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.
Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I adventured to Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts. Stanley Park is a non-profit, privately owned park, that is approximately 300 acres in size. It includes: gardens, trails, playing fields, and a duck pond. The park was established in 1945 by philanthropist Frank Stanley Beveridge.
We had a fun adventure to Stanley Park. I had been to this Park five years ago with Shadow and Buster and was eager to visit again. Several gardens in the park are off limits to dogs but overall it is dog friendly. On our visit we walked around and enjoyed the many unique aspects of the park including: the covered bridge, Asian gardens, the “mill shop”, waterfall, ponds, the “meeting house” and bridges. The park was very quiet, although there was some construction going on in the garden. Wilma and Gus enjoyed some leash play, parallel stick chewing, and of course exploring their new environment. Wilma participated in some grassy rolls as Gus watched wagging his adorable little tail. Although the park was much smaller and less colorful then I remember I was very pleased to return. So glad we could visit Stanley Park (Rating: 4).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Kimball Farm, Carlisle. Kimball Farm has fifty flavors of homemade ice cream and provide picnic tables for seating. Kimball Farm has four different locations between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is a family run business.
We had a tasty adventure to Kimball Farm in Carlisle. Today was a fun day, we had a two hour family walk in the morning, and both Gus and Wilma had their own private adventures. I cannot remember if we have been to this location before but decided to blog about it without checking. I was excited to get some ice cream, and take Wilma on this adventure. We arrived to find a busy location, but all windows open creating quick services. Wilma made some friends with some little ones quickly rolling over for some belly rubs. I ordered a coffee frappe and Wilma ordered her traditional dog ice cream (haha). Due to the quick influx of other dogs I decided to let Wilma appreciate her ice cream in the car, on her knew luxurious new car cover. She devoured it quickly and had no complaints. I was not overly impressed with my frappe, but was glad to have a refreshing treat. So glad we could adventure to Kimball Farm, Carlisle today (Rating: 3).
Today Gus and I adventured on a kayaking trip to the Nashua River. We choose a boat launch on the Groton/Pepperell border, directly on route 119. The Nashua River is an almost 40 mile river that runs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is a drinking source, and a popular location for fishing and boating.
We had a nice Adventure to the Nashua River. Today was a fun day, we had a two hour family walk in the morning, and both Gus and Wilma had their own private adventures. I was excited to take Gus on his second kayaking trip (although I did not formally blog about the first one). Unlike our first kayaking trip Gus continually moved around, and I was quite surprised that we did not tip – yikes! I am guessing he was just trying to get comfortable, but also he is so cuddly he was often trying to climb on me. However once comfortable he was very relaxed, putting his head on my legs, or on the side of the kayak. He watched boaters passing by, and several dogs, completely relaxed at these sights. We did not see too much wildlife, but did spot two large herons. We took time to go under the bridge and paddle on the opposite side, which was more scenic. Besides the road traffic above the bridge it was a very serene. Luckily I was able to help Gus get comfortable, and we did not go for a swim -haha. This adventure reminded me that Wilma is probably too big for my kayaks, and likely would not appreciate riding in the boat. Therefore for now I will likely leave the boating adventures to Gus. Quite the exciting water adventure today (This blog will not be rated).
Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar in Groton, Massachusetts. Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar sells home-made ice cream, lunch, and dinner. There is outdoor seating for dining, and take-out is also available.
We had a tasty Adventure to Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar. Both Wilma and I were quite thrilled to have our first ice cream Adventure of the season. We were pleased to arrive with no line. Johnson’s did not have any dog specific ice cream but recommended soft serve vanilla for my sweet Wilma, and I ordered a sherbert drink. Wilma watched her ice cream very closely on the counter, hopeful girl. After our order was filled we headed to one of the many seating options up on the shady hill. Wilma inhaled her ice cream while I sipped my refreshing drink. It was amazing watching how fast her ice cream was gone! Johnson’s was simple, no fancy decor, but had great options for seating, some in the shade, some in the sun, and a more formal patio area. This made the perfect environment for us to enjoy our treat. So glad we could visit Johnson’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar (Rating: 3).
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).