Throwback Adventure – Northeast Harbor – Maine

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 April 2015 Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Northeast Harbor, a municipality in the southern portion of Mount Desert Island, Maine.  Northeast Harbor is known to be an affluent and less traveled location in Acadia.  The Harbor’s main feature is the marina, while there are also restaurants and boutiques.

We had a scenic Adventure to Northeast Harbor back on a foggy April day.  In preparing this blog I came to the conclusion that we visited the marina section of the Harbor as we did not recall spotting any shops, nor did we eat at an restaurants in the Harbor town.  The marina was gorgeous, filled with boats of all shapes and sizes.  The shores were lined with Solidago flowers framing the perfect coastal photographs.  If my memory is correct we mostly spent our time in the Harbor as we awaited our journey to Cranberry Island (a blog you can search for in the “search box” to read more about).  Quite a picturesque marina.  We will definitely have to be back to Northeast Harbor to explore every inch of this quaint little town (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

 

 

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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 what I find to be a hysterical photograph of Shadow.  I often take pictures of my dogs when they are getting a special treat, and this one really was just perfect.  This sweet, eager face, named Shadow, was very excited to devour a special dog dessert.  We were on an Adventure in Provincetown which is a very dog friendly place to visit.  You can read more about this Adventure by typing in Provincetown in the search box.  Hope this photograph makes your day, as it sure did mine!

 

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October 28, 2019 – Doe Orchards – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Doe Orchards in Harvard, Massachusetts. Doe Orchards is a family owned business encompassing approximately twenty five acres of apple orchards, 10 acres of Christmas trees, and two acres of berries. As expected Doe Orchard is popular for fruit picking. There is also a small farm stand where you can purchase fresh fruit.

We had a fun Adventure to Doe Orchards. I had been thinking about apple picking for some time, and we finally fit it in to our schedule. This was our first visit to Doe Orchards, and as you might expect we were thrilled to find a local dog friendly apple orchard. We began at the stand getting the information, and choosing our apple bag(s). There was a map of the apple trees, and kind people to answer our questions.

After gathering our necessary information we headed off into the orchard to pick some apples. I was excited to participate in this Fall New England past time. I am far from an expert on apples, but was excited about the process, and anticipation of some apple filled baked goods. We weaved in and out of the trees, simple, but scenic. The trees were marked by color, which were then labeled on stands throughout. Definitely a very organized and clearly marked farm. It appeared some of the varieties were well picked, but I was quite pleased with the choices, the company, and the experience. There were few other visitors on this grey Monday evening.

The dogs appeared quite pleased to have a weekend evening out on the town.  Shadow enjoyed some rests in the grass, while Wilma watched our every move. My Mom and I chatted, and took some time wandering before we filled our bag(s). So glad we discovered the wonderful Doe Orchards. And just to add for those local dog followers, dogs are not permitted during their berry picking, but thankfully are welcome during apple picking (Rating: 4).

October 19 & 20 & 21, 2019 – Stowe Recreation Path – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will continue our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

Several times this past weekend Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Stowe Recreation Path in Stowe, Vermont, while my Mom also joined us on one visit.  The Stowe Recreation Path is a 5.3 mile paved trail that was built in several phases.  It crosses the West River, provides mountain views, and winds throughout the restaurant and shopping districts.

We had leg-stretching Adventures to the Stowe Recreation Path.  We stopped many times on the Recreation Path in attempt to view various terrain along the trail.  I also had located several bridges on the map, so was driven to explore every one I could find.  The Stowe Recreation Path was simple, but lovely.  The bridges were a perfect touch, the views gorgeous, and you can never go wrong with a walk on a spectacular Fall day.  I kept my eye out for details, appreciating the fall foliage, birch trees, and variety of landscape.  We even observed what appeared to be a beaver swimming in the River.  There were bikers, walkers, tourists, and locals.  I would definitely traverse his trail often if I lived locally.  So glad we could stroll along this popular Path on our visit to Stowe (Rating:  4)

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Plymouth, 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 May 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the town of Plymouth in Massachusetts.  Plymouth is a coastal town in Southern Massachusetts.  It is famous for the site of the first Pilgrim settlement and contains famous landmarks including:  Plymouth Rock, and the Mayflower.

