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)

 

May 31, 2020 – Glendale Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Glendale Falls in Middlefield, Massachusetts.  Glendale Falls in sourced by the Glendale Brook and is considered one of the longest waterfalls in Massachusetts.  The trail to Glendale Falls is only about a quarter of a mile in length.  The Property is managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

We had a water-rushing Adventure to Glendale Falls.  This was a waterfall I had been curious about for some time so was pleased to fit it in to today’s Adventures!  We located the Falls on a long country road and were disappointed to find it so crowded.  However we were able to obtain the last spot and headed down the trail.  We were quickly distracted by some rocks and what appeared to be the top of the Falls so headed off the trail to explore.   There were some small cascades and a beautiful view although the complete Falls was not yet in sight.  I had a brief flash of several on my White Mountain view’s but definitely not quite as spectacular.

We then headed back to the trail.  The trail was short but somewhat steep at locations. Certain spots actually had steps which helped with balance. We appreciated many boulders, some unusual in shape.  Upon arrival to the bottom we found it very crowded, and took some time trying to navigate our route while adhering to social distancing. We soon found some perfect rocks to enjoy the sounds of rushing water.  The Falls was a bit difficult to capture on camera as it was cascades from far above, however I did my best to capture this beautiful Falls.

We were quite upset to have a little incident when a dog jumped the Brook and bounded high up to the rocks we were standing on and charged Wilma.  I was so disappointed to see the lack of quick response from the owners let alone letting this incident occur in an on-leash location (maybe due to COVID but clearly listed as a rule).  However they eventually made their way to us to retrieve their dog and apologized continually. However this dampened the mood for a bit before we regrouped.  I then decided not to explore farther down the brook as they had headed in that direction but yet was thankful we had seen the complete Falls.

We headed back up the trail taking numerous opportunities to head to various rocky parts of the cascades.  We definitely had to be careful watching our step especially with rock jumping Wilma at the wheel (haha).  Upon arrival at the top we found an area busy with visitors, perfect for dipping.  We actually chatted with several guests and Wilma was quite thrilled to get some belly rubs and lots of attention.  One guest actually mentioned that she had seen the incident with the dog and was impressed at how I handled it.  This made me feel a bit better as everything happened so fast, and although I was not at all happy I did not say a negative word to the owners.  As I think about it Wilma recovered quite quickly it was more myself that was rattled, and frustrated.  I debated mentioning this incident but it did play a big impact in the day.  However, we loved finding a new waterfall, quite unique to the other ones we have located in Massachusetts.  Beautiful rocks, cascades, and a view down the Falls.  So glad we could visit Glendale Falls today (Rating:  4).

 

May 23, 2020 – Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, also referred to as the Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside.  This Area is a small state park at just 13 acres that features the Wilde Brook, a trail, and a rocky gorge with waterfalls.  There are picnic tables and a visitor center that is open in season.

We had a water-rushing Adventure to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area.  This was the second time I had been there as Shadow, Buster, and I visited almost five years ago.   Due to this visit being so long ago I decided to blog about this Nature Area again today.  We began down the trail and took every opportunity to go down to the water’s edge.  Wilma was quite pleased to find many rocks, and has continued to be more comfortable with the water, eager to wade and drink.  We took our time finding all the little spots along the way, often veering off on the side trails.

Throughout the Trail we found three bridges, of different lengths, adding some character to the Nature Area.  Overall landscape was very brown, however the rushing water brightened the location through sound.  The highlight, as you may expect, was the water running through the Chesterfield Gorge creating a cascade waterfall.  The main viewing area was blocked by some tacky fencing to add to safety of visitors.  There were numerous drops of cascades, creating a tall cascade.  It was simple compared to our recent waterfall Adventures, but yet still pretty.  It appeared as someone had carved some benches out of trees, adding a sitting area in this spot.

So although I would describe the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area as far from spectacular we still enjoyed our visit.  Amazingly we spent about an hour and a half walking on the trail, relaxing near the water, exploring, and taking photographs.  We did not see many people but did meet a group of people that Wilma was quite thrilled about, even running circles around me.  It was just so funny to see, like they were long last friends.  If you live locally or are in the area I would definitely recommend a visit to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area (Rating:  4).

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May 16, 2020 – Welton Falls – New Hampshire

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Welton Falls in Alexandria, New Hampshire.  Welton Falls is located in Welton Falls State Forest.  It can be found after an almost three mile round trip hike.  Welton Falls is in the middle of a gorge, and is approximately 30 feet in height.  It is sourced from the Fowler River.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Welton Falls.  We parked at the AMC Lodge and located a brown sign to the right for the Falls.  We followed the trail in and soon merged onto the Manning Trail, a yellow blaze.  The trail weaves through the woods and crossed the lower trail.  It did not take long for us to hear the music of the Fowler River.  We were parallel to the River high above until soon descending and becoming closer and closer to the River.  The River was just beautiful, full of power.  Much of the trail was muddy and water filled, covered with rocks and roots.  We did not find it challenging but were careful to watch our step.

