Throwback Adventure – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site – October 2015

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 October 2015 Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. This Site is the former home, gardens, and studios of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Much of his artwork is displayed in the gallery and on the grounds. The Site includes: nature trails, tours, summer concerts, and workshops.

We had a delightful Adventure to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site on a gorgeous Fall day, three years ago. It was nice to arrive at a location with hardly another visitor in site. I recall being awed at the exquisite and stunning landscape, views, and brilliant colors of the Park. I did little research ahead of time, so we let our eyes and ears lead us on our evening Adventure. We began by traversing some trails into the woods, quickly finding a small, but roaring waterfall covered with Autumn leaves. We spent some time relaxing at the waterfall’s edge, as the boys drank from the brook. We then explored various trails throughout the woods before returning to the main Site.

Another picturesque part of the Site was, of course, the home of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, I believe titled “Aspet”. This massive and charming home was absolutely breathtaking with various architectural marks of charm. We walked around the home several times taking in this grand structure, as the sunset began to encompass the sky. Pure white in color the building almost transformed you into another place in time. Definitely a lovely building, helping to exude the photographer within.

One memory on this Adventure was my amusement with a small mirror I found on the grounds, assisting me in some humorous photo opportunities. Maybe I was too easily entertained, however have great memories of some giggles with yes, just a simple mirror.

Overall our Adventure to the Saint-Gaudens Historical Site was perfectly magnificent. Surprisingly it is one of the least visited in the country, but yet so spectacular. The landscape was stunning, from the official gardens, to the birch trees, to the mountain views, to the hidden Falls in the midst of a colorful Autumn Forest. I could not have been more impressed with the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Definitely a spot I would love to visit again (Rating: 5).

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Throwback Adventure – Fall of Song – 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.

In August 2015 Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to the Fall of Song waterfall in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. The Fall of Song Waterfall is a forty foot waterfall, sourced by the Shannon Brook. It Falls at the end of a boardwalk trail.

We ventured on our hike to Fall of Song on a warm summer day. It appeared that we may have taken the long trail, however, what better way to find a gorgeous waterfall. The trail took us above a brook and up a slope for awhile before the trail evened out. The trail was not marked well, but we kept trekking, hoping to make it to the final destination.

We caught site of the waterfall long before arriving on foot, a picturesque site. We crossed a little bridge, and spent some time at the brook, giving other visitors time to pass along. Once we arrived to the edge of the waterfall we were happy to find the place to ourselves. We took our time viewing the spectacular Falls. It was grand in height, and peaceful in song. We relaxed on the boardwalk, the boys napping, as we treasured the sound of the flowing Falls. I took numerous photographs, and even attempted some videos. As you will see if you view my blog to the very end, I have still not gained any video skills since this time. However, I still decided to share this video memory, providing a clear sensory experience.

We spent a good amount of time at the Falls before heading back. We had a terrifying journey back coming face to face with a bear on the side of the trail. Shockingly the boys did not see him and a quickly turned around hustling back to the waterfall. A little panicked I found an alternate trail back to the car, realizing that there was an alternate auto road to the Falls. The gate was closed at the end, but somehow I managed to get all three of us to the other side. Definitely some good stories to add to this memorable Adventure (Rating: 4).

October 5, 2018 – Madame Sherri’s Castle Ruins – New Hampshire

Today we went to Madame Sherri’s Castle Ruins in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. The Madame Sherri Castle Ruins are located in the Madame Sherri Forest. This Castle was built by Madame Sherri. Madame Sherri and her husband Andre were involved in show business, including: dancing, musicals, and costume designing. They were originally from France, but moved to New York. They started their own business and were very successful. After Andre passed away Madame Sherri bought some land in Chesterfield, where she built her Castle. This was her party house, as she actually lived across the street in a smaller bode. The Castle burnt to the ground in 1962. Madame Sherri later passed away in 1965.

We had a mystical Adventure to the Madame Sherri’s Castle ruins. Another Adventure I was thankful for researching ahead of time, as there were no clear signs to the location. However upon arrival we did see the sign for Madame Sherri Forest. I decided to dress Shadow and Wilma in bright orange, as I read that hunters were free to roam the Forest. They did not seem to mind, and we then headed on our journey. We crossed the bridge across a little brook, and headed to the ruins. A little more spectators then I preferred, however, we took turns with the many visitors taking photographs. We wandered around and through the ruins, especially enjoying the stairs up into the sky. There were arches, columns and beautiful stones framing which clearly was a fascinating castle. We spent our time in the area, trying not to miss a piece of the ruin.

After enjoying the ruins we spent some time wandering the trails. The trails were not well marked, but we made sure to get some exercise while in the Forest. The beginning of Fall was clear, with beautiful yellow leaves along the trail. This was Shadow’s first Adventure since surgery, making it an even more joyous Adventure (Rating: 3).

