February 18, 2019 – Two Lights State Park – Maine

I apologize as I am slightly behind with my blogging over the last couple days, but am slowly catching up!!  On February 18, 2019 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Two Lights State Park is a 41 acre Park that provides stunning coastal views of the Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  Unlike the name suggests there are no lighthouses directly in the Park, however the Park obtained its name from the nearby “twin” Lighthouses.  Two Light State Park is well known for the spectacular rocky shores, and is popular for picnicking and strolls along the shoreline trails.

We have enjoyed three separate Adventures to the Two Lights State Park.  Two Lights State Park has a special place in our hearts as it was the first stop my Mom and I made when we began our outdoor getaways with the dogs.  Our first visit occurred with Buster and Shadow on a very rainy September day.  However we still carried on, getting soaked along the way.  We took our first selfie EVER, the beginning of a new tradition which would capture memories, and landmarks throughout our future journeys.   On this visit I remember especially enjoying the shoreline trail, the rocky shores, beautiful flowers, and of course the overall experience and memories made.

On February 18, 2019 we had our third Adventure to Two Lights State Park on a super-cold day.  We debated a visit due to the frigid weather but were eager to check out the location in the snow.  It was lovely walking around in the snow, on as we viewed the coastal scenes.  I slipped several times, but officially managed to stay on my feet.  We especially enjoyed some snow covered steps along the trails, and the snow covered rocky shores.  This was our second visit during the month of February with Shadow and Wilma, however the first in the snow.  Definitely an appealing oceanfront Adventure to the Two Lights State Park (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

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February 17, 2019 – Wiggly Bridge – Maine

I apologize as I am slightly behind with my blogging over the last couple days, but am slowly catching up!!  On February 17, 2019 we Adventured to the Wiggly Bridge in York, Maine.  The Wiggly Bridge is a suspended bridge, that as titled, wiggles” as you walk across.  It was built in the 1930s and stretches over the tidal pool that flows from Barrell Mill Pond to the York River.  It is known as the smallest suspension bridge in the world, just seventy five feet in length.

Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I had a fun Adventure to the Wiggly Bridge, one of our many stops on our two day Maine getaway.  (most of which I’ve already blogged about but some new Adventures too).  This was at least the third time we have visited, although it was the first time for my Mom.  Our stroll to the Bridge started on a short man-made causeway that leads you to this landmark.  The sun was shining along the water, sparkling from the glare.  The Bridge highlighted by green, adding the perfect feature to the coastal spot.  We snapped some photographs, and played with the shadows below.

On this visit I decided not to venture across the Bridge with Shadow and Wilma as last time, we had a little problem.  On that visit BOTH of them became very concerned about the “wiggles”, causing us to almost remain permanently on the other side of the Bridge.  It is a humorous story that I have fond memories of, even though we caused quite a scene.  The Wiggly Bridge is a wonderful landmark to visit, and although I initially found it by accident, I now know it is a famous Bridge, merely due to the small size.  Definitely a great stop that we have enjoyed on several of our Adventures.  I found a couple photos from our past trips which I have added to our collage below.  I was disappointed not to have any photographs of Buster from our first visit, however treasure an Adventure where all three of my pups had an opportunity to visit  (Rating:  4).

 

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.

My photo feature today is from an Adventure I took with Shadow and Buster in October of 2014 to the Lincoln Woods Trail in the White Mountains.  Lincoln Woods is one of my favorite trails which follows the rocky waters of the Pemigewassett River with gorgeous mountain views.  We have been there numerous times, including on other trips with Wilma, and my Mom.  This photograph below is one of my favorite photos of Buster and Shadow, both quite dashing, posing in an absolutely beautiful Fall location.  I have blogged about Lincoln Woods before, so you can see it under the New Hampshire tab of my website if you want to read more.  A wonderful memory of my two boys captured below:

 

February 17, 2019 – Fort McClary Historic Site – Maine

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I visited the Fort McClary Historic Site in Kittery, Maine.  This is the second, or maybe third time we have been to this Fort.  Fort McClary is located along the Piscataqua River.  It was part of five significant wars, and is one of Maine’s most important historic Forts, serving as protection for more then 275 years.

We had a simple, but historic visit to the Fort McClary Historic Fort yesterday, one of our many stops on our two day Maine getaway.  (most of which I’ve already blogged about but some new Adventures too).  We had visited Fort McClary previously with Shadow and Buster in October 2014 so a bit chillier on this February winter day.  The gates were closed, and the grounds icy so we cautiously approached the Fort.  We ventured up to the Fort, and I ver to the water’s edge, stopping at various landmarks along the way.  As you gaze across the River you can see the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse from a far.  There were some historic write-ups along the way, while various buildings and locations were identified by titles. and dates.  Shadow enjoyed some grassy rolls, while Wilma hopped from various cement blocks watching other visiting dogs from afar.  Wilma often appeared to be interested in the history, peering into doors, and hoping onto windows, always creating a comical laugh on our Adventures.

