July 18, 2020 – Wright’s Tavern – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Wright’s Tavern in Concord, Massachusetts.  Wright’s Tavern is a historic tavern that had significance in the American Revolution.  Unlike most other historic landmarks in Concord, there are no tours, or museums, however Wright’s Tavern continues to be memorialized as a National Historic Landmark.

We had a historic Adventure to Wright’s Tavern.  Due to another hot day we decided to again just take a local walk, relax in the backyard, and visit a nearby community landmark.  We arrived at the Tavern and found parking at the neighboring church.  We sauntered over to Wright’s Tavern to take photographs and check out this Historic Landmark.  The building was in perfect condition, and immaculate in structure.  We viewed Wright’s Tavern from each angle.  There was really not much to see, except a nice looking building, with great history.  Although the Adventure was quite uneventful, still glad to see another historic landmark in Concord.   (Rating:  This Adventure will not be rated).

April 22, 2020 – Battle Road Trail, Part III – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, and I Adventured to the Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Battle Road Trail is an almost ten mile round trip Trail, connecting historic sites from Concord to Lexington Massachusetts.  The Trail focuses on the Battle of 1775 which began the American Revolution.  It crosses wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and contains various landmarks and kiosks along the way.  The Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Park.

We had a gusty Adventure to the Battle Road Trail.  This was the first time we have been to this section of the Battle Road Trail, so I am therefore titling it “Part III”.  This is our third and final blog of this special Trail, as we have now officially traversed the entire Trail.  It was sad to complete this journey without our Shadow but we were pleased that he was able to appreciate almost the entire Trail as today was the smallest portion of our three part Adventure.  Today Wilma and I parked at the last lot at Meriam Corner.  Apparently we did the Trail backwards as my research indicated this was actually the beginning  of the Battle Road Trail..oops!  After parking we headed toward Nathan Meriam’s home, the only historical building on this last section of the Trail.  Wilma posed on a bench nearby, and at the home.  We then walked around this historic building, quickly locating some bright colors in several flowers, including:  Narcissus, Hyacinths, and Periwinkles.  More and more signs of spring to brighten our day!

We then returned to the parking lot and continued on the Trail, heading in the direction of our previous Adventures.  There were few other visitors exploring, and we did not even spot one dog friend.  The sky was filled with perfect clouds, and the wind roaring.  There were several benches along the way, kiosks, and several very short boardwalks.  We sauntered through the fields, and woods, before entering the edge of farmland, and soon arrived at the farthest location of which we commenced “Part II” of our Battle Road Trail Adventures.  (I believe that official location was “Carty Barn” per my best guess from the map).

Wilma seemed a bit apprehensive again today, but yet the wind was quite wild, possibly causing her some uncertainty.  Yet she may still be building her confidence without chill Shadow trotting by her side, reassuring her that everything will be alright.  However she still was quite energetic to be out and about.  Wilma has had a sore leg on and off so we have been doing a little less walking, and backyard time, causing us both to be especially thrilled to be out and about.  So we did our best to walk slowly, and I took time to cherish the precious moments from our first Adventures with our sweet Shadow.  If you would like to see our previous two Adventures with Shadow to the Battle Road Trail you can type “Battle Road Trail” in the search box, and all three Adventures will be listed from your search.  The Battle Road Trail is definitely an original place to explore in our New England (Rating:  3).

February 2, 2020 – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the ground of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Orchard House is most famous for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women back in the 1800s.  The Alcott family resided in the home for many years.  It currently is a historic museum.

We had a simple Adventure to the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House.  Poor Wilma hurt her paw/claw on Friday so we rested yesterday, and just took a short, local walk today.  I thought it would be fun to explore one of the many local historical homes, so I chose the Orchard House.  So I decided not to research the home to see if it was dog friendly, as I assumed it was not, so of course we only explored the grounds.  We had the property all to ourselves, walking around the property, peering in the windows, taking photographs, and of course enthusiastic rolls for Shadow and Wilma.  There was not much to explore from the outdoors, but the buildings were quite scenic.  I am sure, even more lovely in the non-winter months of New England.  So not necessarily a “normal” Adventure but glad we could get out to add some variety to our weekend of rest.  Definitely many historical hot spots in New England (Adventure will not be rated as only the grounds were explored).

 

November 16, 2019 – Battle Road Trail, Part I – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Battle Road Trail is an almost ten mile round trip Trail, connecting historic sites from Concord to Lexington Massachusetts.  The Trail focuses on the Battle of 1775 which began the American Revolution.  It crosses wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and contains various landmarks and kiosks along the way.  The Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Park.

We had a well-needed Adventure to the Battle Road Trail on a brisk November day.  Having been sick, and with a family member in the hospital we have not been on any new Adventures in the last week or two.  And although we have enjoyed many local walks, I was thrilled to head off on a new Adventure, even though I am far from feeling well.

