September 26, 2020 – Lake Quannapowitt Trail – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Lake Quannapowitt Trail in Wakefield, Massachusetts. This Trail is an approximately 3.6 mile loop around Lake Quannapowitt. Swimming and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Lake. As expected the Trail is popular for runners, walkers, and bikers.

We had a mysterious Adventure to the Lake Quannapowitt Trail. I had actually located this path accidentally while driving by and finally today was the day we returned to walk. We found parking easily and off we went. The path was busy with guests, and was small in width. It was mostly paved and generally ran along a busy road although occasionally passed through a park or green space. I loved the wild flowers, and appreciated the growing signs of Autumn. Sadly the water appeared green in some locations so I did not allow Wilma to venture in close proximity.

Approximately half way around the “loop” the Trail vanished! I knew it was a loop so I searched and searched and did not find the Trail. I did my best to locate the remainder of the “trail” but eventually I discovered that a large portion of the loop was just a walk down a main road, unlike the first half which paralleled the Lake. Part of this I figured out by following a large number of people exercising, who unlike me received this memo (haha). Quite mysterious to me that it was continually defined as a”loop trail” however maybe it technically fits the “loop” definition. Thankfully our journey eventually returned us to where we started so my attempt to follow the Lake from afar worked out just fine.

Throughout our Adventure I enjoyed the community feel of this location, even passing the local Farmers Market along the Trail. I was surprised to find myself quite mesmerized by the beautiful graveyards including the Old Burying Ground, just spectacular. I also loved the unique and gorgeous gazebo we found in the park. I was especially proud of Wilma today as she often is reactive on leash. We saw many dogs and she responded to the training 100% definitely making me smile. Wilma enjoyed her regular rolls and the new smells of Wakefield. So glad we could traverse the Lake Quannapowitt Trail today (Rating: 3.5).

September 25, 2020 – Clearview Farm – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Clearview Farm in Sterling, Massachusetts. Clearview Farm is an 85 acre Farm located on the top of Kendall Hill. The Farm includes: pick your own fruit, a farm stand with fresh fruit and baked items, and is host to fall festivals and a variety of events.

We had an apple filled Adventure to Clearview Farm. Every year we plan one annual apple picking trip, and I was excited it was upon us! It was a little hotter then I preferred but still the perfect way to end a stressful work week. We arrived to find a small Farm, framed with pumpkins and mums. Dogs were not permitted in the Farm Stand, but were allowed in all other areas of the Farm. We obtained our bags and headed to the orchard. We passed by some roaring dogs which was a little nerve racking, but were pleased to see they were contained. The orchard was simple, yet scenic. On the opposite side we located a small pumpkin patch, a lovely Fall scene. There was a map indicating which apples were located on each tree. I am far from picky about apples but tried to pick a diverse variety.

We took photographs, and wandered from tree to tree. Wilma enjoyed a great amount of rolls, and laid in the grass relaxing on this warm evening. She is always eager to get a look from other visitors, constantly wagging and hopeful, my social girl. We took our time and made sure to fill our bags. I dreamt about what I may cook, maybe apple crisp, maybe a pie…?? Lots of tasty moments to come. Apple picking is one of those fall activities which makes me happy to be a New Englander, anticipating the wonders of Fall. So glad we could visit Clearview Farm today (Rating: 3).

September 19, 2020 – Bash Bish Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, I, and a friend of ours Adventured to Bash Bish Falls. Bash Bish Falls is located right on the border of Massachusetts, and New York, and is the highest waterfall in Massachusetts.  The Falls include a series of cascades that are approximately 200 feet tall.  The final cascade is 80 feet tall, split into two, by a large protruding boulder.  Bash Bish Falls begins in a spring on Mount Washington, although is technically located on Bash Bish Mountain.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Bash Bish Falls. I was excited to return to Bash Bish Falls and to show our friend this fabulous location. It was also Wilma’s first visit to this Falls. I have wonderful memories of my first visit with Shadow, and my Aunt and Uncle. I was quite pleased to begin this Adventure in the cool autumn air. We started up the short trail to the Falls. The trail was scattered with rocks and sloped up slowly. Even though it was far from challenging it provided a good heart pumping walk. The River parralleled the trail , and gradually became further away as we ascended to the Falls.

It did not take long for us to arrive at Bash Bish Falls. The Falls was tall, roaring and dramatically scenic. Although the water flow was less then our initial visit the massive size of Bash Bish still made the Falls spectacular. We checked out the Falls from the rails above before heading down closer, viewing the Falls from various angles. There were many visitors, creating numerous photobombs, however I did my best to capture this lovely natural Falls. We appreciated the scene for some time before heading back. So glad we could Adventure to Bash Bish Falls today (Rating: 4)

A selection of photographs from my first visit with Shadow, My Aunt and Uncle – May 2017

Throwback Adventure – Kennedy Pond Loop Trail – Massachusetts

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.

