July 10, 2019 – Boston Public Garden – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Boston Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Boston Public Garden is a large park in Boston, Massachusetts.  It was the first public botanical garden in the United States.  The Friends of the Public Garden and Common works to preserve the Garden, and also various other locations in the city.

We had a metropolitan Adventure to the Boston Public Garden.  Today was a unique Adventure for Wilma as she was solo, without big brother Shadow.  Wilma had an early morning appointment, while Shadow was relaxing at the Grandma and Grandpa spa we figured it was a good opportunity for some training, and an energetic walk.  I also did not feel Shadow would have enjoyed this Adventure due to the heat so we felt it would be a good day for both.

We began our Adventure to the Boston Public Gardens with some challenges with parking, however eventually decided to go for the Charles Avenue parking garage.  Valet parking seemed a bit affluent for me, however it appeared to be the best option, and really the only possibility.  The walk to the Garden followed a small side walk lined with many shops, restaurants, and businesses.  I found this to be a great urban training experience for Wilma as she took in all the new smells, sounds, and sites.

It did not take a long to arrive at the entrance to the Garden.  I was excited to visit the Garden, a place I had been thinking about visiting for a couple of weeks.  Although I have been to the nearby Boston Commons, I do not remember ever having visited the Garden.  The Garden was well manicure, with flowers, historic statues, and was centered by the scenic Lagoon. We made sure to walk around the entire Garden, not wanting to miss a thing.  We often took breaks, sitting in the shade, and hydrating on this extra-warm early afternoon.

Wilma’s highlights of the Adventure included:  chasing pigeons, relaxing in the shade, and the hunt of the overly-friendly city squirrels. She also appeared keen on walking on the cement around the Lagoon, peering at the swan boats, and watching the ducks.  Wilma was very curious about her new environment, however appeared quite content. My favorite parts included:  the Make Way for Ducklings Statue, the gorgeous flowers, the Lagoon and surrounding scenery, and watching Wilma experience a new environment.  We were grateful for a new Adventure, natural shade, and time to train.  The Boston Public Garden is definitely a fun place to explore (Rating:  3.5).




July 9, 2019 -Bowers Springs – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow and I Adventured to Bowers Springs in Bolton, Massachusetts.  This is the second time we have been there as Shadow, Wilma and I had been previously.  Bowers Springs is conservation land that includes a pond, trails, and grassy fields.  It is a popular destination for dog walking, and fishing.

We had a water-filled Adventure to Bowers Springs.  I decided to bring Shadow on a solo Adventure today knowing he would love a swimming Adventure and thinking there might be many uncontrolled dogs romping about.  And although Wilma probably would be fine off leash I still feel there is some on leash work to do before crossing into that world.  So I had a bit of a guilty conscious today but working two days a week, and knowing it is a good thing to for Wilma to have moments without her big brother (as she really does rely on him)….  we carried on…

Upon arrival at Bowers Springs I was surprised to find a full parking lot.  I parked in a nice shady parking spot and we headed off on our Adventure.  There immediately were loud, enthusiastic voices, which I later learned were likely summer campers.  We ambled down the shady trail, lined by trees., and surrounded by fields.  As soon as Shadow saw a glimpse of water he he began trotting, soon swimming, sipping, and refreshed.  Throughout our Visit I let Shadow lead the way and often just stood and watched as he swam.  The trail looped around the pond which was filled with lilies, fish, frogs, and I even spotted a snake (yuck!)  It was tranquil, and although a warm day, the shade made it pleasant.

About three quarters around the pond we joined a large group of dogs at the beach area.  Shadow was very excited to make some new friends, and of course to get some treats from some generous owners.  It was adorable seeing him so happy to socialize with some furry friends .  He was so excited he almost forgot about swimming, but eventually  did wander back.  I chatted with the other dog parents for a bit, and smiled as I watched Shadow enjoy the moment.  We stayed for a bit before one dog was getting to be a little too excited so we decided to continue on our walk.  Shadow continually found places to go into the water and swim.  It was great to be able to let him swim wherever and whenever he wanted.  I sat down for a bit in one location, sneaking a peak at Wilma napping on my home cameras.  Such a nice little private Adventure for Shadow, and although we missed our Wilma Mae, we think it was the best afternoon plan for all.  If you are a dog lover in the area, I would highly recommend you visit this quiet location (Rating:  3.5)

PS – I unfortunately could not locate any photos from our first visit, although I am wondering if I may not have taken any??  If they do appear I may share another time.








As you can see by this spy cam photo below (little girl on the left in the corner)…Wilma was quite alright!  🙂  I apologize that I did not fix up the couch blankets and straighten the rug before sharing!


July 8, 2019 – Joppa Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Joppa Park in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  Joppa Park is a small harborside Park on Water Street.  It has been in the process of being renovated and upgraded for years.  It is rich in history being a previous locations for clamming and fishing operations.

We had a scenic Adventure to Joppa Park.  I found this charming, floral “Park” accidentally as we were driving to our planned destination.  I could not resist stopping to explore this lovely location.  We were lucky to find a parking spot as there were only a few available.  We started at what I believe was a boat launch although definitely low tide.  We waded into the mud, literally almost loosing my shoes.  The view was spectacular with vivid colors from the water, to the grass, to the nearby flowers.  Boats were scattered through out the harbor creating a magical coastal scene.

From the boat launch we walked through the “Park” to the end and back.  There were many other visitors walking through the area.  Wilma immediately jumped up onto the sea wall, amazingly agile.  I found this little moment adorable, as did some others who commented on her athleticism.  Shadow ambled along a bit less enthused, thinking about his next swim, I am sure.  Our walk was short, but beautiful.  I made sure to get a close-up view at all the flowers, and appreciated all the colors.  It is amazing that not too long ago we were in winter, everything white, brown, and dried up.  Our Adventures today reminded me how New England seasons are absolutely amazing!  So not a “Park” that I would travel far too, merely due to the small size, a however spectacular Harborwalk to stroll along if you are in the area (Rating:  4).


