Throwback Adventure – July 2016/November 2017 – Old Scituate Lighthouse

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 2016 Shadow, Buster and I visited the Old Scituate Lighthouse, while in November 2017 Shadow, Wilma and I returned to visit the Old Scituate Lighthouse in Scituate, Massachusetts. The Old Scituate Lighthouse is also referred to as Scituate Light. It is a historic lighthouse which was built in 1811, later being purchased by the town of Scituate. It is located at Cedar Point in Scituate Harbor, and as expected is a popular location for painters.

We have enjoyed our trips to the Old Scituate Lighthouse. It is a special location, which allows a close-up view of a coastal New England Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is located directly on the shore, enabling visitors to go down to the water’s edge. It is gorgeous, and picturesque, providing a genuine New England experience. I loved our first visit to the Lighthouse, so decided to take some holiday photographs for our most recent holiday card. Therefore you may have a giggle or two as you view some humorous photographs, of course along with a fabulous landmark. I highly recommend a visit to this spectacular lighthouse in Scituate (Rating: 5).

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April 7, 2018 – Massachusetts – Nantasket Beach

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.

On April 7, 2018 Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts.  Nantasket Beach is part of the Nantasket Beach Reservation, and is a popular location for summer beach-goers.

I often plan my  coastal beach adventures in the off-season, when many are dog friendly, and devoid from excessive visitors.  This day of our adventure to Nantasket Beach was extra special, as Shadow had recently recovered from surgery.  It was a gorgeous spring day, with a refreshing breeze.  The Beach was beautiful, sand to perfection, while covered with perfectly rounded, and colorful rocks.  We strolled around, while Shadow and Wilma stopped to smell, and inspect all objects in our path.  They enjoyed some time playing together, which always melts my heart.  My only disappointment in this beach was being located so close to the road, and parking lot.  I guess that can be a common feature, but yet I prefer beaches that are completely away from the hustle of life.  However, we had a wonderful time exploring Nantasket Beach (Rating:  4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 19, 2018 – Massachusetts – Sully’s Ice Cream Stand

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Sully’s Ice Cream Stand in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  Sully’s Ice Cream Stand has been family owned since 1986, and is known as “home of the super scoopers”.  Sully’s has over 100 flavors, even including several sugarless options.

We enjoyed our little outing to Sully’s Ice Cream stand.  The stand was very quiet, and we were able to place our order at the window immediately.  There were many flavor choices but I settled on coconut chip, while Shadow and Wilma’s ice cream came with a treat frozen into the ice cream.  There was limited seating, and the stand was right on a busy road so I elected to take our ice cream home.  As soon as we arrived home, we quickly gobbled up our ice cream, enjoying every bite!  I expect we will venture to Sully’s Ice Cream Stand again (Rating:  4).

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Stanley Park – August 2016

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 2016 Shadow, Buster, and I visited Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed.  Stanley Park is a non-profit, privately owned park, that is approximately 300 acres in size.  It includes:  gardens, trails, playing fields, and a duck pond.  The park was established in 1945 by philanthropist Frank Stanley Beveridge.

We stopped at Stanley Park after a wonderful visit with family.  The park was beautifully landscaped, and highlights of our visit, included:  a variety of bridges, an old working mill, the duck-filled pond, an old rustic church, and even a live swan!  We enjoyed walking along the trails, and photographing the gorgeous scenery.  This was as stop that I planned, but did not do any detailed research, so we wandered around without a map.  However, I do think we found some of the highlights of this magnificent park (Rating:  4).

 

 

July 22, 2016 – Massachusetts – Bridge of Flowers

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.

On July 22, 2016 my Mom, Buster, Shadow, and I visited the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  The Bridge of Flowers is a footbridge that connects the towns of Shelburne and Buckland.  It once was a trolley bridge, and is now covered with flowers, literally a “bridge of flowers”.  The Bridge of Flowers was created in 1929, and is now considered a nonprofit, maintained by gardeners and volunteers.

The Bridge of flowers is a stunningly beautiful, and rare find, being a complete bridge of colorful and aromatic flowers.  The flowers are vibrant in color, fragrant and are flawlessly landscaped.  Although the area is dog friendly, dogs were not allowed on the actual bridge.  I was lucky to have my Mom with me who took care of Shadow and Buster while I did a quick stroll along the bridge.  A unique and magnificent experience, definitely a must-see! (Rating:  5)

 

 

 

June 24, 2018 – Massachusetts – Moore State Park

Today we visited Moore State Park in Paxton, Massachusetts.  Moore State Park is approximately 400 acres, and was a former home to grist and saw mills.  Portions of the park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It has a pond, trails, and various “Mill Village Features” on the grounds.

This is actually the second time that we have been to Moore State Park, the first time was with Shadow and Buster in July 2013, and the second trip today, with Shadow and Wilma.  My GPS was not too cooperative today, but we were able to locate the Park after an unplanned detour.  We started our journey down a paved road, with beautiful, natural landscape adorning the sides.  We soon arrived at the pond where there were several rustic wooden rocking chairs, picnic tables, and a gazebo-like structure to sit and enjoy the view.  The more we walked I began to have some flashback memories of our initial journey, remembering that we had been caught in a downpour, before relaxing for a bit in the gazebo-like structure.  I believe that visit was a shorter stop, while today we spent about two hours exploring.

I decided to start on some trails, before coming back through the viewing area.  The trails were not well marked, but I was quite glad I had printed a trail map, which helped me navigate the forest, and not worry about getting lost.  We started on Judy’s Secret Garden Loop Trail, and then connected to the Stairway Loop Trail.  The trails were kind of blah, but we enjoyed walking along the pond, and finding some cute rock benches along the way.  The trails were very peaceful, with the sounds of birds singing.  Shadow enjoyed some swims, while Wilma jumped onto all large rocks in her path.  The trails were very quiet, and we only saw one couple walking their dog.  It is always nice to find a tranquil nature trail, away from the bustle of society.

After our walks on the trails we headed to various areas of the park to find some of the “Mill Village Features”, and take some photographs.  These included:  the Old Sawmill, the Bat House, the Chalet Foundation, the Enchanted Bridge, and the Artist Overlook.  I took photographs of four of these “Features” which you can view below.  This was one fun component of the Park.  Definitely a unique Park to explore (Rating:  3)



 

 

 

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Jun 23, 2018 – Massachusetts – Sullivan Farms

Tonight Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Sullivan Farms in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.  I had heard they were a dog friendly ice cream stop, so thought we would check it out.  Sullivan’s makes their own ice cream, and have a small menu of meal items.  There is an outdoor window to order, picnic benches, and a gazebo in the back to sit, eat, and relax.  Sullivan’s Farm is located on a busy road, but the seating in the back helps to provide a bit more of a quiet atmosphere.

Shadow and Wilma were immediately excited upon arrival.  I guess that happens everywhere we go, but yet I do believe they knew some tasty ice cream was on the way.  Customer’s were happy to greet them, which always makes me smile.  Shadow and Wilma each had their own dish, each cup with two treats adorning.  Definitely the perfect dog ice cream option!  It was raining, but we were able to find a bench under a tree that kept us reasonably dry.  It is amazing how fast they inhale a cup of ice cream.  Definitely two happy, and refreshed pups.  I myself decided to get an ice cream float, quite a delicious treat on a Saturday night.  I expect we will visit Sullivan Farms again (Rating:  4, Dog Ice Cream – 5)