January 25, 2020 – Sea Flower/Sea Urchin – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Sea Flower/ Sea Urchin in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  The Sea Flower is an abstract sculpture of a sea urchin, designed from wood and steal materials. The sculpture was installed in 1978 by artist James Suris.  It was quite controversial for many years, as many did not feel it was appropriate choice for a town known for its whaling history.

We had a fun Adventure to the Sea Flower, located in front of the Federal building in the downtown area of New Bedford.  We spent much of the day exploring New Bedford, and the Sea Flower was the only new location that I had not yet blogged about, so here I go….

I was excited to find this original, and unique sculpture.  We discovered it where expected but yet in what seemed an odd location for this creative artwork.  After parking we wandered over to the Sea Flower to snap some photographs and see this handiwork.  There was not much to it but definitely unique, and innovative.  My Mom was quite unenthused with the Sea Flower, but I however enjoyed this unusual landmark.  Glad to we could locate the Sea Flower for some entertaining posing today (Rating:  3).


January 20, 2020 – The National Monument to the Forefathers – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The National Monument to the Forefathers (also referred to as the Plymouth Monument) in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The National Monument to the Forefathers was dedicated in 1889 and honors the Mayflower Pilgrims.  This granite Monument is approximately 81 feet in height and is suspected to be the largest solid granite monument.  It is managed by the Department of Conservation.

We had a grand Adventure to the National Monument of the Forefathers.  I was quite impressed upon arrival, the Statue towering from atop a small hill, the sun streaming down.  The entrance gate was closed so we parked on the side of the road and sauntered in.  We began by walking the road around the statue before heading up close to view it.  I was impressed at the size, almost too large to visualize the details from below.  It was just spectacular, and definitely one of the larger sculptures I have seen.  It was a little difficult to photograph with the sun brightly shining, however I did my best, even enjoying some snapshots with the timer.  There was little else to the area besides the Monument but definitely worth the visit.  So glad we could see the National Monument of the Forefathers (Rating:  4).

Throwback Adventure – Derby Wharf Light Station – 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!

Shadow and I Adventured to Derby Wharf Light back in January 2012.  The Derby Wharf Light Station is a historic lighthouse located in Salem, Massachusetts.  It was built in 1871 and is approximately 20 feet in height.  The lighthouse is located at the end of Derby Wharf and continues to aid boat navigation.

We had a fun, blue-sky Adventure to the Derby Wharf Light Station.  Our day was filled with many Adventures, and the Derby Wharf Light was one of our stops.  We walked out to the end of the Derby Wharf to check out this structure.  It was fun find the lighthouse at the end of the wharf.  Derby Light was unique in shape and location.  The area was busy with other guests but we were able to snap a couple photographs before others joined us.  So glad we could visit the Derby Wharf Light Station (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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January 11, 2020 – Canalside Rail Trail – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Canalside Rail Trail in Turner Falls, Massachusetts.  The Canalside Rail Trail is a Connecticut River Greenway State Park, part of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The Trail is an approximate 3.7 miles beginning in Deerfield and ending in Montague.  The Trail provides views of the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers.  It is a popular Trail for biking, walking, and rollerblading.

We had an icy Adventure to the Canalside Rail Trail.  We parked at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner Falls, and then followed the signs directing us to the Rail Trail.  I was quite disheartened to see the ice rink the Trail had become and even more disappointed that I had neglected to pack my ice cleats.  However, we carried on slipping and sliding in our attempt to begin our Adventure.  After some time I decided that we could succeed on a walk, so we shuffled along slowly but surely toward the Trail.

Our walk began at the merging of the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers. We traversed a pedestrian bridge, the water rushing below, appearing almost dangerously close. We appreciated the views above the Rivers before carefully heading back to the Trail. The gate in the direction of the Connecticut River was closed so we headed the opposite direction toward the town of Deerfield. Along the way we saw many trestle bridges, pedestrian bridges, old rail tracks, and mill-like buildings.  The Trail was peaceful, with few others battling the ice.  We walked and exploring enjoying the unique views of the River and diverse scenery.  I was eager to round each turn locating numerous bridges and continued variety.  The Trail was lined with various fencing which I definitely was thankful for with the treacherous conditions. It was fun to locate a new Trail with distinct features. We definitely will be back for a walk on the Canalside Rail Trail(Rating:  4).


Throwback Adventure – Willard Brook State Park – 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!

