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.
Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Coast Guard Beach is the start of twenty miles of sandy beaches. It received its name from the old coast guard building which sits above the dunes. It is a popular swimming destination, and in-season only allows parking for local residents, however provides shuttle services from nearby parking.
We had a magnificent Adventure to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts. Since our family is celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday this year I decided it would be a good day to visit the Cape. I was surprised to arrive to a crowded scene at Coast Guard Beach. We found some trails high above the tunes that we explored a bit before heading down to the shore.
There were many people wandering onto the beach, but I was relieved that once on the shore everyone was spread out. Dogs are required to be on leash, but to be expected not all followed these guidelines. The ocean was beautiful in color, crashing and singing into shore. The sky was bright blue and the dunes lined the shore, just gorgeous. We walked and walked enjoy the serenity. It was Gus’ first true beach experience. He loved finding crab shells, crab legs, shells, and digging with big sister Wilma. Wilma loved her regular, chaotic digs and continually wanted to play with Gus. The Beach had an endless variety of rocks formed in unique shapes, colors, and texture. We explored and trotted along, not wanting the Adventure to end. It was a perfect day! So glad we could visit Coast Guard Beach (Rating: 5).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Cape Cod is a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern corner of Massachusetts. It is a popular summer destination known for the laid-back lifestyle. Cape Cod draws tourists for its beaches, lighthouses, ponds, villages, and the seafood shacks and restaurants.
We had a refreshing Adventure to Cape Cod today. Our main stops included: Herring Run Recreation Area, the Nauset Lighthouse, Sagamore Recreation Area, Nauset Light Beach, and the Chatham Windmill in Chase Park. We also found some other little things, including a sunset walk around a cranberry bog, a unique way to end a spectacular day.
My favorite parts of today’s Adventures were: our extra long walk along the canal, visiting one of our favorite lighthouse, a gorgeous beach stroll, and finding a scenic cranberry bog as the sun was coming down. Wilma loved walking and exploring, meeting lots of people, and the energy of the beach. A wonderful day in Cape Cod (Rating: 4).
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 one I took last week of Wilma in Provincetown, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. I was looking forward to posing Wilma on this bench, and was quite thrilled to remember the location. It is so colorful, and the perfect summary of the coast. A good memory of our wonderful day on the ocean!
Today Wilma and I Adventured to White Crest Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. White Crest Beach is known for the large sand dunes, and rough waters making it a popular beach for surfers. The beach is long and wide and is reportedly less crowded then other locations in Cape Cod. The beach is not handicap accessible.
We had a sun-rising Adventure to White Crest Beach. We arrived at about 7am to find only one other car in the parking lot and not a sole in sight. The beach was instantly gorgeous, the sun-rising, and the views spectacular. We began our trek down the gigantic sand dune to the beach below, quite a fantastic entrance. We headed straight to the water and checked on the views down the beach. The sand dunes framed the beach adding quite the grandeur. We began our walk along the water and at various times also headed toward the dune to check out the sight (and smells – haha). The waves were crashing, it was so serene, a peaceful oasis. We spent about two hours walking and exploring. We found a couple of tidal pools, and lots of perfectly rounded rocks. Wilma enjoyed walking, some frantic digging, and literally ran circle around me! She was a little uneasy with the loud crashing sound of the waves but was curious to explore the tidal pools. The sky was spectacular and everything about the beach was beyond perfect. White Crest Beach might now be my favorite Massachusetts Beach…so far. We look forward to returning in the future (Rating: 5).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Tidal Flats Recreation Area in Bourne, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Tidal Flats Recreation Area is the western most section of the Cape Cod Canal bikeway. The Area is popular for walking, fishing, biking, and picnicking. It also contains the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge.
We had a wonderful Adventure to the Tidal Flats Recreation Area. We have been to other sections of the Cape Cod Canal, so had some idea as what to expect. Upon arrival we immediately spotted the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge. I have seen this Bridge from afar, but quite a unique and spectacular Bridge to see from below. We began down the paved walkway. The sun was shining and it was an unusually warm day for November in New England. We walked and walked. There were ducks floating in the current, some gigantic boats passing through, and two bridges to admire. The colors along the route were minimal, but the water was beautiful blue, and the atmosphere peaceful. This is really a simple location but perfect for a nice walk, and of course even better for those out there who are Bridge fanatics. So glad we could enjoy a walk at the Tidal Flats Recreation Area (Rating: 3.5).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Wellfleet Walking Path in Wellfeet, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. The Wellfleet Walking Path is less then one mile in length and can be found in Wellfleet Harbor. The path is handicapped accessible.
