February 9, 2020 – Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in Saugus, Massachusetts.  Saugus Iron Works is the Site of the first integrated ironworks in North America, begun by European iron makers.  The Park is nine acres and includes:  a museum, working waterwheels, a mill, a 17th century home, and a short nature trail along the marsh and woodlands.  The Park is open seasonally.

We had a unique Adventure to the Saugus Iron Works.  As I am recovering from a back injury (yes again!) and still being cautious with Wilma recuperating toenail, we decided to defer from a daytrip and instead explore the Saugus Iron Works.  I had observed the sign on the highway several times, leading to our discovering of this National Park.

Saugus Iron Works was well marked, and easily located.  Upon arriving we found one car in the parking lot, however had not expected it to be crowded due to the current off-season.  Immediately we located a brochure providing additional information about the Site.  We spent about an hour exploring the Park, checking out the water wheels, furnace area, and all structures in site.  The Park was on the basin of the Saugus River adding some scenery, and songs of nature.  There were some picturesque bridge structures, and a cement path leading the way.  After finishing exploring the main features we took a stroll along the nature trail, very short, but a nice little add-on to our experience.  I was pleased to see a blue sky, contrasting with the browns of winter.

Throughout our visit Shadow and Wilma appreciated many rolls, while Wilma especially loved watching the ducks.  Shadow and Wilma were eager to inhale the smells, and enthusiastic to explore.  I was disappointed by the excessive geese poop along the grounds, but I guess that comes with New England winter.  I found the Park simple, yet distinctive.  I can imagine it is quite the learning experience when in-season with demonstrations, tours, and working wheels.  So glad we were able to visit the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Park today (Adventure will not be rated as Park was closed for the season).


Throwback Adventure – Douglas State Forest – September 2012

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 Douglas State Forest in Douglas, Massachusetts.  Douglas State Forest is a 5,907 acre forest that includes Wallum Lake.  The Forest is popular for hiking, and swimming.  It is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation of Recreation.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Douglas State Forest.  Douglas State Forest was one of our first Adventures after we relocated to Massachusetts.  On our visit we enjoyed resting on the shore, dips in the Lake, climbing boulders, and of course some hiking and exploring.  I find myself chuckling every time I look at the photograph of Buster with his eyes closed. Although I am guessing he must have blinked I always joke how he must be thinking “really another photo Mom”.  I find it quite humorous.  Douglas State Forest has a good mix of outdoors activities.  We may have to visit again in the future (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).


February 2, 2020 – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the ground of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Orchard House is most famous for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women back in the 1800s.  The Alcott family resided in the home for many years.  It currently is a historic museum.

We had a simple Adventure to the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House.  Poor Wilma hurt her paw/claw on Friday so we rested yesterday, and just took a short, local walk today.  I thought it would be fun to explore one of the many local historical homes, so I chose the Orchard House.  So I decided not to research the home to see if it was dog friendly, as I assumed it was not, so of course we only explored the grounds.  We had the property all to ourselves, walking around the property, peering in the windows, taking photographs, and of course enthusiastic rolls for Shadow and Wilma.  There was not much to explore from the outdoors, but the buildings were quite scenic.  I am sure, even more lovely in the non-winter months of New England.  So not necessarily a “normal” Adventure but glad we could get out to add some variety to our weekend of rest.  Definitely many historical hot spots in New England (Adventure will not be rated as only the grounds were explored).


Throwback Adventure – Mount Wachusett – August 2014

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 August 2014 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Mount Wachusett located in the towns of Westminster and Princeton, Massachusetts.  Mount Wachusett is popular for skiing, hiking, and biking.  It is part of Wachusett Mountain State Reservation which includes 3,000 acres, and a Mountain peak of 2,006 feet.  The Mountain is one of the highest points in Massachusetts.

We had a great workout on our Adventure to Wachusett Mountain.  I recall many rocky paths, grass for resting, picnic benches, and great views.  We have not often climbed many mountains, so it was fun to visit the well-known Mount Wachusett for a hike.  I did my best to gather some photographs from our Adventure to Mount Wachusett.  A fun day for all!  (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).


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 backyard, Fall photograph of Wilma.  I love this photograph, a relaxed Wilma lounging as she searches for squirrels.  I am always amazed at how fast Fall goes by, and we often are missing it, the best New England season.  Counting down until the next…nine more months!


January 26, 2020 – Stacy Esplanade/The Lucy Brown Davis Pathway – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Stacy Esplanade and the Lucy Brown Davis Pathway in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  I debated blogging this Adventure as I found limited information identifying specific details on these locations.  However, after researching for a bit I discovered we had walked on the Stacy Esplanade and The Lucy Brown Davis Pathway.  The Lucy Brown Davis Pathway commences at Fort Stage Park, and appears to end where the Esplanade begins.  Along the Esplanade you will find landmarks, including:  the Blynman Bridge, the Gloucester Fishermen’s and the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial.  The Esplanade is also part of the extended walk of the Gloucester HarborWalk.

We had a wonderful coastal walk along the Stacy Esplanade and Lucy Brown Davis Pathway.  It was an unusually warm day, the blue sky filled with spectacular clouds.  We enjoyed our walk, the warm sun streaming down upon us.  There were several places where we were able to walk down and explore the beach.  I am guessing the tide must have been out.  The water was gorgeous, the waves small but singing grandly.  Shadow and Wilma enjoyed sniffing and exploring on the beach, while I appreciated the coastal scene.  We visited the statues along the way and imagined how gorgeous the walk would be with the flower beds in bloom.  It felt like a spring day, just perfect.  A simple, but scenic walk today (Rating: 3).



January 25, 2020 – Sea Flower/Sea Urchin – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Sea Flower/ Sea Urchin in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  The Sea Flower is an abstract sculpture of a sea urchin, designed from wood and steal materials. The sculpture was installed in 1978 by artist James Suris.  It was quite controversial for many years, as many did not feel it was appropriate choice for a town known for its whaling history.

We had a fun Adventure to the Sea Flower, located in front of the Federal building in the downtown area of New Bedford.  We spent much of the day exploring New Bedford, and the Sea Flower was the only new location that I had not yet blogged about, so here I go….

I was excited to find this original, and unique sculpture.  We discovered it where expected but yet in what seemed an odd location for this creative artwork.  After parking we wandered over to the Sea Flower to snap some photographs and see this handiwork.  There was not much to it but definitely unique, and innovative.  My Mom was quite unenthused with the Sea Flower, but I however enjoyed this unusual landmark.  Glad to we could locate the Sea Flower for some entertaining posing today (Rating:  3).