November 3, 2019 – West Dennis Beach – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to West Dennis Beach in Dennis, Massachusetts.  West Dennis Beach is a beach in Cape Cod that runs approximately three miles.  It contains a playground, and is popular for windsurfing, swimming, and kite flying.

We had a relaxing Adventure to West Dennis Beach.  I was delighted to find a beach on our Adventure to Cape Cod, although not necessarily a difficult task, something I had not studied ahead of time.  Upon arrival we found many visitors walking in the parking lot, parallel to the beach.  This appeared to leave the shoreline quite empty.   We found a quiet spot, and began strolling, and exploring.  There were plenty of empty horseshoe shells, various colors of seaweed, and numerous shells of all shapes and sizes.  The beach was pristine, the sun shining, and the water leading as far as the eye could see.  Wilma was extra-energetic, often attempting to run, dig and play, while Shadow remained calm.  Both pups enjoyed the new smells, and this serene oasis.

Before we left we met some kind visitors who gave the pups lots of attention, and kindly offered to take our photograph.  The perfect way to end our visit to the West Dennis Beach (Rating:  4).



November 3, 2019 – Scargo Tower – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Scargo Tower in Dennis, Massachusetts.  The Tower is 30 feet tall, and is made out of cobblestone.  It is located on one of the tallest hills in Cape Cod, providing stunning views of Cape Cod and Scargo Lake.  The Tower is currently closed due to unsafe conditions, however funding has been approved for repairs.

We had a nice visit to the Scargo Tower on a beautiful Fall day.  The Scargo Tower was quite difficult to locate, but was off of Scargo Hill Road as listed.  There was no label to this Tower, but after driving by the entrance several times, I spotted it, and we arrived!  Look for a green gate, (which may be open), to locate the entrance to this landmark.  As I had read about the Tower in preparation I was aware that it was closed due to structural damage and vandalism.  Nevertheless, I was still disappointed to see an unattractive metal fence surrounding the scenic, yet simple Tower.  I guess necessary for those who may feel the need to trespass, however, not creating a pleasing photograph.

We still enjoyed our time at the Tower, walking around, and attempting to see the sights from the rustic white fence.  Through glimpses between the brush it was clear that the Tower would provide spectacular views.  Even without the panoramic sights we appreciated the moments, and chatted with various other visitors, one of who kindly offered to take our photograph.  We might just have to visit the Scargo Tower again in the future to check out the advertised views (Rating:  Tower will not be rated as it is currently closed)


Throwback Adventure – Northeast Harbor – Maine

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 April 2015 Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Northeast Harbor, a municipality in the southern portion of Mount Desert Island, Maine.  Northeast Harbor is known to be an affluent and less traveled location in Acadia.  The Harbor’s main feature is the marina, while there are also restaurants and boutiques.

We had a scenic Adventure to Northeast Harbor back on a foggy April day.  In preparing this blog I came to the conclusion that we visited the marina section of the Harbor as we did not recall spotting any shops, nor did we eat at an restaurants in the Harbor town.  The marina was gorgeous, filled with boats of all shapes and sizes.  The shores were lined with Solidago flowers framing the perfect coastal photographs.  If my memory is correct we mostly spent our time in the Harbor as we awaited our journey to Cranberry Island (a blog you can search for in the “search box” to read more about).  Quite a picturesque marina.  We will definitely have to be back to Northeast Harbor to explore every inch of this quaint little town (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).



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 what I find to be a hysterical photograph of Shadow.  I often take pictures of my dogs when they are getting a special treat, and this one really was just perfect.  This sweet, eager face, named Shadow, was very excited to devour a special dog dessert.  We were on an Adventure in Provincetown which is a very dog friendly place to visit.  You can read more about this Adventure by typing in Provincetown in the search box.  Hope this photograph makes your day, as it sure did mine!


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October 28, 2019 – Doe Orchards – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Doe Orchards in Harvard, Massachusetts. Doe Orchards is a family owned business encompassing approximately twenty five acres of apple orchards, 10 acres of Christmas trees, and two acres of berries. As expected Doe Orchard is popular for fruit picking. There is also a small farm stand where you can purchase fresh fruit.

We had a fun Adventure to Doe Orchards. I had been thinking about apple picking for some time, and we finally fit it in to our schedule. This was our first visit to Doe Orchards, and as you might expect we were thrilled to find a local dog friendly apple orchard. We began at the stand getting the information, and choosing our apple bag(s). There was a map of the apple trees, and kind people to answer our questions.

After gathering our necessary information we headed off into the orchard to pick some apples. I was excited to participate in this Fall New England past time. I am far from an expert on apples, but was excited about the process, and anticipation of some apple filled baked goods. We weaved in and out of the trees, simple, but scenic. The trees were marked by color, which were then labeled on stands throughout. Definitely a very organized and clearly marked farm. It appeared some of the varieties were well picked, but I was quite pleased with the choices, the company, and the experience. There were few other visitors on this grey Monday evening.

