February 18, 2019 – Two Lights State Park – Maine

I apologize as I am slightly behind with my blogging over the last couple days, but am slowly catching up!!  On February 18, 2019 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Two Lights State Park is a 41 acre Park that provides stunning coastal views of the Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  Unlike the name suggests there are no lighthouses directly in the Park, however the Park obtained its name from the nearby “twin” Lighthouses.  Two Light State Park is well known for the spectacular rocky shores, and is popular for picnicking and strolls along the shoreline trails.

We have enjoyed three separate Adventures to the Two Lights State Park.  Two Lights State Park has a special place in our hearts as it was the first stop my Mom and I made when we began our outdoor getaways with the dogs.  Our first visit occurred with Buster and Shadow on a very rainy September day.  However we still carried on, getting soaked along the way.  We took our first selfie EVER, the beginning of a new tradition which would capture memories, and landmarks throughout our future journeys.   On this visit I remember especially enjoying the shoreline trail, the rocky shores, beautiful flowers, and of course the overall experience and memories made.

On February 18, 2019 we had our third Adventure to Two Lights State Park on a super-cold day.  We debated a visit due to the frigid weather but were eager to check out the location in the snow.  It was lovely walking around in the snow, on as we viewed the coastal scenes.  I slipped several times, but officially managed to stay on my feet.  We especially enjoyed some snow covered steps along the trails, and the snow covered rocky shores.  This was our second visit during the month of February with Shadow and Wilma, however the first in the snow.  Definitely an appealing oceanfront Adventure to the Two Lights State Park (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

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February 17, 2019 – Wiggly Bridge – Maine

I apologize as I am slightly behind with my blogging over the last couple days, but am slowly catching up!!  On February 17, 2019 we Adventured to the Wiggly Bridge in York, Maine.  The Wiggly Bridge is a suspended bridge, that as titled, wiggles” as you walk across.  It was built in the 1930s and stretches over the tidal pool that flows from Barrell Mill Pond to the York River.  It is known as the smallest suspension bridge in the world, just seventy five feet in length.

Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I had a fun Adventure to the Wiggly Bridge, one of our many stops on our two day Maine getaway.  (most of which I’ve already blogged about but some new Adventures too).  This was at least the third time we have visited, although it was the first time for my Mom.  Our stroll to the Bridge started on a short man-made causeway that leads you to this landmark.  The sun was shining along the water, sparkling from the glare.  The Bridge highlighted by green, adding the perfect feature to the coastal spot.  We snapped some photographs, and played with the shadows below.

On this visit I decided not to venture across the Bridge with Shadow and Wilma as last time, we had a little problem.  On that visit BOTH of them became very concerned about the “wiggles”, causing us to almost remain permanently on the other side of the Bridge.  It is a humorous story that I have fond memories of, even though we caused quite a scene.  The Wiggly Bridge is a wonderful landmark to visit, and although I initially found it by accident, I now know it is a famous Bridge, merely due to the small size.  Definitely a great stop that we have enjoyed on several of our Adventures.  I found a couple photos from our past trips which I have added to our collage below.  I was disappointed not to have any photographs of Buster from our first visit, however treasure an Adventure where all three of my pups had an opportunity to visit  (Rating:  4).

 

February 17, 2019 – Fort McClary Historic Site – Maine

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I visited the Fort McClary Historic Site in Kittery, Maine.  This is the second, or maybe third time we have been to this Fort.  Fort McClary is located along the Piscataqua River.  It was part of five significant wars, and is one of Maine’s most important historic Forts, serving as protection for more then 275 years.

We had a simple, but historic visit to the Fort McClary Historic Fort yesterday, one of our many stops on our two day Maine getaway.  (most of which I’ve already blogged about but some new Adventures too).  We had visited Fort McClary previously with Shadow and Buster in October 2014 so a bit chillier on this February winter day.  The gates were closed, and the grounds icy so we cautiously approached the Fort.  We ventured up to the Fort, and I ver to the water’s edge, stopping at various landmarks along the way.  As you gaze across the River you can see the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse from a far.  There were some historic write-ups along the way, while various buildings and locations were identified by titles. and dates.  Shadow enjoyed some grassy rolls, while Wilma hopped from various cement blocks watching other visiting dogs from afar.  Wilma often appeared to be interested in the history, peering into doors, and hoping onto windows, always creating a comical laugh on our Adventures.

While I sometimes wish I was more a history buff, I find myself more drawn to the structures, views, moments, and photography opportunities along the way.  Although I found Fort McClary simple compared to many I have visited, it was quite rich in history.  I was disappointed to not find any great photos of Buster from our first visit, but have mixed photographs from the two visits into one collage below (Rating:  3).

 

Throwback Adventure – Kennebunkport, 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!

Shadow, and I had two Adventures to Kennebunkport, Maine in the summer of 2017, and I believe my Mom joined us on one of those trips.  Kennebunkport, Maine is a coastal town in Southern, Maine.  It  is well known for the beaches, the Bush Compound, a Trolley Museum, and the Goat Island Lighthouse.

