Throwback Adventure – Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area- 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!

Back in October of 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, also referred to as the Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside.  This Area is a small state park at just 13 acres that features the Wilde Brook, a trail, and a rocky gorge with waterfalls.  There are picnic tables and a visitor center that is open in season.

We had a fun Adventure to the Chesterfield Gorge.  As you may have heard my Throwback memory is not as detailed as I would hope.  However, I remember finding the location almost to ourselves.  We began following a trail along the River, and ended up finding us to a scenic little bridge, where I was able to take one of my many, all-time favorite photos of Shadow and Buster.  The Gorge was simple, but tall, fenced off in several areas, and although I guess this was for safety, it really  interfered with the true nature experience.  I believe the trail looped around in almost a “u” shape with some up and down climbing alone the way.  It was a short walk but we certainly took our time enjoying the great outdoors.  We found different spots to sit and relax, the boys enjoying many sips and dips in the River.  Definitely a wonderful Fall day at the Chesterfield Gorge.  I have include a quite amateur sideways video at the bottom, but it gives you a good visual of the main gorge-waterfall.  I do hope to be back to visit the Chesterfield Gorge.

 

 

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April 16, 2019 – The Meredith Sculpture Walk – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The Meredith Sculpture Walk in Meredith, New Hampshire.  The sculpture walk is an exhibit of sculptures place throughout the town of Meredith.  The sculptures are created from artists in the Northeast and are located in areas including:  Main Street, The Mill Falls Marketplace, and along Lake Winnipesaukee in Hesky and Scenic Parks.  There are 32 sculptures along the walk. The sculptures are changed over time.

We had an educational Adventure to The Meredith Sculpture Walk in Meredith, New Hampshire.  I was feeling uncreative this morning pondering where to take an Adventure and was quite pleased when I located the Meredith Sculpture Walk in an online search.  There was a map available online, so our journey was set!  Upon arrival I was thrilled stumble on a brochure of the walk that included photos and information on the sculptures almost right where we parked.  This was so helpful as trying to use a phone for a map, and photos would have been a cumbersome feat.

The sculpture walk started on Main Street, soon weaving through a cobblestone store area, and crossing over the main road before beginning a walk along Lake Winnipesaukee, scenic mountains framing the Lake.  The structures were overall very clear to find, and the photos on the map really helped you to spot which one was next.  I posed Shadow and Wilma by many of the statues.  Wilma had entertaining moments with the sculptures, in some cases being nervous, while in one case even appearing to believe statue was a real person, so excited to greet “Archie”.   Shadow, having seen it all before, appeared to enjoy the walk and smells along the way, even enjoying his happy rolls.  I felt like a kid again, almost like a mystery to find each and every statue.  There was only one that we had trouble, but in the end located all 32.  And of course, as you may guess my favorite sculptures were the animals!

There were so many lovely parts to this walk besides the structures themselves.  We wandered across an adorable blue bridge, and docks throughout.  There were ducks along the way, benches, and some beautiful birth trees.  There were beautiful flower buds about to burst, winding trails through the park, and lovely landscaping.  We even found a man-made waterfall, and an over-sized patio chair, creating quite the photo opportunities.

This Adventure was just perfect, on a beautiful spring day.  I could not have been happier to find this amazing walk, and have a special Adventure with my Shadow and Wilma.  Not only did we love The Meredith Sculpture Park, but were so pleased to learn more about the waterfront town of Meredith.  We highly recommend you visit The Meredith Sculpture Park (Rating:  5).

Throwback Adventure – Glen Ellis Falls – 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 Shadow, Buster, My Mom and I Adventured to Glen Ellis Falls in Jackson, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Glen Ellis Falls is approximately sixty feet in height and is located on the Ellis River.  It is one of the more popular waterfalls of the White Mountains.

We had a magnificent Adventure to Glen Ellis Falls on a gorgeous Fall day.  The beginning of the walk started under a tunnel and then followed the River before arriving at a lovely scenic spot with beautiful Fall foliage.  We were quite pleased to have a visitor take a photo of the four of us at this formal lookout.  From there we followed many stairs down to the base of the Glen Ellis Falls.  The waterfall was tall and powerful, and just perfect!  It was difficult to photograph the Falls as there were many visitors, however we waited our turn to get up close and personal.  We sat for a bit near the falls, enjoying the mist on our skin, and handsome fur!

After spending some time under the falls we decided to explore the upper level.  My Mom first  hiked up to the top stairs to check out the views, while Buster and I then took a turn while Shadow hung out with Mom.  It was fun to see the waterfall from a different angle, but nothing compared to the main view below.  As you may know if you are a follower October 2016 was the last month we would have our dear Buster, creating extra special memories of each and every Adventure on this weekend.

Glen Ellis Falls is definitely a place we look forward to exploring again in the future.  Really just perfect!  I definitely recommend that you visit on your own to see this special Falls.

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Packard Hill Covered Bridge – 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, and I Adventured to the Packard Hill Bridge in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  The Packard Hill Covered Bridge was built in 1991 and spans the Mascoma River.

We had a lovely Fall Adventure to the Packard Hill Covered Bridge on a day full of Adventures.  One of my many favorite photographs of Buster and Shadow came on this day, both regally  posing while surrounded by gorgeous fall foliage, and a scenic New England Bridge.  We wandered down to the water below to explore, and weee pleased to see leaves in the water, one of my favorite autumn scenes. So glad we could visit the Packard Hill Covered Bridge.

 

Lebanon Buster and Shadow

 

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).