March 29, 2021 – Mystic River State Reservation – Massachusetts

Mystic River State Reservation is a publicly owned nature preserve that includes the towns of Medford, Winchester, Arlington, Somerville, Everett, and Chelsea. The Reservation is located on the Mystic River, and is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. It is popular for walking, sailing, and biking.

We had an unexpected Mystic River State Reservation. We were going to be in the area, and I was quite pleased to find the Reservation. We parked at the beach, and spent about 1.5 hours walking, and walking. We trotted along the River and found some trails here and there. The sun was beautifully setting throughout our walk, reflecting perfectly in the River. The Reservation is definitely an urban setting, however there were moments where the sounds of birds , and the peace of nature overtook the noises of the city. On our walk we located several swans, a stone arch bridge, and lots of perfect scents! There were many dogs off leash but did our best to stay in the quieter areas of the Reservation. We are still in the brown season of Massachusetts but I was pleased to see small glimpses of green. Although I did not have my camera with me on this Adventure, still decided to share. Glad to enjoy an evening walk with my girl (Rating: 3).

March 27, 2021 – Cheshire Railroad Stone Arch Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Cheshire Railroad Stone Arch Bridge in Keene, New Hampshire. The Stone Arch Bridge is an old railroad bridge that was built in 1847. It is no longer a railroad, but continues to be a popular hiking destination. It spans the Branch River.

We had an unimpressive Adventure to the Cheshire Railroad Stone Arch Bridge. I have driven by this location many times before, read about it online, and today was the day I decided to explore. I was surprised as we walked up a small hill to not even notice a bridge. We were high above the River, and if not for the sign I would never have known there was a Stone Arch Bridge below. However, since I knew this landmark was far below I decided to do my best to search for a pathway to the shore’s edge. So after traversing the small hill, we wandered around through a brush-like area until we reached the shore. The River was beautiful, rushing steadily, framed with ice left from the winter. We walked along the shore and viewed the bridge from below. It was not really a location to spend alot of time but yet we were quite pleased to actually see the bridge before returning to the car. Glad we finally stopped to see the Arch Bridge, and will no longer wonder about this location. I will have to research the full trail destination…I wonder where it may lead… (Rating: 2.5)

March 27, 2021 – Downtown Brattleboro – Vermont

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Brattleboro, Vermont. Brattleboro, Vermont is a small town in Southern Vermont known for its arts, culture and shops. It is bordered by the Connecticut River, West River and Mount Wantastiquet, making it popular for water activities.

We had a fun Adventure to Downtown Brattleboro. I am so happy that we are now able to leave the state so today Vermont was the destination. I have been there before with Shadow and Buster but today was Wilma’s first trip to Downtown. We spent about two hours walking around, exploring every street we could find. I loved the bright green bridge crossing the West River, which of course we enjoyed trotting across. Throughout the town we located many churches, artwork, and even some small cascades. The mountains framing the town were majestic, and I am sure they are especially gorgeous in the Fall. We passed many appealing stores, and we wandered by many restaurants. I did not feel the town was necessarily picturesque, but all the aspects of it made it just right. As always Wilma enjoyed exploring, and had some perfect rolls in front of the bridge. Before returning the car we even sat in the sun in the grass, just relaxing, I guess my girl is growing up! It was the perfect way to end our main Adventure of today (this blog will not be rated).

Throwback Adventure

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.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

Today’s Throwback Adventure is from Greycourt State Park in Methuen, Massachusetts.  This Park is a recreation area that covers 24 acres atop the partially restored ruins of the Charles H. Tenney estate.  Shadow, Wilma, and I visited back in June 2018. I remember having trouble finding this park, but loving it when we finally arrived. It had so many unique details, and features. Definitely a fun place to add to our Adventures. Please see below for a summary video and click here to see the full original blog: June 23, 2018 – Greycourt State Park – Massachusetts

Wilma is Four!!

Today my special girl, Wilma Mae, turned four! I was excited to celebrate this day, a good excuse for a party!! Wilma started off spending the day at my parents, and continued the celebration later in the day with a party at my house! I bought her a ritzy birthday cake, my parents spoiled her with presents, and of course we had lots of play time and whip cream! Wilma absolutely loved having her Grandparents visit, playing ball and as expected her favorite presents were a series of balls. Here are endless photographs, and some videos of a very entertaining day. Happy Birthday to my sweet girl! We couldn’t love you more!

I wanted to thank Quite Fetching Barkery and Pet Boutique in Grafton, Massachusetts! They not only make original dog cakes, they have a fun store, and special dog events. Definitely check them out if you are a crazy dog mama like me! I also want to thank my generous parents who love and spoil Wilma and indulged me in this fun evening of celebration!