We spent about two and a half hours traversing the Battle Road Trail, and nearby paths, exploring over half of the East Section of the Trail.  Some of the landmarks we visited included:  the Paul Revere Capture Site, the Hartwell Tavern, the Jacob Whittemore House, the Samuel Hartwell House Site, and the Captain William House.  The Trail was simple, but varied terrain, the anticipation of the next landmark added some elation to the journey.  We often walked at a quick pace, but of course took some time to sniff out the new landscape.  Due to the chilly weather I was surprised to see many others walking the Trail, including:  families, furry friends, bikers, and runners.  Shadow and Wilma even got to say hello to a happy toddler who was very enthused about meeting the pups.

Throughout the day Shadow loved many rolls in the hay-like grass, while Wilma was quite obsessed by the sheep, who were loudly vocalizing their “baaa”.  I think my favorite part, besides a long walk with my two best buds, was the historic homes along the Trail.  I loved their unique architecture, and the often scenic placement amidst the fields.  And although I have not stopped coughing since this Adventure, I could not be more happier that we had a long walk on the Battle Trail.  We will definitely be visiting the other half of the Battle Trail in the near future.  A unique way to combine exercise, the outdoors, and history (Rating:  4).

 

 

August 25, 2019 -Bay Circuit Trail – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I took a walk on the Bay Circuit Trail. The Bay Circuit Trail is a recreation trail of over 200 miles, crossing 37 towns and linking many parks and landmarks. It is popular for activities including: biking, paddling, horseback riding, and running.

We had a simple Adventure on the Bay Circuit Trail. The Trail was a dirt path surrounded by greenery. There was no change in scenery, no color, and little variety, creating quite a monotonous and dull scene. The Trail often paralleled private homes, however remained quiet from voices, and activity. We saw several bikers throughout the afternoon. Shadow and Wilma appreciated the new smells along the way, always so eager to explore!

On the way back I decided to take a side trail that led us over to the Minuteman National Park. This path was extremely overgrown and often I was pushing plants and prickers aside leading the way for my best buds. It was great to see a bit of change in landscape with some logs on part of the path, an unusual metal structure on the side, and bright pink flowers from afar. However I was quite pleased when we arrived at the scenic Minuteman National Park, ending our journey on the Bay Circuit Trail. I was quite unimpressed with the Trail, yet wonder as a walker if I can really give this Trail justice, as we traversed far less then the 200 plus miles. The idea of biking to landmarks is quite extraordinarily but on foot one can only go so far. Therefore I will not rate this The Bay Circuit Trail as I was still grateful to find a new place for a walk. A beautiful day for an Adventure!

PS – If you would like to read more on my blog about Minuteman National Park you can search for this in the search box.

April 20, 2019 – The Old Manse – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Old Manse is a historic manse famous for its history and literacy associations.  Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both lived in this property at one point in their lives.  The Trustees of Reservations runs The Old Manse which is now a museum that offers Tours and houses a bookstore.  The Old Manse neighbors the Minute Man National Historic Park, and is a National Historic Landmark.

We had a humid Adventure to The Old Manse after a rainy morning.  We were inspired by The Trustees of Reservations, and decided to visit The Old Manse to take some photographs.  We have been to this area before, but choose to concentrate on The Old Manse, its history, and the grounds.  Parking was available right in front of the building, which was quite convenient. We headed directly to this scenic structure, soon being greeted by an information board about the property.  From there we strolled past and around The Old Manse.  It was exciting to see some spring blooms, a recent and jovial sight for us New Englanders!  The Old Manse, and area surrounding is very picturesque.  There are beautiful stone walls, gorgeous landscaping, and other landmarks in site.  Wilma hopped on several rocks, Shadow enjoyed a dip in the River, and both pups enjoyed some cheerful rolls in the grass.  Often we found ourselves wandered aimlessly in attempt to notice all the little details. We were pleased to visit The Old Manse today (Rating:  3). 

If you are interested in reading more about our visit to the neighboring Minuteman National Historic Park you can type the name in the “Search Box” (you will see the “search box” at the bottom of the page on a mobile device, and to the right side if you are utilizing a computer).

 

 

May 20, 2018 – Massachusetts – Minuteman National Historic Park

Today we visited Minuteman National Historic Park, which we have visited before.  This Park includes the towns of Lincoln, Concord, and Lexington.  Minuteman National Park commemorates the opening battle in the American Revolutionary War.  The park encompasses over 900 acres of land, and includes the North Bridge, “The Battle Road Trail”, and The Wayside Inn.

We strolled along the trails, over the North Bridge, stopping at various landmarks, along, and adjacent to the trail.  It was a humid spring day, a good excuse for Shadow to enjoy a swim in the Concord River. Wilma herself enjoyed a good bark at the Daniel Chester French’s statue “Minute Man” (video below.)  She must know history is really not my thing, a good reason to add a history stop to our adventures.  (Rating:  3)