Throwback Adventure – Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse – 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, Buster, My Mom, and I visited the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in August of 2015.  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 misty Adventure to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, on a hair-curling kind of day.  It was humid and foggy, the apparent theme of this Maine adventure.  Upon arrival we started on the left side path that appeared to go into the tree canopy.  We followed the disney-like stairway into the beautiful cliffside below.  The rocks and views of the Blue Hill Bay were spectacular, even revealing a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse from afar.  After enjoying some posing and great spots along the rocks we headed back up the stairs to the Lighthouse trail.

We arrived to the Lighthouse with a crowd of others, causing us to spend some time waiting for some tourist free photography.  The shoreline was rocky, perfectly brown in color.  I do not recall all the little details of the spot, but definitely a special visit with the perfect company.  I think it is likely that we will should visit again in the future.  Maybe the sun will make an appearance next time!

 

 

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February 18, 2019 – Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse – 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 Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in Portland, Maine.  The Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is a working lighthouse located along a breakwater in the Casco Bay.  It was built in 1897, while improvements and updates have been made since that time.  It is open to the public for tours.

We had a chilly, yet spectacular Adventure to the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, one of our many stops on our two day Maine getaway.  (most of which I’ve already blogged about but some new Adventures too).  I was excited to find a lighthouse that I had not yet visited, and that also provided a close-up view. Being off-season we were lucky to have the entire site to ourselves.  We began our Adventure cautiously as the paths were again ice covered, and quite slippery.  There were benches along the water, the view of the Lighthouse off in the distance.  We walked toward the breakwater, however my Mom soon decided to head back to the car to warm-up.

Upon starting on the breakwater  I soon realized that Shadow was not feeling inspired by the rocks, and slight spaces between them.  We headed back to the car and my Mom agreed to sit in the warm car with Shadow while myself and my rock-loving Wilma hustled back to the breakwater eager for our close-up view.  Wilma was thrilled for some rock jumping.  It was a bit frigid, although Wilma appeared to keep warm from her athletic jumps.  Luckily the rocks were not icy, but had some scenic snow here and there, adding a picturesque scene for photographs.  We carefully planned our jumps, some requiring steps, while others leaps as we hustled down the embankment.

It was thrilling to arrive at the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, a lovely structure.  We did not spend much time at the end, as we knew Shadow and My Mom were waiting for our return.  However, it was definitely worth this short visit.

I love an Adventure that is not simple, but yet requires some work to arrive at the final destination  Definitely a wonderful Adventure – Thanks to Mom for allowing us to partake in this Adventure, while providing Shadow comfort and warmth (Rating:  5).

 

 

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).

 

 

 

 

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).