July 3, 2020 – Porcupine Falls – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Porcupine Falls in Gilsum, New Hampshire.  Porcupine Falls is located in the John and Rosemarie Calhoun Family Forest, part of the Monadnock Conservancy.  The Falls is approximately  fifteen feet in height and is sourced from the White Brook.  The Trail to the Falls is less then one mile round trip.

We had a simple Adventure to Porcupine Falls.  We arrived after following White Brook Road to the end, first seeing the sign to John and Rosemarie Calhoun Forest and then landing directly into the parking lot.  Upon exiting we heard the chirping birds and singing Brook.  We began over a bridge crossing the Brook and headed out on our trek.

The Trail to Porcupine Falls followed the blue diamond trail.  Along the trail there were two bridges, many ferns, and a boardwalk-like bridge. The trail was very buggy but the continual sounds of water and nature helped distract us from the bombing bugs. Immediately preceding the Falls there were some rock stairs, and the second bridge. Porcupine Falls was locatesdto the left of this bridge.  I could not believe how short the trail was to the Falls. We hopped over the rocks to arrive right next to the Falls.  Honestly I was slightly disappointed as I had imagined a much more impressive Falls. However we made sure to explore the area surrounding the Falls and appreciate the moments.  I was quite pleased not to see any porcupines but yet oddly I saw one from the car later in the day. Always glad to visit yet another New England waterfall (Rating: 3).

PS – It is recommended that you view the videos to see the best perspective of the waterfall – video three is captured in closest proximity.

Video 1:  Bridge near Porcupine Falls

Video 2:  Trail to Porcupine Falls

Video 3:  Porcupine Falls

Video 4:  First Bridge over White Brook on the way to Porcupine Falls

Throwback Adventure – Nantasket Beach – Massachusetts

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In April 2018 Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts.  This Beach is part of the Nantasket Beach Reservation and is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.  Nantasket Beach is a very popular beach in summer months.

We had a playful Adventure to Nantasket Beach.  It was a dark day, often typical in the early spring months in Massachusetts.  Shadow and Wilma explored, played, and bounced around excited to be on yet another beach Adventure.  The Beach was mostly sandy, but had beautiful round, and colorful rocks on parts of the shore.  It was very quiet, which of course we appreciated.  Nantasket Beach was far from a fancy Beach, but yet being on the sand, and knowing spring was on the way made for quite the perfect day.  So glad we were able to Adventure to Nantasket Beach (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

 

July 1, 2020 – Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (Acton) – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Acton, 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 a surprisingly lovely Adventure to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail.  I was eager to take a walk on this Trail but did not have high expectations specific to scenery.  We parked in a designated parking area on Route 27.  Upon arrival we were greeted by the loud songs of cheerful frogs, perking up the ears of my curious Wilma.  The Trail entrance was quite formal lined by black fencing and scattered with flowers.  From there we turned right and began our walk.  The Trail was framed by a scenic wooden fence.  I was pleased to find the Trail quite wide, perfect for a mixture of those walking, running, and biking, and of course a safe distance in these days of COVID.  We could hear the traffic on Route 27 but overall it was a peaceful setting.

The Trail was continually framed with rustic fencing, a simple feature that I appreciated.  It did not take us long to arrive at a wetlands area filled with pussy willows, frogs, and birds.  I was quite elated to find this knowing we were only exploring a small portion of this Trail. There were several more of these wetlands areas along the way, we even located some benches for visitors to sit and relax.

It is always nice when an Adventure exceeds my expectations.  Wilma seemed hot today, even laying down for a quick nap, so we only walked about an hour.  We definitely will be back to visit the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (Rating:  Adventure will not be rated as only a small section of this 25 mile Trail was explored).

 

 

June 28, 2020 – Meadowlands Ice Cream – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Meadowlands Ice Cream in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Meadowlands is an ice cream stand known for their homemade ice cream.  In addition they sell pies, pizzas, and cookies, and are very dog friendly.  Meadowlands began making home made ice cream in 1964 although ownership has changed over the years.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Meadowlands.  This was our first NEW ice cream Adventure of the year.  We arrived just prior to opening, therefore finding the location very quiet.  We first wandered around to see the grounds and viewed several small gardens, before heading over to place our orders.

