Throwback Adventure – Portland Breakwater Lighthouse/Bug Light – February 2018

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.

In February 2018 Shadow, Wilma, my Mom, and I Adventured to the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse in Portland, Maine. This Lighthouse if often referred to as “Bug Light” due its small size. The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1875 and is known as one of the fancier lighthouses in Maine. It is an active lighthouse, and is located in Bug Light Park, providing views of the Casco Bay.

We had an enjoyable Adventure The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse. The Lighthouse was located in a small and simple park, just a short walk from our car. We were pleased to get an up-close and personal view of the lighthouse, as we walked right up to and around this lovely structure. The lighthouse was very picturesque, bright white in color with decorative columns. We spent some time taking photographs before heading off to our next Adventure. We were pleased to view the lovely, and unique Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Rating: 3).


November 10, 2018 – Fort Foster Park – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fort Foster Park in Kittery, Maine. Fort Foster Park includes: beaches, trails, and the historic Fort Foster which was active from 1901-1946. The Park is located on Gerrish Island. It has scenic views of Portsmouth Harbor.

We had a gorgeously scenic Adventure to Fort Foster Park. We were happy the rainy morning had cleared, and it had become a sunny, windy, and blue-sky filled day. The gate was closed for driving so we parked and began our walk into the Park. We soon arrived at the Fort, and began exploring. We were able to climb to the top of the Fort and view the Harbor. We then wandered down the shore, finding a long and picturesque bridge. I decided not to journey out on the bridge as I could not believe the strength of the wind. However we took some photographs and headed along the shore.

We quickly found an amazing trail down the shore. The waves were loud, and crashing into the rocks, while the view was perfectly coastal. One reason I had choose this park was to see the best view of the Whaleback Lighthouse from shore, and although far in the distance the sky, and waves painted a lovely site. While enjoying the view of the Lighthouse we continued along this trail. We headed over to the rocky shore on several occasions, although I often was cautious due to the strength of the waves against the rocks. We found the observation and fire control along the way, snapping a couple photographs before returning to the coastal trail. The trail ended at a rocky beach, where we turned around to enjoy this spectacular walk once again.

When we were almost back to the Fort the sky suddenly darkened and we were caught in a hail storm, with an immense increase in wind force. Such a bizarre and fun moment in our Adventure. I do not think I have ever been in such a wind storm! We continued walking, and the “storm” soon ceased. We were then pleased to find the upper part of the Fort and explored the various doors, stairs, and features throughout.

Highlights of today’s Adventure were: energetic roles in the grass, the crashing waves, an unexpected hail storm, the breathtaking views, and play-time on the beach. Shadow and Wilma seemed especially enthusiastic, savoring all moments and smells at Fort Foster Park. Although the Fall season can create some dull landscape on the shore, the coastal views, perfect sky, and wonderful Adventure made for the perfect afternoon. I would definitely recommend you visit this magnificent Park, and I do expect we will be back (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – Philippe Park – November 2010

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.

In November 2010 Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to Philipee Park in Safety Harbor, Florida. Philippe Park was acquired in 1984 making it the oldest park in the country. The Park was named after Odet Philipee who introduced cigar making and citrus to the Tampa Bay area. The Park includes 122 acres, consisting of the beautiful shorelines, trails, picnic areas, abplayground, the Temple Mound, and more.

We had a scenic Adventure on this warm November day in Florida. As you have “heard” before if you follow my blog, my detailed memory of my Throwback Adventures is generally not as sharp as our current Adventures. However, I remember enjoying the gorgeous waterfront, finding Adventures through the mud, and enjoying the unique Florida landscape. I sometimes forget how hot it was in Florida in November, having been back in New England for about six years now. We of course did not let this stop us and enjoyed our time visiting Philippe Park (Rating: Long ago 🙂 ).

November 4, 2018 – Bearskin Neck – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Bearskin Neck in Rockport, Massachusetts. We have been there once or twice previously. Bearskin Neck is a coastal peninsula packed with eclectic shops and restaurants. It is an artist colony, and an area where fisherman are hard at work. Bearskin Neck is also known for the old red fishing building, the “Motif”. The “Motif” is said to be one of the most photographed buildings in the country.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Bearskin Neck. I thought it would be fun to take a walk along this beautiful coastal shopping hub, of course making sure to stop at the “Motif” for some photographs. There were colorful boats, rocky coastlines, and lots of shops along the way. Shadow and Wilma received lots of “hello’s” and love from many as we strolled. We photographed the “Motif” at two separate spots, one from afar, and once where we could walk right over and directly around around this scenic building. I loved the bright yellow lobster traps in contrast with the building, and of course the the buoys hanging on the side. A picturesque landmark to say the least.

