June 26, 2020 – Fort Williams – Maine

Yesterday Wilma, My Mom and I visited Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Fort Williams Park is a 90 acres Park located in the Casco Bay. It includes: the Portland Head Lighthouse and museum, the Goddard Mansion, beautiful coastal views, and historic ruins. It was formerly a United States Army Fort, but in 1979 became designated as Fort Williams State Park.

We had a perfect Adventure to Fort Williams Park.  My last blog on this location was two years ago with Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I so I thought it was good timing to blog again.  We began our Adventure by visiting some ruins, and then heading down to the coastal Trail.  The coast was lined with flowers, framing the Lighthouse.  After walking for a bit and appreciating the colorful flowers we ventured to the Lighthouse.  The amazing thing about thing about the Portland Head Lighthouse is that you can walk up to it and around.  It is just immense, and so picturesque.  As you walk around you can also see gorgeous water views, with the waves crashing into the shores.  Just a special location in all ways!

From there we wandered to another coastal Trail viewing the Lighthouse from the opposite side.  Wilma made some friends with some visitors which is always a smiling moment.  After walking and exploring we decided to have a Gelato.  This is something we were thinking about on our last summer visit, but it closed before we had planned on stopping back.  The Gelato was a drippy, sticky, yet refreshing.  I was disappointed that there was no dog ice cream, however Wilma did get at couple spoons of an acceptable alternative.  After this savoring snack we decided to find a spot in the shade to sit, relax, and enjoy the coastal view.  Although this location was much cooler then the last, it was still a steamy day.  We chatted away, relaxed and cooled down before heading off to our next location in the Park.

We then decided to explore some more of the coastal Trail, and of course yet another view of Portland Head.  The Trails were lovely.  From afar we could see the Ram Lighthouse, the closest view from the shore.  We walked and walked, I really could not get enough.  At one point I decided to take a steep walk with Wilma down to the rocks.  I left my camera with Mom so she could snap a couple photographs from afar.  See if you can find this photograph below??!!  Wilma sipped from a tidal pool and absolutely loved some rock hopping!  I only took one video on this Adventure, which took place from this location.  It was so peaceful, the sounds of the crashing so therapeutic.  Such a serene and scenic moment.

Our next part of the day was visiting the little beach.  It was at this point of the we were transitioning to this stop that there was a quick downpour, mostly occurring when we were in the car.  It appeared to briefly cool down the air, and made for quite the raging sky.  The rocks on the beach were round, and abundant, quite dramatically framing the beach.  Wilma and I walked through the rocks and to the small sandy shore.  Wilma entered the water as requested, but would rush out when the small raves came racing toward her.  It was fun to watch her, not seeming to realized this was  a continual occurrence.

Our last part of the day was visiting more of the ruins, and the Goddard mansion, quite a unique addition to this coastal park.  I love ruins, especially when you can climb on, explore, and check out spectacular views from atop.  We appreciated these locations, and took many photographs, as per the usual.

We spent about four hours cherishing this magnificent Park!  I did not want to leave!  We definitely will be back to Fort Williams Park in the future (Rating:  4.5)

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November 3, 2019 – West Dennis Beach – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to West Dennis Beach in Dennis, Massachusetts.  West Dennis Beach is a beach in Cape Cod that runs approximately three miles.  It contains a playground, and is popular for windsurfing, swimming, and kite flying.

We had a relaxing Adventure to West Dennis Beach.  I was delighted to find a beach on our Adventure to Cape Cod, although not necessarily a difficult task, something I had not studied ahead of time.  Upon arrival we found many visitors walking in the parking lot, parallel to the beach.  This appeared to leave the shoreline quite empty.   We found a quiet spot, and began strolling, and exploring.  There were plenty of empty horseshoe shells, various colors of seaweed, and numerous shells of all shapes and sizes.  The beach was pristine, the sun shining, and the water leading as far as the eye could see.  Wilma was extra-energetic, often attempting to run, dig and play, while Shadow remained calm.  Both pups enjoyed the new smells, and this serene oasis.

Before we left we met some kind visitors who gave the pups lots of attention, and kindly offered to take our photograph.  The perfect way to end our visit to the West Dennis Beach (Rating:  4).