I ordered cookie dough topped with whip cream and their canine selection for Wilma.  We then wandered behind Meadowlands to sit and savor our treats.  Wilma quickly devoured her ice cream, which was topped with peanut butter.  I took my time and gave Wilma the last spoonful.  So tasty!  I loved that Meadowlands had plenty of space to sit and was backed by a field.  This created a tranquil atmosphere.  Definitely a fun and filling trip!  You cannot go wrong with ice cream (Rating:  Just right)

Throwback Adventure – Stony Brook Conservation Land – Westford

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

Shadow, Buster, and Wilma and I all had numerous trips to the fabulous Stony Brook Conservation Land in Westford, Massachusetts.  Stony Brook Conservation Land is an almost 300 acre conservation land with numerous trails, including a 1.75 loop around Burges Pond.  This property encompasses the East Boston Camps and is the location for the Marcus Lewis Day Camp.  The Land is especially popular for swimming, and off-leash dog walkers.

We are lucky to have Adventured to the Stony Brook Conservation Land on countless occasions.  I first discussed this beautiful Land with Buster and Shadow, enjoying many hikes and swims.  I later spent alot of time with Shadow, my beach lover, often swimming with him in the summer months, and even going for a kayak ride.  We continued our visits with Wilma joining a puppy hiking and socializing group.  I especially enjoy Stony Brook in the summer months for the swimming, in every season for long hikes, and for beautiful Fall scenes.  We have met lots of dog friends, made some human friends, and hiked with family and friends.  The Stony Brook Conservation Land is a wonderful outdoor property (Rating:  4).

 


June 20, 2020 – The Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to The Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts.   The Nature Trail is less then one mile in length, and provides educational opportunities for guests to learn about the life cycle of a cranberry.  The bog consists of approximately eight acres, and is currently an active farm.

We had a dynasty-like Adventure to The Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog.  I had known about the Bog for many years and finally had an opportunity to visit.  It was exciting as always to be in sight of Gillette stadium!  The Cranberry Bog was located just behind the Bass Pro Shop on the edge of Patriot Place.  As you may know my two favorite hobbies in life are adventures with my dogs, and cheering on the Patriots, so definitely the perfect Adventure to start our day.

We were pleased to be the first to arrive at the Trail, greeted by several signs.  Soon into the Trail we found an area with chairs, and a bench.  We wandered around this spot before heading down the trail, and quickly arrived at the main boardwalk.  The view was gorgeous, and the boardwalk was quite scenic.  Along the boardwalk we located several benches to sit and relax.  From there we wandered toward the cranberry field, which was lined by a wooden fence.  It was simple, but really quite beautiful!!  Wilma appreciated the smells, and took her time on this leisure walk.  There were small kiosks providing information about cranberries, and the process of cultivation.  The Trail looped around before heading back into the woods.  The woods part of the Trail was a little dull, and buggy, but that did not take away from our Adventure.  Even though listed as an “on leash” location we did see two dogs off leash, but overall found the Trail to be very quiet.  Such a neat location, which you may not expect to find at the well known Patriot Place.   I would definitely recommend a visit to The Nature Trail and Cranberry Bog if you are in the area (Rating:  3.5).

 

Throwback Adventure – Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park – Massachusetts

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In May 2014 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.  These Parks contain 1,000 acres and are managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.  They include:  trails, picnic areas, and canoe access areas, and also provide opportunities for education, and entertainment.

We had a distinctive Adventure to the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, highlighted by the spectacular Blackstone Canal.  On our visit we appreciated the lovely bridge across the water, hiked along the canal, and admired the bright green colors in all directions.  The boys enjoyed wading  in the canal, the perfect cool-down.  The walk was long ago so intricate details of this Adventure are distant.  These Parks are definitely a location we will explore again (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

June 14, 2020 – The Mount, The Edith Wharton Estate – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to The Mount, The Edith Wharton Estate in Lenox, Massachusetts.  Edith Wharton was an author who designed both the home and the grounds.  The property included:  gardens, numerous trails, and the estate.  There are tours of both the gardens and home, and The Mount also hold various cultural events.

