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, Gus, My Mom, and I Adventured to Cherry Hill Ice Cream in Townsend, Massachusetts. Cherry Hill Ice Cream has over 70 flavors of ice cream and has indoor and outdoor seating. Cherry Hill Ice Cream also has a location in Lunenburg.
We had a tasty Adventure to Cherry Hill Ice Cream. I have driven by Cherry Hill Ice Cream many times, but finally today was the day to stop and enjoy. The location was very simple, but provided several seating areas for guests. I ordered a root beer float, the pups enjoyed the dog ice cream special (haha), while I cannot remember exactly what my Mom devoured (oops). Wilma and Gus’ ice cream melted very quickly, but they did not seem to mind this watery, thirst-quenching treat inhaling it in record time. So glad to finally check out Cherry Hill Ice Cream today (This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma, Gus, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Slate Covered Bridge in Swanzey, New Hampshire. The Slate Covered Bridge is a wooden bridge that crosses the Ashuelot River. The Bridge was originally built in 1862 but later rebuilt in 2001 after a fire. It is one of three covered bridges in Swanzey.
We had a simple Adventure to the Slate Covered Bridge. We have been long overdue for a visit to a covered bridge, so today was the day. I was excited that my Mom was joining us, as were the pups, especially Gus who continually tried to sneak up front for some cuddles – just adorable. We arrived to find a quiet area, but yet cars flying through the bridge. This made it dangerous to cross under, so we checked out the bridge from the sides, unfortunately providing us limited views of the River. Not too many activities for Wilma and Gus at this location, yet they posed very briefly for a photo – well almost. Glad to cross of yet another covered bridge, with spectacular company (Rating: 3).
Today Gus and I Adventured to Mary Cummings Park in Burlington and Woburn, Massachusetts. Mary Cummings Park is a 200 acre park of the Trustees, formerly a farm and estate.
We had a warm adventure to Mary Cummings Park. I felt guilty leaving Wilma but I knew she would not appreciate a warm day, creating a good opportunity for Gus to practice an independent walk. We parked on Blanchard Road at the main parking lot and off we went. We checked out the red, blue, and yellow trail along with portions of other trails throughout the route. These trails were all short but due to the warm day we took a cool car break about halfway through and took several breaks for Gus to rest and drink some water. My favorite part of this Park was the varying terrain from the woods, fields, boardwalk to the paths through the archway of vines. I also loved the gorgeous wildflowers scattered throughout. Due to the park being Trustees the trails were reasonably marked which I appreciated. I was proud of Gus as he did not seem stressed, which surprised me as he relies on Wilma for comfort…he has matured much since last summer! We saw few other visitors, and no other dogs on our walk today. So glad we could visit Mary Cummings Park today. (Rating: 4).
PS – We made sure to buy Wilma some ice cream on the way home!
Today Wilma, Gus and I Adventured to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord, Massachusetts. The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is a twenty five mile Trail that includes the towns of Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, Framingham, and Sudbury. The Trail is 10 feet in width and is popular for: biking, skiing, walking, jogging, and rollerblading.
We had an early morning Adventure to the West Concord section of the Bruce Freeman Trail. I was eager to explore yet another section of this local rail trail. Although I never found the formal parking for this section, we found a location to park and off we went. We began this section of the trail at a lovely garden and spent about an hour and a half walking. Along the trail we found wildflowers, marsh views, and lots of birds a chirping. The trail was near the road in some locations but overall quiet. We saw a couple dog walkers, bikers, and some walkers, but there were not too many on this trail. I appreciated that this location of the trail did not near too many homes. The pups loved eating grass (haha) and chasing squirrels and chipmunks along the way. A nice simple, local walk to start our day today (Rating: This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma, Gus, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Kelsey Arboretum in Boxford, Massachusetts. The Kelsey Arboretum is a four acre property that preserves the shrubs and trees of Harlan Kelsey who originated the Arboretum in 1929. The Arboretum includes various greenery and has benches, and picnic tables for guests to sit and relax.
We had a shady Adventure to the Kelsey Arboretum. I was pleased to arrive to find we were the only car in the parking lot. We ventured through the gates, reviewed some information, and headed on our walk. We circled the Arboretum and found several other trails to traverse. As we were aware the property was very small. We found minimal flowering plants and guessed we may have missed the main blooming season of the Arboretum. I was a little disappointed at our findings, but yet it is always nice to have wonderful company and spend some time in the great outdoors. Glad we could cross off another New England Arboretum from our list today (Rating: 2).
Today Wilma, Gus and I adventured to Hopkington State Park, while last night Gus and I visited for a kayak ride. Hopkington State Park is a Park located in Hopkington, Massachusetts. It is located on the Hopkington Reservoir, no longer a water source. The Park encompasses 1500 acres of forest and is a popular area for boating, swimming, and hiking. There is a fee to enter the Park in-season but Massachusetts State Park passes are also accepted.
