Throwback Adventure – Portland Breakwater Lighthouse/Bug Light – 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 the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse in Portland, Maine. This Lighthouse if often referred to as “Bug Light” due its small size. The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1875 and is known as one of the fancier lighthouses in Maine. It is an active lighthouse, and is located in Bug Light Park, providing views of the Casco Bay.

We had an enjoyable Adventure The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse. The Lighthouse was located in a small and simple park, just a short walk from our car. We were pleased to get an up-close and personal view of the lighthouse, as we walked right up to and around this lovely structure. The lighthouse was very picturesque, bright white in color with decorative columns. We spent some time taking photographs before heading off to our next Adventure. We were pleased to view the lovely, and unique Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Rating: 3).

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November 10, 2018 – Fort Foster Park – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fort Foster Park in Kittery, Maine. Fort Foster Park includes: beaches, trails, and the historic Fort Foster which was active from 1901-1946. The Park is located on Gerrish Island. It has scenic views of Portsmouth Harbor.

We had a gorgeously scenic Adventure to Fort Foster Park. We were happy the rainy morning had cleared, and it had become a sunny, windy, and blue-sky filled day. The gate was closed for driving so we parked and began our walk into the Park. We soon arrived at the Fort, and began exploring. We were able to climb to the top of the Fort and view the Harbor. We then wandered down the shore, finding a long and picturesque bridge. I decided not to journey out on the bridge as I could not believe the strength of the wind. However we took some photographs and headed along the shore.

We quickly found an amazing trail down the shore. The waves were loud, and crashing into the rocks, while the view was perfectly coastal. One reason I had choose this park was to see the best view of the Whaleback Lighthouse from shore, and although far in the distance the sky, and waves painted a lovely site. While enjoying the view of the Lighthouse we continued along this trail. We headed over to the rocky shore on several occasions, although I often was cautious due to the strength of the waves against the rocks. We found the observation and fire control along the way, snapping a couple photographs before returning to the coastal trail. The trail ended at a rocky beach, where we turned around to enjoy this spectacular walk once again.

When we were almost back to the Fort the sky suddenly darkened and we were caught in a hail storm, with an immense increase in wind force. Such a bizarre and fun moment in our Adventure. I do not think I have ever been in such a wind storm! We continued walking, and the “storm” soon ceased. We were then pleased to find the upper part of the Fort and explored the various doors, stairs, and features throughout.

Highlights of today’s Adventure were: energetic roles in the grass, the crashing waves, an unexpected hail storm, the breathtaking views, and play-time on the beach. Shadow and Wilma seemed especially enthusiastic, savoring all moments and smells at Fort Foster Park. Although the Fall season can create some dull landscape on the shore, the coastal views, perfect sky, and wonderful Adventure made for the perfect afternoon. I would definitely recommend you visit this magnificent Park, and I do expect we will be back (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – Fort Williams Park – July 2017

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 July 2017 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I visited Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Fort Williams Park is a 90 acres Park located in the Casco Bay. It includes: the Portland Head Lighthouse and museum, beautiful coastal views, and historic ruins. It was formerly a United States Army Fort, but in 1979 became designated as Fort Williams State Park.

We had a short, yet wonderful visit to Fort Williams State Park. It was especially exciting as it was Wilma’s first trip to Maine! We started our journey with the Portland Head Lighthouse, a beautiful lighthouse, providing a close-up, and personal view. We spent some time near the lighthouse, taking in the moments, and the gorgeous scenery. We then were elated to see a sign for Gelatos, but yet soon disappointed that it was closed. Oh well, we were on to the magnificent coastal views, so no complaining here! There were splendid wild flowers and benches along the trails, a peaceful oasis. Definitely not lacking stunning scenery for some photographs.

From there we headed to the ruins. I do not believe I captured all the areas in photographs, but snapped some quick one of Goddard Mansion, on the hill above. It was beginning to get dark, but I did my best to capture this incredible mansion ruins. A new Adventure for Shadow, and the beginning of Wilma’s many adventures to come (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – August 2015 – Cadillac Mountain

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 Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I visited Cadillac Mountain in Desert Island, located 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 had a mystical, magical, and quite an unexpected visit to Cadillac Mountain. Although Cadillac Mountain is known for sweeping, breathtaking views, our journey began on a fog filled day, leaving no view at all. The fog was mystical, and caused us to be drenched by the end of our visit. This did not cause a damper in our visit as it wonderful and unique visit, which left us with smiles, and precious memories. So as you see the photographs do not do this spot justice, they hold a special place in our hearts. The adventure was highly magical, and we do hope to visit on a sunny, and clear day in the future (Rating; 4)

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Throwback Adventure – Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse, Maine – September 2013 and February 2018

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Flashback 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 September 2013, Shadow, Buster, my Mom, and I visited Neddick Lighthouse, and in February 2018, Shadow, Wilma, my Mom, and I visited Neddick Lighthouse.  As many of you know Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed!

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 enjoyed our visits to this beautiful, scenic lighthouse.  It is the perfect place to take photographs, sit on a bench and enjoy the breeze, lounge in the grass, or jump from rock to rock along the ocean shore.  It really is a true New England landmark (Rating:  4).

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Throwback Adventure – Jordan Pond, Maine – August 2015

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Flashback 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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