It did not take us long to arrive at the part of the trail that crosses the River.  I thought this may be challenging but I soon realized it was much more complicated then I thought.  I tried to encourage Wilma in, and although she followed she had no interest in getting too deep.  My mind raced pondering a solution.  We soon began following the Rivers edge, sometimes bushwalking through to find that perfect spot.  The water was high and rushing creating a current and minimal exposed rocks to cross all the way.  We did manage to cross over where the River split but could not find a way over the other side.  This was very frustrating and discouraging.  I felt disappointed in myself being so annoyed, so decided to find a rock to relax and appreciate the gorgeous River.

After taking a little rest we continued on and eventually found a spot to cross, a combination of a log and rocks.  I was quite grateful that my balance skills appeared intact and of course lucky that  Wilma is always quick on her feet!  We finally made it!!

We continued on the Manning Trail on the other side of the River.  It did not take long before we arrived at the top of the Falls and then headed down to the gorge.  I worked hard to get photos but the Falls was challenging to capture and the footing was slippery and sometimes dangerous.  The Falls was immense with rushing water through the gorge.  It twisted through the rocks before ending in a pool, then continued down the gorge.  Welton Falls was beautiful and well worth the effort!!

In addition to viewing the waterfall we loved the gorge.  There was not a sole around as if we had a canyon of our own. Wilma enjoyed some chaotic digging, stick chewing and of course rock jumping.  Our  peaceful oasis!  Eventually I decided it was time to head back.

We we’re lucky to find the same place to cross and blessed again with good balance!  I was surprised to find myself quite tired, but the trail back ascended continually.  In addition to my labor bushwalking I actually slipped and fell numerous times, adding too my exhaustion.  However all put together the features of a true and rewarding hike.  We spent over four hours hiking and enjoying the waterfall.  So glad we were determined to complete our Adventure.  Welton Falls was absolutely spectacular, a waterfall I would definitely recommend (Rating:  Trail – 4, Falls 5).

 

May 9, 2020 – Blackledge Falls Park – Connecticut

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Blackledge Falls Park in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  Blackledge Falls Park is an 80 acre property that contacts trails, streams, and the Blackledge Falls.  Blackledge Falls has 2-3 plunges of approximately 25 feet in height.  The Park is popular for hiking, and mountain biking.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Blackledge Falls Park.  We arrived bright and early to avoid the crowds, and were successful at this endeavor.  We began our hike into the woods, a light coating beautifully framing the trails.  We soon arrived at several small bridges, and streams. We could hear the birds chirping, streams running, and on occasion a car driving down the nearby road.  I had read about the Blackridge Falls so knew we should veer toward the left, and eventually climb a hill, but was very unclear if we were heading the correct direction.  Eventually we did and were just thrilled!!

The Blackredge Falls was gorgeous, and grand!!  I had read some reviews stating there was little water flow, so was quite enthused to see two plunges of a reasonable size.  It was just spectacular.  We covered all areas of ground near the Falls taking photographs.  One special thing about the Falls is that we were able to get up close, under, high to the left, and to the right and up and over the Falls.  We spent a good amount of time at the Falls enjoying the up-close and person experience.  Just stunning!  Wilma love the rocks, and posed for photographs.

After enjoying the Falls we returned to the Trail and turned left on the blue blazed trail.  I had read a map online and noticed the blue blaze did almost a loop through the property.  The Trail was someone confusing, with lots of turns and options, but it appeared though following the blue blaze was the correct decision.  I loved seeing the contrasting colors of the dirt, the snow, and the green grass, a unique variance in color.  Throughout the Trail Wilma enjoyed many rock jumping, and showed no hesitation at crossing the small streams along the Trail.  We did not see any other visitors until we were almost back at the parking lot.  It is so hard to visualize what we might find on our Adventure and Blackredge Falls Park, and Falls, definitely did not disappoint.  If we just had Shadow and Buster by our side…  Such a wonderful visit to the Blackredge Falls Park (Rating:  4).

 

Throwback Adventure – Arethusa Falls – New Hampshire

In remembering our Shadow I decided to re-post some of our favorite Adventures on our “Throwback Adventure” Thursdays.  Shadow had amazing solo Adventures, Adventures with Buster, and Adventures with Wilma.  He was one lucky boy!  The post today was our Adventure to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains.  This was a gorgeous Falls, and in addition we discovered a side trail that allowed us to view smaller Falls, as well as some fresh water sips and dips for Shadow.  Forever precious memories!  Please see below for my original post including photographs and a video.

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 some cases you will also see journeys that occurred before our little lady Wilma became part of our family, as in our Throwback Adventure today.

