Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

Today’s Weekly Video/Photo is a snapshot of Wilma from Moore State Park this weekend. Since I have blogged about Moore State Park previously I did not blog about this Park again this weekend. Moore State Park really is beautiful. I have always found the fellow dog owners to be quite responsible, a change from what I have noticed at many other locations. Although the Park is under some construction, it still has many gorgeous trails and landmarks. On this visit we especially appreciated the trails through the fields and flowers, absolutely spectacular. So I definitely did not resist capturing a pose of sweet Wilma. If you want to read more about my blog on Moore State Park you can click on this direct link: https://adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/?s=moore+state+park.

Here she is:

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

My feature today is a photograph of Wilma and I when we were out on an Adventure. She actually looks like she is posing when most selfies she is captured by the sights and sounds of her surroundings. Definitely one of my favorite ones. Here we are…

September 12, 2020 – Moby Dick’s Restaurant – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Moby Dick’s Restaurant in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Moby Dick’s opened in 1983. It is a family friendly restaurant that specializes in seafood. Moby Dick’s is open seasonally and has a gift shop next door. They provide seating in their indoor dining room, and also outdoors.

We had a tasty Adventure to Moby’s Dick Restaurant. I believe this was Wilma’s very first dining experience, not including our common ice cream Adventures. I was surprised to find I could bring Wilma in the restaurant to order. I ordered one of my favorites – fish and chips – and a refreshing lemonade. The outdoor seating area was quiet, but I still decided to find seating at the end, and my food was quickly delivered. Wilma seemed to wonder what the plan was but soon realized we would be sitting at the table for some time. She laid down for a bit and also sat watching her surroundings. She was tired from the day which I am sure helped her be calm and relaxed. She had two brief barks – one as three horses trotted down the busy highway – bizzare – but I was able to redirect her immediately. I was so proud of my little lady! And although they did not have any dog ice cream I did slip her a couple fries (shh). It was a fun experience, filling, and a beautiful day to be outside. So glad we could Adventure to Moby Dick’s restaurant (Rating: 3.5).

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

My feature today is an adorable photograph of Buster in my backyard in Florida. He was about seven months when this one was snapped. This is definitely one of my favorite photographs of Buster as a puppy. The puppy years seem so long ago (hence the scanned non-digital photograph (haha)! Lots of fun, and wonderful memories to cherish. Here he is…

Throwback Adventure – Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

Shadow, Buster, and I had numerous trips to Bayshore Boulevard back in our days residing in Tampa.  These particular photographs were taken in August 2012.  Bayshore Boulvard is a waterfront road just south of the downtown section of Tampa.  Bayshore Boulevard has an almost five mile side walk that is popular for biking, runners, and walkers.

We had scenic Adventures to Bayshore Boulevard back in our days living in Tampa.  Bayshore Boulevard is framed by a white concrete fence on one side, and gigantic, landscaped mansions on the opposite.  It is a pretty location that provides beautiful views across the bay.  We loved our walks along the coast, it was gorgeous and the perfect location for a long walk.  There was grassy areas in between the side walk and road enabling moments for resting in the Florida heat.  I believe this particular visit was our last time visiting the area as we were preparing for relocating back to Massachusetts.  Definitely a special place to get some exercise in the Bay area.  I sure do miss those Palm Trees.  Hopefully I can someday bring Wilma on this gorgeous walk (Rating:  4).

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

My feature today is a snoozing photograph of Shadow and Buster back in September 2015.  I am sure we had a day full of Adventures before this nap.  Although I love photographs along our Adventures I also appreciated those quiet and relaxed days at home.  I often say that a tired dog is a happy dog.  I sure do miss this perfect pair ❤️💔

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August 30, 2020 – New Bedford, Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to New Bedford, Massachusetts. New Bedford is a city located in Southern  Massachusetts. It is one of the bigger cities in the state. It if often referred to as “The Whaling City” as in the 19th Century it was one of the most important whaling ports in the world.

We had an exercise filled Adventure to New Bedford walking approximately five hours during our day trip.  Our Adventures today included:  Clarks Point Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Fort Taber Park, Palmer Island, Palmer Island Lighthouse, Harborwalk, Covewalk, East Beach, Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail, and downtown New Bedford.  I have been to almost all of these locations before but I was eager to return and especially excited to see Palmer Lighthouse.  Although unfortunately New Bedford is far from the cleanest place, it is less crowded then many others, and it houses a variety of attractions.

I was quite pleased to start a full day of Adventures, as having returned to work last Monday we were ready for a long day of Adventures.  The sky was spectacular, and the weather was reasonable, even finding a strong breeze in some locations.  Our Adventures centered around the bike trail and walkways, with the majority of our stops along these routes.  The walkways were wonderful, unique in their own way, and provided consistent views over the water, including views of Clarks Cove, New Bedford Harbor, and Buzzards Bay.  It is always energizing going on a long walk when you have coastal views.  We stopped at several beaches along the route, including East Beach and other sandy areas with no name.  We walked along the breakwaters and I encouraged Wilma to “swim” although was pleased when she decided to wade.  Wilma briefly enjoyed some digging and we sat in the sand for a short time, savoring the atmosphere.  The beaches were packed with shells, actually deep in some areas.  There were no sign indicating that dogs were not allowed so we assumed they were permitted.

