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.
This week Wilma, Gus, My Mom, and I Adventured to Nantucket where we spent much of our time exploring various beaches. The Beaches of Nantucket vary based on the location providing differing surf, temperature, and terrain. We were lucky to stay right near Siasconset Beach, which we spent endless hours exploring. In addition to Siasconset Beach we visited: Fisherman’s Beach, Jetties Beach, Brant Point Beach (you will see those photos in my Brant Point Lighthouse blog), and Pocomo Beach.
We had a refreshing Adventure to the beaches of Nantucket. Wilma, Gus, and I spent 1.25-2 hours each morning walking along Siasconet Beach, and also visited this beach later in the day with My Mom. The waves were often crashing loudly and quite spectacular, although it became much calmer on our last day when the sun decided to arise. We found many scallop shells, horseshoe crabs and crab shells. On Jetties Beach we found picturesque trails through the seagrass which arrived at the Beach, and a very long jetty. The water was calm and a lovely tropical-like color many slipper shells scattered throughout the sand. Fisherman’s Beach we entered through a short stair boardwalk down to the beach. My favorite part of this beach was the Moon Snail Shells, I found many, although mostly slightly cracked on their journey to the shore. We found Pocomo Beach when the tide was in, providing a very small beach front. It was foggy on our visit, creating quite the mystic scene.
My favorite parts of the beaches were looking for shells, and other treasures from the sea. Wilma and Gus loved digging, and Gus picked up and tossed whatever he could find. The pups even found a couple tennis balls, which was quite exciting. I was especially thrilled to have one day where we could appreciate the sunrise, and the warmth of the sun. It was just lovely and ended our journey with a gorgeous scene. So glad we could visit many beaches in Nantucket on our trip to the Island this week (Rating: 4).
This week Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Brant Point Lighthouse is on the Northern section of Nantucket, at the entrance to the Harbor. It has been re-built and constructed numerous times, but the current structure was built in 1901. The Lighthouse stands almost thirty feet in height.
We had a chilly Adventure to the Brant Point Lighthouse. I was thrilled to arrive finding no other visitors in site. We walked around the property, and of course especially enjoyed the Lighthouse. I loved the colorful walkway to the Lighthouse which added some nice color to the dark scene. The sand was full of shells, and the seagrass added some variety and texture to the landscape. I actually had low expectations of this Lighthouse as the pictures looked quite simple, but I was quite pleased with the location. Wilma and Gus enjoyed visiting yet another Lighthouse, exploring some new landscape and of course always keeping their eye on their Grandma. So glad we could visit Brant Point Lighthouse this week (Rating: 4).
This week Wilma, Gus, My Mom and I Adventured to the Sankaty Head Lighthouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Sankaty Head Lighthouse was built in 1950 and is 60 feet in height. Sankaty Head Lighthouse is a working lighthouse and can be found on the Eastern point of Nantucket.
We had a wind-filled Adventure to Sankaty Head Lighthouse. I was quite excited to visit Sankaty as it is hard to find new lighthouses, and of course not easy to get to Nantucket. We arrived to see the picturesque lighthouse from afar, high above a golf course and the crashing ocean shore. We attempted to see the ocean view before trotting over to the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse was quite tall and just lovely. There were some informational kiosks along the way but overall, not much to see besides the Lighthouse. So glad we could adventure to the Sankaty Head Lighthouse today (Rating: 4).
Yesterday, Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to the Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The Phoenix Bike Trail is a four-mile trail that runs from Fairhaven to Mattapoisett. The Bike Trail follows the Old Fairhaven Branch Railroad.
We had a dull Adventure to the Phoenix Bike Trail. I debated sharing this blog as we only explored a very small portion of this Bike Trail but decided to post. We parked along the shore and started at the formal beginning of this Trail. The majority of the Trail we traversed ran through the neighborhoods, and past several parks. There were many others out walking, and we found those we passed quite friendly. We enjoyed walking, waiting for some exciting scenery, which never arrived on our short walk. However, Wilma made sure to enjoy some enthusiastic rolls, while Gus was quite energetic throughout. Glad we could visit another New England Rail Trail. We might just have to explore another part of the Trail on a future visit (This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to the High Rock Park, Tower and Observatory in Lynn, Massachusetts. I had been curious about this Tower for some time, so today was the day. The Tower is approximately 85 feet tall and provides views of Boston, Nahant, Swampscott, and the Atlantic Ocean. It is found in a seven-acre city park. On occasion the Tower is open to the public, and visitors can view the Tower’s telescope.