We had a simple Adventure to the Wellfleet Walking Path. Another one of those blogs I debate posting but you never know who might be looking for a short, coastal walk. We stopped at the Wellfleet Harbor on our way home to visit and stretch our legs. Upon arrival I realized we had been here before but I do not remember officially exploring the Wellfleet Walking Path. The “path” ran in a “U” shape around a parking lot, with one the opposite side being the coast, and harbor. The path was pretty, but not too special, however we never complain about a walk. Wilma made many human friends on this “path” and wagged her little adorable tail anytime a visitor looked in her direction. She enjoyed chasing the birds, and exploring her new surroundings. A couple times I noticed a foul water small but overall it was a very pleasant spot. Glad we were able to visit the Wellfleet Walking Path today (Rating: 3).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Drummer Boy Park in Brewster, Massachusetts. Drummer Boy Park includes “Windmill Village”, Higgins Farm Windmill, several short trails, and a playground. “Windmill Village” is part of the Brewster Historical Society. Tours of the Windmill are available, however the Brewster Historical Society’s 2020 season has been cancelled.
We had a fun Adventure to Drummer Boy Park. I was drawn to this Park by the Higgins Farm Windmill, and decided to explore the entire area. We spent the majority of our Adventure checking out the Windmill, and made sure to traverse every trail we could find. Wilma found a gigantic rock to hop on and check out the view from above. We found the Park to be popular for families with young children, and visitors photographing the Windmill. A simple Adventure, but we loved the Higgins Farm Windmill. So glad we could Adventure to Drummer Boy Park today (Rating: 3.5).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Sandwich Marina in Sandwich, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. The Sandwich Marina is a popular Marina in Cape Cod which opened in 1989 and is operated by the town of Sandwich Massachusetts.
We had a boat-filled Adventure to the Sandwich Marina, neighbor to the Sandwich Recreation Area. I debated posting a blog about a Marina but it is a lovely coastal spot, and often dog owners are looking for unusual locations to explore. I therefore thought I would share.
There was a paved sidewalk along the Marina and we also found a path along the shore. There were endless boats of all shapes and sizes, and several items of interest along the walk. We actually did two runs of this area making sure not to miss one thing. Wilma often wanted to go on the docks, and was curious of the sounds and voices throughout. It was quite picturesque and a nice place to stroll and capture a coastal scene. So glad we were able to Adventure to the Sandwich Marina today (This Adventure will not be rated).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Sandwich Recreation Area in Sandwich, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. The Sandwich Recreation Area is part of the Cape Cod Canal providing one of the access points on the canal. The Area is popular for walking, fishing, and picnicking. It also contains the official Visitor Center for the Cape Cod Canal.
We had a sun-rising Adventure to the Sandwich Recreation Area, our first Adventure of many today. I often wonder why I arise at a ridiculous hour for a sunrise but instantly upon arrival I am reminded the reason for this decision. We arrived to brilliant clouds and a gorgeous scene. We began walking down the path along the Canal finding numerous fisherman lining the rocks. It was a nice cool morning but not too cold, really just perfect. We followed the sun and eventually arrived at a long jetty and a beach. I was thrilled as I did not know there was an official beach at this location, and shocked to find no other beach guests. We walked back and forth along the shore, discovered several trails nearby, and of course took some time to explore the jetty. Wilma was quite enthused by the scene, new smells, and the happiness the coast sends to all. We spent our time exploring and I took endless photographs of the lovely sky. Such a tranquil morning. We then returned down the trail and explored the other section of this Area, again lined with fishermen. A perfect way to start our day (Rating: 4).
Today Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Cape Cod is a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern corner of Massachusetts. It is a popular summer destination known for the laid-back lifestyle. Cape Cod draws tourists for its beaches, lighthouses, ponds, villages, and the seafood shacks and restaurants.
We had a relaxing Adventure to Cape Cod today. We were able to visit: the Green Briar Nature Center, Highfield Hall and Gardens, Nobska Lighthouse, and Nobska Beach. We have visited all of these locations previously, although it was Wilma’s first for several. These locations included: gardens, a fabulous lighthouse, and a lovely beach. Unfortunately the Lighthouse was under some construction, but we still enjoyed our visit. I decided to do a photo collage of all of these four stops combined all in one! If you have any questions about the photographs, or locations feel free to contact me on the contact form, or in the comments. A beautiful day with wonderful company (Rating: 4).