Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Stacy Esplanade and the Lucy Brown Davis Pathway in Gloucester, Massachusetts. I debated blogging this Adventure as I found limited information identifying specific details on these locations. However, after researching for a bit I discovered we had walked on the Stacy Esplanade and The Lucy Brown Davis Pathway. The Lucy Brown Davis Pathway commences at Fort Stage Park, and appears to end where the Esplanade begins. Along the Esplanade you will find landmarks, including: the Blynman Bridge, the Gloucester Fishermen’s and the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial. The Esplanade is also part of the extended walk of the Gloucester HarborWalk.
We had a wonderful coastal walk along the Stacy Esplanade and Lucy Brown Davis Pathway. It was an unusually warm day, the blue sky filled with spectacular clouds. We enjoyed our walk, the warm sun streaming down upon us. There were several places where we were able to walk down and explore the beach. I am guessing the tide must have been out. The water was gorgeous, the waves small but singing grandly. Shadow and Wilma enjoyed sniffing and exploring on the beach, while I appreciated the coastal scene. We visited the statues along the way and imagined how gorgeous the walk would be with the flower beds in bloom. It felt like a spring day, just perfect. A simple, but scenic walk today (Rating: 3).
Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fort Taber Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Fort Taber Park is an oceanfront Park in Clark’s Point which includes a museum, Fort Rodman, a playground and a walking and bicycle path. On top of the Fort you can find the Clark’s Point Lighthouse. In the summer months the Park is also popular for swimming, and picnicking.
We had a gorgeous Adventure to Fort Taber Park. We were quite lucky to get a warm and sunny New England day adding quite the picturesque coastal scene. Shadow and I had been to Fort Taber Park about three years ago, but only visited briefly as it was the end of the day of a long day of exploring, and dusk was upon us. I therefore was quite thrilled to more thoroughly explore this area. The Park was quiet with few other guests. We began following the paved trail around the Fort Rodman, taking the outside loop to ensure a coastal experience. The sun was shining brightly, just beautiful. We sauntered around, taking many pictures. The Fort was tall, and grand, clearly 19th century history. I attempted to get a photograph of the Lighthouse, but not a simple task being located on the very top of the Fort. We enjoyed walking around, lots of rolls, and numerous photos per our usual Adventure.
Besides exploring the outer grounds of the Fort itself we enjoyed some time on the beach which had contrasting colors, and ice throughout adding a unique scene. We then wandered down the lengthy pier, which appeared from afar to bring you to the foot of the Butler Flats Lighthouse. Wilma was quite curious about all the shells, and smells, the shells appearing to have been dropped onto the pier from birds above. The sun sparkled off the water, creating a lovely scene. We spotted some boat from afar, and took or time checking out the view.
We enjoyed every moment of our Adventure at Fort Taber Park taking in the sights, sounds, and smells. Such a perfect location that combines recreation, history, and coastal splendor. Definitely a special place in New England. We look forward to returning again in the future (Rating: 4.5).
Winter 2017 Adventure
Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Gloucester Harborwalk in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Harborwalk is a walkway and walking tour along Gloucester’s waterfront and historic district. The Harborwalk is a 1.2 mile path that has an additional 1.6 miles of an “extended walk”. It follows 42 granite “Story Posts”, and has an option for “smart phone” informational connections at the marked “postcard” locations.
We had a foggy Adventure to the Gloucester Harborwalk, on an unusually warm December day. Although we have been to Gloucester numerous times this was the first time we followed the official Harborwalk (and extended walks) throughout the town. We were pleased to find free parking and began our walk along the waterfront. I loved seeing the scenic boats, and numerous lobster traps, a genuine coastal experience. The path followed the water, weaved in and out of various areas, and often followed the main roads, passing local shops, restaurants and landmarks. It was a bit challenging to stay on track as I continually had to pull out my phone to view the online map, which was not largely detailed. Throughout our Adventure I enjoyed watching Shadow and Wilma take in the new smells, they almost look like tourists at some points staring off into the water to experience the sounds and sights. Surprisingly Wilma seemed a bit uneasy at some of the coastal smells, even though we have had many previous coastal Adventures.
My favorite parts included: the famous Gloucester’s Fisherman Memorial, the coastal sites, walking adjacent to the water, and the holiday decorations throughout the town. Along our travels we located someone decorating a Christmas tree with buoys, just perfect! I loved seeing lights on the trees, the holiday wreaths, and other various decorations in sight. One of my favorite photographs was one of Wilma peering at the statue of Fitz Henry Lane statue, quite humorous. If I only knew what goes through her curious, little mind. Overall I did not find the Harborwalk too interesting, but of course we enjoyed a long, often fast-paced walk, and another new Adventure. Just as I often say “Don’t let the rain stop you”! (Rating: 3).
Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fort Adams State Park and The Bay Walk in Newport, Rhode Island. Fort Adams was an active Fort from 1841 into the 20th Century. It is currently open for private tours, and is the location for many events. Bay Walk is considered part of Fort Adams State Park, and is a 2.2 mile trail that loops around part of the Fort. It includes coastal views of the Narragansett Bay, and Newport Harbor.
We had a deja vous kind of Adventure as upon arrival everything looked quite familiar. Thrilled for no entrance, or parking fee, we began our visit viewing the front of the Fort soon becoming disappointed that we could not enter the interior. We therefore decided to ventured directly to The Bay Walk. The paved trail followed the perimeter of the Fort, along the Bay before heading inland, past the Eisenhower house, and then through the Harbor. There were many tents and distractions from the historical scenery however I tried to ignore that and concentrate on the main features. We saw fisherman along the way, lovely wildflowers, and gorgeous boats scattered throughout the Bay. There was one part where the trail became unclear, however, I knew where we were from our drive in, so continued on with no mis-direction.
My favorite part of this Adventure was what I believe was considered the “Harbor” packed fully with beautiful sailboats. It made me dream of a boat Adventure with the pups, sailing away from the hub-bib of life. The Bay Walk was nothing too intriguing but a unique way to experience a nice, long walk. Upon my return home I was able to track down photographs of a visit that Shadow, Buster, and I had on a chilly April day back in April 2015 – my deja vous solved!. I have included some of those photographs at the bottom of the photographs and videos from yesterday. Love that ALL of my pups experienced in a walk at Fort Adams State Park and The Bay Walk (Rating: 3).
April 2015 Adventure