Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.
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).
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)
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Rockland Harbor Trail in Rockland, Maine. The Rockland Harbor Trail is a five mile path that runs along the waterfront, from Rockland Breakwater to Snow Marine Park.
We had a warm Adventure to the Rockland Harbor Trail, our only NEW Adventure on our way home from our weekend in Maine. I was quite pleased that my camera decided to charge correctly overnight, so I could take photographs on my camera. It took a little time to locate the Rockland Harbor Trail, but maybe I should have planned differently. However once located we began on the boardwalk-like path parallel to the shore I quickly realized Wilma was not enjoying the warm temperature. Nevertheless we walked slowly and took numerous water breaks in the shade. The path was modern, and provided lovely views of the floating boats. There were many benches along the way, and we even located a beach, although sadly not dog friendly. So glad we could visit the Rockland Harbor Trail today (This blog will not be rated).
Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Fort Knox in Prospect Maine. Fort Knox is located on the Penobscot River. It is a granite fort built between 1844 and 1869. It was named after Major General Henry Knox, America’s first Secretary of War. The Fort was created to protect the Penobscot River Valley from attacks from the British. This Site is also the location for the Penobscot Narrows Bridge observatory which is not dog friendly.
We had a spectacular adventure to the Fort Knox Historic Site. As you may know if you have been following my blogs this weekend my camera was not charged properly so I relied on my cell phone for the majority of photographs. Although I am far from a history buff I have grown to really enjoy visiting, and photographing forts. Fort Knox definitely did not disappoint! I actually first discovered Fort Knox driving down the grand Penobscot Narrows Bridge, an amazing site on the shores of the River. We arrived at Fort Knox after a day of hiking at Acadia and I was quite excited to check out the sites. Wilma and I were both tired from our hiking but we carried on to explore. We made sure to explore all the crannies, tunnels, staircases, and everything we could find. I could not believe how much fun it was locating these different areas within the Fort. It is usual that you can find a Fort to explore, especially one that is dog friendly. The views of the Penobscot River, and Bridge were lovely, the sky bright blue. Wilma loved lounging in the grass and rolling over for those who may give her a belly rub, she is quite the charmer!! We could not have asked for a better day to visit the Fort Knox Historic Site. It really made me feel like a kid again, and I think may have been my favorite Fort yet. So glad we could visit the Fort Knox Historic Site (Rating: 5).
Yesterday Wilma and I hiked Gorham Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine. Gorham is a 1.6 mile mountain trail that features many boulders, and views of the sea. The trailhead can be found in a parking lot in Park Loop Road, not far from the Ocean Path. It is listed by Alltrails as being “moderate” in difficulty.
We had a boulder filled Adventure to Gorham Mountain. I have wanted to hike Gorham Mountain for some time, so today was the day. If you read my previous blog you are aware that my camera did not charge as expected so unfortunately I relied on my camera for this blog. We took a detour off our hike at Ocean Path to climb Gorham Mountain, arriving to find just one car in the parking lot. Thrilled to be early birds we headed up to the Mountain.
The trail to Gorham Mountain was highlighted by rocks of all shapes and sizes, even some adventurous tunnels through huge boulders. In some locations, including the beginning of the trail there was some water flowing through leaving puddles for some Wilma sipping (haha). As we hiked I notice the trail was not well marked, and once or twice we slightly detoured from the trail. On occasion views of the water would sneak through the trees, but I had difficulty capturing this on my cell phone. We have only climbed several mountains, and although it was a short trail I was impressed with myself that I did not find it challenging, and of course I knew Wilma would not find anything tiring (haha)! The strange thing is that I never found a peak with a view, and although I backtracked several time in what appeared to be the highest area, I was able to confirm that we were on the trail but never saw a formal top. And although I did read some reviews saying the top was nothing spectacular maybe I did actually see it. Wilma is quite skilled at maneuvering rocks and really seems to appreciate rocks yet there was one area of which I had to take some time to figure how to get her through. If your dog is not very agile, and skilled with rocks I definitely would not recommend this trail. So glad we could finally check Gorham Mountain off our list (Rating 3.5).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Ocean Path in Acadia National Park, Maine. The Ocean Path is a scenic trail that runs from Sandy Beach to Otter Cover. It stops by several additional destinations including: Thunder Hole, Monument Cove, and the trailhead to Gorham Mountain. The Path runs in between the ocean and the Park Loop Road, and provides numerous opportunities to walk out onto the rocks and view the coastal scenery. It is approximately four miles round trip.