While I sometimes wish I was more a history buff, I find myself more drawn to the structures, views, moments, and photography opportunities along the way.  Although I found Fort McClary simple compared to many I have visited, it was quite rich in history.  I was disappointed to not find any great photos of Buster from our first visit, but have mixed photographs from the two visits into one collage below (Rating:  3).

 

Throwback Adventure – Arethusa Falls – 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 some cases you will also see journeys that occurred before our little lady Wilma became part of our family, as in our Throwback Adventure today.

In June 2017 Shadow and I had a breathtaking Adventure to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Arethusa Falls, sometimes referred to as Tuckerman Falls, is sourced by the Bemis Brook.  It is almost 200 feet in height and is one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire.  The trail to Arethusa Falls is approximately a three mils round-trip hike.  Part of the Trail is paralleled by the Bemis Brook Trail while following the Bemis Brook, and leading you past the Bemis Brook Falls and Coliseum Falls.  It is a popular area for hiking, and ice climbing in the winter months.

One of the most amazing Adventures I have ever taken was this hike I took with Shadow to Arethusa Falls.  I remember the trail to the Falls was clearly labeled,filled with rocks, a bridge or two, and other hikers along the way.  The main trail was not very inspiring, but the elevation gain was definitely a good work-out.  I was super impressed with my rockstar Shadow, (nine at this time) as unlike me, he did not miss a beat!

Upon arrival at the Falls we were immediately drawn to the massive height at the Falls.  It was thin in depth,and musical in sound, as misty water streamed over the rocks.  We hoped from rock to rock finding a nice place to rest, enjoy the waterfall, and eat a little snack.  It was definitely one of the most impressive waterfalls I have seen, and the experience of an exhausting hike made the Adventure even better.  We relaxed and enjoyed the Falls for awhile before heading back on the main trail.

On our return trip we cut over to  the Bemis Brook Trail.  The Trail over to the Bemis Brook Trail was quite steep.  I actually remember sitting down and scooting to make sure I did not fall.  Upon arrival at the bottom we were pleased at the site of a lovely waterfall, before following the Brook and spotting at least one other waterfall along this trail.  There were places for Shadow to swim and drink from the brook.  The mountain water was pure in color, gorgeous, and magical in sound.  It was so fun to find this side trail as I believe I did not know about these other lovely waterfalls before heading on this journey.  This lovely trail completed a day of  absolute Perfection!  I would highly encourage you to visit the magnificent Arethusa Falls and the Bemis Brook Trail.  I will forever remember this special Adventure with my Shadow.  Please see a quick video and some photographs below.  (I am hoping at a future date I will be able to get the longer video to download) (Rating:  5)

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.

My photo feature today is from an absolutely spectacular Adventure that Shadow and I had to Lonesome Lake in Fraconia Notch of the White Mountains.  It is only reachable by a long hike, and is just a spectacular location.  I posted this Adventure previously, but wanted to post a beautiful photograph of Shadow swimming in Lonesome Lake, framed by gorgeous mountains.  You can find the full blog under my “New Hampshire” tab.

One of my many favorites photographs of Shadow at Lonesome Lake, truly summarizing our perfect day on this Adventure.

Lonesome Lake 2

February 9, 2019 – Fruitlands Museum – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts.  Fruitlands Museum is a museum celebrating multiple visions of America on the site of a utopian community.  It connects nature and culture with a variety of exhibits.  It is on 210 acres of property which also includes hiking trails, a store, special events, and a cafe.

We enjoyed a gusty Adventure to Fruitlands Museum, a place we have been to on at least on two other occasions.  We started off in the museum area, with lovely views, perfectly shaped buildings, and unique statues along the road.  The area is always perfectly groomed, although little landscape to see in the winter months.  We walked through the exhibits heading down the hill, the wind incredibly breezy, almost pushing us back.  We appreciated the museum area visually before heading to the trails.

We spent most of our time exploring the trails on the property.  The trails were marked well with color, winding through the woods, up and down some hills and through a field.  We saw some deer from afar, enjoyed some boardwalk trails and dodged slippery ice patches along the way.  The trails were very simple, and somewhat blah in the brown of winter.  There were kiosks along the way providing information, and numbers to label different parts of the trails.  We especially enjoyed the hike through the field adding a variety in the color, with some perfect hay-like grass for Wilma and Shadow to partake in some synchronized rolls.  The hike was somewhat eerie with squeaking trees, not a person in site, and gun shots from afar.  Although I had called to make sure there was no hunting at this site, the sounds caused some worry, and masked the “normal” relaxation of the hike.  However, we carried on and were glad to get some exercise on this February winter day.

So as you know, we only explore part of the Fruitland Museums property as the Shadow and Wilma were not invited into the museum buildings.  Therefore we will not rate this Adventure for our readers, but definitely a unique local spot for an Adventure.  Below you will see photographs from our visit yesterday, and a past visit with Shadow, Buster, and My Mom (although this past visit was more a relaxing time viewing the sunset, versus exploring.)

 

February 9, 2019

 

 

Fall 2016