Throwback Adventure – The Rocks – New Hampshire

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In October 2017 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to The Rocks in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. This was the first time we discovered The Rocks, but also had numerous Adventures to The Rocks in the summer of 2018. The Rocks is a 1400 property that contains a Christmas Tree farm with views of the Presidential Range. The Rocks is also an educational and conservation center and has trails throughout.

We had a lovely Adventure to The Rocks. The Rocks is such a unique spot as you find a Christmas tree farm with gorgeous mountain views. We explored and snapped our usual endless photographs. Viewing these photos made me smile remembering Wilma’s constant desire to play with Shadow who often engaged with her, while on some occasions dashed away from her energy. She was obsessed with her big brother and it was always adorable to see! Our visits in the summer occurred when we were up in the area working at the Inn in the Mountains. You may have seen some of the summer photos in my past post on Bethlehem. The Rocks is definitely one of a kind. We look forward to returning in the future (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – Stone Iron Furnace – New Hampshire

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In October 2017 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I Adventured to the Stone Iron Furnace in Franconia, New Hampshire. This Furnace is the only surviving Blast Furnace in the state of New Hampshire. The Furnace is on private property but can be viewed across the Gale River from the Interpretive Center.

We had a River-highlighted Adventure to the Stone Iron Furnace. I believe we found the Stone Iron Furnace accidentally. We explored the River on the gorgeous Fall day. Shadow loved drinking from the clear mountain water, while Wilma preferred staying high atop the rocks. This was one of the stops on our first weekend away with Wilma. Although the Stone Iron Furnace was a simple location, we always cherish our Adventures. Definitely a great piece of history for those Furnace fans (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

October 16, 2020 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a port town along the Piscataqua River. The downtown area is known for shopping, restaurants, parks, and lodging.

We had a rainy Adventure to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, because who does not go to Portsmouth with their dog on a rainy Friday night (haha). I sometimes forget how adorable downtown Portsmouth is as I have not been there often. Although geared for shoppers and diners we enjoyed our walk. There was artwork along some of the walls, Halloween decor, and flower arrangements throughout. I especially appreciated the memorials of African American history.

Wilma loved the smells of the city, and and the chance to walk and explore. We definitely enjoyed this fun little city and am sure we will return (blog will not be rated).

October 11, 2020 – White Mountains – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The White Mountains are a mountain range that cover a large part of New Hampshire, and also a portion of western Maine. The White Mountains include 48 peaks at over 4,000 feet. The White Mountains are popular for skiing, hiking, and ATVing.

We had a beautiful Adventure to the White Mountains. I was excited to head to the White Mountains, eager for a Fall foliage day. I was surprised that the foliage was not as brilliant as I expected but yet we still had a fantastic day. We visited some of our favorite locations, including: the Ammonoosuc Lake Trail, the Red Bench Trail, Wiley Pond, the Pond Loop, the Sam Willey Trail, and the Saco Lake Trail. We also Adventured to the Swift River Covered Bridge, which we visited once in the winter, however were not able to explore thoroughly due to the snow. We were excited to return and find a path down to the shore, even spotting the Saco River Covered Bridge from afar.

Throughout the day we took our time enjoying the perfect Fall air, the warm sun, the Fall foliage and lots of little hikes. It was a beautiful day! Wilma loved hiking, and meeting other visitors. I had no doubt after today’s Adventure that Wilma would very likely swim in order to chase a duck – haha – as she waded deeply, being deterred only by me holding her leash. It was so nice to relax and appreciate the moments (Blog will not be rated as there was a variety of locations explored today).

October 10, 2020 – Meredith, New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Meredith, New Hampshire. Meredith is located in the Lakes Region, and is a popular tourist location.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Meredith, New Hampshire. We have been here before, but I have not blogged about the town specifically so thought today would be the day. I was eager to explore and be outdoors on a beautiful Fall day. We arrived early so had no challenges finding parking. We began our walk along Lake Winnipesaukee. We explored the boardwalk path, the Meredith Town docks, Clough Park, and sculptures from The Sculpture Walk. The views across the Lake were lovely, framed by the mountains in the distance. It was fun to trot down the various docks and enjoy the waterfront.

After thoroughly exploring the waterfront we headed over to the shopping areas. We continued to locate sculptures along the sculpture walk, and appreciated the Fall trimmings, and decorative flower boxes adoring the store fronts. We made sure to “Do the Loop” and also explored several other streets in the town. It was an absolutely beautiful day and although we had a good paced walk we made sure to stop and enjoy the little smells, and sights. Although Meredith can be a very busy place I really do love this adorable town. Another beautiful day for a Fall Adventure (Rating: 4).

If you would like to view our first visit to Meredith when Shadow, Wilma, and I explored the entire Sculpture Walk please click here:

October 10, 2020 – Riverfront Park – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Riverfront Park in Tilton, New Hampshire. Riverfront Park is a 2 acre Park situated on the Winnipesauke River. The Park has small docks, picnic areas, and a playground. The Park was redeveloped in the area where the old Pillsbury Mill was located.

