Throwback Adventure – July 2016/November 2017 – Old Scituate Lighthouse

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 July 2016 Shadow, Buster and I visited the Old Scituate Lighthouse, while in November 2017 Shadow, Wilma and I returned to visit the Old Scituate Lighthouse in Scituate, Massachusetts. The Old Scituate Lighthouse is also referred to as Scituate Light. It is a historic lighthouse which was built in 1811, later being purchased by the town of Scituate. It is located at Cedar Point in Scituate Harbor, and as expected is a popular location for painters.

We have enjoyed our trips to the Old Scituate Lighthouse. It is a special location, which allows a close-up view of a coastal New England Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is located directly on the shore, enabling visitors to go down to the water’s edge. It is gorgeous, and picturesque, providing a genuine New England experience. I loved our first visit to the Lighthouse, so decided to take some holiday photographs for our most recent holiday card. Therefore you may have a giggle or two as you view some humorous photographs, of course along with a fabulous landmark. I highly recommend a visit to this spectacular lighthouse in Scituate (Rating: 5).

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August 4, 2018 – New Hampshire – Thompson Falls

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Thompson Falls in Pinkham’s Grant, New Hampshire.  We have been on this trail before, but this was our first trip to the waterfall.  Unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from the previous trip (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.). Thompson Falls is a three level waterfall, totaling almost seventy feet in length.  It is sourced from the Thompson Brook, which flows down Wildcat Mountain.

We were happy to start this adventure with the pouring rain beginning to dwindle.  Our journey began at the Wildcat Mountain parking lot, before we soon located the Wildcat Nature Trail.  We followed the Nature trail, and quickly found signs to the Thompson waterfall.  The trail was clear and well marked.  It was heavily packed with roots, gradually sloping upwards.  The deluge of rain overnight led to a muddy trail, almost a mini waterfall of its own.  We walked for a bit before arriving at a stream, tearing through the trail.  I decided to take off my sneakers and cross this stream carefully.  Miss Wilma had no interest in this unexpected detour, so somehow I able to pick her up and make it across, without tumbling into the water.  We continued our journey to the Falls.  A large amount of the trail ran parallel to the Thompson Brook, creating a beautiful song, and increased anticipation for the Falls.

On arrival to the Falls, it definitely did not disappoint.  We were able to get in close proximity, the mist spraying on our face.  The Waterfall was quite powerful, creating a thunderous sound.  We stood for awhile taking photographs, and enjoying the magnificent view.  Wilma appeared to pose on the rocks, while Shadow took a little dip in the Brook, before sitting calmly nearby.  We took our time taking in the smells, sounds, and sights, cherishing yet another adventure.

The Thompson waterfall was gorgeous, and peaceful.   I would definitely recommend to others (Rating:  4).

August 3, 2018 – New Hampshire – Squam Bridge

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited the Squam Bridge in Ashland, New Hampshire.  The Squam Bridge was built in 1990, funded mostly by individuals, companies, and benefit events, while just partly funded by the town of Ashland.  The Bridge spans the Squam River as it flows from the Little Squam Lake.

We enjoyed our trip to the Squam Bridge on this hot and humid day.  This was my second time visiting the bridge as Shadow, Buster, my Mom, and I had visited one time previously.  The Bridge was located on a quiet road, allowing minimal traffic.  Upon arrival we parked in the adjacent parking lot, and sauntered over to, and across the Bridge.  We walked through the sidewalk on the side of the Bridge, always a picturesque feature.  After crossing the bridge we found a boat launch, perfect for a dog friendly swim, and some unique side-angle photography.  We spent some time relaxing in the area before heading back through the Bridge.  After finishing at the Bridge we wandered around the area, including checking out a nearby marina.  It was definitely a warm day, so we kept our visit short, before heading off to our next adventure (Rating:  3).

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October 2016

October 2016 – Vermont – Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

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 2016 Shadow, Buster, and I journeyed to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock, Vermont.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed!  This National Park was named for George Perkins Marsh, and Frederick Billings.  George Perkins Marsh was one of the nation’s first global thinkers, while Frederick Billings, was an early conservationist.  The park includes:  trails, horseback carriage rides, a victorian mansion, and a museum.  It is also a popular location for cross-country skiing in the winter.

