June 1, 2020 – Wickham Park – Connecticut

Today Wilma, My Mom and I Adventured to Wickham Park located in Manchester and East Hartford, Connecticut.  Wickford Park is a private, non-profit foundation.  It is 280 acres in size and has a vast amount of opportunities including:  gardens, playgrounds, sports facilities, and ponds.  It is also a popular location for community events and private weddings.

We had a fragrant Adventure to Wickham Park.  I was very happy to find yet another dog-friendly garden!  We arrived at the Park at around five and explored until it closed at eight.  The Park had beautiful gardens, decorative features to highlight the garden theme, boardwalks, bridges, and more.  We walked and walked, I believe exploring every garden in the Park.  Throughout the evening we often smelled the fragrance of flowers, including the lilacs, my favorite smell of all!!  We approached each turn eagerly, looking forward to the next garden.  And of course we took plenty of time to relax, enjoy the scenery, and take photographs.

Besides the beauty of the gardens, we were quite awed by the sky, blue with beautiful clouds.  The sun was streaming through the trees, creating a fantastic sunset.  It was really the perfect way to end a wonderful evening.  We absolutely loved our visit to Wickham Park and hope to be back in the future (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

 

May 25, 2020 – Connecticut College Arboretum – Connecticut

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, Connecticut.  The Connecticut College Arboretum is an Arboretum and collection of botanical gardens.  It provides opportunities for research, teaching, conservation, education and recreation.

We had an eccentric Adventure to the Connecticut College Arboretum.  I had heard about the Arboretum back on our last visit to the area and was quite excited to head back to New London.  After some confusion with parking, we eventually arrived on Williams Street and parked at the gate entry.  Soon after heading in there was a map on a kiosk, but it did not have a detailed trail routes so we decided to wander with no specific plan.  We soon arrived at the Azalea garden, finding pink, orange, red, and various other colors.  From there we came upon a pond, hearing the bullfrogs chirping loudly, and birds singing.  We located a dock-like area and of course had to head out to the end.  Wilma seemed slightly uneasy at the shaking of the dock, but overall was quite brave and curious at this floating feature.  There were lily pads throughout, and rocks protruding.  After exploring the pond we headed on to the trails.

I loved the trails at the Arboretum, feeling as though we were transferred into another environment.  Along the trail we found large boulders, views from atop of a ravine, a dock like boardwalk through a bog, and lots of greenery and trees.  Although I found the Trails a bit confusing we always ended up figuring out where we had been and where to go next.  There were numbers on several parts of the trail, but I was not sure what they were indicating, my guess is a self-guided tour.  We walked, walked, and attempted to traverse all the trails we could find.

After enjoying endless walking we found various areas of the Arboretum including the wildflower garden, and the conifer collection.  I actually found myself appreciating not having a map as we never knew what we might find around the corner.  Wilma enjoyed a nice long hike and as always was eager for some exercise and new terrain.  We spent about two and a half hours at this spectacular Arboretum.  Definitely a fun place to explore (Rating:  4).

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 a photo of Shadow and Wilma from the Arnold Arboretum, an Arboretum of Harvard University in Massachusetts.  It was take last month at one of our many visits.  This is a beautiful location, and is a great place for a dog walk.  In this photo the orange leaves of autumn are scattered over the ice of winter as the seasons merge.  If you live locally I would definitely recommend you visit the Arboretum, although of course much more colorful in the spring and summer.  If you want to read more about our first Adventure to Arnold Arboretum you can type it into the search box.   On to Winter we go!

4CA6E8F5-DA10-4C37-B5DE-38AAB9C34F47

May 13, 2019 – Farandnear Reservation – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Farandnear Reservation in Shirley, Massachusetts.  The Farandnear was the former estate of Arthur Banks who was a well known professor and political scientist.  It includes 2.7 miles of trails, and an Arboreteum.  The Park is owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

We had a bird-singing Adventure to Farandear Reservation on a very cool spring day.  I was excited to explore a new local spot.  Upon arrival, and throughout our visit I could not have been more impressed.  We began in the Arboretum, however, decided to explore the trails first before finishing up with the flowers.  There were maps available, and the trails were clearly marked, even full photo maps along the trails.  We were greeted by the proud landscaper/property manager who gave us some fun tidbits about the reservation, and was very friendly.  The property was absolutely perfect from start to finish!  There was a singing ravine, adorable boardwalk bridges, meadows, paths through the reservoir, and bogs.  It was another spectacular Trustees of Reservation property, where around every corner a new landscape appeared.  We enjoyed the lovely wildflowers, and lots of green framing the trails.  We even saw beaver dams, a heron flying by, and of course soaked in the continual songs of birds.  There was not a sole around and the reservation was so peaceful, and therapeutic, awing at all of nature’s creation.

After exploring the trails for some time we headed over to the Arboretum.  There were bright color flowers, fun trees, lots of tulips, benches to relax, and landscape features along the way.  There was even a spot for learning, and inspiring those little minds you may have in tow.  We sat in the Arboretum and relaxed savoring the smells, sights, and fresh air.  We did not want to leave but our Adventure eventually came to our end.

If you may be wondering, I located The Farandnear through the Trustees of Reservations.  I would encourage you to check out the Trustees of Reservations, as you can search for properties in your area.  Many of the land, trails, and properties are absolutely lovely, and the Trustees of Reservations does wonderful work to preserve the land and history throughout Massachusetts.  I was quite fond of The Farandnear Reservation and will definitely be back (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2019 – Viles Arboretum – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Viles Arboretum in Augusta, Maine.  Viles Arboretum is made up of 224 acres of property including six miles of trails, gardens, an art/sculpture trail, and many special events and activities.  There is a Visitor Center and a gift shop which are open during week days.

We had a drenching Adventure to the Viles Arboretum on yet another dreary New England day.  I was excited to find the Arboretum, a location that many times is not open to my furry friends.  Upon arrival we were disappointed to find the trail maps were gone, so decided to stroll around and see what we could find.  There were numerous sculptures that captured our attention and guided us on our walk.  We ambled along the paths, sinking into thick water and mud.  However, we did not let this stop us and continued on checking out the art and landscape along the way.  There were vibrant signs identifying what soon will be lots of green and flowering areas.  There were gorgeous birch trees, tulips, forsythias, and a large white flowering tree.  There were many labels for trails, yet without a map it was not clear as where they may lead.  The Arboretum appeared to be endless with trails in many directions.  We spent about an hour walking, and exploring.  I am positive that the Viles Arboretum will be quite breathtaking as the buds bloom.  It was definitely a unique spot which we hope to explore again in the future (Rating:  3).