my two special adventurers. Below you will see a collage of all of the locations from the day.

July 15, 2021 – Seashore Trolley Museum – Maine

Yesterday Gus and I Adventured to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Seashore Trolley Museum is the first, and also the largest electric railway museum in the world. It provides guests information on the role that transportation has played throughout history. The campus includes three buildings of trolley cars and other artifacts, a vintage trolley ride, and a store. The entire museum is dog friendly.

We had a unique Adventure to the Seashore Trolley Museum. I decided to take Gus on his own Adventures yesterday, while Wilma was relaxing at Grandma and Grandpa’s spa! I feel this is important for him to increase his independence as he is much more comfortable when Wilma is by his side. I was not sure what to expect but was excited to visit the Museum. We started walking around the outside of the museum before going in to purchase a ticket. We walked to all of the carhouses to see what we could find. Gus loved eating grass and anything he could find. He continued to be nervous with others around him but did well sitting, and became more comfortable over time. I was not sure that we would be able to ride the trolley, but thought I would try, and get off before it left if he seemed uneasy. I decided to start with him on my lap, which he loved, and was perfectly comfortable throughout the ride. We learned about the history of transportation and enjoyed the cool breeze coming in the windows. Near the end Gus got down on the floor, and took some time to cuddle next to me on the seat. I have always wanted to check out this vintage trolley ride so was thrilled that it was a success. Definitely an unusual and fun dog-friendly activity. So glad we could visit the Seashore Trolley Museum (Rating: 3).

More lounging at Grandma and Grandpa’s Spa!

July 15, 2021 – Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge – Maine

Yesterday Gus and I Adventured to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine. The Refuge is located on the coast of Maine and has over 9,000 acres. It was established in 1966 in order to protect salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. The Refuge was named after Rachel Carson who was a famous marine biologist, author, and environmentalist.

We had a mosquito filled adventure to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. I decided to take Gus on his own Adventures yesterday, while Wilma was relaxing at Grandma and Grandpa’s spa! I feel this is important for him to increase his independence as he is much more comfortable when Wilma is by his side. Today we traversed the Carson trail, an only one mile loop, however the only dog friendly trail in the Refuge. The trail was well groomed, curved through the pines and had numerous look out areas along the marshes. It was a little dark out but there was lots of green on the path, we found mushrooms, and of course enjoyed checking out the water views. Gus was very nervous with all people, often trying to run from them, poor guy. I worked on building his confidence and getting him more comfortable, and besides a couple nervous moments he loved walking and exploring. My plan was to walk the loop several times but the mosquitos were brutal. I guess I should have worn bug spray, however I survived! Glad to finally check out the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuse (Rating: 3)