March 16, 2019 – Wells Beach – Maine

Today we Adventured to Wells Beach in Wells, Maine.  Wells Beach is one of the largest sandy beaches in Maine, offering about seven miles of sandy shores.

We had a perfect sky-day on our Adventure to Wells Beach.  I was so pleased to start our weekend of Adventures with a gorgeous cloud filled and sunny day.  This made the beach just perfect for photography, and a walk along the shore.  The tide appeared to be in, making a small area of sand, much of which was covered by rocks.  Both Shadow and Wilma were thrilled to be at the beach, running, and playing.  I was impressed that Wilma seemed more comfortable with the water, sauntering along when the tide came in.  We walked and walked, snapping too many photographs as always.  The only thing that I did not prefer was that when looking away from the water it appeared to be very touristy, and commercial, houses and hotels lining the beach.  However being off-season we were lucky to have a quiet and peaceful day at Wells Beach.  Such a spectacular way to start our weekend in Maine (Rating:  4).

 

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Throwback Adventure – Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse – Maine

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, Buster, My Mom, and I visited the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in August of 2015.  The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is a Lighthouse located in the Acadia National Park in Tremont, Maine.  It was built in 1858, is 56 feet in height, and is made of brick.  It is currently an active lighthouse.

We had a misty Adventure to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, on a hair-curling kind of day.  It was humid and foggy, the apparent theme of this Maine adventure.  Upon arrival we started on the left side path that appeared to go into the tree canopy.  We followed the disney-like stairway into the beautiful cliffside below.  The rocks and views of the Blue Hill Bay were spectacular, even revealing a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse from afar.  After enjoying some posing and great spots along the rocks we headed back up the stairs to the Lighthouse trail.

We arrived to the Lighthouse with a crowd of others, causing us to spend some time waiting for some tourist free photography.  The shoreline was rocky, perfectly brown in color.  I do not recall all the little details of the spot, but definitely a special visit with the perfect company.  I think it is likely that we will should visit again in the future.  Maybe the sun will make an appearance next time!

 

 

March 9, 2019 – Beaver Brook Association – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Beaver Brook Association’s land in Hollis, New Hampshire.  This is a spot we have ventured to numerous times.  The Beaver Brook Association is a nature education center and conservation area made up of 2,187 acres of land.  There are over 35 miles of trails, and conservation programs for all ages. They also have themed gardens, and a demonstration compost.

We had a peaceful Adventure to Beaver Brook, a conservation area we really do enjoy.  It was nice to get an early start, the sun streaming through the snow-filled forest.  We have been to this lovely area many times, and in every season.  Although we have not had much snow this winter, I have found this area to be especially nice when the snow is high, as there are many groomed trails providing easy access.

One of my favorite trails to walk is the Beaver Brook Trail which highlights unique bridges and boardwalks, streams and the Spatterdock Pond.  Tending to be a creature of habit I often find myself on the same trail, although sometimes exploring additional paths when planning a longer hike.  Yesterday was no exception as we traversed our favorite hike.  We did not see any visitors on this trail, except for one mountain biker along the way.  On one occasion we decided to venture onto the pond, which seemed to add some bounce to Wilma and Shadow’s step.  I guess they knew it was a venture from the norm.

The Beaver Brook land has really been fun to explore in all seasons.  Highlights in other seasons have included swims for the pups, lots of relaxing, and great chewing sticks along the way.  So glad to have special memories with all three of my pups.  Today was another wonderful visit to the Beaver Brook Association.  Below you see a collage from some of our many visits.  So glad to enjoy another winter hike in the snow (Rating:  4)

 

Throwback Adventure – Boise Rock – New Hampshire

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 October 2016 Buster, Shadow, My Mom, and I Adventured to Boise Rock in the Fraconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains.  Boise Rock is a glacial erratic, which has lovely surrounding views of the Canon Cliff.  It was named for Thomas Boise who took shelter under the rock after being caught up in a snow storm.

We had a memorable Adventure to Boise Rock on a lovely Fall Day.  As you may know if you follow our blog that during this time we knew Buster would not be with us much longer, facing a terminal tumor.  Therefore we took every moment on this special trip to create memories, photos, and fun times.  So why not climb a large rock with an almost 95 pounds large dog?!  That is exactly what we did, as Shadow and Mom watched from below.  It was a fun and unique experience as unlike Wilma Shadow is not, and Buster was not rock boys.  We somehow managed to get up on the rock and climbed higher and higher.  It was an interesting photo shoot that I will remember forever.  A beautiful Fall day in the Mountains with my boys, and My Mom.