The dogs appeared quite pleased to have a weekend evening out on the town.  Shadow enjoyed some rests in the grass, while Wilma watched our every move. My Mom and I chatted, and took some time wandering before we filled our bag(s). So glad we discovered the wonderful Doe Orchards. And just to add for those local dog followers, dogs are not permitted during their berry picking, but thankfully are welcome during apple picking (Rating: 4).

October 20, 2019 – The Long Trail – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  This will be my last post from our fabulous weekend away…(blogs from the weekend were posted in no particular order).

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, My Parents, and I Adventured to the Long Trail in Stowe, Vermont.  The Long Trail runs the entire state of Vermont, crossing many peaks.  It is the oldest long-distant trail in the Country.  The Trail consists of a 272 footpath, and many additional miles of side trails.  The Trail has remote camping site and is good for all skills levels, as it provides a variety of terrain locations.  The Long Trail was created by the Green Mountain Club who currently maintain and preserve the Trail.

We had an awe-inspiring Adventure to the Long Trail in Stowe, Vermont.  The Long Trail was not a planned stop on our weekend Adventures, but instead an accidental find.  I was quite excited to discover the picturesque boardwalk as we drove toward Mount Mansfield.  We began on this path, excited to explore.  The Mountain views were absolutely spectacular, highlighted by the fall foliage.  We trotted along the boardwalk and snapped away.  The boardwalk hung high above what appeared to be above a wetlands.  There were few visitors, bringing us into the peace, and tranquility of nature.  Along the boardwalk we found several information kiosks.

After completing the boardwalk trail we ended up at a path that would weave through the orange foliage, highlighted by white birch trees.  Shadow, Wilma, and I walked down the trail, soon becoming a walk of “normal” scenery.  I was disappointed to hear sounds of cars in the distance, but yet still pleased to entail on an energetic walk on yet another perfect Fall day.  We are not sure where this trail might have lead but sauntered through the woods for some time, before turning back to join My Parents.

Upon completing our Adventure we began reading more about the Long Trail, and My Dad located an amazing map.  I could not believe the immense size of this trail, and have been even more curious since we returned home.  I definitely will be reading further, viewing some videos and will surely visit the Long Trail again in the future.  Quite an amazing trail system in the beautiful state of Vermont.  So glad My Parents could join us on the gorgeous Long Trail (Rating:  4.5).



October 21, 2019 – Moss Glen Falls – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will continue our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Moss Glen Falls in Stowe, Vermont.  Moss Glenn Falls is approximately 125 feet in height,  making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Vermont.  The Falls is sourced from Moss Glen Brook.  It is located next to the Putnam State Forest.

We had a breathtaking Adventure to Moss Glen Falls.  I was beyond thrilled to visit the Moss Glen Falls, a Falls I had read about for some time.  We started out on an early foggy morning, locating the Falls on Moss Glen Falls Road.  The walk started on a narrow trail, which soon had some pieces of uneven boards, crossing through the mud.  Immediately the sound of the Brook was upon us, babbling in song, and increasing our anticipation of this waterfall.  The trail was short, and we soon arrived at the Brook.  We sauntered alongside the water taking in the smells of fall, and the harmony of nature.  We soon arrived at a more open area where there were some small cascades, and the entrance to the gorge.  There were colorful leaves floating in the water, and large boulders.  So serene and, simple, yet quite beautiful.

We began our ascent up the gorge, following the sounds of the Falls.  The hike was steep, and footing often uneven from numerous roots, and rocks.  We took our time, and attempted to peak over the edge, whenever possible, before locating the one spot with the glorious view of Moss Glenn Falls.  The Falls was absolutely stunning, more spectacular then I could have ever imagined.  The water was rushing, crashing through the gorge.  We stayed at this spot for some time, taking photographs, and just staring in awe at this find.  From there we hiked up further being very careful at the dangerous, and abrupt cliffside.  The Falls overall was hard to view as there were many rocks, and hazardous spots.  We hiked as far as we felt we could go, hoping to see additional views of the Falls, but soon realized we had already found the best view.  Both Shadow and Wilma appeared overly attentive, likely sensing my cautiousness of this cliffside trail.

From there we headed back slowly down the mountainous trail.  As per our usual Adventure we took or time at this location.  Moss Glen Falls is definitely one of the most amazing Falls I have ever seen, unquestionably in the top five.  Besides being a dark day, I can promise you that my photographs of this Falls do not give it the justice it deserves.  I therefore hope you too can Adventure to the Falls (Rating:  5)