We have had wonderful trips to Kennebunkport, Maine, with my beach-loving Shadow.  We were especially drawn to Kennebunkport as it was a short drive from our home state of Massachusetts, a dog-friendly town, and provided us a lovely coastal experience.  One of our highlights has been running around on the beaches, often meeting other dog lovers, and enjoying the gorgeous setting sun.  On one of our journeys I took a little video of a jog on the beach that really captured a special memory with my Shadow, (which you can view below).  And although I sound a bit comical I somehow just love this silly little video.

In addition to the beaches we have enjoyed the little downtown area, including:  the tasty Clam Shack,a  lovely bridge adorned with beautiful flower boxes, and little shops along the way.  We also spent some time trying to capture the Goat Island Lighthouse on camera, although only viewed from afar.  It was hard to track down photographs from our visits, but I think I was able to gather a good collection highlighting some wonderful moments in Kennebunkport.  Definitely a special New England town which we plan to return to again (Rating:  4).

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Cranberry Island – August 2015

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 August 2015 Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I Adventured to Little Cranberry Island in Maine.  Little Cranberry Island is one of five island in the Town of Cranberry Isles.  It is just 200 acres in size and is popular for its’ museums, gift shops, and lovely rocky shores.

We had a spontaneous Adventure to Little Cranberry Island on a summer trip to Maine.  It was a foggy, warm and humid-curly hair kind of day.  We purchased our boat ticket and set sail to the Island.  The captain narrated the trip pointing out various landmarks, and even some seals along the way.  Poor Shadow was a little stressed on the boat, however he appeared to still enjoy the view and ocean breeze.  On the other hand, Buster was quite relaxed, napping below at our feet.

Upon arrival Shadow was quite relieved.  He almost immediately dived in onto the grass for an energetic roll.  We were instantly drawn to the flower boxes and baskets adorning the shops on the pier, and the pleasing coastal shore.  We walked around finding some lobster traps, and a garden.  We spent some time on the water’s edge, the boys of course enjoying some dips in the sea.  Shadow, Buster and I also relaxed in the grass while Mom wandered in the shops and searched for shells along the shore.  It was a short stop, but especially relaxing and peaceful.  Wonderful memories of our Adventure to Little Cranberry Island (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

December 23, 2018 – Marginal Way – Maine

Yesterday we Adventured to Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. This was at least our third trip to Marginal Way as we have also been there with Buster and my Mom. 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 gorgeous Adventure to Marginal Way. We picked an exceptionally breezy, and sun-filled winter day. We were pleased to find very few visitors, leaving us to especially enjoy the tranquility of this magnificent trail. The water was crashing along the rocks, creating a lovely song, and quite a picturesque scene. We walked along the trail, taking time to climb a bit on the rocks, and of course snap some photographs along the way. Unlike most of our previous visits the tide was in, leaving no sandy beach to play, or spots to sun bath in the warm sun. However, we did wander down to one of the beach areas, filled with perfectly rounded rocks. Fond memories of Buster and Shadow playing on the beach filled my heart as we enjoyed this spot. We did not stay long in this area, as the rocks were a bit unsteady.

We then headed up the stairs from the beach, continuing on the trail. Approximately halfway down the path we arrived at the little wreath adorned lighthouse adding quite the scenic touch on this coastal stroll. We of course took some photographs of this lighthouse, before returning to our walk. Although we often walked at a good pace, we did not miss a moment to enjoy the full sensory experience.

After finishing the trail, we wandered through the vacant, holiday adorned town, before heading over to Ogunquit Beach. We were disappointed to see that dogs were not allowed, so walked nearby viewing the vast blue colors of the sea. We soon headed back to the Marginal Way finding the “footpath”, an area of the path that is separate from the main trail. We then returned to the main sidewalk back to stroll along the cliff-lined trail. Although the brown Winter time of year, the beauty of the Ocean, rock covered cliffs, and symphony of the crashing shore makes this location a one of a kind experience. Definitely one of the best coastal strolls you will find in New England. I cannot even imagine how beautiful it must become in seasons of bloom. Below you will find a collage of our different visits, all together. If you are ever in the area do not miss this fabulous location (Rating: 5)

Throwback Adventure – Crescent Beach – February 2018

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 February 2018 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Crescent Beach. Crescent Beach is a beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is one mile long beach with a gentle surf, popular for swimming, boating, and fishing.

Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I had a tranquil visit to Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Our luck was great with bearable temperatures, deep into the New England Winter. We stayed in the area so spent sunset, sunrise, and may times during the day on this pristine beach. We walked, walked, and walked up and down the beach. The colors of the water, and sunset were absolutely magnificent. Shells covered the beach, patterns of ice shaped the tidal pools, while clouds perfectly filled the sky. Shadow enjoyed his freedom off leash, while Wilma found herself obsessed with shells, and digging in the sand. Wilma and Shadow played often, melting my heart. It was so lovely and so invigorating, I really could not get enough. We were extra pleased to almost always have the beach to ourselves. This was without a doubt one of the Adventures that will have special place in my heart forever. Definitely a Beach we plan to return to in the future(Rating: 5)