In August 2017 Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Kennedy Pond Loop Trail in Westford, Massachusetts. The Kennedy Pond Loop Trail is a portion of the Nashoba Brook Watershed which is part of the Westford Conservation Land. The Trail is approximately 1.6 miles and loops around Kennedy Pond. It is popular for walking, running, and horseback riding.

We had a peaceful Adventure to the Kennedy Pond Loop Trail. We parked in a small gravel lot in a neighborhood, definitely a location that would be hard to find without planning. Our walk began down a small trail that was a bit overgrown and dull. It did not take us long to arrive at Kennedy Pond, a beautiful little Pond. Shadow quickly headed into the water and enjoyed endless swimming on this Adventure. We traversed the Trail around the Pond and stopped at every little spot with an opening. I recall being quite disappointed by the excessive horse poop. This might have just become one of our favorite secret spots if that was not the case. However I still have fond memories of the Kennedy Pond Loop Trail. We sure do miss our water obsessed Shadow (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

September 12, 2020 – Wellfleet Walking Path – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Wellfleet Walking Path in Wellfeet, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. The Wellfleet Walking Path is less then one mile in length and can be found in Wellfleet Harbor. The path is handicapped accessible.

We had a simple Adventure to the Wellfleet Walking Path. Another one of those blogs I debate posting but you never know who might be looking for a short, coastal walk. We stopped at the Wellfleet Harbor on our way home to visit and stretch our legs. Upon arrival I realized we had been here before but I do not remember officially exploring the Wellfleet Walking Path. The “path” ran in a “U” shape around a parking lot, with one the opposite side being the coast, and harbor. The path was pretty, but not too special, however we never complain about a walk. Wilma made many human friends on this “path” and wagged her little adorable tail anytime a visitor looked in her direction. She enjoyed chasing the birds, and exploring her new surroundings. A couple times I noticed a foul water small but overall it was a very pleasant spot. Glad we were able to visit the Wellfleet Walking Path today (Rating: 3).

September 12, 2020 – Drummer Boy Park – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Drummer Boy Park in Brewster, Massachusetts. Drummer Boy Park includes “Windmill Village”, Higgins Farm Windmill, several short trails, and a playground. “Windmill Village” is part of the Brewster Historical Society. Tours of the Windmill are available, however the Brewster Historical Society’s 2020 season has been cancelled.

We had a fun Adventure to Drummer Boy Park. I was drawn to this Park by the Higgins Farm Windmill, and decided to explore the entire area. We spent the majority of our Adventure checking out the Windmill, and made sure to traverse every trail we could find. Wilma found a gigantic rock to hop on and check out the view from above. We found the Park to be popular for families with young children, and visitors photographing the Windmill. A simple Adventure, but we loved the Higgins Farm Windmill. So glad we could Adventure to Drummer Boy Park today (Rating: 3.5).

September 12, 2020 – Sandwich Marina – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Sandwich Marina in Sandwich, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. The Sandwich Marina is a popular Marina in Cape Cod which opened in 1989 and is operated by the town of Sandwich Massachusetts.

We had a boat-filled Adventure to the Sandwich Marina, neighbor to the Sandwich Recreation Area. I debated posting a blog about a Marina but it is a lovely coastal spot, and often dog owners are looking for unusual locations to explore. I therefore thought I would share.

There was a paved sidewalk along the Marina and we also found a path along the shore. There were endless boats of all shapes and sizes, and several items of interest along the walk. We actually did two runs of this area making sure not to miss one thing. Wilma often wanted to go on the docks, and was curious of the sounds and voices throughout. It was quite picturesque and a nice place to stroll and capture a coastal scene. So glad we were able to Adventure to the Sandwich Marina today (This Adventure will not be rated).

September 12, 2020 – Sandwich Recreation Area – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Sandwich Recreation Area in Sandwich, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. The Sandwich Recreation Area is part of the Cape Cod Canal providing one of the access points on the canal. The Area is popular for walking, fishing, and picnicking. It also contains the official Visitor Center for the Cape Cod Canal.

