December 27, 2020 – Gunn Brook Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Gunn Brook Falls in Sunderland, Massachusetts. Gunn Brook Falls is located in the UMass Mt. Toby Forest. It consists of an upper and lower Falls.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to Gunn Brook Falls. We found Gunn Brook Falls on the side of the road, down a unnamed dirt road off of Falls Road. We parked and were quite pleased to have the location entirely to ourselves. I did not have high expectations but was thrilled to be mistaken. We began our trek at the top of the Falls and carefully made our way down the side. I was surprised that I managed to stay on my feet with all the leaves and the steep path, but I managed to stay upright. Wilma appeared quite eager to explore, and led the way enthusiastically.

We first explored the upper Falls. There were icicles on the side as well as in various spots along the stream. It was so pretty, and mystical. The Falls were roaring peacefully. I made sure we explored all angles before heading farther down the stream. I did not actually realize at the time that there was a lower falls, smaller, but still beautiful! It took some time to figure out how to get down to this Falls but we eventually found a route to get up close. The lower area was framed with large boulders, covered with moss. It was so scenic, and serene! I absolutely loved Gunn Brook Falls. The combination of a spectacular falls, the location being away from the world, and the experience exceeding my expectations added additional joy to the Adventure! Wilma loved hopping on the rocks, and appeared to be always looking around, making we curious of what wildlife might be nearby. She was a little unsure of the strong rushing water of the waterfalls, but that did not slow her down in exploring. Such a beautiful way to start our day trip today (Rating: 4.5).

Throwback Adventure – Devil’s Hopyard State Park – Connecticut

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.

In August 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. Devil’s Hopyard State Park is most well known for Chapman Falls, a waterfall that drops more than sixty feet. The Park contains at least five moderate trails, an un-named wooden bridge, and pothole stone formations. The Park is surrounded by many myths and stories including one of a man name Dibble, who had a garden to grow hops which were used in the production of beer. The Park is popular for: hiking, birding, camping, and fishing.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Devil’s Hopyard State Park. I remember this Adventure being on a day of moon significance with warnings not to look at it without special eye wear. Of course I cannot seem to recall the exact title, however I enjoyed some conversation with other visitors who were quite interested in the pups and let me peak through their special glasses. On this Adventure we loved the waterfall, and of course had to check out the stream and covered bridge. There were picnic tables to relax. We walked around but did not explore any of the official trails, however it was one of our Adventures on a full day. I especially love this photograph of Shadow and Wilma at the falls, I cannot believe Wilma was ever so small. Another cherished memory in a photograph. We look forward to visiting Devil’s Hopyard State Park again in the future (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

September 4, 2020 – The Waterfalls of Moultonborough- New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the seven waterfalls of Moultonborough, New Hampshire. We found them along the “Brook Walk” which starts to the right of the Cafe at Castle in the Clouds. In addition you can Park near the Fall of Song, when the access road is open. It was not open today so we actually walked all the way down it backwards before returning to Castle in the Clouds where we began on “Brook Way”. Not the “normal” way to do it but double the exercise. We visited Fall of Songs twice which is by far the best of the seven. These Falls are sourced from the Shannon Brook and range from 5-40 feet however the water was low due to recent drought like conditions.

“Brook Way” paralleled the brook so often you could hear the water singing. The trail was easy, and somewhat dull, however it was fun searching for the next falls, all labeled clearly. On the way back I was surprised to find the trail somewhat challenging, uphill with many rocks to climb. I am hoping this was because this was the last hike of our over four hours of hiking, versus that I am not the hiker I dreamed (haha!). Wilma loved hiking and waded in the water. As often is the case I found these falls were generally hard to photograph but I included a video or two of each. See these seven below, in no particular order.

Roaring Falls

Fall of Song

Bridle Veil Falls

Twin Falls

The Cascades

Whittier Falls

Emerald Pool Falls

Rating of the Waterfalls of Moultonborough – 3.5

Weekly Video/Photo

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!

My feature today is a scenic photograph of Shadow at Bash Bish Falls.  Although I have blogged about Bash Bish Falls in the Throwback section of my blog, this particular photograph somehow got lost in my archives.  I will be adding it to my original blog, but for those of you who have already read it, or not yet seen it, I wanted to share it today.  I absolutely love this photograph of my gentle giant, and have special memories of this Adventure to Bash Bish Falls.  I am so glad I was able to capture so many moments on Adventures with Shadow.  We miss him so much but it helps bring me peace knowing he had a long, and fun-filled life.  It is quite a long day trip, but I look forward to returning to Bash Bish Falls in the future.

