April 21, 2019 – Francis William Bird Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Francis William Bird Park in Walpole, Massachusetts.  The Francis William Bird Park is owned and maintained by the Trustees of Reservations.  There are approximately 89 acres of landscaped property, open fields, recreation areas, and several ponds.  The Park has approximately three miles of walking trails.

We had an overcast Adventure to the Francis William Bird Park on this Easter afternoon.  I was thrilled to find this lovely little Park, unique in so many ways.  We arrived at the main parking lot, crossed the street, and landed in an open field.  We were greeted by The Trustees of Reservation kiosk which provided paper brochures with maps and information.  The initial plan was to follow particular trails, but the paths were not labeled creating more work to view the map continually.  Therefore we chose to wander aimlessly allowing our snouts and eyes to direct the route.  Our first highlight was the “Music Court” probably my favorite non-nature aspect of the Park.  It was a classic and distinctive architectural structure allowing oneself to imagine being at an outdoor event.  There were even some sweet little ones appearing to perform a show of their own.  A simple, yet scenic feature of the Park.

From there we strolled to various locations throughout the Park.  I adored the flowering trees, distinct “footbridges”, Beech trees, gurgling brooks, and water features.  Wilma loved watching the ducks, while both Shadow and Wilma relished the ponds, and attention from as many visitors as they could real in.  The trails varied from cobblestone to rocks to dirt, adding variety.  There were additional labels and information kiosks around the property which was very helpful, and also educational.  Lastly, I was quite pleased to find a place where ALL of the dogs we encountered were under voice, or leash control of the owners.  Sadly this is not always the case, and it is something I really do appreciate.

If you may be wondering, I located The Francis William Bird Park through the Trustees of Reservations which I have been learning about in the last several months.  I would encourage you to check out the Trustees of Reservations, as you can search for properties in your area.  Many of the land, trails, and properties are absolutely lovely, and the Trustees of Reservations does wonderful work to preserve the land and history throughout Massachusetts.  I was quite fond of The Francis William Bird Park and expect to be back to visit (Rating:  3.5)

 

 

 

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April 20, 2019 – Kimball Farm – Carlisle, Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Kimball Farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts.  We have been to Kimball’s in Westford, but this was our first visit to the Carlisle location.  Kimball’s Farm began as a dairy farm in 1908, with the Kimball family selling milk whole sale. In 1939 they opened an ice cream parlor, and began making handmade ice cream. Kimball Farm has grown over the years, and Carlisle is one of their expanded locations. The Kimball Farm continues to be family owned.

We had a delicious Adventure to Kimball Farm- Carlisle – on this humid and rainy day.  I was excited to check out this location, a much quieter spot in the world of Kimball’s.  I ordered our favorites – peppermint stick and dog ice cream.  We enjoyed our tasty treats, and walked around the building checking out the location.  There were benches, and some farm animals over to the side.  Wilma was far from a fan of the goat so we did not spend time near the animals.  It was nice to see the beautiful flower arrangements, singing spring.  We definitely will be back to this tasty, quiet spot (Rating:  4).

 

April 20, 2019 – The Old Manse – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Old Manse is a historic manse famous for its history and literacy associations.  Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both lived in this property at one point in their lives.  The Trustees of Reservations runs The Old Manse which is now a museum that offers Tours and houses a bookstore.  The Old Manse neighbors the Minute Man National Historic Park, and is a National Historic Landmark.

We had a humid Adventure to The Old Manse after a rainy morning.  We were inspired by The Trustees of Reservations, and decided to visit The Old Manse to take some photographs.  We have been to this area before, but choose to concentrate on The Old Manse, its history, and the grounds.  Parking was available right in front of the building, which was quite convenient. We headed directly to this scenic structure, soon being greeted by an information board about the property.  From there we strolled past and around The Old Manse.  It was exciting to see some spring blooms, a recent and jovial sight for us New Englanders!  The Old Manse, and area surrounding is very picturesque.  There are beautiful stone walls, gorgeous landscaping, and other landmarks in site.  Wilma hopped on several rocks, Shadow enjoyed a dip in the River, and both pups enjoyed some cheerful rolls in the grass.  Often we found ourselves wandered aimlessly in attempt to notice all the little details. We were pleased to visit The Old Manse today (Rating:  3). 

If you are interested in reading more about our visit to the neighboring Minuteman National Historic Park you can type the name in the “Search Box” (you will see the “search box” at the bottom of the page on a mobile device, and to the right side if you are utilizing a computer).

 

 

April 16, 2019 – The Meredith Sculpture Walk – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The Meredith Sculpture Walk in Meredith, New Hampshire.  The sculpture walk is an exhibit of sculptures place throughout the town of Meredith.  The sculptures are created from artists in the Northeast and are located in areas including:  Main Street, The Mill Falls Marketplace, and along Lake Winnipesaukee in Hesky and Scenic Parks.  There are 32 sculptures along the walk. The sculptures are changed over time.

We had an educational Adventure to The Meredith Sculpture Walk in Meredith, New Hampshire.  I was feeling uncreative this morning pondering where to take an Adventure and was quite pleased when I located the Meredith Sculpture Walk in an online search.  There was a map available online, so our journey was set!  Upon arrival I was thrilled stumble on a brochure of the walk that included photos and information on the sculptures almost right where we parked.  This was so helpful as trying to use a phone for a map, and photos would have been a cumbersome feat.

