November 12, 2021 – Devil’s Hopyard State Park and Chapman Falls – Connecticut

On Thursday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. Devil’s Hopyard State Park is a 1,000-acre park that includes: hiking trails, a covered bridge, camping, picnic areas, and Chapman Falls. There are endless tales about the title of this park, but none have been verified.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Devil’s Hopyard State Park, one of our several Adventures of the day. I had been there once many years ago with Shadow and Wilma but have had difficulty gathering photographs from that day. I was pleased to arrive to find few visitors and off we went. We first arrived at Chapman Falls, just gorgeous. I do not recall it being so large and flowing, so I was quite pleased to see this lovely, roaring site. We enjoyed the area for some time before heading down the trail. From there we explored the pond, covered bridge, and various trails in the park. I was surprised to see some pleasant colors leftover from Fall. It was a perfect Autumn Day for a hike. So glad I could return to Devil’s Hopyard State Park and Chapman Falls today (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – Devil’s Hopyard State Park – Connecticut

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In August 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. Devil’s Hopyard State Park is most well known for Chapman Falls, a waterfall that drops more than sixty feet. The Park contains at least five moderate trails, an un-named wooden bridge, and pothole stone formations. The Park is surrounded by many myths and stories including one of a man name Dibble, who had a garden to grow hops which were used in the production of beer. The Park is popular for: hiking, birding, camping, and fishing.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Devil’s Hopyard State Park. I remember this Adventure being on a day of moon significance with warnings not to look at it without special eye wear. Of course I cannot seem to recall the exact title, however I enjoyed some conversation with other visitors who were quite interested in the pups and let me peak through their special glasses. On this Adventure we loved the waterfall, and of course had to check out the stream and covered bridge. There were picnic tables to relax. We walked around but did not explore any of the official trails, however it was one of our Adventures on a full day. I especially love this photograph of Shadow and Wilma at the falls, I cannot believe Wilma was ever so small. Another cherished memory in a photograph. We look forward to visiting Devil’s Hopyard State Park again in the future (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

May 9, 2020 – Gillette Castle State Park – Connecticut

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut. This was our third trip to the Gillette Castle as we have been there on two other occasions with Shadow. Gillette Castle was once the estate of William Gillette, a famous Actor in the early 1900’s. It was later bought by the state of Connecticut. The Park includes a visitor center, museum, hiking trails, and picnic area. There are even live theater events and walking tours available to visitors.

We had an extra-green Adventure to Gillette Castle State Park.  I debated blogging about Gillette Castle as I have blogged about it before, however it has been well over a year, we have many new followers, and it really is an exceptional Park.  I had three Adventures planned today but in realizing how close Gillette Castle State Park was I decided to add it to our day.  Upon arrival I was shocked to find the parking lot almost empty, quite different then our past Adventures, as Gillette Castle State Park is a popular destination.

Today we decided to spend some time hiking, and exploring the trails, something we have done some in the past, but not too extensively.  The Trails were labeled by color, however the online map had no color identification.  I soon realized it was too cumbersome to follow the map so we just walked and walked. There were plenty of landmarks nearby, and the Park is not large so I knew we would not become lost.  I absolutely loved seeing green in every direction, so vibrant!  We trotted high above the Connecticut River, wandered through the woods, and later headed toward the River before heading back to the Castle.  There were picturesque bridges throughout, and many choices for trails.  The wind was strong, but refreshing.  It was really pretty, and the hills ensured great exercise on this trail system.  Quite an energizing experience.

After hiking for some time we went over to view every angle of the Gillette Castle.  Unfortunately there has been continued construction over the years, and this time we were not even able to go on the porch or get too close.  However we rested in the grass, Wilma watched and rolled, and I appreciated the views of the Castle, the River, and the soft texture of the bright green grass.  Such a unique and scenic state park, even on the third time visiting.  So, so glad we could visit again, and I am positive that we will be back in the future.  I will include photographs at the bottom from today and our first two Adventures, glad to share our other visits with our sweet Shadow (Rating:  4).

May 2020

October 2018

August 2017