March 9, 2019 – Beaver Brook Association – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Beaver Brook Association’s land in Hollis, New Hampshire.  This is a spot we have ventured to numerous times.  The Beaver Brook Association is a nature education center and conservation area made up of 2,187 acres of land.  There are over 35 miles of trails, and conservation programs for all ages. They also have themed gardens, and a demonstration compost.

We had a peaceful Adventure to Beaver Brook, a conservation area we really do enjoy.  It was nice to get an early start, the sun streaming through the snow-filled forest.  We have been to this lovely area many times, and in every season.  Although we have not had much snow this winter, I have found this area to be especially nice when the snow is high, as there are many groomed trails providing easy access.

One of my favorite trails to walk is the Beaver Brook Trail which highlights unique bridges and boardwalks, streams and the Spatterdock Pond.  Tending to be a creature of habit I often find myself on the same trail, although sometimes exploring additional paths when planning a longer hike.  Yesterday was no exception as we traversed our favorite hike.  We did not see any visitors on this trail, except for one mountain biker along the way.  On one occasion we decided to venture onto the pond, which seemed to add some bounce to Wilma and Shadow’s step.  I guess they knew it was a venture from the norm.

The Beaver Brook land has really been fun to explore in all seasons.  Highlights in other seasons have included swims for the pups, lots of relaxing, and great chewing sticks along the way.  So glad to have special memories with all three of my pups.  Today was another wonderful visit to the Beaver Brook Association.  Below you see a collage from some of our many visits.  So glad to enjoy another winter hike in the snow (Rating:  4)



Throwback Adventure – Conservation Land – Massachusetts

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!

Shadow, Buster and I enjoyed many Adventures to an untitled, suspected conservation trail in Sterling, Massachusetts. These particular photos were from our visit in June 2014, although I am guessing I may have other photographs tucked away in my files. We absolutely loved visiting this trail. It was near ponds, streams, up hills, and through the woods. We rarely saw any other hikers and several times even saw beavers on our visits. There was a little waterfall nearby, and lot of spots for the boys to run and swim. It was a special location which really made you feel like you were deep in the wilderness. We often would branch of the trail and find secret spots to explore. It was an amazing and new Adventure each and every time, and carved many fun memories in my heart.

So if you are one of my followers, or visitors who is inspired to visit stops on our Adventures, you might be disappointed as I cannot provide you an exact location. However I again encourage you to enjoy your location conservation land. Many spectacular, and quiet spots to explore (Rating: 4).



June 5, 2018 – Massachusetts – Russell Mill Pond and Town Forest

Tonight we went for a local hike at the Russell Mill Pond and Town Forest in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  The Forest contains 132 acres of land, including land on the east side of Russell Mill Pond.

I often enjoy exploring local conservation land, and this trail was a great find.  It was simple, yet beautiful.   We mostly followed the trail along the Pond, but also veered toward some of the inner forest trails.  There were a couple of simple bridges, a little bubbling stream, and a wealth of bright green ferns lining the trails.  We did not see any other dog walkers, but the area was clearly popular with mountain bikers.

I highly encourage you to seek out conservation land in your area.  Lovely trails and scenery, with no cost involved.  You really cannot beat that.  (Rating:  4)









May 13, 2018 – Massachusetts – Acton Arboretum

Today, I wanted to add a little tribute to my Mother on this Mother’s Day.  I planned the adventure to the Arboretum with my amazing Mother in mind.  I am so lucky, and grateful to have such a wonderful Mother, who has always provided me love, encouragement, and support.  As a young child we spent a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors, camping, walking in the woods, and learning about creation.  Little did I know I would eventually be blogging my outdoor adventures.  In my blog today I want to give my Mom a shout out, and say “Thank you for EVERYTHING you are, and have done for me.  I am so grateful”.  We are happy to have my parents join us on the adventure today.

Today we visited the Acton Arboretum, which is situated on some of the 65 acres of conservation land in Acton.  It has a short trail system, and provides numerous gardens to explore.  The Arboretum offers self-guided tours, available for download.  It is often difficult to find garden locations that are dog friendly, so I was quite pleased to find this location.

We enjoyed our time at the Arboretum on another beautiful Spring Day.  It is early in the garden season, but we still found beautiful landscapes and floral color to photograph.  The trails included some bridges, and boardwalks, and lots of little benches to sit, and relax.  Shadow enjoyed a swim in a little pond, and Wilma excitedly greeted anyone in her sight.  It was a simple park, but so nice to stroll around with my parents, and to enjoy the beginning of spring.  (Rating:  3, although the company was perfect!)