Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.
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!
The Wiley Pond area is located in the Crawford Notch portion of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This spot is right on the main drag and is associated with the Historic Wiley House which is famous due to the weather tragedy of 1826. The family residing in the home were killed by the avalanche when attempting to escape the powerful flood. The area later became popular for tourism as the home was one of few structures that survived this devastating storm. The location currently highlights Mount Wiley, and Wiley Pond. In addition there is a restaurant, gift shop, and trails in the area.
We have Adventured to the Wiley House Historic area on at least four occasions, visited with Shadow, Buster, Wilma, and my Mom. This location is one of the most gorgeous spots I have ever seen on our Adventures. The mountains come together framing the little Pond, and often times creating a beautiful reflection. There are ducks in the pond in many seasons, while the pond actually vanishes in the winter. We have enjoyed the trails in the back, but nothing compares to the pure beauty of the sitting area at the Pond. The Pond is also perfect for some dog dips and refreshing sips, a favorite perk of our Shadow.
As you can see below I was quite humored on one of our visits as it was Wilma’s 1st Birthday, a perfect excuse for a daytrip! Sooooo of course why not some birthday hat, mountain photos?! Too many photographs on that day, but Wilma was quite adorable in her hat, framed by the gorgeous snow covered mountains! On that same winter visit the area was quite vacant, providing some off-leash fun and exploring for our Shadow. Quite stunning to see this area through a winter lens.
I also have enjoyed taking a photograph of Shadow and Buster (with me), and later Shadow and Wilma at the same piece of driftwood. Several quick snapshots of absolutely cherished memories at this scenic destination. Although the photos do not give it justice, they attempt to provide a visual summary of why I adore the White Mountains. It really is one of the most beautiful places in New England (Rating: 5)
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 2017 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to The Frost Place in Fraconia, New Hampshire. The Frost Place was poet Robert Frost’s home in the White Mountains. It is considered a “house museum”. The property includes a museum, a nature trail displaying Frost’s poems, and museum grounds.
We had a wonderful Adventure to The Frost Place on a gorgeous Fall day. We began our visit on the trail through the woods, stopping to read the poems, and snapping many photographs along the way. The trail was short, but pleasant. After completing the trail we returned to the location of Frost’s home. Near the home there was a barn-like area allowing you to make purchases and watch an informational video. We watched the beginning of the video, but did not find it too interesting, so headed over to check out the stunning views of the mountains. It was a beautifully picturesque and unique location in one of my favorite areas of the White Mountains. So glad we were able to explore the Frost Place (Rating: 4).
Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Lincoln Woods a location in Lincoln, New Hampshire, along the Kancamangus Highway. We have been there before with Buster, and with My Mom. Lincoln Woods is a scenic area with many trails that enter the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountains. It is one of the first stops on the East side of the Kancamangus Highway.
Shadow, Wilma, and I had a refreshing Adventure to the Lincoln Woods trail. We have been there in just about every season, and it is one of the most extraordinary trails I have found, maybe even my favorite location for an Adventure. The area is absolutely gorgeous, beginning with a suspended bridge, to trails along the Pemigewasset River to streams along the way, to splendid mountain views, to scenic trails throughout. I would guess I have been there about five times and each time am awed by the beauty.
On today’s hike I was overjoyed to find another bridge across the River, as on our last visit Shadow almost did not make it across the suspended bridge. He appeared quite unstable with the swinging of the bridge and completely froze about halfway across. Therefore, I was extra pleased to find an alternate route. This alternate route also provided us a new and scenic angle of the River and suspended bridge. After crossing the bridge and enjoying the views we headed on our hike. Highlights of today’s Adventure included: time at the River’s edge, for some digging, and rock climbing, some sips from the streams along the way, colorful fall foliage, and and magnificent mountain views along the trail. It was a very cool day, but our hiking kept us warm and enthused. Although crowded this time of year the many trails helped mask the numerous number of tourists. One of those Adventures that I really cannot put into words, as you MUST Adventure this incredible location. As you might guess I would recommend a Fall visit in the colorful foliage of New England. I will include photographs from various trips we have taken and may add some on the future (Rating: 5).
Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Weeks State Park in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Weeks State Park is a Historic Site located on Mt. Prospect. It was the estate of John Wingate Weeks who worked under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. He was a conservationist and a congressman. The property contains 446 acres and was given to the state of New Hampshire by his children in 1941. It includes a museum, stone fire tower,and trails throughout. The Park is known for spectacular views, including of the Presidential Mountain Range.
