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 photograph of a scenic winter wonderland, highlighted by Shadow and Wilma.  This was taken at one of my favorite local State Parks which I have yet to blog about.  I love the white wonderland captured in this photograph.  One of my motto’s is:  “Don’t let the weather stop you”.  Hope you too will enjoy some winter hikes, although thankfully we can appreciate some other seasons before it is cold and slippery again!

 

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August 11, 2019 – Rocky Neck Art Colony – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The Rocky Neck Art Colony is located on the Gloucester peninsula.  It is considered one of the oldest art colonies in the country.  Artists include:  jewelers, painters, and photographers.  Rocky neck includes many restaurants with outdoor seating and scenic views.  It also contains the Gloucester Marine Railways one of the oldest shipyards in the country.

We had a coastal Adventure to Rocky Neck.  We left later then I had planned (as my squirrel-stalker Wilma was having too much backyard fun) so we ended up taking a detour.  My initial  destination was overtaken by in-season crowds, quick eliminating my initial plan. I therefore was pleased to find the nearby Rocky Neck Colony.  This was a place I had been once before and figured it would be a beautiful alternative for a summer stroll.

Upon arrival at Rocky Neck we immediately found free street parking.  The walk was a gorgeous coastal scene.  There were shops, galleries, and restaurants, many decorated with colorful flowers, and art displays.  Rocky Neck was uniquely artsy, as expected, with paintings on outside buildings including window sills, and painted windows.  The coastal views were spectacular with boats of all shapes and sizes.  We ended our walk exploring the shipyard before turning around and enjoying some delicious ice cream at Rocky Neck Ice Cream.

Our last stop on this Adventure was a surprise, finding a hidden beach area along Rocky Neck.  There were two simple parks opposite from one another, one with a beach.  I was thrilled to find this, and before you knew it Shadow was instantly refreshed!  I waded in with my sneakers and was quite impressed with Wilma sneaking in farther then usual.  Shadow preferred to stay in the water while Wilma eagerly waited  his return, spent some time digging, and enjoyed exploring some shells.  We sat for awhile on the beach and appreciated the sights around us.  Watching them made me laugh Wilma wild and energetic, Shadow calm and relaxed.  It really was just a perfect way to end our visit to Rocky Neck.  We spent about two hours exploring this peninsula and I am sure we will be back (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Jeff Smith Trail – 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 December of 2014 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the Jeff Smith Trail in Pepperell, Massachusetts.  The Jeff Smith Trail is a conservation trail which runs through the “Blood Brook Ravine” land.  There is parking for this Trail on Jewett Street and on Heald Street.  The trail includes:  a shoreline walk along the pond, follows a steep ridge above the pond, and weaves through the ravine that follows the Blood Brook.  The total round trip hike is just under three miles.

We had an enjoyable adventure to the Jeff Smith Trail.  I do not post many of our local conservation Adventures, however, sometimes feel inspired to share.  On this particular walk I remember appreciating the unique landscape, the steep views of the lake, the ravine,  and the Brook throughout our hike.  We did not see a sole on the trail, and were swept away into the arms of nature.  We found a beaver dam along the trail, and explored all the little spots we could find.  I do not believe I ever researched this trail (until blogging) however spotted it on a drive through the area.  A trail with water always catches my eye and am glad that we stopped for a hike on this brown, crisp, winter day.  Not a fancy hike by all means, but yet a nice place to explore for the local followers and friends.  Make sure you check out your local conservation land, you will often find a lovely spot (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

 

August 7, 2019 – Amesbury Riverwalk – Massachusetts

On August 7, 2019 Wilma and I Adventured to the Amesbury Riverwalk while Shadow spent the morning with my parents.  The Amesbury Riverwalk is a 1.3 mile paved, rail trail located in Amesbury, Massachusetts.  The Riverwalk follows the Powow River  which is distantly visible through the trees on several occasions.  The Amesbury Riverwalk connects downtown Amesbury and the Carriagetwon Marketplace.  It is a popular walk for bikers, joggers, and dog walkers.

