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.
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Massachusetts. This park is three miles one way and runs along the bank of the Charles River Basin. Small footbridges connect a strip of land and the pool of water sometimes known as the “lagoon”. The Esplanade is a popular area for walker, runner, and bikers. It is a a well known destination for concerts and fireworks at The Hatch, and includes(s): playgrounds, a boat launch, a cafe, and endless benches.
We had a perfect-weather Adventure to the Charles River Esplanade. I was thrilled to finally make it to the Esplanade, not the easiest place to travel to if you reside out of the neighborhood. We parked at the parking garage at the Boston Common, followed a map to find the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge (over Storrow drive) and we finally ARRIVED! The Charles River Esplanade had gorgeous views of the city, colorful signs of spring, row boats and sailboats floating in the River, and lovely footbridges. We even saw some ducklings, swan, and a lost bunny! The area was bustling with people, a busy location on this beautiful day. Wilma loved checking out the smells of the city, trotting along, posing, and of course ended the walk with some rolls. I think I was the only one taking photographs, but could not resist capturing this location in snapshots. We spent about three hours walking at this location, a nice change of scenery (Rating: 4).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Fiske Hill Loop Trail in Lexington, Massachusetts. The Fiske Hill Loop Trail is approximately one mile trail that loops through a wooded area. It is part of the Minute Man National Historical Park. Fiske Hill is known for being the location for the opening battle of the American Revolution in 1775.
We had a rainy Adventure to the Fiske Hill Loop Trail. I have always been curious about this Trail so we decided to go for a walk there before heading to our formal destination. As my New England friends and family know we had a late snow storm yesterday, receiving about three inches in my area. However, most of the snow had melted, so we were left with mud, and some slippery snow on this little hike. However, weather, nor trail conditions, rarely stop us so off we went. We began our walk over a small bridge and stream and then headed into the woods. The trail was a bit confusing at places, and several times we went off on what might be side trails before returning to what was the suspected loop. The trail was somewhat dull, but we were pleased to walk in a new location. There were some open fields, rock fences, and some green peering under and over the snow in parts. Wilma loved the new smells, and oddly seemed a little uneasy but once we began walking on one of our local favorites she was back to her confident self. Glad we finally got to check out the Fiske Hill Loop Trail (Rating: 2.5)
Today Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Cloverdale Conservation Land in Littleton, Massachusetts. Cloverdale Conservation Land is a small property of just 20 acres. The property includes wooded terrain, a boardwalk through the wetlands, and an open pasture. The main loop is less then one mile in length.
We had a peaceful Adventure to the Cloverdale Conservation Land, a property that I have been curious about for some time. We arrived to find ourselves the sole visitors to the property. We began the walk down the boardwalk, headed into the woods, and then looped around the wetlands before returning to the car. The walk was very short, but a perfect time to catch up, observe nature, and appreciate signs of spring. I loved the boardwalk, and several additional wooden bridges. Throughout our walk we spotted cat tails, horse tails, daffodils and what we guessed may be swamp marigolds. We even noticed two otters swimming through the wetlands, and a gorgeous blue bird feasting at one of the feeders. So much nature in just a very short walk.
Wilma was excited for the new smells, and was so hopeful that she could chase the otter through the wetlands, her second otter spotting in just one week. She loved walking, and was sure to keep an eye on her Grandma with every step she took. So glad we could visit Cloverdale Conservation Land today (Rating: 3.5).
Today Wilma, My Mom and I adventured to The Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The Gropius House is a Historic New England home, the former home of Modernist architect Walter Gropius and his family. Walter founded the German design school known as the Bauhaus. The House is currently a museum, and tours are offered for a fee.
We had a simple Adventure to The Gropius House. We were pleased to have my Mom with us on this Adventure, a stop on the way to our main destination. The Gropius House had a unique structure, as expected being the home of an architect. We walked around the home, and the grounds searching for color, and details. We found some beautiful signs of spring, and a lovely rock fence framing the property. It was a surprisingly warm, and gorgeous day. So glad we could check out The Gropius House today (This blog will not be rated).