The sculpture walk started on Main Street, soon weaving through a cobblestone store area, and crossing over the main road before beginning a walk along Lake Winnipesaukee, scenic mountains framing the Lake.  The structures were overall very clear to find, and the photos on the map really helped you to spot which one was next.  I posed Shadow and Wilma by many of the statues.  Wilma had entertaining moments with the sculptures, in some cases being nervous, while in one case even appearing to believe statue was a real person, so excited to greet “Archie”.   Shadow, having seen it all before, appeared to enjoy the walk and smells along the way, even enjoying his happy rolls.  I felt like a kid again, almost like a mystery to find each and every statue.  There was only one that we had trouble, but in the end located all 32.  And of course, as you may guess my favorite sculptures were the animals!

There were so many lovely parts to this walk besides the structures themselves.  We wandered across an adorable blue bridge, and docks throughout.  There were ducks along the way, benches, and some beautiful birth trees.  There were beautiful flower buds about to burst, winding trails through the park, and lovely landscaping.  We even found a man-made waterfall, and an over-sized patio chair, creating quite the photo opportunities.

This Adventure was just perfect, on a beautiful spring day.  I could not have been happier to find this amazing walk, and have a special Adventure with my Shadow and Wilma.  Not only did we love The Meredith Sculpture Park, but were so pleased to learn more about the waterfront town of Meredith.  We highly recommend you visit The Meredith Sculpture Park (Rating:  5).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog, and the weekly/video photo I would recommend skipping on to paragraph three, specific to this week’s 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.

This week’s feature is an adorable photo of Buster from his FIRST trip to the beach, in Florida.  He was about four months old, and absolutely loved playing on the beach and in the water.  We went with friends who had two dogs of their own so Buster, Shadow, and their two friends had a blast.  I unfortunately do not think I will ever figure out which beach we were at, however, it was one of the lovely dog-friendly Florida beaches.  Hope you enjoy this adorable beach bum below, Buster.  We sure do miss him!

Buster puppy beach

April 13, 2019 – Shipwreck Ice Cream -Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Shipwreck Ice Cream in Sandwich, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Shipwreck Ice Cream is served from an outdoor window and as suggested specializes in ice cream and ice cream products.

We had a tasty Adventure to Shipwreck Ice Cream to wrap-up our day of spectacular Adventures.  Shipwreck Ice Cream had a large listing of flavors and of course dog ice cream for my favorite pals.  Shadow and Wilma watched attentively and eagerly ready to devour their tasty treat.  I decided to order a peanut butter cup frappe, venturing away from my normal couple of flavors.

Once our order was complete we headed over to the nice open area with picnic tables and trees.  I of course had to take some photographs before the pups savored their treats.  Well maybe inhaled is a better way but either way they were quite pleased.

Shipwreck Ice Cream was a wonderful spot to finish a fun filled day of Adventures (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2019 – Cahoon Hollow Beach – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  Cahoon Hollow Beach is a large and popular beach known for its large sand dunes, and steep sandy path to enter the Beach.   The Wellfleet Beachcomber restaurant is located in the parking lot area and is open during the tourist seasons.  The Beach was named after the Cahoon family who lived in Cape Cod for many years.

We had the perfect Adventure to the Cahoon Hollow Beach on a foggy spring afternoon.  Upon arrival we parked and immediately were drawn to a stunning view.  I was absolutely in awe of the beautiful and unique landscape of the beach area.  Sand dunes on either side of us, and a long steep path down to the shore.  We quickly jumped out of the car and were greeted by several caution signs including shark warnings, and rip current warnings.  This is not at all how you expect to start a trip to the  beach but thankful that it was not a day of summer heat when the water really would be a must to ALL.

We then began our journey to this spectacular beach down the steep pathway, with deep, soft sand caressing our feet (well really sneakers).  Somewhat of a dramatic entrance, the perfect way to reach this scenic location.  Surprisingly we saw very few visitors at the lovely Cahoon Hollow Beach, which made the experience even better, alone with nature.  We walked and ran along the Beach for awhile, surrounded by tall sand dunes to one side and the stunning Atlantic ocean on the other.  There were beautiful shells, rocks, and even a bright yellow buoy.  Both Shadow and Wilma enjoyed some digging, while Shadow relaxed in the sand and even enjoyed some rolls, one of the few visitors noting sarcastically “he doesn’t like the beach, does he?”  Wilma was often on the search for shells, sometimes carrying them around and digging them up eagerly, my energizer bunny!  It is easy to see the joy of dogs in life, by just watching their zest for life.  They enjoy every little part of life, providing great lessons to mankind.

At one point we were greeted by a group of young ladies who asked to say “Hi” to the dogs and next we knew it was about fifteen minutes of chatting and dog massages. Wilma and Shadow went from one to the next enjoying each moment of affection and kindness.  They continually commented on how well behaved they were, creating a proud mom-moment.  I am far from a social person and it always amazes me how people’s love of dogs builds conversations, and connects people to one another.  Special creatures in our world.

The only aspect that was not perfect was the worries of the water.  I was cautious of Shadow and Wilma going too far into the water due to the many danger signs, but we still did enjoy strolling along the shore, with just our toes (well sneakers) in the water.  The water created lovely patterns in the sand, almost a song of its own.  The waves were peaceful, and completed the sounds of this beach oasis.

We really could have stayed at the Cahoon Hollow Beach all day long, serene and absolutely beautiful.  Every moment was amazing, and definitely one of those adventures that words, nor photos can capture this special Beach.  I tried adding some videos to help capture the experience.  Make sure you visit the spectacular Hollow Beach if you are ever in Cape Cod (Rating 5.)