We had a pristine Advantage to The Mount. I had done minimal research but had confirmed that The Mount was dog friendly.  Upon arrival I was surprised to see the simplicity of the property but that did not last long as we soon were wandering into a wonderful scene.  We began walking into the woods past the “Stable” before arriving at the main home.  The home was beautiful, and quite immense.  We admired the home before heading to the nearby gardens.

The garden was bright and colorful, highlighted by a beautiful fountain in the center. We strolled around taking photographs and appreciating the bright variation of colors. From this flower garden you could pass through a tunnel of perfectly pruned trees to the next garden which was more ivy based, and also contained a lovely fountain.  Surprisingly I enjoyed the less colorful garden most, quite unique.

Besides the gardens we spent time exploring the endless trails, even arriving at a pond, I believe it was the Beaver Pond.  The trail along the Pond was just beautiful, scattered with wild flowers!  That was definitely my favorite part of the trails although we also enjoyed hiking through the woods, finding several small bridges, and streams. Some parts of the trails were labeled but they were a bit confusing without a map. However we were quite pleased to take a long walk in addition to exploring the gardens and estate.  We even located the Pet Cemetery, a dedication to Wharton’s best friends.  A special and sad little spot on our visit.

We also took some time to sit, relax and enjoy the environment, although Wilma generally preferred to lay down on her time, not on my planned “sitting time” – my funny girl.  Although there were many visitors and voices they were pretty well spread out and it was sill a peaceful place.  Such a beautiful day to enjoy The Mount (Rating:  4)

 

June 7, 2020 – Bissell Bridge – Massachusetts

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the Bissell Covered Bridge in Charlemont, Massachusetts.  The Bridge crosses the Mill Brook.  It was built in the 1800’s and most recently rebuilt in 1995.  There is a wooden viewing area near the Bridge.

We had a peaceful Adventure to the Bissell Covered Bridge.  We found the Bridge in a quiet area, but yet quickly noted the high speed of the cars speeding through.  Therefore we did not walk through the bridge, but yet made sure to explore on each side.  The bridge was a natural wooden color, and was modern in style.  One thing that was unique about this bridge was that there was a wooden viewing area adjacent to the bridge, and overlooking the River and dam.  It was a fun feature that we have only seen at several other bridges.

It was challenging to photograph the entire bridge due to the angles and access to the River’s edge, however I captured it in parts.  For some reason today’s visit made me wonder what Wilma was thinking – I was excited to be at the Bridge and stretch our legs, while did she think we never arrived anywhere due to the brief journey outside of the car??  The strange things that I think about (haha)!  So glad we could visit yet another Covered Bridge today (Rating:  4).

 

June 7, 2020 – Mount Greylock State Reservation – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Mount Greylock State Reservation in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts at 3, 491 feet.  Mount Greylock State Reservation in popular for camping, snowmobiling, skiing, and hiking.  There is an Auto Road to the summit.  The Reservation includes a Visitors Center, and Veterans War Memorial Tower.

We had quite the panoramic Adventure to Mount Greylock State Reservation.  I was ecstatic to be visiting Mount Greylock State Reservation as it has been on my list for some time.  I was surprised that the auto route was not steep, and was pleased that it did not appear busy, we therefore could take our time.  There were several spots to stop and hike but since we had a full day planned so decided to head straight to the summit.

Upon arrival at the summit we hopped out and began exploring.  There were little trails throughout, with the main feature being the Veterans War Memorial Tower.  The Veterans War Memorial Tower was grand in size, and definitely did not disappoint.  We walked around the Tower studying every angle, just spectacular.  From there we headed to the view from behind the Memorial.  The Mountainside was quite busy, but we found a little spot to sit and relax.  However Wilma really does not sit or lay down, unless requested, so I sat, while she watched those around us, my curious little girl.  The views were just lovely.  We repeated this routine several times not wanting to leave this wonderful location.  However, the crowd began to grow and eventually we decided to part.  Definitely an amazing Adventure to Mount Greylock State Reservation (Rating:  4.5)

 

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