October 28, 2018 – Wadsworth State Park – Connecticut

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Wadsworth State Park in the towns of Middlefield and Middletown, Connecticut. The park is a 285 acre park filed with trails, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, and two waterfalls. It is located on the Coginchaug River. Clarence Wadsworth, a well known Colonel, linguist, and scholar developed the land in order to preserve it for all citizens, therefore earning the name.

We had a delightful Fall Adventure to Wadsworth State Park. Although the day was dark from previous rain, and the temperature crisp, it was just perfect for a hike. We were excited to explore a Park in Connecticut, a place we have not frequented as much as the remaining New England states. Upon exiting the car we could immediately hear the roaring of the “Big” Falls. Although I had printed a map, we quickly found a large map which we viewed before heading straight to the “Big” Falls. The “Big” Falls was thunderous, and quite spectacular. It is hard to know what to expect when you plan a visit to a waterfall as sometimes they can be practically non-existent, especially in off season. The “Big” Falls, however did not disappoint, as it was heavy flowing, and music to our ears. The ground was covered with gorgeous Fall leaves adding the perfect touch to the lovely scene.

After viewing the “Big” Falls we searched for the trailhead. It took us awhile to finally find this location as we had to walk down the main street before eventually coming to the sign. A brief moment of frustration, but we soon were off on our way. We hiked all over this magnificent Park, the leaves yellow, red, and brightly patterned. There were numerous trails and turns, requiring constant peaks at the map. So lucky I had printed the map so we did not miss any highlights, and could not worry about getting lost. So with this map we headed to the “Little” Falls, which was less then a mile down the orange trail, and off onto the blue trail. Another marvelous waterfall this one had less flow, and more rocks, yet gorgeous in its own way. We spent a bit exploring the “Little” Falls, while the pups enjoyed some fresh flowing water.

From there we followed different colored trails attempting to find the various highlights on the map. There were shallow streams, a pond from afar, and even a “Giant Laurel” tree. I was humored by even locating a “Purple” trail, which might have been a first on our many Adventures. We spent about three hours hiking, seeing other friendly visitors here and there along the way. Definitely an enjoyable afternoon at the Wadsworth State Park (Rating: 4)

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Throwback Adventure – Sabbaday Falls – August 2014 and July 2017

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 October 2014 Shadow, Buster, my Mom and I Adventured to Sabbaday Falls, while in July 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Sabbaday Falls. Sabbaday Falls is a popular waterfall located in Waterfall Valley, along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. There is a short, handicapped accessible travel trail to Sabbaday Falls. Sabbaday Falls is an approximate thirty five to forty five foot drop, ending in a Gorge-like area. The waterfall is made up of a series of cascades.

We had a lovely Adventure to Sabbaday Falls on both of our trips. Our first trip it was quite the chilly fall day, while the second trip was a warm summer afternoon. Sabbaday Falls is highly scenic with rustic railings, bridges, and steps along the falls. There are benches and picnic tables in the area, allowing time to relax and cherish the views. We even enjoyed a picnic on our first journey, while Buster and Shadow played-away. Although Sabbaday Falls can be touristy at some times of years, it is well worth the visit to this spectacular waterfall. As with many of our Adventures it was hard to capture the beauty of the Falls in photographs. Definitely a stop we plan to visit again in the future (Rating: 5).

July 2017

October 2014

August 31, 2018 – Georgiana Falls – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Georgiana Falls in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Georgiana Falls consists of thirty feet of cascades. The Falls is sourced from the Harvard Brook.

We were excited to begin our Adventure to Georgiana Falls. The parking lot was at the end of Georgiana Falls Road. We began our hike to the Falls, locating a small sign confirming we were at the correct trailhead. The trail to the Falls ran under the highway on two separate occasions, creating a loud background sound of vehicles. The trail was quite uninviting, but improved when we arrived at the Brook, singing a musical song. We followed the Brook, and several times strolled over to the rocky, water’s edge. The Brook was boulder-filled, and shallow, allowing minimal opportunities for a swim. However, Shadow did make his way in on at least one occasion. Even when the footing is challenging,Shadow never misses a good opportunity for a summer cool-down.

We continued to follow the trail until we arrived at the suspected Georgiana Falls. We were disappointed to not even see any waterfall. It appears that Georgiana must be a Falls that is best seen in spring, as I am 99% sure we had arrived at the correct location. From there my plan was to hike to Harvard Falls, a bit farther, and steeper climb. I soon realized that the literal hopping from rock to rock was too much for Shadow, so we decided to head back to the trail. Shadow was energized by this decision, as he seemed quite uneasy with the numerous large boulders.

We then trotted back on the trail again taking several side trails to the Brook. I searched for color in the dull landscape, and found a couple bright yellow mushrooms and wildflowers along the path. Overall an unappealing hike, however the bland scenery never dampens our time on an Adventure (Rating: 2).

August 4, 2018 – Jackson Falls – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Jackson Falls in Jackson, New Hampshire.  Jackson Falls is a Falls with cascades and plunges that is sourced from the Wildcat Brook.  It is especially popular in the summer when visitors can be found swimming in the pools.

Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I had visited this Bridge previously, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from that trip (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).