Throwback Adventure – Sabbaday Falls – August 2014 and July 2017

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 October 2014 Shadow, Buster, my Mom and I Adventured to Sabbaday Falls, while in July 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Sabbaday Falls. Sabbaday Falls is a popular waterfall located in Waterfall Valley, along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. There is a short, handicapped accessible travel trail to Sabbaday Falls. Sabbaday Falls is an approximate thirty five to forty five foot drop, ending in a Gorge-like area. The waterfall is made up of a series of cascades.

We had a lovely Adventure to Sabbaday Falls on both of our trips. Our first trip it was quite the chilly fall day, while the second trip was a warm summer afternoon. Sabbaday Falls is highly scenic with rustic railings, bridges, and steps along the falls. There are benches and picnic tables in the area, allowing time to relax and cherish the views. We even enjoyed a picnic on our first journey, while Buster and Shadow played-away. Although Sabbaday Falls can be touristy at some times of years, it is well worth the visit to this spectacular waterfall. As with many of our Adventures it was hard to capture the beauty of the Falls in photographs. Definitely a stop we plan to visit again in the future (Rating: 5).

July 2017

October 2014

September 20, 2018 – Mine Falls Park – New Hampshire

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Mine Falls Park in Nashua, New Hampshire. We decided to go on a local Adventure while waiting for Shadow to be done with his day in the hospital, for surgery (see previous blog). So a nice distraction, but yet still somewhat worrisome waiting for a surgery update. However, Shadow and Buster, and I had been to Mine Falls Park numerous times in the past, so I felt a tiny bit better knowing Shadow was not missing out on a new Adventure.

Mine Falls Park is a 325 acre park in the city of Nashua, New Hampshire. The name of the park came from the 1700s when low quality lead was told to have been mined from the island below the Falls. Workers actually dug the canal to drive the industry. The Master Plan of the Mine Falls Park was created in 1974, and the Park grew from there. The Park consists of wetlands, trails, and fields. It is bordered by the Nashua River and Mill Pond.

Wilma and I enjoyed our visit to Mine Falls Park, somewhat deflecting our worry from Shadow. The Park has a unique feel with trails along the canals, and several lovely bridges to cross. We looped around the canal, before heading to the lower trail along the River. Wilma seemed quite thrilled to be on a new Adventure sniffing everything in site. It was exciting to see very small signs of Fall on the leaves, and the lovely wild flowers along the trail. We traversed a smaller trail along the River, and found a city marked rock along the way. Mine Falls Park is a simple park, but yet lovely in its own way. It brought back wonderful memories of visits with Shadow and Buster, who unlike Wilma, enjoyed dips in the water. However, Wilma, had no complaints about her feet being on dry land. Definitely glad to go on a local Adventure with my little lady, but we sure did miss our Shadow (Rating: 3).

September 2018

August 2015 (One of my many Adventures with Shadow and Buster to Mine Falls Park)

Summer 2018 – Bethlehem, New Hampshire

This Summer Shadow, Wilma, and I had the pleasure of spending weekends living, and working in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. This gave us plenty of time to explore the town of Bethlehem, and the surrounding areas. I felt it therefore a MUST to blog separately about the charming little town of Bethlehem.

Bethlehem is a hillside location in the White Mountains, often referred to as the “Star of the White Mountains”. It is a small village complete with unique architecture and mountain views. Bethlehem is well-known for its golf courses, antique shops, art culture, and a variety of outdoor activities.

We had a wonderful time this summer exploring the town of Bethlehem. We often spent Sunday mornings strolling along the main street, which was complete with antique shops, local Inns, dining opportunities, and even a brewery. There were venues including the well known Colonial Theater, bringing in acclaimed shows and performers. I often would stop in at the Cold Mountain Cafe for a fresh, home-made donut and coffee, while enjoyed delicious dinners at the Wayside Inn.

Not far from the center of town were prestine golf courses, parks, and the scenic Ammonoosuc River. Although we spent much of our time exploring the surrounding areas I did my best to capture this lovely town in the summer photographs below. We will always treasure this spectacular Adventure and hope to be back again (Rating: 4).

September 2, 2018 – Dimitri’s Pizza – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I visited Dimitri’s Pizza in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Dimitri’s is a family owned restaurant with a casual dining experience, and outdoor seating along the Contoocook River. They have a variety of menu items, including: pizza and home made ice cream.

We were not planning on ice cream today, but why not eat some ice cream at a beautiful riverfront location. We found Dimitri’s after our Adventure to the Contoocook Railroad Bridge, located directly next door to the Bridge. The place was bopping, with many pizza pick-ups coming and out. There was an outdoor window and quick service for ordering. I am always humored at how Shadow and Wilma anticipate the ice cream from the counter. I of course ordered them each a dog ice creams, and mint chocolate chip for myself. We then headed to the riverfront seating to enjoy our tasty ice cream. Other guests to Dimitri’s were quite entertained viewing Shadow and enjoy their ice cream, lick by lick. It the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of our weekend of Adventures (Rating: 3, Dog Ice Cream: 4)