August 31, 2019 – Rita’s Italian Ice – Connecticut

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I Adventured to Rita’s Italian Ice in New London, Connecticut. Rita’s is a national restaurant chain that began out of Pennsylvania. It is popular for the custards, italian ice, and specialty deserts. The ice is smoother then the “normal” italian ice and has fresh fruit.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Rita’s Italian Ice. I was sooo incredibly excited to go to Rita’s Italian Ice. I have special memories of Rita’s Italian Ice from my undergraduate years in Pennsylvania. We would go there for a special treat, with the small size being just 75 cents! It was so tasty, a great social time, and perfect for the college wallet. This was my first visit to Rita’s since that time! I was pleased to find that Rita’s provided a small custard cup for the dogs! After ordering our goodies we found a quiet seating area in the back. Both My Mom and I had ordered black cherry Gelato’s, and it did not disappoint. So delicious with custard on the bottom and top, creating the perfect creamy flavor. Shadow and Wilma thoroughly enjoyed their first custard experience and quickly devoured their treat. We were thankful that the temperature had cooled a bit and took our time enjoying every bite. So glad that I FINALLY could reminisce at Rita’s Italian Ice (Rating: Italian Ice and Custard: 5, Location: 4).

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August 31, 2019 – Fort Trumbull State Park – Connecticut

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I Adventured to Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, Connecticut. Fort Trumbull was built in 1977, but was re-constructed several times, including the final rebuilding between 1839 and 1852. Fort Trumbull was attacked and captured by British Forces during the Revolutionary War. The Fort also was utilized as defense during future wars including the Civil War. It is located on the Thames River. Fort Trumbull was opened as a State Park in the year 2000. The Fort has a Visitor Center, offers tours, and hosts special events including concerts.

We had a historic Adventure to Fort Trumbull State Park. We were excited to have my Mom join us for our Connecticut Adventures today. Upon arrival I was quite impressed by the grand, and scenic Fort. Over to the side you could see the beautiful, bright blue River, just a spectacular entrance. The grounds of the Fort were perfectly groomed. There were paved trails around the Fort, and a larger loop closer to the shore. We sauntered around the Fort, taking photos, and appreciating the sites. We spotted the Pier which was filled with hopeful fisherman. Near the Pier there was a large Coast Guard Boat, adding the perfect touch to the Park. We sat for a bit and relaxed in the shade. There were many boats floating by peacefully, quite picturesque.

As we completed our loop around the Fort we peaked inside the Fort to view the internal sites. The front desk had stated they preferred the dogs not enter the inside of the Fort, so we did not explore, or traverse to the top of the Fort. However, we engaged in our own personal tour of the rest of the highlights of the Park, covering everything we could locate.

Throughout our visit Shadow and Wilma enjoyed many rolls, and lapped up lots of water. I was a bit disappointed at the unexpected heat of the day, but had luckily prepared well with lots of water, and breaks as needed. The Fort really was gorgeous, towering high above therefore providing vast views of the River. We had a wonderful visit to the Fort Trumbull State Park (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – Avery Point Light – Connecticut

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 January of 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to Avery Point Light in Groton, Connecticut. The Avery Point Lighthouse is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut. It was established in 1944, and is the last Lighthouse that was built in the Connecticut. The Avery Point Lighthouse was later restored in 2006 due to disrepair.  It is currently is managed by the American Lighthouse Foundation.

We had a lovely Adventure to the Avery Point Lighthouse back on a sunny winter afternoon. There was limited parking, and I remember being a little unclear if I had parked in an appropriate spot. However, we stationed and headed off to the Lighthouse. The grass was surprisingly bright green, and the sky blue, masking the “normal” landscape of a winter afternoon. We were able to stroll directly up to the lighthouse, and of course we walked around to view each angle. Shadow was quite photogenic, although the bright sun was not too cooperative in capturing these moments. The Avery Point Lighthouse was definitely unique in location, and style. It was great that we could get an up-close and personal view. So glad we were able to Adventure to the Avery Point Lighthouse (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated.)

 

 

July 7, 2019 – Elizabeth Park Conservatory – Rose Garden – Connecticut

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in West Hartford, Connecticut.   The Rose Garden is one of the biggest Rose Garden’s in the country.  It is managed by the Conservatory, has over 15,000 rose bushes and 800 varieties of new and old roses.  The Park also holds events including summer concerts, and has a cafe on the property.  There are no fees to enter the garden, and it is dog friendly.

We had a colorful Adventure to the Elizabeth Park Conservatory Rose Garden.  I was exhilarated to find a dog friendly garden, a long, but reasonable drive.  Our plan was to visit early evening to avoid the summer heat.  The Park was very populated upon arrival, but we had no trouble finding parking and began on our journey.  There were different gardens with assorted flowers, and landscaping.  We wandered slowly appreciating the diverse variety of flowers, and of course snapping many photographs.

