April 21, 2019 – Francis William Bird Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Francis William Bird Park in Walpole, Massachusetts.  The Francis William Bird Park is owned and maintained by the Trustees of Reservations.  There are approximately 89 acres of landscaped property, open fields, recreation areas, and several ponds.  The Park has approximately three miles of walking trails.

We had an overcast Adventure to the Francis William Bird Park on this Easter afternoon.  I was thrilled to find this lovely little Park, unique in so many ways.  We arrived at the main parking lot, crossed the street, and landed in an open field.  We were greeted by The Trustees of Reservation kiosk which provided paper brochures with maps and information.  The initial plan was to follow particular trails, but the paths were not labeled creating more work to view the map continually.  Therefore we chose to wander aimlessly allowing our snouts and eyes to direct the route.  Our first highlight was the “Music Court” probably my favorite non-nature aspect of the Park.  It was a classic and distinctive architectural structure allowing oneself to imagine being at an outdoor event.  There were even some sweet little ones appearing to perform a show of their own.  A simple, yet scenic feature of the Park.

From there we strolled to various locations throughout the Park.  I adored the flowering trees, distinct “footbridges”, Beech trees, gurgling brooks, and water features.  Wilma loved watching the ducks, while both Shadow and Wilma relished the ponds, and attention from as many visitors as they could real in.  The trails varied from cobblestone to rocks to dirt, adding variety.  There were additional labels and information kiosks around the property which was very helpful, and also educational.  Lastly, I was quite pleased to find a place where ALL of the dogs we encountered were under voice, or leash control of the owners.  Sadly this is not always the case, and it is something I really do appreciate.

If you may be wondering, I located The Francis William Bird Park through the Trustees of Reservations which I have been learning about in the last several months.  I would encourage you to check out the Trustees of Reservations, as you can search for properties in your area.  Many of the land, trails, and properties are absolutely lovely, and the Trustees of Reservations does wonderful work to preserve the land and history throughout Massachusetts.  I was quite fond of The Francis William Bird Park and expect to be back to visit (Rating:  3.5)





April 20, 2019 – Kimball Farm – Carlisle, Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Kimball Farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts.  We have been to Kimball’s in Westford, but this was our first visit to the Carlisle location.  Kimball’s Farm began as a dairy farm in 1908, with the Kimball family selling milk whole sale. In 1939 they opened an ice cream parlor, and began making handmade ice cream. Kimball Farm has grown over the years, and Carlisle is one of their expanded locations. The Kimball Farm continues to be family owned.

We had a delicious Adventure to Kimball Farm- Carlisle – on this humid and rainy day.  I was excited to check out this location, a much quieter spot in the world of Kimball’s.  I ordered our favorites – peppermint stick and dog ice cream.  We enjoyed our tasty treats, and walked around the building checking out the location.  There were benches, and some farm animals over to the side.  Wilma was far from a fan of the goat so we did not spend time near the animals.  It was nice to see the beautiful flower arrangements, singing spring.  We definitely will be back to this tasty, quiet spot (Rating:  4).


April 20, 2019 – The Old Manse – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Old Manse is a historic manse famous for its history and literacy associations.  Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both lived in this property at one point in their lives.  The Trustees of Reservations runs The Old Manse which is now a museum that offers Tours and houses a bookstore.  The Old Manse neighbors the Minute Man National Historic Park, and is a National Historic Landmark.

We had a humid Adventure to The Old Manse after a rainy morning.  We were inspired by The Trustees of Reservations, and decided to visit The Old Manse to take some photographs.  We have been to this area before, but choose to concentrate on The Old Manse, its history, and the grounds.  Parking was available right in front of the building, which was quite convenient. We headed directly to this scenic structure, soon being greeted by an information board about the property.  From there we strolled past and around The Old Manse.  It was exciting to see some spring blooms, a recent and jovial sight for us New Englanders!  The Old Manse, and area surrounding is very picturesque.  There are beautiful stone walls, gorgeous landscaping, and other landmarks in site.  Wilma hopped on several rocks, Shadow enjoyed a dip in the River, and both pups enjoyed some cheerful rolls in the grass.  Often we found ourselves wandered aimlessly in attempt to notice all the little details. We were pleased to visit The Old Manse today (Rating:  3). 

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April 13, 2019 – Shipwreck Ice Cream -Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Shipwreck Ice Cream in Sandwich, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Shipwreck Ice Cream is served from an outdoor window and as suggested specializes in ice cream and ice cream products.

We had a tasty Adventure to Shipwreck Ice Cream to wrap-up our day of spectacular Adventures.  Shipwreck Ice Cream had a large listing of flavors and of course dog ice cream for my favorite pals.  Shadow and Wilma watched attentively and eagerly ready to devour their tasty treat.  I decided to order a peanut butter cup frappe, venturing away from my normal couple of flavors.

Once our order was complete we headed over to the nice open area with picnic tables and trees.  I of course had to take some photographs before the pups savored their treats.  Well maybe inhaled is a better way but either way they were quite pleased.

Shipwreck Ice Cream was a wonderful spot to finish a fun filled day of Adventures (Rating:  4).





April 13, 2019 – Cahoon Hollow Beach – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  Cahoon Hollow Beach is a large and popular beach known for its large sand dunes, and steep sandy path to enter the Beach.   The Wellfleet Beachcomber restaurant is located in the parking lot area and is open during the tourist seasons.  The Beach was named after the Cahoon family who lived in Cape Cod for many years.