We had a quick Adventure to High Rock Park, Tower and Observatory. I decided to take a familiar walk nearby before heading to the Tower. Today was another dark and dreary New England day, no sun to be seen. Upon driving up the hill to the Tower, I was impressed, quite lovely. We walked around this small Park checking out various views of the Tower and out over the nearby cities. The Park was quiet, with just several visitors nearby. There were a couple large rocks, but really not much to see besides the outdoor view of the Tower. I actually had checked with the town about the Tower being open, and they reported it would resume when the weather was a little warmer…although I neglected to ask about dog visitors – oops. So glad we could check out this unique Tower today (This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Sonic in Peabody, Massachusetts. Sonic is a drive-in and drive-thru American fast-food chain. The restaurant is located throughout the country, with four chains in Massachusetts.
Wilma and Gus had a delicious Adventure to Sonic where they enjoyed a scrumptious Wag Cup! We have been busy with local walks, so decided to check-out this treat at Sonic for our new Adventure of the weekend. Although I was not impressed by my food, Wilma and Gus were quite pleased with this whip-cream filled treat! The Wag Cup did not last long, but I can promise they enjoyed each and every lick (haha)! Glad they could devour a Wag Cup today! (This blog will not be rated)
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to the Minuteman Bikeway in Bedford, Massachusetts. The Minuteman Bikeway is a 10.1 mile Rail Trail that runs from Cambridge to Bedford. The Rail Trail passes through various landmarks including historic Lexington, famous for the American Revolution.
We had a simple walk to the Minuteman Bikeway, our first time exploring the Bedford portion. We parked at Depot Park and off we went, walking for approximately one hour. Wilma and Gus loved the new smells, and posing for treats, while Gus was fascinated with the ice patches along the route. The trail was enjoyed by runners, dog walkers, families, and walkers. The trail was simple, and somewhat dull, however that never dampens us enjoying a walk on a sunny winter day. So glad we could take a walk on the Minuteman Bikeway today (This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sandwich, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Scusset Beach has 1.5 miles of beachfront. The Reservation allows for camping, trails, and includes part of the Canal Path. As expected, the Reservation it is popular for swimming, fishing, and camping.
We had a wonderful Adventure to Scusset Beach State Reservation. I decided to start our journey on the Canal Path in the Park and headed toward the Beach. It was windy, but warm for a winter day, the sun shining brightly. We trotted down the Path enjoying some exercise. We have been to most if not all of the Canal Path and I would say this was one of the less scenic parts, however great for a walk. We did not see any dogs on our way to the Beach, and it was quiet overall.
Upon arrival at the Beach area, we first sighted the jetty, which paralleled a sand trail to the ocean. I debated how far to go as unfortunately the off-leash beach scene can be quite out of control, but we decided to go for it and check it out. We followed a sand trail until we arrived at the beginning of the sandy beach. The scene was just lovely, the water bright blue. There were few visitors on the beach, so we decided to go for it and off we went exploring. Both Wilma and Gus were energized by the beach digging and playing, which is a little difficult when attached to a leash, and a Mom (haha). We enjoyed some time on the beach before heading back down the Canal Trail. Overall, we spent about two hours walking and exploring. So glad we could check out Scusset Beach State Reservation today (Rating: 4).
Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Fitz Hugh Lane Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Fitz Hugh Lane Park includes the Fitz Hugh Lane House. This Home is a historical home built by the artist Fitz High Lane in 1849. The home is on top of a small hill providing views of the harbor.
We had a simple Adventure to Fitz Hugh Lane Park. We spent about two hours walking around Gloucester and made a stop at this park on our travels. We have been here before, but today I thought I would write a short blog about it. Upon arrival we strolled to the top and walked every inch of the location. It was a dark and dreary day out, with limited color throughout. We found a beautiful wreath, endless pinecones, plaques with information, stone benches, and a statue of Fitz Hugh Lane. Although a very small park, still a nice little stop along the route. Glad we could visit Fitz Hugh Lane Park today (This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail is a 3.5 paved path that passes through the South Peninsula of New Bedford, provides views of Clark Cove, New Bedford Harbor, and Buzzards Bay, and passes landmarks including: Fort Taber Park, West Beach, East Beach, and Fort Taber Park.
We had a refreshing Adventure to the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail. Although not the cleanest city, I have grown to love the walking opportunities and landmarks in this unique town. I was planning on beginning in Hazelwood Park but after seeing signs indicating “no dogs” we decided to park at Fort Taber Park. The map I located online was a little confusing but we traversed the majority of this Trail.
Throughout our walk I especially enjoyed the gorgeous Fort Rodman, coastal views, and lots of little details including colorful benches, endless shells, and endless breakwaters. The sun was shining brightly, just right for this early winter day. Both Wilma and Gus enjoyed exploring and walking high above the path. It was a lovely day for an outing with my two best buds (Rating: 4).