May 1, 2021 – Profile Falls – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Profile Falls in Bristol, New Hampshire. Profile Falls is a cascade falls of approximately 40 feet. It is sourced from the Smith River. The trail to the Falls is just .2 miles in length. The Falls is popular for swimming, and fishing, and is known as a popular summer location.

We had a roaring Adventure to Profile Falls. This was our main destination, and I decided to share this blog last as it was the highlight of todays Adventures. I had been wanting to visit Profile Falls, and today was finally the day! I pulled out my New England Waterfalls book to check on directions before heading out before the sun was up. I was thrilled to find ourselves the only ones on site, a perk of a 6am arrival. The parking lot to the Falls was closed but the adjacent parking was open. We began our journey crossing over a the rushing Smith River. The signs were clear and the trail was short. The trail down the Fall edge was steep, especially when with an exuberant dog in lead! Profile Falls was gorgeous, the rushing water leftover from days of rain, perfect timing for this Adventure. The water was high and the rocks slippery so there were not too many options to explore, but we enjoyed the grand view.

After taking in the beauty of Profile Falls I attempted to walk to the top, with no luck, a huge drop off below. However I am guessing if we continued to hike on the nearby trails we may have eventually have made it to this spot. We found some views from high above before heading back to the car. Unfortunately on the way out we were chased by a barking dog, no owner in sight. Luckily he did not seem aggressive, and we had no incident. Besides that little moment we had a wonderful Adventure to Profile Falls. A fun way to start our day (Rating: 3.5).

May 1, 2021 – Downtown Franklin – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Downtown Franklin in New Hampshire. Franklin, New Hampshire is in South Central, New Hampshire. It is located at the merging of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee Rivers, and is known for its Mill history. Well known lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster was born in the town of Franklin.

We had a nice Adventure to Downtown Franklin, our second Adventure of the day. Downtown Franklin is a small area that includes churches, businesses, several gas station, and social service agencies. We also walked through Trestle View Park, visited the Sulphite bridge, and explored the beginning of the Winnipesaukee River Trail. These three parts of Downtown I had been to before with Shadow and Buster but it was Wilma’s first visit. We took our time exploring, and were quite pleased to see many colors of spring. The town was quiet, but it was early, so to be expected. My camera only took a couple shots here before the battery officially died but I did my best to capture the feel of this town on my cell phone. Glad we could stretch our legs on our Adventure to Downtown Franklin (This blog will not be rated).

May 1, 2021 – Concord Farmer’s Market – New Hampshire

Today we Adventured to the Concord Farmer’s Market in Concord, New Hampshire. The Concord Farmer’s Market runs from May through October on Saturdays from 8:30-12:00. It is one of the oldest markets in the state, and can be found next to the state house. The Concord Farmer’s Market has up to forty vendors including items such as: fruit, vegetables, plants, cheese, and sauces.

We had a butt wiggling Adventure to the Concord Farmer’s Market (not me – haha). We found this Market by accident and just had to explore, it was one of our four Adventures today. I could not believe Wilma’s excitement in visiting this event, she was wiggling away, attempting to pull all eyes to her adorable self, as she sniffed away. I was quite entertained, and she was quite the popular guest. Wilma absolutely LOVES people and my guess is her joy started when she realized she was surrounded – just adorable. We saw other dog friends, and many people shopping. I almost bought some items but decided to just enjoy the experience. I debated blogging this Adventure, as I did not take too many photographs, not wanting to offend any vendors, and in addition my camera battery had long died. However a good reminder of a dog friendly/family activity. The amazing thing is you can find Farmer’s Markets in just about any town, a wonderful community event (This blog will not be rated).

March 27, 2021 – Cheshire Railroad Stone Arch Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Cheshire Railroad Stone Arch Bridge in Keene, New Hampshire. The Stone Arch Bridge is an old railroad bridge that was built in 1847. It is no longer a railroad, but continues to be a popular hiking destination. It spans the Branch River.

We had an unimpressive Adventure to the Cheshire Railroad Stone Arch Bridge. I have driven by this location many times before, read about it online, and today was the day I decided to explore. I was surprised as we walked up a small hill to not even notice a bridge. We were high above the River, and if not for the sign I would never have known there was a Stone Arch Bridge below. However, since I knew this landmark was far below I decided to do my best to search for a pathway to the shore’s edge. So after traversing the small hill, we wandered around through a brush-like area until we reached the shore. The River was beautiful, rushing steadily, framed with ice left from the winter. We walked along the shore and viewed the bridge from below. It was not really a location to spend alot of time but yet we were quite pleased to actually see the bridge before returning to the car. Glad we finally stopped to see the Arch Bridge, and will no longer wonder about this location. I will have to research the full trail destination…I wonder where it may lead… (Rating: 2.5)

March 21, 2021 – Hanover, New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Hanover, New Hampshire. Hanover, New Hampshire is a town near the border of Vermont, that runs along the Connecticut River. Hanover is known for being the location of Dartmouth College, for its Art culture, and also visited for the shops, restaurants, and outdoor activities.

We had a sunny Adventure to Hanover, New Hampshire. It seems like spring arrived on the official first weekend of spring, an energizing time for those from New England! Upon arrival we were pleased to find no charge for parking, maybe due to it being sunday, but either way a good way to start our day. We walked through the town locating shops, restaurants, and decorations from various holidays adorning the buildings. We soon found ourselves on the Dartmouth campus. The buildings were grand, and numerous. Throughout our time on the campus we found various art sculptures, which was fun!

After exploring what seemed to be the main parts of Hanover I decided we must check out the Connecticut River so there we headed. Upon arrival we found a creative bridge, highlighted by green colored beams and gigantic sphere frames. We peered down the River mostly frozen and covered with snow. After crossing we found a path under the bridge and over to the Foley Park. The reflections of the bridge on the River were lovely, adding beautiful character to the area. Upon arrival to the park we found a family event going on, lots of people scattered around. There was not much to explore at the park so we headed back to the the main parts of the town.

I overall found Hanover somewhat dull, but yet it seemed like a fun place for those attending college at Dartmouth. My favorite parts of the Adventure were finding the sculptures scattered throughout the campus, and the bridge crossing the beautiful Connecticut River. Wilma enjoyed walking, and of course practiced some rolls on the grass. It was so nice to feel the environment of spring, so invigorating. Glad we could visit Hanover, New Hampshire today (This blog will not be rating).

March 21, 2021 – Edgell Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today we Adventured to the Edgell Covered Bridge in Lyme, New Hampshire. The Edgell Covered Bridge was built in 1885. It runs along River Road and spans Clay Brook.

We had a nice Adventure to the Edgell Covered Bridge. It has been some time since we Adventured to a new covered bridge so I was excited to locate the Edgell Covered Bridge. We drove along River Road for a long time, I started thinking we would not find it but eventually it appeared. We got out of the car to find several cars parked next to the bridge, soon realizing there must be a trail nearby. We walked to and through the bridge. It was located in a quiet area but we did not spend much time walking the road through the bridge as it was open to traffic. The openings in the bridge were far above eye level, but I was able to stand on a wooden ledge and peer out. The Clay Brook was frozen and covered with some snow. Overall the bridge was somewhat dull but I was glad after driving out of the way for the purpose of finding the bridge, we did eventually arrive. So glad we could Adventure to the Edgell Covered Bridge today (Rating: 3).

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).