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August 19, 2020 – Kancamagus Highway – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The Kancamagus Highway is made up of 34 miles of scenic highway which incorporates numerous sites and locations, including: camping, hiking, and scenic spots.  It is also known for the rushing Swift River.  The Kancamagus Highway is especially popular during the Fall months when leaf peepers frequent the area.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Kancamagus Highway.  We visited Sabbaday Falls, the Albany Covered Bridge, Lower Falls, Rocky Gorge, Lily Pond, Lincoln Woods, several scenic overviews, and the Lovequist Pond Loop.  We have been to all these locations before, but it has been some time that we visited some of them.  We arrived at 6am and except for Lincoln Woods were able to avoid the crowds, quite surprised and pleased to see fewer visitors then at any of our previous visits.  Wilma was thrilled with the rocks, hiking, and exploring, and I could not get enough of the beauty and great exercise.  It was one special day, and we were both exhausted by the time we headed home.  I decided to do a collage of all of these locations below, although will only include limited photographs of the Albany Covered Bridge as I blogged about it individually.  It warms my heart to know that I first discovered the Kancamagus Highway with Shadow and Buster, and will continue these Adventures with Wilma.  If you have any questions about these locations, or photographs please reach out to me in the comments, or through the “contact” form on the menu.  We love the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Rating:  5).

August 7, 2020 – The White Mountains – New Hampshire

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The White Mountains are a mountain range that cover a large part of New Hampshire, and also a portion of western Maine. The White Mountains include 48 peaks at over 4,000 feet. The White Mountains are popular for skiing, hiking, and ATVing.

We had a spectacular Adventure to the White Mountains.  I set my alarm for 3am (yikes!) to get an early start on our day-trip.  We visited some of our favorite spots, and enjoyed every minute!  We did some hiking, waterfall chasing, and relaxed at some of our preferred scenic spots.  It was our first time in the Mountains since we lost Shadow which made me very sad.  So glad we had so many Adventures with both Buster and Shadow in the endless beauty of the White Mountains.  Furever precious memories! ❤️

Since we have Adventured to and blogged about all of these locations previously I decided to write my blog differently today.  Below you will see each location with photos and videos, and two or three sentences about each.  I have placed the waterfalls in their own category as many of my visitors are waterfall fanatics.  In addition I will add the link to my original post so you can click on that if you are interested in reading more.  Feel free to ask any questions about these Adventures through the contact form or in the comments.  The White Mountains are definitely one the most beautiful spots in New England!

The Basin/Pemi Trail
The Basin/Pemi Trail is a gorgeous location filled with cascades and waterfalls.  It can be crowded during the summer months as is a magnificent place to cool down and relax.  I discovered this location with Buster, Shadow, and My Mom and it quickly became one of my favorites.

Links from previous blogs on the Basin/Pemi Trail:
https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/7860

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/710

 

Ammonoosuc Lake Trail
Ammonoosuc Lake Trail is one of my favorites, although short it is quiet, and gorgeous!  I first discovered this Trail when working weekends in the White Mountains with Shadow and Wilma.  Not easy to get a kayak there but that sure would be magical!

Link from previous blog On the Ammonoosuc Trail:  https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/987

 

The Basin-Cascades Trail
The Basin-Cascades Trail can be found at the Basin, and eventually connects to other trails including Lonesome Lake.  It is filled with waterfalls, and cascades, and has gorgeous mountain views.  I discovered the Trail with Shadow and just love it!


Links from Previous blogs on the Basin-Cascades Trail
https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/710

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/7860

 

Kinsman Falls
Kinsman Falls is located on the Basin-Cascades Trail.  I especially love Kinsman Falls as it is unique, you can get close with a climb, and I discovered it by accident.  It is generally a quiet location, and is very peaceful.

Links from previous blogs:  (Kinsman Falls was not blogged about individually in these blogs but included in the location)

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/710

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/7860

 

Baby Flume
Baby Flume is located in the Basin on the Pemi Trail.  The water flow is great although it is a short cascade.  Again, it is not one I would declare a waterfall, it is listed as so!

Links from previous blogs: (Baby Flume was not blogged about individually in these blogs but included in the location)

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/7860

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/710

 

Boise Rock
Boise Rock is not overly appealing, but if you are into rocks and geology it definitely is your place.  I have special memories posing with Buster there, on a trip we had knowing he would not live long due to a terminal diagnosis.  The area around Boise Rock provides lovely views of the Mountains, especially in the fall.

Link from previous blog on Boise Rock:  https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/5042

 

Wiley Pond
I first discovered Wiley Pond with Shadow, Buster, and My Mom, and have one of my Mom’s brilliant photographs framed from this location.  It is scenic spot that has a short trail, and has other trail beginnings.  This especially is great for those who want to appreciate the gorgeous scenery and are not able to hike.

Link from previous blog on Wiley Pond:  https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/3920

 

Saco Lake Trail

This Trail is located right on the road across from AMC Lodge on Route 302.  It is very short, but provides some fun walkways above the Trail.  We love it as it is unique, and picturesque.