We had the perfect Adventure to the Cahoon Hollow Beach on a foggy spring afternoon.  Upon arrival we parked and immediately were drawn to a stunning view.  I was absolutely in awe of the beautiful and unique landscape of the beach area.  Sand dunes on either side of us, and a long steep path down to the shore.  We quickly jumped out of the car and were greeted by several caution signs including shark warnings, and rip current warnings.  This is not at all how you expect to start a trip to the  beach but thankful that it was not a day of summer heat when the water really would be a must to ALL.

We then began our journey to this spectacular beach down the steep pathway, with deep, soft sand caressing our feet (well really sneakers).  Somewhat of a dramatic entrance, the perfect way to reach this scenic location.  Surprisingly we saw very few visitors at the lovely Cahoon Hollow Beach, which made the experience even better, alone with nature.  We walked and ran along the Beach for awhile, surrounded by tall sand dunes to one side and the stunning Atlantic ocean on the other.  There were beautiful shells, rocks, and even a bright yellow buoy.  Both Shadow and Wilma enjoyed some digging, while Shadow relaxed in the sand and even enjoyed some rolls, one of the few visitors noting sarcastically “he doesn’t like the beach, does he?”  Wilma was often on the search for shells, sometimes carrying them around and digging them up eagerly, my energizer bunny!  It is easy to see the joy of dogs in life, by just watching their zest for life.  They enjoy every little part of life, providing great lessons to mankind.

At one point we were greeted by a group of young ladies who asked to say “Hi” to the dogs and next we knew it was about fifteen minutes of chatting and dog massages. Wilma and Shadow went from one to the next enjoying each moment of affection and kindness.  They continually commented on how well behaved they were, creating a proud mom-moment.  I am far from a social person and it always amazes me how people’s love of dogs builds conversations, and connects people to one another.  Special creatures in our world.

The only aspect that was not perfect was the worries of the water.  I was cautious of Shadow and Wilma going too far into the water due to the many danger signs, but we still did enjoy strolling along the shore, with just our toes (well sneakers) in the water.  The water created lovely patterns in the sand, almost a song of its own.  The waves were peaceful, and completed the sounds of this beach oasis.

We really could have stayed at the Cahoon Hollow Beach all day long, serene and absolutely beautiful.  Every moment was amazing, and definitely one of those adventures that words, nor photos can capture this special Beach.  I tried adding some videos to help capture the experience.  Make sure you visit the spectacular Hollow Beach if you are ever in Cape Cod (Rating 5.)










April 13, 2019 – Highland Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today we Adventured to the Highland Lighthouse in North Truro, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  The Highland Lighthouse, which is also referred to as Cape Cod Light, is an active lighthouse and is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Cape Cod. It was initially built in 1797, however was built again in 1831 and 1857. In season there are tours available and a gift shop.

We had a magnificent Adventure to the Highland Lighthouse on a dreary spring day.  This Lighthouse does not disappoint as the view is almost immediately stunning!  We had visited previously about three years ago with Shadow, Buster, and my Mom.  Today’s Adventure began by walking down the path toward the Lighthouse.  It was raining and we were pleased to see few other visitors.  We arrived at the Lighthouse to take in the view, and then looped around and past checking out the other side.  The path ended at a deck-like area with views of the ocean.  Both Shadow and Wilma enjoyed some rolls in the grass and appeared pleased with this special location.  We took our time, noticing the little details, including some budding branches along the path.  The interesting twist to the Highland Lighthouse is that it is surrounded by a golf course requiring that you stay only on the assigned trail.  We were glad that there were no golf balls flying over our heads, so that we could concentrate on the Lighthouse.  The Highland Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful Lighthouses I have ever seen.  Definitely do not miss it if you are in Cape Cod (Rating:  5).

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April 13, 2019 – Holmes Reservation – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Holmes Reservation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, a property of the Trustees of Reservations. This conservation area is an open grassy area with no official trails or paths. It is known for views, the abandoned tracks of the Old Colony Railroad, and a beach. It was part of the “Muster Ground” for the Plymouth militia during the American Revolution.

We had a rainy, and short Adventure to Holmes Reservation, a stop on the way to our main destination. Our visit began with a stroll along the along the railroad trail, a paved trail perfect for a bike ride or a run. We quickly became waterlogged, but carried on determined to explore this new destination. We quickly located a trail to the beach and veered off in that direction. The beach was beautiful, covered with rocks, and providing lovely views. There was even a lighthouse off in the distance. We walked around the beach for a bit, the scenery helping to mask the dreary weather.

After spending some time on the beach we headed back over to the open field and wandered around the property. The grass was bright green, and scattered with various birds including seagulls and Canada geese. Wilma had a couple head turns with the sites and sounds, creating a humorous moment. We walked around a bit making sure we could stretch our legs before heading on our journey.

Glad to visit Holmes Reservation, and although a short visit we seemed to cover the entire property. If you may be wondering, I located the Old Town Hill through the Trustees of Reservations which I have been learning about in the last several months.  I would encourage you to check out the Trustees of Reservations, as you can search for properties in your area.  Many of the land, trails, and properties are absolutely lovely, and the Trustees of Reservations does wonderful work to preserve the land and history throughout Massachusetts. It is unlikely we will be back, but gad we visited Holmes Reservation today (Rating: 3).