Due to the rainy weather we were completely drenched by the end of our adventure to Jackson Falls. However, we could not resist exploring so we carried on through the rain.  There is no hike to Jackson Falls, as it is on the roadside, however there are mini trails with chairs and benches along the Falls.  We walked around, checking out the area, and luckily avoided any and all slips and falls on the wet rocks.  Even on a rainy day Shadow was eager to get in a dip on the water, while Wilma enjoyed posing on the bench.  We walked up to the top of the Falls to check out a unique bridge from afar.  I am assuming the Falls was higher then normal due to the overnight rainfall, and of course the summer season.  A simple stop, but yet we appreciated our adventure (Rating:  3).

August 4, 2018 – New Hampshire – Thompson Falls

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Thompson Falls in Pinkham’s Grant, New Hampshire.  We have been on this trail before, but this was our first trip to the waterfall.  Unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from the previous trip (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.). Thompson Falls is a three level waterfall, totaling almost seventy feet in length.  It is sourced from the Thompson Brook, which flows down Wildcat Mountain.

We were happy to start this adventure with the pouring rain beginning to dwindle.  Our journey began at the Wildcat Mountain parking lot, before we soon located the Wildcat Nature Trail.  We followed the Nature trail, and quickly found signs to the Thompson waterfall.  The trail was clear and well marked.  It was heavily packed with roots, gradually sloping upwards.  The deluge of rain overnight led to a muddy trail, almost a mini waterfall of its own.  We walked for a bit before arriving at a stream, tearing through the trail.  I decided to take off my sneakers and cross this stream carefully.  Miss Wilma had no interest in this unexpected detour, so somehow I able to pick her up and make it across, without tumbling into the water.  We continued our journey to the Falls.  A large amount of the trail ran parallel to the Thompson Brook, creating a beautiful song, and increased anticipation for the Falls.

On arrival to the Falls, it definitely did not disappoint.  We were able to get in close proximity, the mist spraying on our face.  The Waterfall was quite powerful, creating a thunderous sound.  We stood for awhile taking photographs, and enjoying the magnificent view.  Wilma appeared to pose on the rocks, while Shadow took a little dip in the Brook, before sitting calmly nearby.  We took our time taking in the smells, sounds, and sights, cherishing yet another adventure.

The Thompson waterfall was gorgeous, and peaceful.   I would definitely recommend to others (Rating:  4).

July 28, 2018 – New Hampshire – Diana’s Bath

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I journeyed to Diana’s Bath in Bartlett, New Hampshire.  Diana’s Bath is a series of pools, cascades, and waterfalls along the Lucy Brook.  The site was once the location of an old sawmill, abandoned by the Lucy family in the 1940’s, while later becoming a historic site.  It is located in the White Mountain National Forest.

We were excited to adventure to Diana’s Bath today.  We have visited this spot before, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from previous trips (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).  Our adventure began bright and early, as this site is known for being a summer hot spot.  Our journey began down the well groomed trail, benches adorning the sides.  It was short, but lovely trail, which ended in a long wooden bridge.

Upon arrival, we decided to ascend to the top of the Falls, hoping to find the serenity of silence.  We strolled up the hill, on a rooted path, taking some photographs along the way.  Of course we stopped to provide Shadow some water time, in the clear, crisp water.  Wilma herself was quite content on the rocks, watching the scenes unfold around her.  At the top of the Falls the water became a brook, with increased small rocks, and decreased pools for dipping.  We enjoyed a little beach area, before the crowds began pouring in.

After wandering around at the top of our Falls we then began our descent down.  We first hopped across the Falls, looking forward to experiencing a different visual.  Additionally, this helped to provide a somewhat less populated journey.  We enjoyed walking through the water, photographing, and of course numerous belly rubs, and love for the dogs.  I even took some time walking on the smooth rocks through the water, which was quite the sensory cool-down.  It was fun to spend time hanging out on the large rocks, and viewing the little waterfalls throughout.  I was pleased that someone offered to take a family photo, with one of the Falls.  Besides being excessively populated, Diana’s Bath was a wonderful place to visit (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

October 2016

July 27, 2018 – Campton/Beebe Falls – New Hamsphire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Campton Falls (also known as Beebe Falls) in Campton, New Hampshire.  Campton Falls is a traditional waterfall, that is approximately fifteen feet in height.  The Falls drops to a gorge, and rushes into the Beebe River below.

We were impressed with our adventure to Campton Falls today.  Campton Falls is located on the side of the road, however, it took us some time to find a way to get down to the Falls for a more personal view.  The trails were steep, rocky, and somewhat hazardous.  I actually received some cuts and scratches with an unplanned skid down the rocks.  Even Shadow and Wilma appeared hesitant at moments.  However, slowly, and carefully we made it down to the base of at least the main falls.   The waterfall, and rushing gorge were beyond brilliant, the music delightful.  The rocks surrounding the area added a unique touch, gorgeous in color, and uneven in shape.

I was ecstatic that Shadow found a little pool, as the current was strong if you wandered too far.  So although we made it, I was somewhat disappointed that there was not a great place for them to sit and relax, as we had to be extra cautious about our footing.  Of course I was still very happy that we were able to visit this stunning location.  Definitely a spectacular waterfall which I would recommend to others (Rating:  4)