The property’s main attraction was the Rose Garden.  This Garden was centered by a what the Conservatory refers to as a “gazebo” covered by Virginia creeper.  There are rose colored arches leading to this spectacular centerpiece.  We sat and relaxed at this “gazebo” meeting other guests, many whom were quite curious about Wilma and Shadow.  Shadow seemed a bit displeased by the summer weather, while Wilma soaked in every guest she could pull in to her energetic world.  Both enjoyed their normal, cheerful grass roles, celebrating a new Adventure.  And although I brought water I was pleased to see a dog fountain which we stopped at on several occasions to refresh.  It was not too warm, however we still made sure to take many breaks just in case Shadow and Wilma needed an extra summer rest.

After the Rose Garden we walked over to see several fountains displayed in a murky pond.  Shadow was hoping for a dive into the pond, and I felt quite dispirited to let him down.  We therefore did not stay long in this hopeful area, walking around and finding several scenic bridges made of rock and stone.  Nearby we found many guests picnicking, playing games, and catching up with those they knew.  There was lots of life, culture, and smiles throughout the lovely gardens and adjacent fields.

We really did enjoy the gardens at the Rose Conservatory.  I loved how the more you walked, the more you found, enjoying different gardens around every corner.  Even more special for me a dog friendly garden where I can bring my precious bundles of fur (haha).  It was so nice to have My Mom join us, creating yet another wonderful memory.  A unique and special location.  I definitely plan to be back, and highly recommend you visit these lovely gardens (Rating:  4).

 

June 15, 2019 – Yantic Falls – Connecticut

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Yantic Falls in Norwich, Connecticut.  Yantic Falls is approximately forty feet in height, and is sourced from the Yantic River.  It falls from below a dam, and plunges into a gorge before entering the pool below.  There is a walking bridge above the Falls.  The Falls is famous for its’ history as a battleground of the Mohegan Indians back in the 1600s.

We had a spectacular Adventure to the Yantic Falls, our second stop on an afternoon of Adventures.  I found myself quite frustrated as the Falls was very challenging to locate.  However we persevered and eventually made it to this stunning Falls.  Our journey began with a walk across the bridge above the Falls, viewing a train bridge to the right, and views of the dam and gorge to the left.  We sauntered across the bridge, and down a small trail before climbing up to a small bridge above the railroad tracks.  Finding ourselves on what appeared to be a private yard, we headed back across the walking bridge, taking in the sites and sounds of this spot.

After this little walk we headed over to the Falls, snapping many photos along the way.  We soon found a trail that went down to the rocks, and into the gorge.  Shadow continually hoped to dive into the water, but unfortunately there were no clear paths available for a swim.  However, we enjoyed the view, and attempted many selfies before heading back up for yet another angle of the scenic falls.  We relaxed a bit in the grass, while Shadow and Wilma ended our visit officially with some enthusiastic rolls.  So glad we did not give up on finding this Yantic Falls, a beautiful waterfall (Rating:  4).

 

June 15, 2019 – Quaddick State Park – Connecticut

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Quaddick State Park in Thompson, Connecticut.  Quaddick State Park is on the Quaddick Reservoir.  It is popular for swimming, picnicking, and has a trail on the grounds.

We had a relaxing Adventure to the Quaddick State Park on a lovely Spring afternoon.  Disappointed at an unreasonable fee to enter the park, we still decided to visit and explore.  We first drove the loop around the Park checking out the areas from the window, spotting various grassy picnic tables along the Reservoir, a sandy swimming beach, and a pavilion area.  I had read the beach was not dog friendly so we decided to find a picnic area on the water to relax.  Shadow eagerly enjoyed some swims, while My Mom and I took photographs and smiled at Shadow’s swimming joy.  Wilma explored the shoreline, and jumped onto a picnic bench, which for some odd reason was placed in the water.  The water was gorgeously bright blue, and rippling peacefully.  We appreciated great company as were glad to find a tranquil picnic spot away from the other visitors.  We did not visit for long, but were pleased to visit the Quaddick State Park (Rating:  3).

Throwback Adventure – Mystic Seaport Museum – Connecticut

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 brother, My sister-in-law, and my niece Adventured to the Mystic Seaport in Mystic Connecticut, also referred to as The Museum of America and the Sea.  The Museum is located on almost twenty acres of land and is the largest maritime museum in the United States.  It includes:  a redeveloped 19th-century coastal village, formal exhibit halls, artifact storage facilities, and an active shipyard.

We had a unique Adventure to the Mystic Seaport on a dark April day.  It was quite the unusual experience bringing Shadow and Wilma into the main building to purchase tickets.  We then entered into the outdoors to explore the Museum.  There were boats, benches to sit, and scenic posts to pose.  We of course did not venture into any museum building but were able to enjoy the outdoor spots, and partake in some exercise, and family fun.  As you may know I am not a huge history buff but I appreciated site seeing and taking in a new experience.  It was a fun time at Mystic Seaport.