Throwback Adventure – Wiley Pond area

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!

The Wiley Pond area is located in the Crawford Notch portion of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This spot is right on the main drag and is associated with the Historic Wiley House which is famous due to the weather tragedy of 1826. The family residing in the home were killed by the avalanche when attempting to escape the powerful flood. The area later became popular for tourism as the home was one of few structures that survived this devastating storm. The location currently highlights Mount Wiley, and Wiley Pond. In addition there is a restaurant, gift shop, and trails in the area.

We have Adventured to the Wiley House Historic area on at least four occasions, visited with Shadow, Buster, Wilma, and my Mom. This location is one of the most gorgeous spots I have ever seen on our Adventures. The mountains come together framing the little Pond, and often times creating a beautiful reflection. There are ducks in the pond in many seasons, while the pond actually vanishes in the winter. We have enjoyed the trails in the back, but nothing compares to the pure beauty of the sitting area at the Pond. The Pond is also perfect for some dog dips and refreshing sips, a favorite perk of our Shadow.

As you can see below I was quite humored on one of our visits as it was Wilma’s 1st Birthday, a perfect excuse for a daytrip! Sooooo of course why not some birthday hat, mountain photos?! Too many photographs on that day, but Wilma was quite adorable in her hat, framed by the gorgeous snow covered mountains! On that same winter visit the area was quite vacant, providing some off-leash fun and exploring for our Shadow. Quite stunning to see this area through a winter lens.

I also have enjoyed taking a photograph of Shadow and Buster (with me), and later Shadow and Wilma at the same piece of driftwood. Several quick snapshots of absolutely cherished memories at this scenic destination. Although the photos do not give it justice, they attempt to provide a visual summary of why I adore the White Mountains. It really is one of the most beautiful places in New England (Rating: 5)


January 1, 2019 – Downtown Newburyport and the Clipper City Rail Trail – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Downtown Newburyport, and the adjacent Clipper City Rail Trail. Downtown Newburyport is a charming area with restaurants, boutiques, and a waterfront park. The Clipper City Rail Trail goes through this area, and also extends into neighboring towns. The Trail runs along the Merrimack River, and includes: lovely coastal views, sculptures, murals, boardwalks, and more. The Rail Trail is still being built, with one Phase remaining in construction.

We had a refreshing coastal Adventure to begin the New Year, spending about two and a half hours in Newburyport. The sun was shining, and the wind gusty, the perfect mix on this winter day. I had been to the area back in July 2011 with Shadow and Buster, on a much hotter day, but had not explored much of the Rail trail. We began our Adventure at the waterfront park, instantly feeling refreshed with the sun streaming down on the beautiful blue River. We started down one side of the trail until the trail ended in construction, where we quickly turned around. This location of the trail wove through areas of sculptures, along the water, past many boats, and near two shore-lighthouses. One lighthouse seeming to be decorative, while the other appearing to be a working lighthouse for the Coast Guard. There were several dogs, bikers, joggers, and walkers also enjoying this fun Trail.

After completing this portion of the Trail we wandered throughout the Downtown area, filled with shops and restaurants, many still decorated from the holidays. The streets were stone, the buildings brick, providing a unique and picturesque spot. We walked and walked enjoying to exercise, and cool breeze. We visited Frog Pond the center of “Bartlett Mall” before turning around weaving in and out of each street. Many others out shopping, feasting, and relaxing with family and friends.

Lastly, we headed over to the other end of the Clipper City Rail Trail. The Trail lead along the River, next to a restaurant, and then under several large bridges. The area had various sculptures and even a mural painted under the bridge. From there we crossed over to a sitting area with rounded benches before heading over a boardwalk to the section along a beach-like area. We strolled for awhile before turning around and heading back. Definitely a lovely day to be out enjoying this special Trail, a place I am sure we will return in the future (Rating: 4).

P.S. – Hoping video’s will agree to download in the near future, but now for a picture collage – please see below.

December 31, 2018 – Manchaug Falls – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Manchaug Falls in Sutton, Massachusetts. The Manchaug Falls is located in the village in Manchaug, part of the town of Sutton. It feeds the Mumford River.

So our Adventure today took a detour when we arrived at our planned destination to see signs of hunting in the area. I was extremely disappointed to find this, but felt it was best to not venture on the trails but to return in a safer season. Soooo I was pleased to find the Manchaug Falls not to far from our original destination.

We began our Adventure to the Manchaug Falls by parking near where I had read it was located. We soon were able to locate the Falls by following roaring sound of the water, guiding us to the Mumford River Trail. The Trail was a short with benches along the path, over the River. We strolled along enjoying the sounds of the rushing water, before arriving at the Falls. The Falls was wide in length, but short in height, flowing with steady, even water. The thunderous music was quite spectacular to our ears. Overall the area was brown and dull, but the Falls itself was quite lovely. A simple, but pleasant detour on our Adventure today (Rating: 3)

December 23, 2018 – Marginal Way – Maine

Yesterday we Adventured to Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. This was at least our third trip to Marginal Way as we have also been there with Buster and my Mom. Marginal Way is a well known, coastal, cliff walk along the Atlantic Ocean. The path is approximately 1.25 miles in length, looping along the coast. It is lined with benches, lovely landscaping, and has beach areas along the way. It is dog friendly from October 1 – March 31.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to Marginal Way. We picked an exceptionally breezy, and sun-filled winter day. We were pleased to find very few visitors, leaving us to especially enjoy the tranquility of this magnificent trail. The water was crashing along the rocks, creating a lovely song, and quite a picturesque scene. We walked along the trail, taking time to climb a bit on the rocks, and of course snap some photographs along the way. Unlike most of our previous visits the tide was in, leaving no sandy beach to play, or spots to sun bath in the warm sun. However, we did wander down to one of the beach areas, filled with perfectly rounded rocks. Fond memories of Buster and Shadow playing on the beach filled my heart as we enjoyed this spot. We did not stay long in this area, as the rocks were a bit unsteady.