We had a steady paced Adventure to the Amesbury Riverwalk.  Shadow was thrilled to spend the morning at Grandma and Grandpa’s spa, so I decided to take an extra long walk with Wilma, and work on some on-leash training.  We had a little bit of difficulty locating the trail, walking around the area a bit before finding what appeared to be the beginning of the trail.  The entrance was not labeled but we began walking and soon spotted a mile marker noting we were officially on the Amesbury Riverwalk.  The trail started in the parking lot before heading into the woods, and bordering many homes, an apartment complex, and then became a little farther away from the residences.  The trail was simple, full of many walkers, families, and our furry best friends.  There were benches along the route, wildflowers, and very distant views of the River.  Often you could hear the sounds of the highway, and children playing.  Wilma took several breaks to nap, but overall we had an energetic walk, enjoying a new experience. We turned around at Elm Street as I was a little unclear if the trail was merging into another, or if it was about to officially end.  I did not want to push Wilma too much in the heat, and we were past the 1.2 mile mark, so it is possible that we missed the last .1 mile.

The Amesbury Riverwalk was not a very scenic walk, but yet always nice to experience a new location.  Wilma did extra-ordinary in her training, ending our walk with a very proud mama.  We missed our Shadow today, but know he would not have appreciated an extra-long walk in the heat, with no swimming opportunities.  A good excuse to say thank you to my amazing parents!   (Rating:  3).

I have begun reading more about Rail Trails so you may see more Adventures to Rail Trails in the future.  I would love to hear if you have any favorites of your own??

 

 

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 photograph of Wilma at Halibut State Park.  Halibut State Park is a gorgeous coastal park located in Rockport, Massachusetts.  It includes:  trails, a lighthouse, a quarry, and rocky coastal views.  We have been to this location many times, and have greatly enjoyed these Adventures.  If you would like to read/see more about Halibut State Park you can search for it in the search box (located on the right on your computer, or the bottom on a cell phone.)

Love this scenic photo of my adorable, curious girl.  Enjoy!

Halibut point Septe 2017

August 4, 2019 – Rowell Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Rowell Covered Bridge in Hopkington, New Hampshire. The Rowell Covered Bridge was built in 1953 and crosses the Contoocook River. It is a one-car traffic bridge.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to the Rowell Covered Bridge. After taking a long local walk I figured it was the perfect day to visit a new covered bridge. I had researched the bridge and noted it was listed at “1433 Maple Street”, however that was not the address that it was located. We drove past the address (coming from Route 89) for a minute or two and were glad to find the bridge on the right. There was steady traffic, cars zooming through the bridge, so we decided not to walk through the bridge, but instead take some time on each side to explore.

We began exploring the near side, noting a young boy and his father fishing on the opposite. It took some determination to find a path down to the River. The “path” was quite overgrown, however landed us in our desired destination. Shadow especially was thrilled to spot the River, and was immediately in the water. He was soon laying peaceful in the River, the water rippling around him. It a tranquil site, and besides for cars bumping along the bridge, incredibly serene. We attempted to stroll along the limited shore, but I soon decided to walk right into the River, much easier then the balance, and dodging of greenery. I sat on the shore for a bit while we relaxed. The water was quite picturesque, and felt just right. Wilma’s silly self enjoyed eating grass, posing on the rocks, chasing dragon flies, and she actually went in the water a bit to wade. Shadow mostly stayed in the water, relaxing peacefully. After spending awhile on this side of the River we decided to again drive through the bridge and check out the far side.

I was pleased to see the shoreline had become empty, so we therefore ventured down this much steeper slope. There was more of a sandy shore, lots of rocks to perch on, and an increased shoreline to appreciate. The view was similar, but the footing much more accommodating. My guess is that this bridge is more popular for locals, fishing, and not necessarily as known as others. The Rowell Covered Bridge was definitely one of my favorite covered bridges. If you are a Covered Bridge lover I would encourage you visit this lovely spot. A peaceful afternoon at the Rowell Covered Bridge (Rating: 4.5)

 

 

 

 

 

Other Tidbits, Fun, and News

I have decided to add a tab/menu section of my blog specifically for Covered Bridges. If you follow my blog you are well aware that I am a fan of visiting covered bridges with my two best, buds, Shadow and Wilma. I still have many Throwback Adventures to write about, and I am sure we will Adventure to many more covered bridges in the future. Since we have had many current Adventures I thought it was a good time to add this feature. I believe there is one bridge from New York, but generally they will be from our New England Adventures. As I assembled this collection it made me smile seeing our Buster enjoy many of these Adventures. We sure do miss him!

Here are just a few of my many favorites. Hope you too can enjoy some Adventures to these special New England landmarks!