 

October 5, 2019 – Goose Rock Beach – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Goose Rock Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Goose Rock Beach is located in a neighborhood area, which is especially populated in summer months.  Goose Rock Beach has approximately three miles of shoreline, provides views of several islands, and is bordered by tidal rivers.  There is limited parking spots, and passes are required seasonally.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Goose Rock Beach.  I decided to get up at four o’clock in the morning to explore a new beach and to appreciate the sunrise.  Goose Rock Beach sure did not disappoint!  We parked in front of several homes, the beach area bordered by greenery.  I immediately heard the waves, and soon found a path to the gorgeous sandy beach.  It was just lovely, sunrise in process, and few people in sight.  Immediately we were energized, Shadow running, Wilma bounding.  We walked down the beach exploring the tidal areas, found some lovely shells, and of course waded into the sea.  We went to the end of one side where we found the tidal River entering the ocean, before turning around and exploring in the opposite direction.  We caught a glimpse of an island, observed several boats floating in the water, and noted some kayaks and chairs scattered on the beach.  The beach was pristine, peaceful, and quite therapeutic.

We spent about two hours walking, running, digging, and dipping.  Shadow went deep into the ocean, the water quite shallow while Wilma especially enjoyed some chaotic digging.  Both Shadow and Wilma took turns engaging the other in energetic play, just so sweet!  As time went on we saw more people, most with furry friends.  It was great to see that almost all of them had their dogs under control, and many quite friendly.  I am guessing most were locals, appreciating this serene locale.  The perfect, extra-early morning Adventure today (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

August 11, 2019 – Rocky Neck Art Colony – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The Rocky Neck Art Colony is located on the Gloucester peninsula.  It is considered one of the oldest art colonies in the country.  Artists include:  jewelers, painters, and photographers.  Rocky neck includes many restaurants with outdoor seating and scenic views.  It also contains the Gloucester Marine Railways one of the oldest shipyards in the country.

We had a coastal Adventure to Rocky Neck.  We left later then I had planned (as my squirrel-stalker Wilma was having too much backyard fun) so we ended up taking a detour.  My initial  destination was overtaken by in-season crowds, quick eliminating my initial plan. I therefore was pleased to find the nearby Rocky Neck Colony.  This was a place I had been once before and figured it would be a beautiful alternative for a summer stroll.

Upon arrival at Rocky Neck we immediately found free street parking.  The walk was a gorgeous coastal scene.  There were shops, galleries, and restaurants, many decorated with colorful flowers, and art displays.  Rocky Neck was uniquely artsy, as expected, with paintings on outside buildings including window sills, and painted windows.  The coastal views were spectacular with boats of all shapes and sizes.  We ended our walk exploring the shipyard before turning around and enjoying some delicious ice cream at Rocky Neck Ice Cream.

Our last stop on this Adventure was a surprise, finding a hidden beach area along Rocky Neck.  There were two simple parks opposite from one another, one with a beach.  I was thrilled to find this, and before you knew it Shadow was instantly refreshed!  I waded in with my sneakers and was quite impressed with Wilma sneaking in farther then usual.  Shadow preferred to stay in the water while Wilma eagerly waited  his return, spent some time digging, and enjoyed exploring some shells.  We sat for awhile on the beach and appreciated the sights around us.  Watching them made me laugh Wilma wild and energetic, Shadow calm and relaxed.  It really was just a perfect way to end our visit to Rocky Neck.  We spent about two hours exploring this peninsula and I am sure we will be back (Rating:  4).

 

Throwback Adventure – Town Neck Beach – 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!

In April of 2014 Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I Adventured to Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  Town Neck Beach is reached by a long, wooden boardwalk over a marshy-like area.  The Beach provides views of the Cape Cod canal.  As most of you are aware, Sandwich is part of Cape Cod.

We had a beautiful Adventure to the Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  I clearly remember being absolutely awed at the beauty of the boardwalk, with the clear water below, and scenic marsh views.  It was a very windy day, which added some Adventure to our stroll down the narrow boardwalk.  The boardwalk was quiet, which was appreciated as my two large dogs took up most of the diameter.  I greatly enjoyed this unusual pathway to the Beach.