Starting of the day with Grandma and Grandpa!

What do I do now Mom?

Oh wait…this is tasty!

Time for some presents – almost too excited!

Whip Cream for dessert

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

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!

Today’s photograph is a precious snapshot of my boys, Buster and Shadow. I love this peaceful scene, I am sure it was after one of our fabulous Adventures. Buster and Shadow were best buds and could often be found near one another. This photograph always makes me smile, and thought I would share it today. I will miss my boys forever!

PS – And yes, that’s one of their dog beds, next to the couch – they saved it for me (haha).

March 21, 2021 – Hanover, New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Hanover, New Hampshire. Hanover, New Hampshire is a town near the border of Vermont, that runs along the Connecticut River. Hanover is known for being the location of Dartmouth College, for its Art culture, and also visited for the shops, restaurants, and outdoor activities.

We had a sunny Adventure to Hanover, New Hampshire. It seems like spring arrived on the official first weekend of spring, an energizing time for those from New England! Upon arrival we were pleased to find no charge for parking, maybe due to it being sunday, but either way a good way to start our day. We walked through the town locating shops, restaurants, and decorations from various holidays adorning the buildings. We soon found ourselves on the Dartmouth campus. The buildings were grand, and numerous. Throughout our time on the campus we found various art sculptures, which was fun!

After exploring what seemed to be the main parts of Hanover I decided we must check out the Connecticut River so there we headed. Upon arrival we found a creative bridge, highlighted by green colored beams and gigantic sphere frames. We peered down the River mostly frozen and covered with snow. After crossing we found a path under the bridge and over to the Foley Park. The reflections of the bridge on the River were lovely, adding beautiful character to the area. Upon arrival to the park we found a family event going on, lots of people scattered around. There was not much to explore at the park so we headed back to the the main parts of the town.

I overall found Hanover somewhat dull, but yet it seemed like a fun place for those attending college at Dartmouth. My favorite parts of the Adventure were finding the sculptures scattered throughout the campus, and the bridge crossing the beautiful Connecticut River. Wilma enjoyed walking, and of course practiced some rolls on the grass. It was so nice to feel the environment of spring, so invigorating. Glad we could visit Hanover, New Hampshire today (This blog will not be rating).

March 21, 2021 – Edgell Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today we Adventured to the Edgell Covered Bridge in Lyme, New Hampshire. The Edgell Covered Bridge was built in 1885. It runs along River Road and spans Clay Brook.

We had a nice Adventure to the Edgell Covered Bridge. It has been some time since we Adventured to a new covered bridge so I was excited to locate the Edgell Covered Bridge. We drove along River Road for a long time, I started thinking we would not find it but eventually it appeared. We got out of the car to find several cars parked next to the bridge, soon realizing there must be a trail nearby. We walked to and through the bridge. It was located in a quiet area but we did not spend much time walking the road through the bridge as it was open to traffic. The openings in the bridge were far above eye level, but I was able to stand on a wooden ledge and peer out. The Clay Brook was frozen and covered with some snow. Overall the bridge was somewhat dull but I was glad after driving out of the way for the purpose of finding the bridge, we did eventually arrive. So glad we could Adventure to the Edgell Covered Bridge today (Rating: 3).

Throwback Adventure – Shore Path – Maine

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.

I have decided to make some changes to my Throwback section. This is partly because I have had the blog for about two and a half year and each week I have posted an Adventure from before I started the blog. This has become more challenging between finding old photographs, and identifying the location. Although I will still be adding some here and and there I thought I would also use the Throwback Adventure to share past Adventures I have posted. I have new followers, and of course not every follower has been able to view all blogs.

Today I am posting a new Throwback Adventure! These photographs are from a trip My Mom, Buster, Shadow and I took to Shore Path in Bar Harbor Maine in August 2015. The Shore Path was originally built in 1880 and follows the Frenchman Bay, the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island. It provides views of various highlights, including several Island.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to Shore Path. We found this location accidentally and it did not disappoint. Our visit was on a foggy day, but yet that did not impact the beauty of the coast. We enjoyed seeing the boats floating in the Bay, the flowers lining the shore, and even a photographic run. Special memories of this wonderful location (This blog will not be rating).

Weekly Video/Photo

If you follow my blog regularly please skip down to the last paragraph…

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!

Today’s photograph is a backyard photograph of Shadow and Wilma saying “HI Mom”. I love this photograph, and miss this pair. So glad Wilma had three amazing years with our sweet Shadow. We sure do miss him! Are they not adorable?!