Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

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 photograph is an adorable puppy shot of Buster. He was just the cutest little thing! I forget sometimes that he was so small as he grew to be about 95 pounds. I sure do miss this happy guy! Here is my sweet boy:

January 17, 2021 – Columbia Greenway Rail Trail and Westfield River Walk – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail and Westfield River Walk in Westfield, Massachusetts. The Columbia Greenway Rail Trail is a two plus mile paved path through the town of Westfield that traverses the Great River Bridge over the Little River. The Westfield River Walk is an almost two mile stone-dust path along the Little River which intersects with the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail.

We had a bridge-filled Adventure to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail and the Westfield River Walk. Our main Adventure fell through today so we found ourselves exploring spontaneously. This Trail and Walk were not too clearly identified in-person, however upon arriving home I did some research in regards to our travels to discover that we had explored these two locations.

We enjoyed walking along the River, across the bridges, and down the paved path. The bridges were the pair of the Great River Bridges and the Westfield River Bridge, all of which had crossings available for pedestrians. There were lovely views down the River. Wilma enjoyed the walk over and under the bridge, and entertained me as she played in puddles of cracking ice. If I had realized that there were particular trails we may just have traversed these entire pathways, however glad to find portions of today’s trails for our Adventure (This blog will not be rated).

January 17, 2021 – Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail is a less then .5 round trip pathway along the canal. It is lined with various trees, has benches, and displays informational kiosks.

We had a simple Adventure to the Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail. I had planned this Adventure as one of the mini stops after our main destination. It took at a minute for me to figure out where to park, but we located a retail mall and decided to walk to the Trail. Upon arrival we found several information kiosks and headed down the path. The Trail was quiet, a nice separation from the visual needs of the community. The canal flowed steadily, but did not add any song in the air. One side of the Trail was lined with a decorative cement barrier, while opposite the canal there were mill buildings, mostly appearing to be apartment living. We walked to the end and turned around, only seeing one other fellow walker. The Trail was someone unappealing, but yet Wilma absolutely loved the smells along the way. Definitely not a place we will return but always glad to explore a new place (Rating: 2).

Throwback Adventure – Middlesex Fells – Massachusetts

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.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

So today I am sharing a post from Middlesex Fells Reservation with Shadow and Buster back in June 2014. Middlesex Fells Reservation is a 2,200 State Park located in Stoneham, Massachusetts. It is filled with numerous reservoirs. It is a popular park for: biking, boat rentals, hiking, and fishing. Reportedly the Park has areas reserved for on-leash and off-leash dog hiking.

We had a warm Adventure to Middlesex Fells Reservation. I am always embarrassed to admit that I do not remember numerous details of an Adventure but this is the case with Middlesex Fells Reservation. I recollect numerous trails and lots of hiking with my amazing boys. I do not recall seeing many others at this location. Wilma and I will just have to return at some point to provide a more in depth description. However, still glad to share yet another dog friendly location in Massachusetts (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

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 video is an Adventure I had with Shadow and Wilma back in April 2019 to Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine. I have been to Cadillac Mountain three times, and on this occasion the sky and view were absolutely lovely. We enjoyed walking the paved paths, relaxing and checking out the scene. The experience was so spectacular that we came back to watch the sunset later in the day. Such an amazing memory at a gorgeous location. Here it is:

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

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 photograph is one I took last week of Wilma in Provincetown, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. I was looking forward to posing Wilma on this bench, and was quite thrilled to remember the location. It is so colorful, and the perfect summary of the coast. A good memory of our wonderful day on the ocean!

Throwback Adventure

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.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

So today I am sharing my blog from Fort Foster Park in Kittery, Maine. I have fond memories of my Adventure there with Shadow and Wilma back in November 2018. Fort Foster was a beautiful Park filled with the beautiful coast and Fort remnants. In addition we walked through a wind and hail storm, a crazy weather experience. We will definitely have to get there in the summer months. Please enjoy this previous blog on Fort Foster:

November 10, 2018 – Fort Foster Park – Maine.

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

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 photograph is one I took earlier this month of Wilma at the Arnold Arboretum, one of my favorite local parks. It was a dark day, but I still love this photograph. She is such a good poser!

December 26, 2020 – East-West Trail – Massachusetts


Today Wilma, I and a friend of ours Adventured to the East-West Trail in Worcester, Massachusetts. The East-West Trail is a 14 mile trail that winds through Worcester, including: twenty green spaces, the streets of Worcester, and the Worcester hills. It is part of the Greater Worcester Land Trust.

We had a crisp Adventure to the East-West Trail in Worcester, Massachusetts. I was surprised to find both Wilma and I were quite chilly while we waited for our friend, however, once we started walking we were just right. Although I had seen the trailhead for the East-West Trail I did not recall the name, so my research on this “Trail” mostly occurred along the way, and after I returned home to write this blog. Although there are “Trail” portions of the East-West Trail, is not actually a “Trail” but various areas of the city that are connected by foot.

We started our walk at Bancroft Tower which is located in Salisbury Park. I absolutely love this Tower, such a gorgeous site heading up into the clouds. Although there often appears some shady activities at this location we have often enjoyed a quick visit. From there we headed into the woods onto the “Trail”. The “Trail” briefly remained in the woods before we arrived on the street. The route was often unclear but the map let us know we were headed in the right direction. We wandered to Elm Park, checking out the bridges, iced over waterways, and the geese parading across frozen pond, providing quite the chuckle. Wilma was quite unfocused in this park, screaming down her favorite city squirrels, but she sure did enjoy it! Nearby we found the “Nordic Ski Trail”, but decided to continue our journey on the “Trail” heading into the Newton Fitness Trail, a part of the East-West Trail. We wandered into the woods finding a tree hole for Wilma to search, and spotting the fitness equipment and the disc golf. After the “Trail” ended at the road we began our journey back to the formal trailhead.

It was fun to explore a new location, but I was quite unimpressed with the East-West Trail. There was not much to see, and plenty of trash, and glass on various points of the journey. However we enjoyed about two hours of walking, great company, and the fresh winter air. It was fun to find a new “Trail”. I look forward to checking out other “green spaces” in Worcester….you never know what we might discover (Rating: 3).

Throwback Adventure

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.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

So today I am sharing my blog from Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park in Cornish, New Hampshire. We have been there twice, once with Shadow and Buster, and the second time with Shadow, Wilma, and my parents. Saint-Gaudens Park is a beautiful location filled with flowers, rushing water, history, and beautiful mountain views. There is a small waterfall on the grounds and many short trails. It is a gorgeous and unique spot that I look forward to visiting again in the future. Here is the link to my original blog to see photographs and additional information from our Adventure:

October 19, 2019 – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park – New Hampshire