October 15, 2021 – Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site – Vermont

Yesterday Wilma, Gus, My Parents and I Adventured to the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. President Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, was born in this small town. This Site preserves his birth home but also the family homestead, and the community. Besides these historic buildings the Site also includes two museums, and a store. There is an entry fee to explore the grounds, and as expected dogs are only allowed outdoors.

We had an enjoyable Adventure to the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site. I was excited that my parents could join us to visit this unique historic site. Upon entry we drove up a small hill to park, finding gorgeous views of the mountains. This was one of my favorite parts of our visit, the Fall beauty upon us. Unfortunately it was a dark day but we did our best to capture this lovely location. From there we obtained our passes and began wandering the property. We checked out the various buildings, my Dad being our tour guide and historian – Thanks Dad! We found some rocking chairs to sit and of course I located endless locations for Wilma and Gus to pose. Our last stop on the Site was the graveyard, which included many stones from the Coolidge family. The cemetery was lovely on a hill with the mountain colors in the background. So glad we could visit the Calving Coolidge State Historic Site, with perfect company (Rating: This blog will not be rated).

September 25, 2021 – Martin Van Buren National Historic Site – New York

Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, New York. The Martin Van Buren Historic Site preserves the Lindenwald Estate, and the mansion of the eight president of the United States, Martin Van Buren. Tours are available of the home, and nature trails surround the property. Pets are not allowed in the home, and are allowed on the Whipple Loop Trail only.

We had a historic Adventure to the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. I was excited to find this location, planning our day around the Taconic Sculpture Park. We arrived to find the outdoor visitor center and were directed toward the Whipple Loop Trail. For those visiting with dogs, this trail pretty much gives you full access to the property. We headed off on the loop, stopping at the various landmarks along the way. It was a beautiful day, but still a little warm so we appreciated the shade. The grass was bright green, and the trees lovely, centered by the mansion of Martin Van Buren. We walked and took our time on this Site. Gus loved finding sticks, while Wilma appreciated more grassy rolls. Except for the nearby highway it was a very quiet and peaceful location. So glad we could visit the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (Rating: 4).

August 2, 2020 – Thoreau Farm – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Thoreau Farm in Concord, Massachusetts.  The home is also titled the “Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House”.  As expected this home was the Birth House of Henry David Thoreau.  Thoreau was a poet, and a philosopher.  The property offers tours, but are currently closed due to COVID, however they are providing virtual tours online.  In addition they have a partnership with the Thoreau Society for a writing program.

We had a short Adventure to the Thoreau Farm after a local walk.  I was looking forward to visiting yet another historical homestead in the area.  We parked and found one car in the parking lot, although saw no other visitors on our Adventure.  We were greeted by a gorgeous tree, possibly a Catalpa, unique and spectacular.  We wandered under the tree and headed over to the home.  The home was simple but well kept.  It had several gardens, benches, and a “monument” with a brief description of Thoreau and his work.  We wandered around the home and appreciated the grounds.  It was very small, but pretty in its own way.  Wilma appreciated some happy rolls to celebrate our visit.  So glad we could Adventure to the Thoreau Farm today (This Adventure will not be rated as only the grounds were explored.)

 

April 22, 2020 – Battle Road Trail, Part III – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, and I Adventured to the Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Battle Road Trail is an almost ten mile round trip Trail, connecting historic sites from Concord to Lexington Massachusetts.  The Trail focuses on the Battle of 1775 which began the American Revolution.  It crosses wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and contains various landmarks and kiosks along the way.  The Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Park.

We had a gusty Adventure to the Battle Road Trail.  This was the first time we have been to this section of the Battle Road Trail, so I am therefore titling it “Part III”.  This is our third and final blog of this special Trail, as we have now officially traversed the entire Trail.  It was sad to complete this journey without our Shadow but we were pleased that he was able to appreciate almost the entire Trail as today was the smallest portion of our three part Adventure.  Today Wilma and I parked at the last lot at Meriam Corner.  Apparently we did the Trail backwards as my research indicated this was actually the beginning  of the Battle Road Trail..oops!  After parking we headed toward Nathan Meriam’s home, the only historical building on this last section of the Trail.  Wilma posed on a bench nearby, and at the home.  We then walked around this historic building, quickly locating some bright colors in several flowers, including:  Narcissus, Hyacinths, and Periwinkles.  More and more signs of spring to brighten our day!