After some photographs of the “Motif” we continued to the end of the “Neck” where there was a rocky point going out quite far. We decided not to climb out and along the rocks, but visually explored the area before heading back to the car.

My heart is warmed when we Adventure to places that are so so dog friendly. There were several bowls of water and even a bowl of tennis bowls throughout the “Neck” area. One owner even invited us in to the store, but we only stayed briefly as it was tiny little shop for an energetic puppy. However, if was great to know that we were welcome. We had a spectacular day to be out at Bearksin Neck on this bright and sunny Fall day. (Rating: 4)

September 2017

November 4, 2018 – Halibut Point State Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Halibut Point State Park in Rockport, Massachusetts. We have been there on numerous other occasions. Halibut Point State Park parallels Halibut Point Reservation. Halibut Point is a granite quarry that was quarried as early as 1840. The Park is also located on the ocean. It includes: trails, scenic views, and areas for picnicking. There is also a visitor center and lighthouse on the grounds that both appear to be under construction.

We had a fantastic Adventure to Halibut Point State Park on a beautiful sunny Fall day. It was a bit breezy being on the coast, but not overly chilly. We started down the Fall colored trail which quickly led to the quarry. We decided to head over to the lighthouse, soon noting it was under construction. The view across the quarry from this spot was spectacular, some Fall trees aligning the background. From there we began our circle around the quarry, and branched off to the rocky shore.

The rocky shore is definitely a fun spot at the Halibut Point State Park. It allows you to separate from the many visitors and jump from rock to rock, exploring tidal pools as you choose. The tide appeared to be in, so there were not quite as many rock as I recall. We walked around a bit, Wilma appearing over-enthused, likely due to the many rocks. I had to watch to not loose my balance as she often jumped unexpectedly in every direction, continually trying to engage Shadow in some play-time. Shadow appeared content relaxing on the rocks, eager to get my attention as we took in the roaring music of the waves. We even took some photographs for our holiday card, a fun project in the making.

After enjoying some time at the shore we continued circling the trail around the quarry, often heading over to the edge to snap some photographs. It was a beautiful day at a unique location. I am guessing it may have been one of Wilma’s favorites as she protested by laying near the car when we were trying to leave. Never a dull moment in our household!

I included some photographs from some of our past trips to the Park. I am sure we will be back to explore Halibut Point State Park (Rating: 4).

Today, November 4, 2018

October 2017

February 2016

September 2012

Throwback Adventure – Castle in the Clouds – August 2015

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.

In August 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to The Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Castle in the Clouds is a mountaintop estate that overlooks the Lakes Region. The estate’s mansion, often referred to as Lucknow, was previously owned by Thomas and Olive Plant. The mansion was foreclosed on, and had several different owners after the Plants passed away. Castle in the Clouds is now operated by the Castle Preservation Society. In addition to mansion tours, Castle in the Clouds includes: a restaurant, gardens, an art gallery, a trout filed Pond, and numerous hiking trails. Castle in the Clouds is open seasonally.

We had a short, but scenic Adventure at Castle in the Clouds after a long day of hiking. As you have “heard” before if you follow my blog, my detailed memory of my Throwback Adventures is generally not as sharp as our current Adventures. However I remember enjoying the spectacular beauty of the area as the evening was almost upon us. The views of the Lake regions was stunning, and the mountain framed pond perfectly picturesque. We even found some dog statues along the way, just right for our dog-driven Adventure. I was pleased to get Buster and Shadow some ice cream to finish up a lovely Summer evening.

One memory I will never forget was when leaving this area a bear ran right in front of the car. I could not believe my eyes, and was quite relieved to be in the safety of my the car. Castle in the Clouds was a beautiful way to wrap up another lovely day of Adventures (Rating: 4).

Photo and Video Update

I noticed when updating my blog that photographs and videos have been removed from my posts. I am looking into the matter, but believe this might be because I have deleted various items from storage to clear up space to add many more! I will be contacting Word Press to hopefully resolve this matter. However it appears that there was just one post where all of the photos were removed, so I have just added them back to that particular blog. I guess sometimes I just take too many photographs… We sure do enjoy our Adventures!