We had a lovely Adventure to Hopkington State Park. I was surprised to realize I had only blogged about Hopkington State Park as a “Throwback Adventure” (https://adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/2019/10/10/throwback-adventure-hopkington-state-park-massachusetts) so thought this weekend was the perfect time for this blog. The first part of our Adventures occurred last night when Gus and I headed out for a kayak ride on the Reservoir. I was thrilled to recently learn about a launch area outside of the park, so we headed there to begin our journey. Although Gus gets a little nervous boarding the kayak he is beyond relaxed once on board. We paddled around the Reservoir, so peaceful. The Reservoir was three islands, two of which are especially scenic and walkable. However on this journey I decided not to get off on the islands. Gus actually enjoyed a nap much of the ride, just a wonderful adventure. Hopkington State Park is probably my favorite place to kayak.
We continued our Adventure to Hopkington State Park today, both Wilma and Gus enjoying the trails, sips of the Reservoir, and a scenic walk across the dam. The Park is filled with rocks, trails, and endless locations to take a swim, some of everything for those nature lovers. Such a lovely time at Hopkington State Park this weekend (Rating: 4).
Today Wilma, Gus, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Ralph Waldo Emerson House in Concord, Massachusetts. The Ralph Waldo Emerson House was the former home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a poet, philosopher, and lecturer. The home is now a National Historic Landmark.
We had a brief Adventure to the Ralph Emerson house. I thought we would check out this historic local home before heading to our main destination. I was surprised upon arrival to hear loud barking dogs; I am guessing due to a private residence in part of the home. This made me a little cautious to approach the home closely, but yet there was minimal to explore either way as we were just visiting the grounds.
The house was gorgeous, a lovely white fence lining the property. The garden was simple but had some blooming florals. The pups were not up for a formal pose but still were adorable in their synchronized shot. Glad to formally visit the Emerson home today (this blog will not be rated)
Today Gus and I Adventured to Freeman Lake in Chelmsford, Massachusetts for a kayaking adventure. Freeman Lake, also referred to as Newfield Pond, is a 77-acre pond, with a maximum depth of 15 feet. Freeman Lake has a beach, and generally is frequented by locals.
We had a nice adventure to Freeman Lake. Although I will not blog about all of our kayaking trips, I will share some, including our adventure today. Gus was quite the wild one on our ride today, the majority of the time preferring to sit and stand on the bow. I was impressed at his great balance, and fearless spirit. I was disappointed that I could hear the sounds of the highway and construction from the Lake. However, I made sure to appreciate the little things, like my spectacular and entertaining company (haha!), the water lilies, and a heron along the way. It was a small lake, but just right for a local paddle. So glad we could kayak at Freeman Lake today (This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Nut Island in Quincy, Massachusetts. Nut Island is a former island, now connected by a causeway. It has a less then one mile loop with various side trails throughout. Nut Island is popular for walking and fishing, and offers scenic views of Boston.
We had a coastal Adventure to Nut Island. I was excited to visit Nut Island, a place I have been curious about for some time. We arrived to find the street closed off for construction, so after some circling around I decided to park in the nearby neighborhood. I was pleased to find this plan worked, and after a short walk we arrived at Nut Island. We were immediately greeted by a refreshing ocean breeze, gorgeous Rugosa’s, and lovely water views. I was surprised to find few other visitors, with the majority of those we saw were walking their dogs on leash. We explored every spot and trail we could find, enjoying a change of pace from the “normal” week. Wilma and Gus loved the new smells, and Wilma did not miss a moment for a roll. There was a moment or two of a swamp-like smell, but overall it was a refreshing and peaceful Adventure. So glad we could visit Nut Island today (Rating: 3.5)
Today Wilma, Gus, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Assabet River Trail in Maynard, Massachusetts. The Assabet River Rail Trail is approximately thirteen miles (upon completion) and runs from Acton to Marlborough.
We had a green filled adventure to the Assabet River Trail in Maynard, Massachusetts. I had explored the Acton portion of the Trail previously and was looking forward to visiting another section. I looked at the Assabet River Trail map online and found the “Ice Pond” parking as indicated. We walked along the trail, which was overall very quiet, running along the Assabet River. The trail foliage was simple, but lovely, the sun streaming through the canopy of trees. Along our walk we found a beaver dam, some swans in the River, and enjoyed studying the various flowers and greenery on the Trail. There were many bikers, several solo walkers and numerous dog walkers. We saw one dog off leash, but were thankful that the owner was respectful and leashed his dog when he saw us walking toward him. Our walk was leisurely and just right on this gorgeous spring day. We definitely chose a scenic section of the Assabet Rail Trail today (Rating: 4).