Mystic River State Reservation is a publicly owned nature preserve that includes the towns of Medford, Winchester, Arlington, Somerville, Everett, and Chelsea. The Reservation is located on the Mystic River, and is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. It is popular for walking, sailing, and biking.
We had an unexpected Mystic River State Reservation. We were going to be in the area, and I was quite pleased to find the Reservation. We parked at the beach, and spent about 1.5 hours walking, and walking. We trotted along the River and found some trails here and there. The sun was beautifully setting throughout our walk, reflecting perfectly in the River. The Reservation is definitely an urban setting, however there were moments where the sounds of birds , and the peace of nature overtook the noises of the city. On our walk we located several swans, a stone arch bridge, and lots of perfect scents! There were many dogs off leash but did our best to stay in the quieter areas of the Reservation. We are still in the brown season of Massachusetts but I was pleased to see small glimpses of green. Although I did not have my camera with me on this Adventure, still decided to share. Glad to enjoy an evening walk with my girl (Rating: 3).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Cape Cod is a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern corner of Massachusetts. It is a popular summer destination known for the laid-back lifestyle. Cape Cod draws tourists for its beaches, lighthouses, ponds, villages, and the seafood shacks and restaurants.
We had a refreshing Adventure to Cape Cod today. Our main stops included: Herring Run Recreation Area, the Nauset Lighthouse, Sagamore Recreation Area, Nauset Light Beach, and the Chatham Windmill in Chase Park. We also found some other little things, including a sunset walk around a cranberry bog, a unique way to end a spectacular day.
My favorite parts of today’s Adventures were: our extra long walk along the canal, visiting one of our favorite lighthouse, a gorgeous beach stroll, and finding a scenic cranberry bog as the sun was coming down. Wilma loved walking and exploring, meeting lots of people, and the energy of the beach. A wonderful day in Cape Cod (Rating: 4).
Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the Bicentennial Trail and Boardwalk in Fall River, Massachusetts. Bicentennial Trail is a 2.2 mile back and out trail that runs along the Taunton River. The path is a paved trail and a boardwalk. The views from the Trail include the Braga Bridge, The Mount Hope Bridge, and the Bordon Flats Lighthouse. The Trail starts at the Fall River Heritage State Park and ends at Bicentennial Park, a memorial to Veteran’s of the Vietnam War.
We had a relaxing Adventure to the Bicentennial Trail and Boardwalk. Although we have been on this trail previously I have never blogged about it specifically, until today. We began our walk at Fall River Heritage State Park, the location of Battle Cove. This section of the Trail was definitely my favorite. The Battle ships are spectacular, the bright blue Braga Bridge adds a beautiful color and reflection and the Bordon Lighthouse is quite unique. The first part of the Trail is a Boardwalk, later becoming a paved Trail before ending at the Memorial.
We enjoyed trotting along the Trail, paralleling along the River. Wilma loved peering through the rails, walking on any raised barrier, and the smells of Fall River. I definitely enjoyed a walk on the River, however was unimpressed with the trash, and excessive goose poop on parts of the Trail. However we loved walking in new surroundings and met some friendly people along the way. Definitely a nice way to start our day of Adventures and walks (Rating: 3).
PS – I snuck some photographs of our first visit with Shadow and Wilma.
Today we Adventured to 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.
We had a snow-filled Adventure to Moore State Park. I first discovered this park with Buster and Shadow, visited once with Wilma and Shadow and this past Fall rediscovered it with Wilma. Since our initial blog was close to three years ago I thought it would be a good time to blog about it again, including photographs from various visits and seasons. I really have grown to love Moore State Park. The scenery is beautiful, including: fields of wildflowers, waterfalls, a pond, a scenic old mill, and an array of trails. Currently the covered bridge is under construction, which usually frames another small waterfall. I have always found the dog owners to be responsible at Moore State Park so that all dogs can appreciate this special location. We have enjoyed the trails, and the scenery in all seasons. I even took some of Wilma’s Christmas photos there this year. Below you will see a collage of photographs from our various visits including many from our snowy hike today. We look forward to many more visits at Moore State Park (Rating: 4).