 

 

 

March 3, 2019 -Saco River Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Saco River Covered Bridge in Conway, New Hampshire.  The Saco River Covered Bridge was built in 1890 and crosses the Saco River.  It was later repaired 80s as another bridge actually was swept away in a flood, crashing into it creating structural damage.  The Saco River Covered Bridge is also known as the Conway Covered Bridge.

We had a wintery Adventure to the Saco River Covered Bridge in Conway, New Hampshire.  The Saco River Covered Bridge has been one of my favorite covered bridges during our Fall visits.  However, today, I was quite disappointed as the side access was impossible due to the snow.  Therefore our view consisted of the front and back, combined with lovely ice filled views from the actual bridge.  We sauntered along the side walk area of the bridge on both sides, talking photographs along the way.  Although there was not excessive traffic, there was still enough to be cautious with in obtaining photographs.

It is interesting seeing landmarks, parks, and other areas in various seasons, creating a wildly different experience.  I believe all of our past visits to the Saco River Bridge have been in the Fall.  I have been with Shadow, Buster, Wilma, and my Mom.  Besides the gorgeous Fall foliage, we have been able to go down to the beach below to play in the sand, rest, and take in the spectacular views of the scenery.  I actually have some of my Mom’s beautiful framed photography from this spot in my home.  Probably the most gorgeous bridge I have seen in the Fall, while Winter really is not worth the journey.  However a fun experience seeing the Bridge in another season.  I definitely recommend a visit to the Saco River Bridge, although maybe not in the Winter.  Please see a collage from various of our visits below (Rating:  Winter – Undetermined, Fall – 5).

March 3, 2019 – Madison Boulder Natural Area – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Madison Boulder Natural Area.  The Madison Boulder Natural Area is a State Park in Madison, New Hampshire. It is home to the largest glacial erratic boulder in North America. It is a granite rock that is 83 inches long, 23 feet high, and 37 feet wide. The Park is 17 acre in size and has various trails, including the main trail to the Boulder.

We had a massive Adventure to the Madison Boulder Natural Area on a gorgeous, sunny Winter day. I was not sure if we would have access to this Park due to the large amounts of snow so was thrilled upon arrival to see some groomed trailed for our trek. The trail was bright and sunny with huge amounts of fresh snow. Every once in awhile I had an “oh my” moment where my leg would sink deep into the snow, far above the knee. Luckily I was able to release my leg and mostly stayed balanced atop the snow. There was several water areas circled by snow, adding a unique feature of the season.

Upon arrival I was excited to see this gigantic boulder that I had read about for some time. We spotted it from afar, large and perfectly shaped. It was framed with fresh snow, streaming from the top. We began a trip around the rock, Shadow leading the way.  We walked past the boulder to get some photos from the backside, interestingly seeming to be a smaller and round in shape. Past the rock we found some more circular water spots, appearing to be a snow covered stream. Shadow was thrilled for some fresh water, while Wilma and I enjoyed the bubbling sound of water. From there we headed back to the rock, and then slowly ambled back to the car as we treasured another Adventure. So pleased to appreciate this famous landmark on this spectacular Winter day (Rating: 4)

 

March 3, 2019 – Hilton Park – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I made a stop at the Hilton Park in Dover, New Hampshire, on the way to our main destinations.  Hilton Park is a waterfront park that includes a playground, boat launch, and a dock for fishing.  It is located along the Piscatagua River.  The Park has views of two large bridges, including the Sullivan Bridge.

We had a simple visit to the Hilton Park on the first stop of our journeys today.  As usual I had high expectations, which were fostered by numerous signs directing us to the “Hilton Park”.  We arrived at quite an unappealing spot, directly next to the bustle of the highway.  However, we were excited to stretch our legs, and see what we could find.  We started off to the dock, the shoreline rocks adorned with snow.  Shadow and Wilma peered out of the dock checking out the view, while Wilma let out some growls at the floating ice.  I was entertained by this moment, with her constant curiosity of the new and unknown moments in life.

From the dock we wandered along the water, stopping at the boat launch before heading over to the sidewalk under the bridges.  We continued to the adjacent part of the Park, gazing at the bridge beams as we passed under.  We soon turned around noting nothing too intriguing to be explored.  As usual I was awed by Shadow and Wilma’s shadows in the morning sun.  We spent some time near the water before heading off to our main destinations.  Quite an unappealing Park on a Winter day, but glad we could enjoy a morning walk (Rating;  2).