In June 2017 Shadow and I had a breathtaking Adventure to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Arethusa Falls, sometimes referred to as Tuckerman Falls, is sourced by the Bemis Brook.  It is almost 200 feet in height and is one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire.  The trail to Arethusa Falls is approximately a three mils round-trip hike.  Part of the Trail is paralleled by the Bemis Brook Trail while following the Bemis Brook, and leading you past the Bemis Brook Falls and Coliseum Falls.  It is a popular area for hiking, and ice climbing in the winter months.

One of the most amazing Adventures I have ever taken was this hike I took with Shadow to Arethusa Falls.  I remember the trail to the Falls was clearly labeled, filled with rocks, a bridge or two, and other hikers along the way.  The main trail was not very inspiring, but the elevation gain was definitely a good work-out.  I was super impressed with my rockstar Shadow, (nine at this time) as unlike me, he did not miss a beat!

Upon arrival at the Falls we were immediately drawn to the massive height at the Falls.  It was thin in depth,and musical in sound, as misty water streamed over the rocks.  We hoped from rock to rock finding a nice place to rest, enjoy the waterfall, and eat a little snack.  It was definitely one of the most impressive waterfalls I have seen, and the experience of an exhausting hike made the Adventure even better.  We relaxed and enjoyed the Falls for awhile before heading back on the main trail.

On our return trip we cut over to  the Bemis Brook Trail.  The Trail over to the Bemis Brook Trail was quite steep.  I actually remember sitting down and scooting to make sure I did not fall.  Upon arrival at the bottom we were pleased at the site of a lovely waterfall, before following the Brook and spotting at least one other waterfall along this trail.  There were places for Shadow to swim and drink from the brook.  The mountain water was pure in color, gorgeous, and magical in sound.  It was so fun to find this side trail as I believe I did not know about these other lovely waterfalls before heading on this journey.  This lovely trail completed a day of  absolute Perfection!  I would highly encourage you to visit the magnificent Arethusa Falls and the Bemis Brook Trail.  I will forever remember this special Adventure with my Shadow.  Please see a quick video and some photographs below.  (I am hoping at a future date I will be able to get the longer video to download) (Rating:  5)

 

 

 

 

 

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 Ripley Falls near Bartlett in Crawford Notch of New Hampshire.  Ripley Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen, very tall and just magnificent.  Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Ripley Falls in the summer of 2018 when I worked at an Inn in the White Mountains.  You can read more about this Adventure by typing “Ripley Falls” in the search box.  Definitely a spectacular Adventure that I will remember forever.  It is always hard to capture a waterfall with a photograph, but this one was a pretty good attempt, combined with my posing Adventurers!

 

Ripley Falls

January 5, 2019 – Thundering Falls – Vermont

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Thundering Falls in Killington, Vermont.  Thundering Falls is approximately 125 feet in length, and is estimated to be the sixth tallest waterfall in Vermont.  As expected this waterfall is sourced from the Thundering Brook.  The waterfall is located on the Appalachian Trail and is a less then a mile walk, most of which occurs on a boardwalk.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Thundering Falls.  The waterfall was located on River Road, a kiosk marking the parking lot.  Quite pleased to be the only visitors we parked and began our journey.  I was instantly exciting seeing the snow covered boardwalk heading into the marsh, surrounded by mountain views.  It was distinctly gorgeous.  The boardwalk trail weaved back and forth and we could soon hear the roaring waterfall, increasing our anticipation.

After the boardwalk ended we veered to the right and quickly located a sign for the Falls. The trail led us to a viewing deck providing a magnificent view of Thundering Falls.  The Falls was scattered with snow and ice creating a unique and picturesque scene.  I enjoyed standing in front of the falls taking in the full sensory experience.  Of course many photographs and several videos were snapped to capture the encounter.  I was initially thinking of walking up above the Falls but was a bit unclear if there was a trail (due to the snow) and even with my ice cleats the slope with snow was very icy.  I therefore found it a bit dangerous and after scratching my hand on a brief slide down, I decided otherwise.  We then began our walk back to the car, appreciating each and every part of the Trail.

Thundering Falls was absolutely lovely, and definitely one of the nicest waterfalls that we have viewed.  We might just have to return to see the waterfall in different seasons (Rating:  4.5).

PS-I decided to organize my photographs in a larger format so let me know what you think.  Not sure yet if I find it better, or too many to scroll through (as I often have them in a collage).

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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 video from Campton Falls, also known as Beebe Falls in Campton, New Hampshire.  Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to this falls back in July of 2018.  It was a gorgeous, singing Falls, surrounded with spectacular colored rocks.  It was a little challenging venturing to the bottom of the Falls, but we managed to get there.  Such a lovely Falls!  You can read more by typing in Campton/Beede Falls in the search box, but please enjoy this video as a summary of this picturesque Adventure.