Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.
Today Wilma, Gus, 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 foliage-filled Adventure to the White Mountains. I was thrilled to drive up to the White Mountains to see the Fall foliage as the colors in Massachusetts have barely started to show. Our Adventures today included: Boise Rock, Echo Lake, the town of Littleton, Wiley Pond, the Saco Trail, and the covered bridges of Jackson, New Hampshire. I was also planning on visiting Jackson Falls but after driving back and forth numerous times we were unable to locate parking. Additionally I stopped several times along the route to take some photographs. The scenery was gorgeous, the sun shining, and the weather perfect. The pups loved exploring, and sharing sticks. Gus had some surprising moments where he seemed interested in the water, which was quite fun. It was a long, wonderful, and tiring day, but I would not have had it any other way. Endless photographs you will see below summarizing this special day (Rating: 5).
Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Hayward’s Ice Cream in Nashua, New Hampshire. Hayward’s Ice Cream is a family owned business and have been making ice cream since 1940. Hayward’s Ice Cream is a well known location in Southern New Hampshire.
We had an interesting Adventure to Hayward’s Ice Cream. I had heard about Hayward’s Ice Cream many years ago and thought tonight would be the perfect time to check it out. We arrived to find a simple location, with reasonable lines. I was not planning on getting Gus ice cream due to his still sensitive stomach, however when I found out they offered dogs a small bowl of whip cream I thought that would work for him, and of course Wilma would be thrilled as well. I was excited to order a root beer float for myself! I decided to have Wilma and Gus eat their treats in the car before getting out to wander around. They were both quite pleased with this tasty treat gobbling it up in a hurry. We then walked around to check out the grounds. There were some swinging seats, seating, and a small playground. After finishing exploring we headed back to the car. I walked over to get a napkin and when I returned Gus had literally emptied my root beer all over the seat ice cream and soda. He was enjoying eating anything he could, not living me a bit of this delicious float. I was so disappointed, but yet a great story for after the fact. So glad we could enjoy Hayward’s Ice Cream tonight…well Wilma and Gus could enjoy Hayward’s Ice Cream (haha!) (Rating: 4).
Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, New Hampshire. Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse was constructed in 1877 and is the only Lighthouse on the mainland of New Hampshire. It is also sometimes referred to as: New Castle Light, Fort Constitution Light and Fort Point Light. The Lighthouse is on Coast Guard property so can only viewed up-close when one signs up for an official tour. The tours do not allow dogs in the Lighthouse, but on the grounds only.
We had a peaceful Adventure to the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. I was thrilled to finally schedule a tour at this location so we could get up close for viewing. We immediately found a “volunteer” and followed the cars in to station. Upon arrival we had to climb up a couple stairs and then in front of us stood the Portsmouth Lighthouse. We followed the pathway to the bottom of the Lighthouse where the narration began. Afterwards the guests went up the stairs while I wandered around with the pups and the photo frenzy began (haha!). The kind volunteers offered to hold the pups for me so I could go up the tower but I decided it best to stay with my best buds.
I loved the peaceful location of this area. There were no others around except for the guests on the tour. There was a refreshing breeze, gorgeous boats from afar, sounds of the waves, and even a view of Whaleback Lighthouse from a distance. I was quite lucky when I was invited to the evening tour too to take in the sunset, and although setting in the opposite direction, still gorgeous! I was so proud of Wilma and Gus who jumped right into a hanging out versus an active adventure, although they continually did try to sneak in some play time. We were able to walk a little on the rocks but being a coast guard station we could not wander too far. However the pups enjoyed some sticks, tidal pools, and exploring all the coastal smells. No complaints from their snouts! We visited until the sun went down, the top of the tower turning a lovely color of green, and although my camera died before the end of our adventure I snuck in a couple cell phone photographs to attempt to capture the darkness.
One of the coolest things about this adventure was I met the author of my amazing Lighthouse book, The Lighthouse Handbook, New England, Jeremy D’Entremont! We had some good conversations and I learned more about some of his other books and photography. Definitely a special way to end a wonderful evening at the Portsmouth Lighthouse (Rating: 4).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Moffatt-Ladd/William Whipple House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The home was the former home of William Whipple known as one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and is now a historical landmark and museum. The museum strives to share the history of all inhabitants of the home. The museum and gardens are open for limited hours, and guided tours of the home are available.
Wilma and I had a lovely Adventure to the Moffatt-Ladd House. I decided to take Wilma on a private adventure today, and we were quite pleased that the weather was just right. Wilma, Gus, and I enjoyed a two hour family walk this morning, and have been mostly appreciating our “normal”, local locations this week. However today I decided to return to the Moffatt-Ladd House. Wilma and I had actually tried to visit one other time but the hours were changed and they were closed, so today we returned for a second attempt. Since parking was not available, and because I wanted to get a walk in on the way we parked a little distance away from the House. We were pleased to arrive to find the doors open. The property was very quiet with few other visitors in sight. I am assuming dogs are not allowed inside the buildings, although did not formally inquire, so we just explore the grounds. The gardens were very small, but quite beautiful with variety of vibrant colors, and some unusual flowers. The garden was highlighted by lovely trellis-like arches which really added quite the touch. It did not take us long to finish exploring but we took our time, myself enjoying taking some photographs while Wilma enjoyed lounging and rolling in the perfect green grass. So glad we could visit the dog-friendly garden at the Moffatt-Ladd House today (This blog will not be rated).
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).
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).
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).
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)
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).