We had an unexpected Adventure to Riverfront Park. I actually had planned to visit a landmark in the area and we never found it. Therefore I was especially pleased to find the Riverfront Park so we could stretch our legs before heading to our second Adventure. Although on a busy road we arrived to find the Park vacant. We sauntered around finding several short paths, and docks along the shore. The colors were not as peak as I expected but there were some red and yellow folliage that I greatly appreciated. We took our time walking and exploring, finding some informational kiosks, and benches along the way. The Park was quite small, but who can complain about a Riverfront Park. Glad we were able to visit Riverfront Park on our detour today (Rating: 3).

September 4, 2020 – Castle In the Clouds – New Hampshire

Wilma and I Adventured to The Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Castle in the Clouds is a mountaintop estate that overlooks the Lakes Region. The estate’s mansion, often referred to as Lucknow, was previously owned by Thomas and Olive Plant. The mansion was foreclosed on, and had several different owners after the Plants passed away. Castle in the Clouds is now operated by the Castle Preservation Society. In addition to mansion tours, Castle in the Clouds includes: a restaurant, gardens, an art gallery, a trout filed Pond, and numerous hiking trails. Castle in the Clouds is open seasonally.

We had an exercise filled Adventure to Castle in the Clouds. I have only been there once and it was five years ago with Shadow and Buster. I recall loving the Fall of Song waterfall and the scenery, although did not realize the diversity of trails. It was a beautiful spot and a fun memory with my boys. (See our initial blog at: ) Our visit today included: Cafe in the Clouds, The Pond Trail, Pebble Rock, Brook Way, hiking around the driving route, endless waterfalls, and lots of other small hikes on other trails. We absolutely loved all the exercise, hiking for over four hours. The views were spectacular, and although unfortunately the estate was closed to those not having paid for a tour, we found other locations to see some spectacular scenery. Wilma loved meeting other guests, exploring, and of course hiking. We ended the day with some ice cream and a sherbet frappe, while relaxing in the shade. It was nice to see Wilma laying out, something she does not often do when we are out and about – a sign of a perfect day. So pleased to enjoy a fun day of Adventures (Rating: 3.5).

As you may know I did a blog specific to the waterfalls, although did include some of my favorite waterfall photographs in the collage here. If you missed that you can go to this link:

September 4, 2020 – The Waterfalls of Moultonborough- New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the seven waterfalls of Moultonborough, New Hampshire. We found them along the “Brook Walk” which starts to the right of the Cafe at Castle in the Clouds. In addition you can Park near the Fall of Song, when the access road is open. It was not open today so we actually walked all the way down it backwards before returning to Castle in the Clouds where we began on “Brook Way”. Not the “normal” way to do it but double the exercise. We visited Fall of Songs twice which is by far the best of the seven. These Falls are sourced from the Shannon Brook and range from 5-40 feet however the water was low due to recent drought like conditions.

“Brook Way” paralleled the brook so often you could hear the water singing. The trail was easy, and somewhat dull, however it was fun searching for the next falls, all labeled clearly. On the way back I was surprised to find the trail somewhat challenging, uphill with many rocks to climb. I am hoping this was because this was the last hike of our over four hours of hiking, versus that I am not the hiker I dreamed (haha!). Wilma loved hiking and waded in the water. As often is the case I found these falls were generally hard to photograph but I included a video or two of each. See these seven below, in no particular order.

Roaring Falls

Fall of Song

Bridle Veil Falls

Twin Falls

The Cascades

Whittier Falls

Emerald Pool Falls

Rating of the Waterfalls of Moultonborough – 3.5

Throwback Adventure – Great Common Island – New Hampshire

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In April 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Great Common Island in New Castle, New Hampshire.  Great Common Island is a 32 acre park with beaches and green space. As expected it is popular for swimming and picnicking.

We had a beach-filled Adventure to Great Common Island.  I enjoyed exploring this location and was intrigued to spot two lighthouses – Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and Whaleback Lighthouse.  We wandered and sniffed (haha) around appreciating our new surroundings. There was driftwood, shells, tidal pools, and lots of rocks along the shore. It was a beautiful day with the clouds reflecting on the sea.  Shadow and Buster appeared quite chill loving the tranquility of the shore.  Another special beach Adventure to cherish with my boys (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).



August 19, 2020 – Kancamagus Highway – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The Kancamagus Highway is made up of 34 miles of scenic highway which incorporates numerous sites and locations, including: camping, hiking, and scenic spots.  It is also known for the rushing Swift River.  The Kancamagus Highway is especially popular during the Fall months when leaf peepers frequent the area.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Kancamagus Highway.  We visited Sabbaday Falls, the Albany Covered Bridge, Lower Falls, Rocky Gorge, Lily Pond, Lincoln Woods, several scenic overviews, and the Lovequist Pond Loop.  We have been to all these locations before, but it has been some time that we visited some of them.  We arrived at 6am and except for Lincoln Woods were able to avoid the crowds, quite surprised and pleased to see fewer visitors then at any of our previous visits.  Wilma was thrilled with the rocks, hiking, and exploring, and I could not get enough of the beauty and great exercise.  It was one special day, and we were both exhausted by the time we headed home.  I decided to do a collage of all of these locations below, although will only include limited photographs of the Albany Covered Bridge as I blogged about it individually.  It warms my heart to know that I first discovered the Kancamagus Highway with Shadow and Buster, and will continue these Adventures with Wilma.  If you have any questions about these locations, or photographs please reach out to me in the comments, or through the “contact” form on the menu.  We love the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Rating:  5).