We had a fun Adventure to Plymouth back on a cool May morning.  We explored the Harbor area, including parts of Brewster Garden, and of course checked out the Plymouth Rock.  The Plymouth Rock was much smaller then expected, but it was still nice to view this important landmark of history.  We wandered around for awhile checking out the boats, and taking a nice long walk.  It was challenging locating old photographs, but I found several below which are a good summary of our visit.  We definitely will be back to explore more thoroughly, and share a more detailed account of our visit (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.

One of our Adventures on the way was the the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park in Cornish, New Hampshire.  This is the second time we have been to this location as Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to this Park back in October of 2015. We were thrilled on our recent visit to have My Parents join us!  The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park is the former home, gardens, and studios of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Much of his artwork is displayed in the gallery and on the grounds. The Site also includes: nature trails, tours, various statues, and gardens.  The Park also sponsors summer concerts, and workshops.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park.  Although I had blogged about it in one of my Thursday throwback segments, I could not resist writing about it again.  Shadow, Wilma, and I arrived about an hour previous to meeting My Parents so we could explore the trails, before returning to tour the main grounds.  I was quite pleased to quickly locate the Ravine Trail, which contained a waterfall we had discovered on our past visit.  The trail was packed with colorful leaves, and sloped quickly into the ravine before turning and following the brook, scattered with fall foliage.  It was a crisp Fall day, but just perfect for an energetic hike.  The trail was not too clear, but I followed it by memory, and also spotted several informational displays, and a bridge on the path.  I was quite thrilled to find the waterfall again, simple, but lovely.  We continued through the trail before hiking up the ravine, and ending in the field on the opposite side of the property.

After traversing the Ravine Trail we wandered around the property checking on the buildings, statues, gardens, and spectacular mountain views.  I tried not to miss a detail snapping numerous photographs throughout.  It was not long after then that My Parents arrived.  Having been there previously, and in refreshing my memory of the site before their arrival, I was pleased to provide an informal tour.  We wandered around viewing the various features throughout.  Shadow engaged in continual enthusiastic rolls, causing me to ponder, did he know he was on vacation?!  Wilma was a bit overzealous, but how could you blame her having her Grandparents in tow!  We picnicked with a view, enjoyed the wonderful company, and created memories.   I really do love the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park, and can just imagine the indoor exhibits are quite fantastic as well.  So glad we were able to spend a family afternoon at this beautiful Park, definitely a special National Park in New England (Rating:  4.5).

Please see below for photographs from both of our Adventures.  You can also read about our first Adventure by typing in “Saint-Gaudens” in the “search box” (to the right side of the page on a computer and on the bottom of the page on a phone)

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October 19, 2019 – Cornish-Windsor Bridge – New Hampshire

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.

One of our Adventures on the way was the Cornish-Windsor Bridge in Cornish, New Hampshire.  The Bridge was built in 1866, and is one of the longest in the country.  It crosses the Connecticut River, connecting New Hampshire and Vermont.

This was the second time that we had Adventured to the Cornish-Windsor bridge as Shadow, Buster, and I visited back in October 2015.  Surprisingly it appears that I did not photograph the pups at our initial visit.  On this trip we were thrilled that My parents were joining us!  Our Adventure to the Cornish-Windsor bridge was incredibly panoramic.  We located two spots to view this spectacular bridge, one of which was close-up and well trafficked, the second more distant, and dog friendly.  The Cornish-Windsor bridge was quite stunning, grey in color, beautiful in style, and magnificent in length.  We captured the bridge from both locations, and enjoyed the scenery.   So glad we could view the Cornish-Windsor bridge again today (Rating 4.5).

 

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