Upon arrival at the end of the boardwalk we were high above the beach, providing lovely views. We made our way down the stairs and enjoyed our time at the shore walking, digging, posing, and relaxing.  We were able to find someone to take photos of all four of us.  This is something I remember vividly as Shadow and Buster were attempting to wrestle each other during several of the photographs making me chuckle.  (One of the photos below you can see the beginning of their shenanigans).  It was really a wonderful day, and a location I will always remember.  I definitely  hope to be back at the Town Neck Beach in the future (Rating:  Throwback Adventures will not always be rated.)

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Rye Beach – New Hampshire

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 and I Adventured to Rye, New Hampshire to explore a dog friendly Beach.  Although I am not sure specifically which beach this is I know it was in Rye, New Hampshire, somewhere along 1A.  (I do not believe it was labeled when we visited).  Rye New Hampshire is a coastal town in southern New Hampshire.  It is home to the largest coastline in New Hampshire.

We had a sunny Adventure to the Beach in Rye, back on April 12, 2015.  The beach was very rocky, with tidal areas to explore.  We were able to find some sand areas to sun-bathe and enjoy the day.  It was our last stop on a busy day and we were happy to relax and enjoy the breeze.  It was fun looking at photographs from this outing reminiscing about yet another Adventure we had with Buster.  So glad he was able to have lots of travels!  We will definitely have to visit Rye again in the future.

 

 

 

April 27, 2019 – Echo Lake Beach – Maine

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Echo Lake Beach in Acadia National Park in Maine.  Echo Lake Park is a fresh water swimming lake, with depths of up to 66 feet.  It is framed by views of the Beech Cliffs.

We had a rainy Adventure to Echo Lake Beach on a dark Maine afternoon.  We were thrilled to find the Beach all to ourselves.  There was a boardwalk area that guided guests to the sand, some closed for the season buildings along the way.  There were lovely mountains on either side of the lake, and some boulders in the shallow water.  We walked around for a bit making sure not to miss anything about the Beach.  There were some sticks for chewing, water for sips, and of course lots of sand for digging.  There was also a picnic table in the sand ready for some guests.  It was actually almost a little spooky being dark, empty, and not even a chance of any cell service.  We did not stay long but were pleased to visit the Echo Lake Beach in Acadia National Park (Rating:  3).

 

March 16, 2019 – Wells Beach – Maine

Today we Adventured to Wells Beach in Wells, Maine.  Wells Beach is one of the largest sandy beaches in Maine, offering about seven miles of sandy shores.

We had a perfect sky-day on our Adventure to Wells Beach.  I was so pleased to start our weekend of Adventures with a gorgeous cloud filled and sunny day.  This made the beach just perfect for photography, and a walk along the shore.  The tide appeared to be in, making a small area of sand, much of which was covered by rocks.  Both Shadow and Wilma were thrilled to be at the beach, running, and playing.  I was impressed that Wilma seemed more comfortable with the water, sauntering along when the tide came in.  We walked and walked, snapping too many photographs as always.  The only thing that I did not prefer was that when looking away from the water it appeared to be very touristy, and commercial, houses and hotels lining the beach.  However being off-season we were lucky to have a quiet and peaceful day at Wells Beach.  Such a spectacular way to start our weekend in Maine (Rating:  4).

 

April 7, 2018 – Massachusetts – Nantasket Beach

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.

On April 7, 2018 Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts.  Nantasket Beach is part of the Nantasket Beach Reservation, and is a popular location for summer beach-goers.

I often plan my  coastal beach adventures in the off-season, when many are dog friendly, and devoid from excessive visitors.  This day of our adventure to Nantasket Beach was extra special, as Shadow had recently recovered from surgery.  It was a gorgeous spring day, with a refreshing breeze.  The Beach was beautiful, sand to perfection, while covered with perfectly rounded, and colorful rocks.  We strolled around, while Shadow and Wilma stopped to smell, and inspect all objects in our path.  They enjoyed some time playing together, which always melts my heart.  My only disappointment in this beach was being located so close to the road, and parking lot.  I guess that can be a common feature, but yet I prefer beaches that are completely away from the hustle of life.  However, we had a wonderful time exploring Nantasket Beach (Rating:  4)