Throwback Adventure – West Columbia Riverfront – South Carolina

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 September 2012 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the West Columbia Riverfront in Columbia, South Carolina.  The West Columbia Riverfront Trail is a paved path along the Congaree River.  It is approximately eight miles in length and is part of the Three River Greenway.

We had a beautiful Adventure to the West Columbia Riverfront Trail.  It was really just a small part of our full Adventure as we were on our way to Massachusetts to relocate and start our lives as New Englanders.  And although I grew up in Massachusetts, this was a completely new life for my boys who had been raised in tropical Tampa Florida.  We had a spectacular journey to Massachusetts with the West Riverfront Trail being one of our early visits.  I am not sure I was able to locate enough photographs, however feel I could capture a good summary of our hike.  I remember loving this Trail location, along the River with gorgeous bridges, bright colored flowers, and a perfect trail to walk.  We enjoyed a nice walk, and met several kind people along the way.  I do not remember intricate details of this Adventure, yet remember recall enjoying the location, quite the scenic place to stretch our legs.  If we are ever back in South Carolina we will have to Adventure again to the West Columbia Riverfront.

 

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June 18, 2019 – Bear’s Den – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Bear’s Den in New Salem, Massachusetts.  Bear’s Den includes a short trail to a scenic waterfall, a stream, a secluded gorge, and contains ruins of an old mill.  The waterfall is a cascade falls, approximately twelve feet in height, and is sourced from the Swift River.  The Reservation was given its’ name due to a black bear being shot on the property.  Bear’s Den is owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

We had a rainy Adventure to the Bear’s Den Reservation.  We were quite thrilled to have a weekday Adventure as our three days off in the summer has begun!  I expected the weather to become rainy, but we were determined to visit Bear’s Den, so we carried on!  I was pleased to arrive at a small and empty parking lot.  I had read there was hunting at this location so decided to adorn the pups in their bright orange armor!  We headed down a green surrounded trail into the great outdoors.  There was an informational kiosk a bit down the path with a map.  Soon we heard the singing of the stream, and headed straight to the water.  Shadow of course attempted a dip in the shallow water while Wilma found a fallen tree to climb, and a stick to chew.  We took our time in this area walking around the shore, jumping on the rocks, and wandering around the mill remains.

The trails were not clear, however we followed the sounds and quickly located the waterfall from high above the gorge.  We were pleased to find a path down to bottom of the gorge, and directly in front of the waterfall.  The gorge area was spectacular, with caves in the rocks, lovely green, and the tall boulders surrounding us as we peered at the waterfall.  The Falls had two main sections, separated by rocks in the middle.  It was small, but yet just right.  We relaxed for awhile taking in the scene.  Both Shadow and Wilma spent some time sitting, while Wilma also enjoyed some rock jumps, and Shadow often could be found searching for the quickest path to the water.  Wilma seemed a bit uneasy at times looking around cautiously, my mind repeatedly expecting a bear sighting  Thankfully we did not see a bear!

Bear’s Den was a peaceful and special location.  It was hard to capture the Falls in photographs, so I would encourage you to view the videos below.  So glad we could Adventure to this location (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Today’s feature is a photograph of Buster and Shadow at Stanley Park, in Westfield Massachusetts.  I love this photo of them standing synchronized in front of the covered bridge!  We were quite impressed by the lovely Stanley Park, and had a wonderful visit.  This photograph brings back lots of great memories of our Adventures with Shadow and Buster.  We sure do miss our Buster!

If you want to read more about Stanley Park please search for Stanley Park in the “search box” for more information on this Adventure.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

Enjoy!

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June 15, 2019 – Swamp Meadow Bridge – Rhode Island

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Swamp Meadow Bridge in Foster, Rhode Island.  Swamp Meadow Bridge crosses the Hemlock Brook, and is approximately thirty six feet in length.  It is the only covered bridge on a public road in Rhode Island.