We of course loved Fort Taber Park, definitely one of our favorite Forts in New England.  Due to COVID only New Bedford residents are allowed to park at the Fort, but we were lucky to find parking, although some distance away.  The Fort is grand, and has paved trails weaving around it.  There are other historic ruins nearby that you can climb and view the Fort from other angles.  I think I have been there three times and it never gets old.

As you may be aware, New Bedford is home to three lighthouses.  Butler Flats Lighthouse is far off the shore, so was not easy to capture as I do not have a complex zoom.  However it does not seem as far as you are walking.  An unusual lighthouse is the Clarks Point Lighthouse which is found on top of the Fort.  The first time I went there I do not even think I realized that was the case.  Again hard to capture being so high above.  The last lighthouse we visited was the Palmer Lighthouse, my favorite one in New Bedford.  Visiting Palmer Lighthouse is also an Adventure as you must time it with the low tide so you can walk to Palmer Island.  And we did!!  We walked over to the Island and explored the entire Island, including the spectacular Palmer Island Lighthouse.  I still was a little worried about the tide so I did not spend quite as much time as preferred, however I still tried to be relaxed and allow Wilma to take in the smells, and enjoy some wading.

Our last stop was the downtown area and the fisher’s coast.  Much of the downtown area has cobblestone, adding quite the charm.  One thing I appreciate about New Bedford is the arts and culture, highlighted by many murals throughout the city.  And of course who does not like boats, scenic, and colorful.  These last stops were definitely a good way to end our day.  Below you will find a photograph collage summarizing our day.  So glad to have a long day filled of walking (Rating:  4).

 

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Throwback Adventure – Great Common Island – New Hampshire

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In April 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Great Common Island in New Castle, New Hampshire.  Great Common Island is a 32 acre park with beaches and green space. As expected it is popular for swimming and picnicking.

We had a beach-filled Adventure to Great Common Island.  I enjoyed exploring this location and was intrigued to spot two lighthouses – Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and Whaleback Lighthouse.  We wandered and sniffed (haha) around appreciating our new surroundings. There was driftwood, shells, tidal pools, and lots of rocks along the shore. It was a beautiful day with the clouds reflecting on the sea.  Shadow and Buster appeared quite chill loving the tranquility of the shore.  Another special beach Adventure to cherish with my boys (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

 

 

August 22, 2020 – Nathaniel Allen Recreation Area (NARA Park) – Massachusetts

**Please note my blog crashed for several days but thankfully it is up and running – you therefore may have missed the last post if you area regular follower, and may not have been able to open it in general – I am relieved that everything is back on track**

 

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Nathaniel Allen Recreation Area (NARA Park) in Acton, Massachusetts.  NARA Park is located on a pond, and is popular for fishing, swimming, and picnicking.  The Park has an amphitheater for summer concerts.  The walking trail intersects with the Bruce Freeman Trail.

Wilma and I had a surprising Adventure to NARA Park, locating it completely by accident.  We were walking on the Bruce Freeman Trail and were traversing a part just past where we had walked before and suddenly there was NARA Park.  Such a pleasant surprise!  Upon arrival we found the beautiful NARA pond, with gorgeous reflections of the clouds shimmering on the water.  We began wandering down a trail finding children fishing.  Soon we located an area with lovely water lilies, quite entertained by the frog panic as we explored the shore.  Wilma found a log to climb, savored the smells, and was energized by the hopping frogs.  From there we headed on the boardwalk and around the path.  There were beautiful wild flowers, and numerous locations to enter the water.  We soon walked by the beach, and guests picnicking before arriving at the main building.  We met several people working at this location.  They were so friendly and we enjoyed chatting for awhile, Wilma cherishing every bit of attention and a long belly rub.  From there we continued on the path before returning to Bruce Freeman Trail.  Since we found this lovely location by chance we did not have a map, but I believe we explored the majority of this location.  It has been a long time since we found something accidentally and it is these simple days that make my day.  Such a wonderful Adventure to the lovely NARA Park (Rating:  4).

 

August 20, 2020 – Eustis Estate Museum – Massachusetts

On Thursday Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Eustis Estate Museum in Milton, Massachusetts.  The Eustis Estate was built in 1878 and contains 80 acres, including the home designed by William Ralph Emerson.  The home was owned by William Ellery Channing Eustis, and remained in the family until 2012 when it was sold to Historic New England.  The Eustis Estate offers tours for a fee.

We had a lovely Adventure to the Eustis Estate Museum.  I was looking forward to visiting a new local estate and had emailed the Estate previously to ensure dogs were allowed on the grounds.  Upon arrival we immediately located a wild flower path scattered with Goldenrod and Queen Anne’s Lace, so beautiful!  We walked on the path enjoying the colorful flowers, the view of the Estate from afar, and of course enjoying great company.  We took many photographs and appreciated the picturesque footpath.  We soon discovered that this path looped back to the Estate.

From there we wandered over to the Estate walking around it and looking at the various details.  There was not much to see, but I admired the intricate characteristics of the structure, various colored bricks, brilliant arches, and a grand porch high above the ground.  We also observed some large trees on the property, likely ancient in years.  From there we strolled around the estate, locating what almost appeared to be a small orchard.  It was a little unclear in some locations where the property continued, but we walked as far as it seemed appropriate.  I think my favorite aspect of our visit to the Eustis Estate Museum was actually the flower path, definitely spectacular.  My only disappointment was a dog off-leash quite far away from the owners – in a leash required zone.  However, so glad we could visit the Eustis Estate (Rating:  Blog will not be rated as the indoors of the property was not visited).