Willard Brook State Park is a publicly owned Park between the towns of Ashby and Townsend, Massachusetts.  It is 2,597 acres and includes a fast-running brook, and Trapp Falls.  It has a swimming pond, numerous trails, and opportunities for camping and picnicking.

Shadow, Buster and I had many, many Adventures to Willard Brook State Park, a lovely local State Park.  We have been in every season and with many others throughout the years.  I even visited as a kid, went on a date, and took our 2014 Christmas photographs at this fabulous location.  Willard Brook Park is a special place with lots of memories.  The Park has many trails, a fresh brook for dips and sips, sticks for lots of dog chewing, and many places to relax and play.  We have also enjoyed spending time near the tiny Trapp Falls, definitely a seasonal waterfall.  One of our preferred hikes has been the trail along the Brook as it is quite scenic and also has provided many opportunities to cool down.  The park has several simple, but scenic bridge which as you may guess I have enjoyed photographing.  I have put together too many photographs below from many different visits over the last eight years.  We will have to get there again as I do not believe Wilma has been there yet.  A beautiful local Park to explore! (Rating:  4).


January 1, 2020 – Minuteman Bikeway – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway in Lexington, Massachusetts.  The Minuteman Bikeway was built between 1992-1993 along an inactive railroad corridor and runs from Cambridge to Bedford.  The Bikeway is a paved trail and is 10 miles in length.

We had a blue-sky Adventure to the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway on our first Adventure of the New Year.  My plan initially was to take a day-trip to Connecticut but after injuring my back yesterday, I thought a local, and predictable walk would be best.  I am grateful that Shadow and Wilma are great walkers and I could still take them out with shooting back pain.  So off we went on our Adventure….

I located the Minuteman Bikeway on route to a different location, and thought it would be a good path to explore.  We walked and walked, of course taking some time to sniff all the new smells.    We were careful to stay on the right side as we walked, bicycles often flying by dangerously.  There were runners, dog walkers, and families out enjoying this gorgeous New Years day.  The pathway ran adjacent to the Center of Lexington, at one point opening up so we could see Buckman Tavern, a scenic historic building.  The pathway passed behind backyards, at some time closer then others.  The bikeway was simple and unappealing, but obviously built as a commuter route for bicyclists, therefore quite a convenient for those traveling by bike.  So although the Minuteman Bikeway is nothing exciting for those on a walk, still a great place to get some exercise.  Hope everyone had a wonderful New Years (Rating:  The Minuteman Bikeway will not be rated as it is a location created for bicycle commuters)

December 27, 2019 – Lynch Park – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Lynch Park in Beverly, Massachusetts.  Lynch Park is a sixteen acre park that includes a rose garden, playground, and a small sandy beach.  It provides views of the Atlantic Ocean and Woodbury Cove.  There are fees to enter the park seasonally.

We had a windy Adventure to Lynch Park on a cloudy December day.  Upon arrival we found that we were one of the few visitors.  We headed to the beach, noting colorful kayaks framing the shore.  This “beach” appeared more of a shoreline near the water then an actual “beach” for swimming, but I believe visitors may swim in-season.  After exploring the beach we headed over to the amphitheater, imagining quite the summer concerts.  However we soon noted the grass was full of goose poop, and quickly headed away from the area toward the paved driveway.  We continued up the hill and circled around the end of the park.  We found one spot to head over to the water, the surf quite rough, creating a dramatic scene.  It appeared there was a small boat not too far from the shore, which seemed a bit harrowing.  We continued up the hill and enjoyed the views over the ocean.  There were benches lining the paved path, and trees scattered throughout the park.  The path wound around and brought us to the playground.  From there we headed over to what appeared to be the rose garden.  I can just imagine how gorgeous this garden must be in-season, but we will not be returning as dogs are not allowed in the garden, when in bloom.

I was quite unimpressed with the Lynch Park as there was not much to see, or places to walk.  The spectacular views were somewhat skewed by a hideous fence, although I am sure it was necessary for safety.  The Park rules required dogs “on leash” but most of the dogs we saw were off leash.  Even with these thoughts my goal is always to enjoy a walk and to appreciate little details, moments, and a the thrill of a new Adventure.  My favorite parts of our Adventure were:  the features of the rose garden and observing the rough sea, almost as if a storm was looming.  I tried to focus on the little details, while Shadow and Wilma enjoyed their rolls and exploring.  It appeared that Lynch Park is best as a relaxing summer afternoon in the grass.  So glad we could Adventure to Lynch Park (Rating:  2 – although probably not fair to rate this park in the winter months).