July 8, 2019 – Plum Island Lighthouse/Newburyport Harbor Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Plum Island Lighthouse in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  This Lighthouse is also referred to as the Newburyport Harbor Lighthouse.   This Lighthouse was established in 1788, but later rebuilt in 1898.  The tower is made out of wood, and is approximately 35 feet in height.  The Lighthouse is now owned by the City of Newburyport, and managed by the Friends of Plum Island Light.  It is open for scheduled tours.

We had a coastal Adventure to the Plum Island Lighthouse.  We began our morning with a long walk at one of our favorite local parks before heading to the Lighthouse.  As we got closer the drive became very scenic with bright blue water, framed by brilliant green grass.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and beautifully completed by a perfectly blue sky.  We drove to the end of Northern Boulevard and located the Lighthouse on the left.  Parking was a bit unclear, but I had emailed to get additional information, and it appeared to match the parking description.  After parking we meandered over to the Lighthouse.  It was tall, and a crisp white color.  The location was simple, the lawn somewhat overgrown, but the Lighthouse structure was flawless in form.   We spent some time walking around the area and Shadow and Wilma enjoyed a nap under the shady bushes, and their expected happy, enthusiastic rolls.  Although I knew ahead of time the beaches were not dog friendly, I was still a bit disappointed.  However, so glad we were able to visit the Plum Island Lighthouse.  We will have to return in the off-season when we can romp on the beach as well.  A beautiful sunny day exploring the Plum Island Lighthouse (Rating:  3).





July 6, 2019 – Gary’s Ice Cream – Massachusetts

Tonight Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Gary’s Ice Cream in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Gary’s Ice Cream was founded by Gary Frascarelli who is a hands-on owner, creating, designing, and selling his products.  Gary’s Ice Cream is known for making each and every flavor of their ice cream.

We had a stomach-filling Adventure to Gary’s Ice Cream. We could not resist another ice cream Adventure after a hot and stormy day. Upon arrival we were not surprised to see few visitors with the storm just barely having passed through. The dogs put in their order (haha) while I decided to go for a root beer float. I was a bit disappointed to see store bought dog ice cream, although I guess that is not fair of me to complain as they did offer dog ice cream! A treat was also added to their order!

After receiving our goodies we headed over to the picnic tables in the grass. It was raining, but I did not see any lightning so we relaxed for a bit, savoring our refreshing deserts! There was a tiny scenic bridge, and some lilies, but overall a simple setting. We walked around after Shadow and Wilma finished their ice cream.  I then decided to bring home the remainder of my very large, and sticky float. I think my favorite part of Gary’s Ice cream was their dog loving ice cream cup!  It was nice to find yet another local ice cream shop on this stormy evening (Rating: 3).


July 6, 2019 – Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts. Frederick Law Olmsted is known as the founder of American landscape architecture. He titled his estate “Fairsted”, where he established the first full-scale landscape architecture office. He famously designed thousands of landscapes around North America. The property includes outdoor quarters, ranger led tours, and an indoor museum of the estate. There is no cost to visit this Historic Site, but donations are appreciated.

We had a steamy Adventure to the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. Our journey began bright and early, as I was hoping to avoid a predicted hot and humid day. We quickly found parking, which was clearly marked by signs. We began walking down the street, and headed through a scenic awning, marking the entrance of the Site. We soon arrived at the main building where we found a descriptive brochure, and began ambling throughout the property. I for some reason expected a large manor, however it was very compact. We therefore wandered down every little path, and spot we could find. There were bright flowers, including lilies, and roses. The residence was simple, but picturesque, with green ivy-like leaves adorning the sides of the building. In several spots we were able to peer in seeing some of the museum displays. I was quite surprised how hot it was at this location, Shadow often tried to dive under a bush, while Wilma quickly was laying down and panting herself. I guess it worked out being a tiny estate, leading to a short visit.

As you would expect the buildings were not dog friendly, so we were not able to see the entire site, but enjoyed our outdoor tour. I debated blogging today, but figured it might be of interest to some visitors, especially those found of landscape architecture, and its’ history. Quite a simple Adventure today, but always pleased to visit a new location (Rating: Decided not to rate this location as we were only able to explore half of the Site.)

July 1, 2019 – Ware – Hardwick Covered Bridge – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I Adventured to the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge in Gilbertville, Massachusetts.  The Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge was built in the 1800s.  It spans the Ware River, and is one of the few original covered bridges in the state.

We had a fun Adventure to the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge.  We had just finished a walk at Dunn State Park in Gardener Massachusetts.  Dunn State Park is a small, and simple park yet quite pretty.  I decided not to blog about Dunn State Park today as I have done so previously, however you can read this blog at:  https://wp.me/p9RZ48-1s6, or by typing it directly into the search box.   (This is my first attempt at linking a direct website to an individual blog so bear with me if it is not successful on this first try.)

We arrived at the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge to find parking a bit limited so my Mom and I took turns walking through and along the Bridge.  We were also able to wander down to the waters edge to take some photographs and enjoy the sounds of the rushing River. The Bridge was especially lovely from the side with a colorful wood grained panel framing the top of the lattice windows.  The red front did not appear to match the style of the side, however added some bright color to the structure.  We sauntered back and forth, pleased to see minimal vehicle traffic and no other visitors.  A short but nice visit to the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge today (Rating:  3)