August 13, 2019 – Lexington – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Lexington, Massachusetts.  Lexington is an affluent town famous for its history.  It was there that the first shot of the Revolutionary War was fired.   The Center of Town includes:  shops, businesses, restaurants and numerous historic buildings and landmarks.

We had a historic Adventure to Lexington.  I had planned a daytrip but due to the predicted storms we decided to have a local day.  I was quite disappointed but pleased to find a great alternative.

We spent about two hours exploring Lexington.  The day began spontaneously but I was soon pleased to locate a detailed map online, ensuring we visited all major landmarks.  Our stops included the Buckman Tavern, The Belfry, Ye Old Burying Ground, The Minuteman Statue and much more.  We strolled along the cablestone sidewalks, trotted down the ACROSS trail, rested in the lawn, and appreciated the rich history.

My favorite parts of our Adventure included:  the architecture of the historic buildings, following the map to find the next stop on our Adventure, connecting with those around us, and watching Shadow and Wilma appreciate the moments.  In regards to landmarks I was awed by the Burying Ground, and loved the scenic Minuteman Statue.   Both Shadow and Wilma enjoyed numerous grassy rolls, a joyous celebration on yet another fantabulous Adventure!  Lexington is definitely a special place to explore, especially for those history buffs (Rating:  4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 11, 2019 – Rocky Neck Art Colony – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The Rocky Neck Art Colony is located on the Gloucester peninsula.  It is considered one of the oldest art colonies in the country.  Artists include:  jewelers, painters, and photographers.  Rocky neck includes many restaurants with outdoor seating and scenic views.  It also contains the Gloucester Marine Railways one of the oldest shipyards in the country.

We had a coastal Adventure to Rocky Neck.  We left later then I had planned (as my squirrel-stalker Wilma was having too much backyard fun) so we ended up taking a detour.  My initial  destination was overtaken by in-season crowds, quick eliminating my initial plan. I therefore was pleased to find the nearby Rocky Neck Colony.  This was a place I had been once before and figured it would be a beautiful alternative for a summer stroll.

Upon arrival at Rocky Neck we immediately found free street parking.  The walk was a gorgeous coastal scene.  There were shops, galleries, and restaurants, many decorated with colorful flowers, and art displays.  Rocky Neck was uniquely artsy, as expected, with paintings on outside buildings including window sills, and painted windows.  The coastal views were spectacular with boats of all shapes and sizes.  We ended our walk exploring the shipyard before turning around and enjoying some delicious ice cream at Rocky Neck Ice Cream.

Our last stop on this Adventure was a surprise, finding a hidden beach area along Rocky Neck.  There were two simple parks opposite from one another, one with a beach.  I was thrilled to find this, and before you knew it Shadow was instantly refreshed!  I waded in with my sneakers and was quite impressed with Wilma sneaking in farther then usual.  Shadow preferred to stay in the water while Wilma eagerly waited  his return, spent some time digging, and enjoyed exploring some shells.  We sat for awhile on the beach and appreciated the sights around us.  Watching them made me laugh Wilma wild and energetic, Shadow calm and relaxed.  It really was just a perfect way to end our visit to Rocky Neck.  We spent about two hours exploring this peninsula and I am sure we will be back (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Jeff Smith Trail – Massachusetts

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 December of 2014 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the Jeff Smith Trail in Pepperell, Massachusetts.  The Jeff Smith Trail is a conservation trail which runs through the “Blood Brook Ravine” land.  There is parking for this Trail on Jewett Street and on Heald Street.  The trail includes:  a shoreline walk along the pond, follows a steep ridge above the pond, and weaves through the ravine that follows the Blood Brook.  The total round trip hike is just under three miles.

We had an enjoyable adventure to the Jeff Smith Trail.  I do not post many of our local conservation Adventures, however, sometimes feel inspired to share.  On this particular walk I remember appreciating the unique landscape, the steep views of the lake, the ravine,  and the Brook throughout our hike.  We did not see a sole on the trail, and were swept away into the arms of nature.  We found a beaver dam along the trail, and explored all the little spots we could find.  I do not believe I ever researched this trail (until blogging) however spotted it on a drive through the area.  A trail with water always catches my eye and am glad that we stopped for a hike on this brown, crisp, winter day.  Not a fancy hike by all means, but yet a nice place to explore for the local followers and friends.  Make sure you check out your local conservation land, you will often find a lovely spot (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

 

August 7, 2019 – Amesbury Riverwalk – Massachusetts

On August 7, 2019 Wilma and I Adventured to the Amesbury Riverwalk while Shadow spent the morning with my parents.  The Amesbury Riverwalk is a 1.3 mile paved, rail trail located in Amesbury, Massachusetts.  The Riverwalk follows the Powow River  which is distantly visible through the trees on several occasions.  The Amesbury Riverwalk connects downtown Amesbury and the Carriagetwon Marketplace.  It is a popular walk for bikers, joggers, and dog walkers.