We had a sun-rising Adventure to the Sandwich Recreation Area, our first Adventure of many today. I often wonder why I arise at a ridiculous hour for a sunrise but instantly upon arrival I am reminded the reason for this decision. We arrived to brilliant clouds and a gorgeous scene. We began walking down the path along the Canal finding numerous fisherman lining the rocks. It was a nice cool morning but not too cold, really just perfect. We followed the sun and eventually arrived at a long jetty and a beach. I was thrilled as I did not know there was an official beach at this location, and shocked to find no other beach guests. We walked back and forth along the shore, discovered several trails nearby, and of course took some time to explore the jetty. Wilma was quite enthused by the scene, new smells, and the happiness the coast sends to all. We spent our time exploring and I took endless photographs of the lovely sky. Such a tranquil morning. We then returned down the trail and explored the other section of this Area, again lined with fishermen. A perfect way to start our day (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge – Massachusetts

I believe today is the first week in just over two years of the blog that I forgot to post by Thursday Throwback blog! I was so disappointed in myself but after a busy week with lots on my mind that is the truth. So cheers to my first Throwback Friday blog (haha!) Here it is…

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.

The Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge, also referred to as the Old Covered Bridge is located in Sheffield, Massachusetts. It was originally built between 1832-1854 but later reconstructed in 1999 after a fire destroyed it in 1994. The Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge for pedestrians only and traverses the Housatonic River.

In May 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to the Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge on a full day of memorable Adventures. I loved the unusual blue color of the bridge, and it was fun to explore it while walking slowly through. It is amazing to see how many photos I used to take versus now as I was only able to locate two these photographs. Shadow looks so unenthusiastic in this snapshot but I can promise you he had a wonderful day! I look forward to returning in the future and taking endless photographs of this lovely bridge (Rating: Throwback Ratings will not always be rated)

August 30, 2020 – New Bedford, Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to New Bedford, Massachusetts. New Bedford is a city located in Southern  Massachusetts. It is one of the bigger cities in the state. It if often referred to as “The Whaling City” as in the 19th Century it was one of the most important whaling ports in the world.

We had an exercise filled Adventure to New Bedford walking approximately five hours during our day trip.  Our Adventures today included:  Clarks Point Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Fort Taber Park, Palmer Island, Palmer Island Lighthouse, Harborwalk, Covewalk, East Beach, Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail, and downtown New Bedford.  I have been to almost all of these locations before but I was eager to return and especially excited to see Palmer Lighthouse.  Although unfortunately New Bedford is far from the cleanest place, it is less crowded then many others, and it houses a variety of attractions.

I was quite pleased to start a full day of Adventures, as having returned to work last Monday we were ready for a long day of Adventures.  The sky was spectacular, and the weather was reasonable, even finding a strong breeze in some locations.  Our Adventures centered around the bike trail and walkways, with the majority of our stops along these routes.  The walkways were wonderful, unique in their own way, and provided consistent views over the water, including views of Clarks Cove, New Bedford Harbor, and Buzzards Bay.  It is always energizing going on a long walk when you have coastal views.  We stopped at several beaches along the route, including East Beach and other sandy areas with no name.  We walked along the breakwaters and I encouraged Wilma to “swim” although was pleased when she decided to wade.  Wilma briefly enjoyed some digging and we sat in the sand for a short time, savoring the atmosphere.  The beaches were packed with shells, actually deep in some areas.  There were no sign indicating that dogs were not allowed so we assumed they were permitted.

We of course loved Fort Taber Park, definitely one of our favorite Forts in New England.  Due to COVID only New Bedford residents are allowed to park at the Fort, but we were lucky to find parking, although some distance away.  The Fort is grand, and has paved trails weaving around it.  There are other historic ruins nearby that you can climb and view the Fort from other angles.  I think I have been there three times and it never gets old.

As you may be aware, New Bedford is home to three lighthouses.  Butler Flats Lighthouse is far off the shore, so was not easy to capture as I do not have a complex zoom.  However it does not seem as far as you are walking.  An unusual lighthouse is the Clarks Point Lighthouse which is found on top of the Fort.  The first time I went there I do not even think I realized that was the case.  Again hard to capture being so high above.  The last lighthouse we visited was the Palmer Lighthouse, my favorite one in New Bedford.  Visiting Palmer Lighthouse is also an Adventure as you must time it with the low tide so you can walk to Palmer Island.  And we did!!  We walked over to the Island and explored the entire Island, including the spectacular Palmer Island Lighthouse.  I still was a little worried about the tide so I did not spend quite as much time as preferred, however I still tried to be relaxed and allow Wilma to take in the smells, and enjoy some wading.

Our last stop was the downtown area and the fisher’s coast.  Much of the downtown area has cobblestone, adding quite the charm.  One thing I appreciate about New Bedford is the arts and culture, highlighted by many murals throughout the city.  And of course who does not like boats, scenic, and colorful.  These last stops were definitely a good way to end our day.  Below you will find a photograph collage summarizing our day.  So glad to have a long day filled of walking (Rating:  4).

 

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