Throwback Adventure – Castle Island – 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 2018 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Castle Island in Boston, Massachusetts.  Castle Island is located on the shores of Boston Harbor.  Castle Island was formerly an Island, but was connected in 1982 by land, therefore creating a peninsula.  At the top of the land is Fort Independence, the oldest fortified military site in British North America.  Castle Island is the home to the Popular Sullivan’s restaurant, and is a favorite summer spot for Boston locals.

We had a windy Adventure to Castle Island.  I was quite pleased to visit Castle Island as it is a location I had heard about often.  As on many occasions we decided to explore Castle Island in off-season.  There were paths along the Fort, and airplanes flying throughout.  We enjoyed walking next to the Fort, the walls towering high above us, and checking out the views.  Castle Island was not the cleanest spot, but I guess that is to be expected in a more urban setting.  We were glad to visit a new location and enjoy a long walk.  As per my usual Throwback blogs I had some difficulty locating photographs, but I did find some to represent our Adventure as well as a video along our stroll (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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November 16, 2019 – Battle Road Trail – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Battle Road Trail is an almost ten mile round trip Trail, connecting historic sites from Concord to Lexington Massachusetts.  The Trail focuses on the Battle of 1775 which began the American Revolution.  It crosses wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and contains various landmarks and kiosks along the way.  The Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Park.

We had a well-needed Adventure to the Battle Road Trail on a brisk November day.  Having been sick, and with a family member in the hospital we have not been on any new Adventures in the last week or two.  And although we have enjoyed many local walks, I was thrilled to head off on a new Adventure, even though I am far from feeling well.

We spent about two and a half hours traversing the Battle Road Trail, and nearby paths, exploring over half of the East Section of the Trail.  Some of the landmarks we visited included:  the Paul Revere Capture Site, the Hartwell Tavern, the Jacob Whittemore House, the Samuel Hartwell House Site, and the Captain William House.  The Trail was simple, but varied terrain, the anticipation of the next landmark added some elation to the journey.  We often walked at a quick pace, but of course took some time to sniff out the new landscape.  Due to the chilly weather I was surprised to see many others walking the Trail, including:  families, furry friends, bikers, and runners.  Shadow and Wilma even got to say hello to a happy toddler who was very enthused about meeting the pups.

Throughout the day Shadow loved many rolls in the hay-like grass, while Wilma was quite obsessed by the sheep, who were loudly vocalizing their “baaa”.  I think my favorite part, besides a long walk with my two best buds, was the historic homes along the Trail.  I loved their unique architecture, and the often scenic placement amidst the fields.  And although I have not stopped coughing since this Adventure, I could not be more happier that we had a long walk on the Battle Trail.  We will definitely be visiting the other half of the Battle Trail in the near future.  A unique way to combine exercise, the outdoors, and history (Rating:  4).



Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog, and the weekly/video photo I would recommend skipping on to paragraph three, specific to this week’s video/photo.  I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.

Today’s feature is a video from our Adventure to Dunn State Park earlier this month.  We were traversing the trail around the pond at this simple, but lovely Park.  We spotted what I believe to be a heron off the trail, on the pond’s edge.  I wish I was filming a little lower as Shadow was quite enthused when he saw this elegant bird soon causing it to fly off.  An exhilarating moment to add to our day.  You can read more about this Park by searching for Dunn State Park in the search box, and reading our detailed blog.  And although far from a professional video, I still thought I would share.  Enjoy!



Throwback Adventure – Fort Phoenix State Reservation – 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 Fort Phoenix State Reservation in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.  Fort Phoenix Reservation is one of the smallest State Parks in Massachusetts.  It is a historic site and has opportunities for recreational activities including swimming.  Fort Phoenix dates back to the American Revolutionary War.  It was originally built in 1775 but later reconstructed after being destroyed by the British.

We had a historic Adventure to Fort Phoenix State Reservation back on a dark winter day.  I remember Shadow rolling almost immediately, obviously thrilled to explore a historic Fort (haha).  We walked around touring the Fort ruins, viewing the canons, and enjoying views across the Atlantic Ocean.  We even spotted a lighthouse from afar.  We appreciated the history and our Adventure to yet another New England Fort.  And although I thought we may have been there on one other occasion, I have yet to locate those photographs.  So glad we were able to Adventure to the Fort Pheonix State Reservation (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).



November 3, 2019 – Dexter Grist Mill – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Dexter Grist Mill in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  The Dexter Grist Mill is a historic landmark in Sandwich, part of Cape Cod Massachusetts.  The Dexter Grist Mill was built in the 1600s and was later restored.  It continues to be is a working Mill, and sells freshly ground cornmeal.  It is open for admission seasonally.

We had a refreshing Adventure to the Dexter Grist Mill.  I was enlivened to visit the Mill as I had read about it in the past, and finally had it scheduled on our list of Adventures.  Upon arrival we walked around the neighborhood before returning to the Mill for our unofficial tour.  The Mill property was much more compact then I had imagined, but quite picturesque.  We headed over the bridge seeing the water flowing from above.  To the left we located the Shawme Pond while to the right the centerpiece of the Mill.  There was a rock fence, bright green grass, and a red tree adding great texture and color to the scene.  We spent some time posing in front of the Mill, relaxing in the grass, and wandering around to check out the pond view.  Such a pleasant and unique location.  So glad we could visit the Dexter Grist Mill (Rating:   4).


November 3, 2019 – West Dennis Light/Bass River Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the West Dennis Light, also known as the Bass River Lighthouse in Dennis, Massachusetts.  It is owned and sits on the Lighthouse Inn.  The Lighthouse was formerly a light in the attic of a private owner before the federal government provided funding, and construction began in 1854 for the present-day structure.  The Lighthouse is currently lit seasonally, when the Inn is open.

We had an unappealing Adventure to the West Dennis Light.  I actually debated blogging about the Lighthouse as it is not what I visualize as a Lighthouse.  However it is an official Lighthouse, a structure that contains light to guide ships in the sea.  So, we took some photographs, and spent some time exploring the beach adjacent to the Lighthouse.  The beach had several rock jetty’s, lots of thick green seaweed, and a variety of shells.  We strolled around, Wilma enjoying some digging, while Shadow hopeful for a swim.  There were few people in sight, and I believe the Inn was closed for the season, creating a peaceful visit.  So glad we could cross off another lighthouse on our Adventure today (Rating:  3).



November 3, 2019 – West Dennis Beach – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to West Dennis Beach in Dennis, Massachusetts.  West Dennis Beach is a beach in Cape Cod that runs approximately three miles.  It contains a playground, and is popular for windsurfing, swimming, and kite flying.

We had a relaxing Adventure to West Dennis Beach.  I was delighted to find a beach on our Adventure to Cape Cod, although not necessarily a difficult task, something I had not studied ahead of time.  Upon arrival we found many visitors walking in the parking lot, parallel to the beach.  This appeared to leave the shoreline quite empty.   We found a quiet spot, and began strolling, and exploring.  There were plenty of empty horseshoe shells, various colors of seaweed, and numerous shells of all shapes and sizes.  The beach was pristine, the sun shining, and the water leading as far as the eye could see.  Wilma was extra-energetic, often attempting to run, dig and play, while Shadow remained calm.  Both pups enjoyed the new smells, and this serene oasis.

Before we left we met some kind visitors who gave the pups lots of attention, and kindly offered to take our photograph.  The perfect way to end our visit to the West Dennis Beach (Rating:  4).