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).

March 3, 2019 – Madison Boulder Natural Area – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Madison Boulder Natural Area.  The Madison Boulder Natural Area is a State Park in Madison, New Hampshire. It is home to the largest glacial erratic boulder in North America. It is a granite rock that is 83 inches long, 23 feet high, and 37 feet wide. The Park is 17 acre in size and has various trails, including the main trail to the Boulder.

We had a massive Adventure to the Madison Boulder Natural Area on a gorgeous, sunny Winter day. I was not sure if we would have access to this Park due to the large amounts of snow so was thrilled upon arrival to see some groomed trailed for our trek. The trail was bright and sunny with huge amounts of fresh snow. Every once in awhile I had an “oh my” moment where my leg would sink deep into the snow, far above the knee. Luckily I was able to release my leg and mostly stayed balanced atop the snow. There was several water areas circled by snow, adding a unique feature of the season.

Upon arrival I was excited to see this gigantic boulder that I had read about for some time. We spotted it from afar, large and perfectly shaped. It was framed with fresh snow, streaming from the top. We began a trip around the rock, Shadow leading the way.  We walked past the boulder to get some photos from the backside, interestingly seeming to be a smaller and round in shape. Past the rock we found some more circular water spots, appearing to be a snow covered stream. Shadow was thrilled for some fresh water, while Wilma and I enjoyed the bubbling sound of water. From there we headed back to the rock, and then slowly ambled back to the car as we treasured another Adventure. So pleased to appreciate this famous landmark on this spectacular Winter day (Rating: 4)


March 3, 2019 – Hilton Park – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I made a stop at the Hilton Park in Dover, New Hampshire, on the way to our main destinations.  Hilton Park is a waterfront park that includes a playground, boat launch, and a dock for fishing.  It is located along the Piscatagua River.  The Park has views of two large bridges, including the Sullivan Bridge.

We had a simple visit to the Hilton Park on the first stop of our journeys today.  As usual I had high expectations, which were fostered by numerous signs directing us to the “Hilton Park”.  We arrived at quite an unappealing spot, directly next to the bustle of the highway.  However, we were excited to stretch our legs, and see what we could find.  We started off to the dock, the shoreline rocks adorned with snow.  Shadow and Wilma peered out of the dock checking out the view, while Wilma let out some growls at the floating ice.  I was entertained by this moment, with her constant curiosity of the new and unknown moments in life.

From the dock we wandered along the water, stopping at the boat launch before heading over to the sidewalk under the bridges.  We continued to the adjacent part of the Park, gazing at the bridge beams as we passed under.  We soon turned around noting nothing too intriguing to be explored.  As usual I was awed by Shadow and Wilma’s shadows in the morning sun.  We spent some time near the water before heading off to our main destinations.  Quite an unappealing Park on a Winter day, but glad we could enjoy a morning walk (Rating;  2).

March 3, 2019 – Sabbaday Falls – Winter Visit – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Sabbaday Falls.  I have blogged about this location previously in my “Throwback Adventure” section, however decided to blog about it again as this was our first visit in Winter.  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 spectacular, icicle-filled Adventure to Sabbaday Falls on a warm, Winter day.  This Winter Adventure looked completely different then this location in the other seasons.  I was ecstatic to see the parking lot plowed, and a path in place for the hike as I had tried once before to visit this Falls in Winter with no luck.  We began our journey up and over a gigantic snowbank, and immediately arrived on the trail.  The trail branched over to the stream on two occasions, however not being able to see the rocks or our footing we did not venture too far in that direction.  However  the mysterious covered stream created a lovely Winter scene with framed circles forming here and there.

We continued on the main trail.  I suspect the snow was several feet high as I noticed we were walking almost at the top of the railing of a fence, on the groomed snow path.  As long as we stayed on the trail we did not sink down, and were able to walk steadily along.  It did not take us long to arrive at the Falls.  Most of the waterfall was covered with snow, which must have been sitting over the frozen ice.  I was pleased that we had been there previously as we would have really not known the “normal” flow of the Falls.

The most gorgeous part of the area was some spectacular icicles coming down the rocks, at the bottom area of the cascades.  Below the icicles there was a gorgeous rock filled pool with flowing water.  I really could not get enough of this special scene.  Shadow humored me as he continually tried to dive into the water pool, although wondering if he might get stuck, I decided it best not to swim at this location.  He sure is one adventurous water boy!

It was really a magical Adventure at this gorgeous location.  I would encourage you to visit Sabbaday Falls once in every season as it is just a lovely spot.  So glad we were able to get in our winter visit (Rating:  5).



Throwback Adventure – Crystal Cascade – 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 of 2016 Shadow, Buster, My Mom and I Adventured to the Crystal Cascade in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Crystal Cascade is a gorgeous waterfall that has a 100 foot drop into the Ellis River.  There is just a short walk to the Falls that begins at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.  The Cascade is along one of the popular routes to Mount Washington.

We had a special Adventure to the Crystal Cascade on a beautiful Fall day.  Buster had recently been diagnosed with a terminal tumor, and we knew his time was limited.  This made the memories even more marked as I recall this lovely Adventure.  It was a short walk to the Crystal Cascade with a slight elevation gain. The trail was simple, but perfectly Fall in color.  Upon arrival we found a steep, little trail to sneak close to the beautiful Falls.  The Falls was singing loudly, and provided a full sensory experience.  Buster enjoyed chewing some sticks while Shadow sat and posed for the camera.  There were limited spots to view the waterfall, so we were glad to find this spot all to ourselves.

We spent some time at the Crystal Cascade before heading past the waterfall to a little bridge across the top.  There were absolutely stunning Fall views from this spot with the musical waterfall below below.  An absolutely magnificent scene that we thoroughly enjoyed.   I was actually planning to visit again this past summer with Wilma and Shadow but the trails were closed due to flooding.  However we do hope to visit again on another date.  Please see below some photos and videos of our special day at Crystal Cascade.  In one of the videos you will see a conversation between my Mom and Buster, as he was a talker, often known for his happy howl.  Glad to create special memories on our Adventure to Crystal Cascade.