We had a spectacular Adventure to the Ocean Path. We have been on parts of this Path, and most of the hot spots along the way but today was the first time we decided to explore the entire Path. I was quite disappointed to find my camera did not charge properly, so most of the photographs I attempted to capture on my phone, which is far from superior.
We started our journey on the Ocean Path at 5am, and were so happy to find the beginning of the trail, Sandy Beach, just about vacant. We first walked on Sandy Beach, one of the most gorgeous beaches in New New England. From there we headed to the Ocean Path trail. The views are beyond spectacular in Acadia, and the Ocean Path really highlights the beauty! Since we started so early there were very few cars, making it especially serene. We took time to stop at various spots, and enjoyed several trots out on the rocks. Really every part of this walk was just magnificent. As you walk you can hear the buoy bells, the crashing of the water, and smell flowers, pine, and scents of nature. It really is a must if you are visiting Acadia, but I definitely recommend you go early, or off-season, unless you are someone who does not mind the crowds of the tourists.
After finishing this hike we headed back to Sandy Beach and spent about an hour relaxing, and exploring. I waded in the cold water but it was just perfect for my hiking feet. I attempted to convince Wilma into the water and she definitely was brave, even sticking her face in one time. She absolutely love digging, running circle around me, and running from the waves. As usually her enthusiasm made me smile. So glad we walked the entire Ocean Path today, on a lovely spring day (Rating: 5).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Bath, Maine. Bath is a town located along the Kennebec River. It is a coastal town located in south-central Maine. Bath is a popular tourist destination known for the 19th century architecture, shops, and waterfront location.
We had a simple Adventure to Bath, Maine, a stop on the way to our main destination. I have often driven past Bath, but this was the first time we decided to stop and explore. We began by exploring the waterfront park, walked around the downtown shopping area, and found little Library Park. The shops were mostly closed but the restaurants were quite busy. We did not see any furry friends, but Wilma found some dog water bowls for some sips. The town had many lovely flowers decorating the landscape. There was not much to see, but it was the perfect stop to stretch our legs. Glad we finally checked out the town of Bath (this blog will not be rated).
Yesterday Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Old Orchard Beach in Old Orchard, Maine. Old Orchard beach has seven miles of shoreline, which include an amusement park, restaurants, shops, a boardwalk, and pier. It is a popular summer destination for tourists and rental homes.
We had a refreshing Adventure to Old Orchard Beach. We arrived into town finding a chaotic tourist scene so decided to ditch the idea of the boardwalk and see what else we could locate. I had thought it would still be considered off-season, but apparently the crowds had already invaded. We drove parallel to the coast and soon found a quiet beach. Parking was simple, and off we went. The beach entrance was a scenic pathway lined with gorgeous sea grass. There was a bench at the end of the “boardwalk” and then we found lovely views down the beach. Grateful to find a quiet spot we headed to the water. Wilma loved running, digging, and even rolled for some belly rubs on the beach. We of course did some shell searching, and found some good ones to take home for souvenirs. I am not sure why but I did not expect much from Old Orchard Beach but was pleasantly surprised, once we drove far from the influx of guests. A peaceful and relaxing way to end our vacation before heading home (Rating: 4).
Yesterday Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Marine Park in Rockport, Maine. Marine Park is a small coastal park providing views of Rockland Harbor. It includes several historical landmarks, including ruins of the limestone kilns and the location for Andre the seal. In addition it is popular for boating, picnicking, and has a small beach for swimming.
We had a sunny Adventure to Marine Park. We drove down a hill to enter this park arriving to find lovely coastal views, the boats bobbing in the sea. We quickly began exploring, trying not to miss any of the sites. The park was filled with many enjoying picnics and others walking their dogs. Dogs are required to be on leash at this location although we did see one dog off leash. Wilma loved the new smells, especially those on and under the dock. She even appreciated some side naps on this extra warm day. The park was very small but we found lots of color, history, and beautiful views on the water. So glad we were able to Adventure to the Marine Park (Rating: 3.5)
Yesterday Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Bass Harbor Lighthouse. The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is a Lighthouse located in the Acadia National Park in Tremont, Maine. It was built in 1858, is 56 feet in height, and is made of brick. It is currently an active lighthouse.
We had a sun-setting Adventure to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Although the sunset was just about out of sight, we still were able to appreciate the pink colors of the sky. We first wandered over to the Lighthouse, before checking out the distant view from the Lighthouse from the rocks. There were many visitors at this location making it difficult to take as many photos as preferred. However, we were glad to see the Bass Lighthouse for the second time. A beautiful way to end the day in Acadia (Rating: 4).