We were elated to find Weeks State Park online, leading us to great anticipation of a wonderful Adventure. Upon arrival we drove up to the top of Mt. Prospect on the narrow road. There were two spots with views that we stopped to photograph on the way. They were clearly labeled, allowing us to identify the various mountains and bodies of water. A nice feature to these planned look-out sites.
On arrival at the summit we had a nice view of the estate, several buildings, and the scenic tower. We began exploring on the nature trails. The trails were simple, and not well labeled, however they were surrounding the estate. We circled around until we reached the “North Overlook”, providing a raised view of the area. After checking out the “North Overlook” we returned to the estates snapping photographs of the buildings, towers, and landscape. I thought the tower climb might be too ambitious for Shadow so we skipped this aspect of the Park. However, we enjoyed chatting with some locals, exploring the main porch, and resting in the grass. Quite the unique architecture, almost like a European retreat. We definitely enjoyed our Adventure to the Weeks State Park (Rating 3).
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).
Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I visited Moose State Park in Gorham, New Hampshire. Moose State Park is located in the White Mountains, occupying approximately 755 square acres of land. It houses the Peabody and Moose Rivers, which feed the warming pond, and swimming area in the Park. Moose State Park is a popular location for biking, camping, and fishing.
We were excited to have my Mom join us as we embarked on our Adventure to Moose State Park. We began our visit on the Perkins Path trail. This loop circled through the forest, at times paralleling the Rivers. We savored the little details along the path. There was a cave-like formation atop a huge bolder, gigantic circular rocks, and colorful mushrooms along the way. Midway on the loop we located a wooden bridge crossing over the River. Definitely an ideal location for some photographs, and videos. After finishing at the bridge we continued on the trail taking in the moments,on this beautiful day.
Upon completing the loop we walked a little further finding the camping areas, some modern bridges, and the “warming pool”. Shadow enjoyed a swim in this “pool”, while Wilma rolled around in the grass. It was nice to see some additional features of this park.
The main highlight of our afternoon was finding some fun rocks along the River to rest on, dip our feet, and relax. The River was frigid, numbing our feet, yet adding the perfect therapy to our soles. We enjoyed each others company, while taking in the sounds of the River. Shadow took a dip in the River, while Wilma found some chewing sticks. Some attempted selfies, and laughs, as memories were formed. And although Moose State Park quite simple, we savored our time at Moose State Park. (Rating: 3, Company: Exemplary!)
On Saturday we journeyed to the Beecher and Pearl Cascades in Carroll, New Hampshire. The Cascades are part of the Crawford Brook, on the Cascade Loop Trail of the White Mountains National Forest. The Beecher Cascade is a 35 foot plunge, while the Pearl Cascade is a 20 foot plunge. The trail begins behind the Crawford Depot which is an active station of a scenic railroad. Follow the “Avalon Trail” which will lead you to the Cascade Trail Loop.
We were elated to start our afternoon with a trip to the Beecher and Pearl Cascades. The trail was not clear, but again, the research let me know exactly where to locate to the trailhead. We started following the trail signs to the Avalon trail, before connecting to the Cascade Loop trail, and then to the first Cascade, the Beecher Cascade. The trail was quite uninspiring, but the anticipation, and nature, allowed us to relish every moment. We easily located the sign to the Beecher Cascade and followed to sign down to this Cascade. This Cascade was a beautiful gorge-like cascade, with a powerful stream flowing down the rocks. There was a little area to hang out in for Shadow to nap, while Wilma posed on some rocks. I am always delighted when I can get close to a Cascade, a true connection to nature.
The second Cascade on the trail was the Pearl Cascade. We actually missed this Cascade, and began hiking uphill for awhile, along the very rocky trail. We found a little area of the Brook where we were able to sit and relax a bit, and revel in the peace of nature. I eventually decided to ask a fellow hiker and he informed me that we were trekking up on the “A-Z” trail. We quickly turned back, and eventually made it to the Pearl Cascade. I am still unsure of how this miscue happened, but we definitely added a good work-out to our day.
The Pearl Cascade was difficult to see from the trail, so we climbed down to the Crawford Brook to check it out. Somewhat distant in site, the Cascade had minimal water streaming down the rocks. I was disappointed in this Cascade, but glad we were able to find it before departing. (Rating, Trail: 3, Beecher Cascade: 4, Pearl Cascade: 3)