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 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).
Yesterday Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Acadia National Park in Maine. Acadia National Park is a Park in Northeastern Maine that encompasses half of Mount Desert Island, and also is situated on the Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut. It is 47,000 acres and popular for fall foliage seekers, winter skiing, spring fishing and hiking.
We had a scenic Adventure to Acadia National Park. I was thrilled to return to Acadia National Park, one of the most gorgeous locations in New England. Although I had some issues with my camera to capture these Adventures, the experience was just spectacular. Our locations included Jordan Pond, Sandy Beach, Cadillac Mountain, the Otter Cliffs, and other look-outs and unnamed locations. My favorite stops were Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain, the beauty of these locations cannot be described in words. We were so lucky to have a sunny and warm day with gusty winds at time. We enjoyed lots of walking, photography, and made lasting memories. I am already looking forward to my next visit. A wonderful day in Acadia National Park (This blog will not be rated).
Yesterday Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Boothbay Harbor is a coastal town in mid-coast Maine. Boothbay Harbor has many shops and restaurants, and is a popular boating and tourist town in the summer months. It is also known for being a dog-friendly destination
We had a gusty Adventure to Boothbay Harbor. I was excited to visit Boothbay Harbor as I have been curious about this town for some time. We parked right next to a map and began exploring. Upon arrival we found a quiet location and many shops and restaurants closed for the season. We walked around the town, my Mom did some shopping, we found some sculptures, and especially enjoyed the views of the boats and the water. We found a long footbridge across an inlet, which provided lovely scenes along the water. It was a dark day with some flurries, and before we left the wind became more intense adding a chill to the air. However we loved exploring a new location, and were quite pleased to appreciate it without the bustle of the summer tourists. As expected Wilma enjoyed this adventure, although did not at all appreciate when her Grandmother entered a store. However she sad nearby the entrance eagerly awaiting her return, just so sweet. So glad we could explore the coastal town of Boothbay Harbor (This blog will not be rated).
I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow. This has been a therapeutic process for me to share. We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”. They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.
I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.
Today I am posting a new Throwback Adventure! These photographs are from a trip My Mom, Buster, Shadow and I took to Shore Path in Bar Harbor Maine in August 2015. The Shore Path was originally built in 1880 and follows the Frenchman Bay, the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island. It provides views of various highlights, including several Island.
We had a gorgeous Adventure to Shore Path. We found this location accidentally and it did not disappoint. Our visit was on a foggy day, but yet that did not impact the beauty of the coast. We enjoyed seeing the boats floating in the Bay, the flowers lining the shore, and even a photographic run. Special memories of this wonderful location (This blog will not be rating).
Wilma and I Adventured to Back Cove Trail in Portland, Maine. Back Cove Trail is a popular loop trail that is almost four miles in length. The trail circles Back Cove, and ranges from paved to gravel. There are benches along the route, and several water fountains available in-season. The trail is popular for biking, walking, running, and dog walking.
We had a gusty Adventure to Back Cove Trail. I am thankful that I am officially fully-vaccinated allowing me entrance into Maine. We look forward to continuing our Adventures outside of Massachusetts starting with this Adventure to Back Trail Cove. I believe I located Back Cove Trail initially just spotting it while driving through the area. I was surprised to find the Trail quiet empty, but also quite shocked at how frigid the wind was at times. Wilma did not seem to mind the chilly weather, although occasionally was surprised by a sign moving in the wind. We walked and walked, finding mileage markers along the route. I loved seeing the ice on the edges of the water, and into the Cove. Overall there was not much to see but it was nice to walk in a new location. Wilma loved walking, watching the ducks, and enjoyed some rolls. I was disappointed that part of the Trail was closed due to construction but did our best to explore this Trail. We might just have to return to the Back Cove Trail in the nicer weather (Rating: 3).
Today Wilma and I spent the day in York, Maine. York is a coastal town in Southern, Maine. It contains: York Harbor, Cape Neddick, York Village and York Beach. It is known for the summer resorts, beaches, golf courses, shopping, and the famous Nubble Lighthouse.
We had a beautiful Adventure to York, Maine. I decided to Adventure to places we have been to previously. Our stops included: Old York, Long Sands Beach, Ellis Park, Short Sands Beach, the Wiggly Bridge, Fisherman’s Walk, Sayward-Wheeler House, and Nubble Lighthouse. We walked and walked, ran on the beach, stopped to watch the crashing waves, searched for any last colors from Fall, and followed Wilma’s little nose in whatever direction she chose. The sun was out, and it was the perfect temperature complete with a gusty coastal breeze. Such a beautiful coastal day in York. So glad Shadow and Buster were able to visit these locations too. See below for a photo collage of our spectacular day: (Rating: 4)