We had a steady paced Adventure to the Amesbury Riverwalk.  Shadow was thrilled to spend the morning at Grandma and Grandpa’s spa, so I decided to take an extra long walk with Wilma, and work on some on-leash training.  We had a little bit of difficulty locating the trail, walking around the area a bit before finding what appeared to be the beginning of the trail.  The entrance was not labeled but we began walking and soon spotted a mile marker noting we were officially on the Amesbury Riverwalk.  The trail started in the parking lot before heading into the woods, and bordering many homes, an apartment complex, and then became a little farther away from the residences.  The trail was simple, full of many walkers, families, and our furry best friends.  There were benches along the route, wildflowers, and very distant views of the River.  Often you could hear the sounds of the highway, and children playing.  Wilma took several breaks to nap, but overall we had an energetic walk, enjoying a new experience. We turned around at Elm Street as I was a little unclear if the trail was merging into another, or if it was about to officially end.  I did not want to push Wilma too much in the heat, and we were past the 1.2 mile mark, so it is possible that we missed the last .1 mile.

The Amesbury Riverwalk was not a very scenic walk, but yet always nice to experience a new location.  Wilma did extra-ordinary in her training, ending our walk with a very proud mama.  We missed our Shadow today, but know he would not have appreciated an extra-long walk in the heat, with no swimming opportunities.  A good excuse to say thank you to my amazing parents!   (Rating:  3).

I have begun reading more about Rail Trails so you may see more Adventures to Rail Trails in the future.  I would love to hear if you have any favorites of your own??

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Provincetown – Massachusetts

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 April 2015 and in April 2017 we Adventured to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Provincetown is located on the very tip of northern Cape Cod. It is the historic landing of the Mayflower, and has a monument called the Pilgrim Monument to memorialize this important event. Provincetown is well known for its beaches, art galleries, shops, and restaurants.

We had two beach-filled trips to Provincetown, Massachusetts. On our first Adventure we traveled with Shadow, Buster, my Mom and I for I believe just a couple hours. On this journey we drove through the town, stopped for some shopping, and checked out some memorable spots including: the Pilgrim Monument, the beaches, and my favorite landmark, the buoy bench. I remember being awed at the sand dunes, and unique landscape, and disappointed that we did not have more time.

On our second trip Shadow, My Mom, and I spent a long weekend in Provincetown. I booked the perfect apartment right on the beach. We walked the beach every morning, often playing ball.  Shadow was even able to join us indoors at the main building for breakfast!  We spent time in the shops with Shadow by our side, and of course he was spoiled with many treats, including a lobster shaped treat (see picture below). We delighted in visiting various beaches and even made a stop at the local dog park. It was so nice for Shadow to have a vacation at his favorite spot – the beach.

Little did we know Wilma was born just several weeks before this second trip. We look forward to returning in the future with this little lady. I really appreciated Provincetown being so dog-friendly. You can see a mixture of photographs from our two vacations below, as well as two videos of Shadow on the beach. If you have not been to Provincetown it is definitely worth a visit (Rating: Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

 

 

January 6, 2019 – New Bedford – Massachusetts

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 January 2017 Shadow 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 a foggy Adventure to New Bedford, Massachusetts. We visited many locations in New Bedford, including: Fort Taber, The New Bedford Covewalk, Palmer Lighthouse, the waterfront, and viewed the Butler Flats Lighthouse from afar. We walked, explored, and took photographs along the way. It was fun to visit a new town and to find continual places to check-out. We spent the entire day there, eventually being forced to leave at dusk. Definitely an interesting city to explore.

PS – I recently blogged specifically about Palmer Lighthouse so if you are interested in reading more on that spectacular Adventure please search for Palmer Lighthouse in the search box (to the right on your computer and on the bottom on your phone).

Throwback Adventure – Town Neck Beach – Massachusetts

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 April of 2014 Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I Adventured to Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  Town Neck Beach is reached by a long, wooden boardwalk over a marshy-like area.  The Beach provides views of the Cape Cod canal.  As most of you are aware, Sandwich is part of Cape Cod.

We had a beautiful Adventure to the Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  I clearly remember being absolutely awed at the beauty of the boardwalk, with the clear water below, and scenic marsh views.  It was a very windy day, which added some Adventure to our stroll down the narrow boardwalk.  The boardwalk was quiet, which was appreciated as my two large dogs took up most of the diameter.  I greatly enjoyed this unusual pathway to the Beach.

Upon arrival at the end of the boardwalk we were high above the beach, providing lovely views. We made our way down the stairs and enjoyed our time at the shore walking, digging, posing, and relaxing.  We were able to find someone to take photos of all four of us.  This is something I remember vividly as Shadow and Buster were attempting to wrestle each other during several of the photographs making me chuckle.  (One of the photos below you can see the beginning of their shenanigans).  It was really a wonderful day, and a location I will always remember.  I definitely  hope to be back at the Town Neck Beach in the future (Rating:  Throwback Adventures will not always be rated.)