We then headed up the stairs from the beach, continuing on the trail. Approximately halfway down the path we arrived at the little wreath adorned lighthouse adding quite the scenic touch on this coastal stroll. We of course took some photographs of this lighthouse, before returning to our walk. Although we often walked at a good pace, we did not miss a moment to enjoy the full sensory experience.

After finishing the trail, we wandered through the vacant, holiday adorned town, before heading over to Ogunquit Beach. We were disappointed to see that dogs were not allowed, so walked nearby viewing the vast blue colors of the sea. We soon headed back to the Marginal Way finding the “footpath”, an area of the path that is separate from the main trail. We then returned to the main sidewalk back to stroll along the cliff-lined trail. Although the brown Winter time of year, the beauty of the Ocean, rock covered cliffs, and symphony of the crashing shore makes this location a one of a kind experience. Definitely one of the best coastal strolls you will find in New England. I cannot even imagine how beautiful it must become in seasons of bloom. Below you will find a collage of our different visits, all together. If you are ever in the area do not miss this fabulous location (Rating: 5)

Throwback Adventure – Crescent Beach – February 2018

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.

In February 2018 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Crescent Beach. Crescent Beach is a beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is one mile long beach with a gentle surf, popular for swimming, boating, and fishing.

Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I had a tranquil visit to Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Our luck was great with bearable temperatures, deep into the New England Winter. We stayed in the area so spent sunset, sunrise, and may times during the day on this pristine beach. We walked, walked, and walked up and down the beach. The colors of the water, and sunset were absolutely magnificent. Shells covered the beach, patterns of ice shaped the tidal pools, while clouds perfectly filled the sky. Shadow enjoyed his freedom off leash, while Wilma found herself obsessed with shells, and digging in the sand. Wilma and Shadow played often, melting my heart. It was so lovely and so invigorating, I really could not get enough. We were extra pleased to almost always have the beach to ourselves. This was without a doubt one of the Adventures that will have special place in my heart forever. Definitely a Beach we plan to return to in the future(Rating: 5)

Throwback Adventure – Nickerson 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.

In April of 2014, Shadow, Buster, My Mom and I Adventured to Nickerson State Park in Brewster, Massachusetts, a town in Cape Cod. Brewster State Park is a Public Recreation Area with over 1,900 acres of land. It is popular for camping, fishing, boating, wooded trails, and swimming.

We had a magnificent Adventure to Nickerson State Park in Brewster, Massachusetts. As you will know if you are a follower of my blog my memories of our Throwback Adventures is generally not as detailed as current posts. However, I remember absolutely loving this beautiful park. We found the perfect trail around one of the gorgeous ponds, with spots along the path to sit and relax. The boys enjoyed some swims, naps along the way, and of course an energetic hike.

I was inspired by the boys’ desire for numerous swims, so I decided to wade far in the water (in my jeans!) so the boys could enjoy the nice refreshing water. Glad my Mom was able to capture a shot of this moment. I was reminded in viewing the photographs how Buster always used to love chewing on sticks along our journeys. We sure do miss his enthusiasm for our Adventures! One of the reasons I really do love sharing our Throwback Adventures. Nickerson State Park was definitely a lovely location, and I do hope to visit again in the future.

December 10, 2018 – Winter Island Park – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Winter Island Park in Salem, Massachusetts. This is the second time Shadow and I have visited this Park, while the first trip for Wilma. Winter Island Park encompasses: camping opportunities, Waikiki Beach, Fort Pickering and the Historic Fort Pickering Lighthouse. Fort Pickering is a 17th Century Fort which was the coastal defense and military barracks for Salem Harbor. Fort Pickering Lighthouse was later built adjacent to the Fort in 1871.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Winter Island Park on a sunny Winter day. Shadow and I had been to the Park once before, and I soon had memories flashing through my mind. Our initial visit was the first new Adventure we journeyed to after Buster had passed. Our hearts were heavy but it was wonderful seeing Shadow enjoy a new Adventure. Both our trips occurred on December days. On our trip yesterday we were pleased to see the sun was out, although not ideal for photographs, it definitely lead to the perfect beach day. We began our visit traversing the trail along the coast. We stopped at the docks, and at the beach areas along the way. The sand was covered with shells, and the sun beautifully shimmering on the sea. We took our time, Shadow and Wilma enjoying some rolls, digging, and play-time along the way.

After traversing the trails, and exploring the beach areas we wandered around Fort Pickering. The Fort was simple, but scenic, lots of crannies to explore. We walked around the area before heading back to the trails along the shore. The trails wound up and down along the coast, and above the Fort. Trees lined the trails, making for picturesque scene, although dull Winter brown, pops of red were found here and there. We veered off to the rocks several times checking out the lovely view.

We then continued to the wreath adorned lighthouse, practicing poses for our Christmas card. We hopped from rock to rock, getting as close to the lighthouse as possible. After stopping at various views we then returned to the larger beach area to relax, swim, dig, and run. The waves and seagulls creating a lovely, therapeutic song.

Although the Park was quite simple, we had a wonderful afternoon in the sun. There were few visitors to the Park, the perfect off-season perk. We definitely chose the perfect afternoon to explore Winter Island Park. (Rating: 3).

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