We had a fun Adventure to the Swamp Meadow Bridge.  We found this bridge in the middle of a country road.  Upon parking we could hear the babbling Hemlock Brook below.  The bridge was simple, but yet appealing.  There were diamond windows in the structure, highly placed.  The location was bright green, with few other colors in site.  We strolled through the bridge several times, pleased to find little traffic. It appeared that the more we wandered, the more I was drawn in by the charm of this little bridge.  We were delighted to visit the Swamp Meadow covered bridge (Rating:  4)

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2019 – Yantic Falls – Connecticut

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Yantic Falls in Norwich, Connecticut.  Yantic Falls is approximately forty feet in height, and is sourced from the Yantic River.  It falls from below a dam, and plunges into a gorge before entering the pool below.  There is a walking bridge above the Falls.  The Falls is famous for its’ history as a battleground of the Mohegan Indians back in the 1600s.

We had a spectacular Adventure to the Yantic Falls, our second stop on an afternoon of Adventures.  I found myself quite frustrated as the Falls was very challenging to locate.  However we persevered and eventually made it to this stunning Falls.  Our journey began with a walk across the bridge above the Falls, viewing a train bridge to the right, and views of the dam and gorge to the left.  We sauntered across the bridge, and down a small trail before climbing up to a small bridge above the railroad tracks.  Finding ourselves on what appeared to be a private yard, we headed back across the walking bridge, taking in the sites and sounds of this spot.

After this little walk we headed over to the Falls, snapping many photos along the way.  We soon found a trail that went down to the rocks, and into the gorge.  Shadow continually hoped to dive into the water, but unfortunately there were no clear paths available for a swim.  However, we enjoyed the view, and attempted many selfies before heading back up for yet another angle of the scenic falls.  We relaxed a bit in the grass, while Shadow and Wilma ended our visit officially with some enthusiastic rolls.  So glad we did not give up on finding this Yantic Falls, a beautiful waterfall (Rating:  4).

 

June 15, 2019 – Quaddick State Park – Connecticut

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Quaddick State Park in Thompson, Connecticut.  Quaddick State Park is on the Quaddick Reservoir.  It is popular for swimming, picnicking, and has a trail on the grounds.

We had a relaxing Adventure to the Quaddick State Park on a lovely Spring afternoon.  Disappointed at an unreasonable fee to enter the park, we still decided to visit and explore.  We first drove the loop around the Park checking out the areas from the window, spotting various grassy picnic tables along the Reservoir, a sandy swimming beach, and a pavilion area.  I had read the beach was not dog friendly so we decided to find a picnic area on the water to relax.  Shadow eagerly enjoyed some swims, while My Mom and I took photographs and smiled at Shadow’s swimming joy.  Wilma explored the shoreline, and jumped onto a picnic bench, which for some odd reason was placed in the water.  The water was gorgeously bright blue, and rippling peacefully.  We appreciated great company as were glad to find a tranquil picnic spot away from the other visitors.  We did not visit for long, but were pleased to visit the Quaddick State Park (Rating:  3).

Throwback Adventure – Palmer Island Lighthouse – Massachusetts

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 January 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to the Palmer Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  The Palmer Lighthouse is located in the Acushnet River at the entrance to New Bedford Harbor.  It was built in 1849.  The Lighthouse is twenty four feet high and is made out of stone rubble.  It can be reached by foot at low tide through the hurricane wall in New Bedford Harbor.  The Palmer Lighthouse is no longer a working lighthouse.

We had a wild Adventure to the Palmer Ligthouse on a cool winter day.  We had many Adventures in New Bedford on this day, and the Palmer Lighthouse was one of our most scenic stops.  I do not remember doing much research but found that we could make our way to the Lighthouse as the tide was low.  Having no idea what the tidal patterns were we decided to journey to the Lighthouse, closely watching the water.  We met a nice family along the way that adored Shadow, while also ran into some teenagers in the appearing to be up to some trouble.  I was quite disappointed at all the trash in the area, I guess left behind from the tide.  However we carried on, sometimes on rocky footing, but soon arrived at the Palmer Lighthouse.  The Lighthouse was quite stunning, bright white and uniquely stone.  There was a stone-like pathway directly to the Lighthouse so we were able to climb to the door to check out this beautiful Lighthouse.  We really lucked out finding low tide on this visit, but did not stay long unsure what to expect upon our return.  A fun, and memorable Adventure to the Palmer Lighthouse (Rating:  3).