We choose a gorgeous, cool, fall day to visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.  I did not conduct a lot of research before this adventure, so we decided to let our eyes (and snouts 🙂 ) guide us.  We wandered around the trails, and enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the mansion, and the gorgeous gardens.  There were luscious fields, landscaped gardens, and even some Robert Frost postings along the trails.  We also spent some time relaxing in front of the Victorian mansion.  It was a beautiful stop, and I do plan to visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park again in the future (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

July 28, 2018 – Bartlett Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Yesterday we visited the Bartlett Covered Bridge in Bartlett, New Hampshire.  The Bridge was built in 1790, and spans the Saco River.  The Bartlett Covered Bridge is now part of the Covered Bridge Inn, and has been converted into a gift shop.

We had a pleasant visit to the Bartlett Covered Bridge.  Upon arrival we wandered onto the bridge, which was covered with gift shop materials.  We turned around when coming to the official gift shop door.  It was difficult to get a photograph of the bridge, however we were lucky to find a gift shop employee who gave us permission to go down to the shoreline to snap some photographs.  The footing was difficult, but I was able to capture the adventure on film, while still remaining on my feet.  Shadow enjoyed a quick dip in the River, while Wilma found a tasty root to chew on.  The Bridge is very touristy, therefore seeming to loose some genuine characteristics, however the view from the shore was absolutely beautiful.  The Bridge was bright red in color, with the voice of the singing River below.  It was quite charming and picturesque.  Glad we were able to see this angle of the bridge, providing a whole other experience (Rating:  Side view:  4).

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October 2016

July 28, 2018 – New Hampshire – Cathedral Ledge State Park

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I stopped at Cathedral Ledge State Park in Bartlett, New Hampshire, technically part of Echo Lake State Park.  The Cathedral Lookout can be reached from a 1.7 mile hike, or a drive to the top of the mountain.  Cathedral Ledge State Park is one of the most popular rock climbing locations in New Hampshire.

It is always brightens my day when I accidentally find a new adventure.  Today was one of those days when I spotted the sign for Cathedral Ledge State Park and decided to check it out.  Spoiled with the internet I did a quick review and off we went.  I guess we cheated a bit on this adventure as I decided to drive to the Lookout.  After a short drive to the top we then ventured to two separate viewing areas where we enjoyed sweeping views of North Conway and the surrounding mountains.  We sat in the shade for a bit, and chatting with other visitors quite interested in Shadow and  Wilma.  I was lucky again to have some visitors volunteer to take a family photo.  We enjoyed seeing the views, however this location was a little warm for the pups so we did not stay long at the Ledge (Rating:  3).

 

 

 

July 28, 2018 – New Hampshire – Diana’s Bath

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I journeyed to Diana’s Bath in Bartlett, New Hampshire.  Diana’s Bath is a series of pools, cascades, and waterfalls along the Lucy Brook.  The site was once the location of an old sawmill, abandoned by the Lucy family in the 1940’s, while later becoming a historic site.  It is located in the White Mountain National Forest.

We were excited to adventure to Diana’s Bath today.  We have visited this spot before, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from previous trips (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).  Our adventure began bright and early, as this site is known for being a summer hot spot.  Our journey began down the well groomed trail, benches adorning the sides.  It was short, but lovely trail, which ended in a long wooden bridge.

Upon arrival, we decided to ascend to the top of the Falls, hoping to find the serenity of silence.  We strolled up the hill, on a rooted path, taking some photographs along the way.  Of course we stopped to provide Shadow some water time, in the clear, crisp water.  Wilma herself was quite content on the rocks, watching the scenes unfold around her.  At the top of the Falls the water became a brook, with increased small rocks, and decreased pools for dipping.  We enjoyed a little beach area, before the crowds began pouring in.

After wandering around at the top of our Falls we then began our descent down.  We first hopped across the Falls, looking forward to experiencing a different visual.  Additionally, this helped to provide a somewhat less populated journey.  We enjoyed walking through the water, photographing, and of course numerous belly rubs, and love for the dogs.  I even took some time walking on the smooth rocks through the water, which was quite the sensory cool-down.  It was fun to spend time hanging out on the large rocks, and viewing the little waterfalls throughout.  I was pleased that someone offered to take a family photo, with one of the Falls.  Besides being excessively populated, Diana’s Bath was a wonderful place to visit (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

October 2016