**I took a video but it did not seem to take – darn!

Link from previous blog on the Saco Lake Trail:  https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/734

 

August 7, 2020 – Silver Cascade – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Silver Cascade in the Harts Location of Crawford Notch State Park.  Crawford Notch State Park is part of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Silver Cascade is approximately 250 feet tall that is made up of connecting cascades.  Silver Cascade can be found on the side of the road on Route 302 and is a popular swimming hole.

Wilma and I had a quiet Adventure to Silver Cascade.  We had actually stopped there before in the past, but did not see much to explore and were only there briefly.  I was surprised to find very few visitors were at the Falls as I had read that it was a popular location.  We crossed the busy Route 302 from the parking lot and began wandering closer.  The Falls was tall, with varying cascades, almost easier to view. We arrived to find one family, and a talented painter.  I snapped some photographs and enjoyed the sight.  Although the Falls was very tall I found it somewhat unappealing.  Wilma was excited to see the kids playing, hoping for some love from afar, and I dreamed about joining them as they cooled off in the Falls.  We peered at the Falls for a bit before heading back to the car.  Definitely challenging to photograph, and really nothing to exciting, but still glad we could finally Adventure to Silver Falls (Rating:  3).

 

 

 

Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog please skip to paragraph three…

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!

My feature today is a video of Shadow and Wilma at Fraconia Falls back in 2017.  Fraconia Falls is barely something I would call a waterfall, but it came at the end of an amazing day of hiking at Lincoln Woods.  It is still a beautiful series of cascades, and provides a distant mountain views.  Glad to have captured this on a day full of memories!  I will be adding this to my initial blog but you can type in Fraconia Falls in the search box to read more about our Adventure and see a variety of photographs.  This was the only time I have been to Fraconia Falls but I look forward to returning as I absolutely love this area of the mountains.

 

July 3, 2020 – Porcupine Falls – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Porcupine Falls in Gilsum, New Hampshire.  Porcupine Falls is located in the John and Rosemarie Calhoun Family Forest, part of the Monadnock Conservancy.  The Falls is approximately  fifteen feet in height and is sourced from the White Brook.  The Trail to the Falls is less then one mile round trip.

We had a simple Adventure to Porcupine Falls.  We arrived after following White Brook Road to the end, first seeing the sign to John and Rosemarie Calhoun Forest and then landing directly into the parking lot.  Upon exiting we heard the chirping birds and singing Brook.  We began over a bridge crossing the Brook and headed out on our trek.

The Trail to Porcupine Falls followed the blue diamond trail.  Along the trail there were two bridges, many ferns, and a boardwalk-like bridge. The trail was very buggy but the continual sounds of water and nature helped distract us from the bombing bugs. Immediately preceding the Falls there were some rock stairs, and the second bridge. Porcupine Falls was locatesdto the left of this bridge.  I could not believe how short the trail was to the Falls. We hopped over the rocks to arrive right next to the Falls.  Honestly I was slightly disappointed as I had imagined a much more impressive Falls. However we made sure to explore the area surrounding the Falls and appreciate the moments.  I was quite pleased not to see any porcupines but yet oddly I saw one from the car later in the day. Always glad to visit yet another New England waterfall (Rating: 3).

PS – It is recommended that you view the videos to see the best perspective of the waterfall – video three is captured in closest proximity.

Video 1:  Bridge near Porcupine Falls

Video 2:  Trail to Porcupine Falls

Video 3:  Porcupine Falls

Video 4:  First Bridge over White Brook on the way to Porcupine Falls

June 7, 2020 – Pecks Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Pecks Falls in Adams, Massachusetts.  There are several Falls titled Pecks Falls and I believe the particular one we visited was the Upper Falls.  Pecks waterfall is sourced from the Pecks Brook.  It is approximately twenty feet in height, has several cascades, and drains into a pool below.

We had a beautiful Adventure to the Pecks Falls.  It took a little bit of time finding the trail to Pecks Falls, but I was glad we did not give up!  We drove around for awhile before deciding that several car pull-offs on West Mountain Road might be the correct location.  We ventured down the trail and toward where we thought it was located.  We found the Pecks Brook, and it did not take long to arrive at the Falls.  The Trail was much shorter, and easier then I had imagined.  I was thrilled that we had found the Falls!!  Somehow I managed to not get my sneakers wet as we hopped over the Brook and down to the base of Pecks Falls.  It was small, but yet gorgeous!!  We took some photographs, and enjoyed the scenery.   We were pleased to have this complete Adventure to ourselves.  I found the Trail to the Falls to be quite unappealing, however really did love the Falls.  Simple, but perfect.  So glad we could visit Pecks Falls today (Rating:  Falls:  4, Trail:  3.5)