We then returned to the parking lot and continued on the Trail, heading in the direction of our previous Adventures.  There were few other visitors exploring, and we did not even spot one dog friend.  The sky was filled with perfect clouds, and the wind roaring.  There were several benches along the way, kiosks, and several very short boardwalks.  We sauntered through the fields, and woods, before entering the edge of farmland, and soon arrived at the farthest location of which we commenced “Part II” of our Battle Road Trail Adventures.  (I believe that official location was “Carty Barn” per my best guess from the map).

Wilma seemed a bit apprehensive again today, but yet the wind was quite wild, possibly causing her some uncertainty.  Yet she may still be building her confidence without chill Shadow trotting by her side, reassuring her that everything will be alright.  However she still was quite energetic to be out and about.  Wilma has had a sore leg on and off so we have been doing a little less walking, and backyard time, causing us both to be especially thrilled to be out and about.  So we did our best to walk slowly, and I took time to cherish the precious moments from our first Adventures with our sweet Shadow.  If you would like to see our previous two Adventures with Shadow to the Battle Road Trail you can type “Battle Road Trail” in the search box, and all three Adventures will be listed from your search.  The Battle Road Trail is definitely an original place to explore in our New England (Rating:  3).

February 9, 2020 – Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in Saugus, Massachusetts.  Saugus Iron Works is the Site of the first integrated ironworks in North America, begun by European iron makers.  The Park is nine acres and includes:  a museum, working waterwheels, a mill, a 17th century home, and a short nature trail along the marsh and woodlands.  The Park is open seasonally.

We had a unique Adventure to the Saugus Iron Works.  As I am recovering from a back injury (yes again!) and still being cautious with Wilma recuperating toenail, we decided to defer from a daytrip and instead explore the Saugus Iron Works.  I had observed the sign on the highway several times, leading to our discovering of this National Park.

Saugus Iron Works was well marked, and easily located.  Upon arriving we found one car in the parking lot, however had not expected it to be crowded due to the current off-season.  Immediately we located a brochure providing additional information about the Site.  We spent about an hour exploring the Park, checking out the water wheels, furnace area, and all structures in site.  The Park was on the basin of the Saugus River adding some scenery, and songs of nature.  There were some picturesque bridge structures, and a cement path leading the way.  After finishing exploring the main features we took a stroll along the nature trail, very short, but a nice little add-on to our experience.  I was pleased to see a blue sky, contrasting with the browns of winter.

Throughout our visit Shadow and Wilma appreciated many rolls, while Wilma especially loved watching the ducks.  Shadow and Wilma were eager to inhale the smells, and enthusiastic to explore.  I was disappointed by the excessive geese poop along the grounds, but I guess that comes with New England winter.  I found the Park simple, yet distinctive.  I can imagine it is quite the learning experience when in-season with demonstrations, tours, and working wheels.  So glad we were able to visit the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Park today (Adventure will not be rated as Park was closed for the season).

 

November 16, 2019 – Battle Road Trail, Part I – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts.  The Battle Road Trail is an almost ten mile round trip Trail, connecting historic sites from Concord to Lexington Massachusetts.  The Trail focuses on the Battle of 1775 which began the American Revolution.  It crosses wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and contains various landmarks and kiosks along the way.  The Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historic Park.

We had a well-needed Adventure to the Battle Road Trail on a brisk November day.  Having been sick, and with a family member in the hospital we have not been on any new Adventures in the last week or two.  And although we have enjoyed many local walks, I was thrilled to head off on a new Adventure, even though I am far from feeling well.

We spent about two and a half hours traversing the Battle Road Trail, and nearby paths, exploring over half of the East Section of the Trail.  Some of the landmarks we visited included:  the Paul Revere Capture Site, the Hartwell Tavern, the Jacob Whittemore House, the Samuel Hartwell House Site, and the Captain William House.  The Trail was simple, but varied terrain, the anticipation of the next landmark added some elation to the journey.  We often walked at a quick pace, but of course took some time to sniff out the new landscape.  Due to the chilly weather I was surprised to see many others walking the Trail, including:  families, furry friends, bikers, and runners.  Shadow and Wilma even got to say hello to a happy toddler who was very enthused about meeting the pups.

Throughout the day Shadow loved many rolls in the hay-like grass, while Wilma was quite obsessed by the sheep, who were loudly vocalizing their “baaa”.  I think my favorite part, besides a long walk with my two best buds, was the historic homes along the Trail.  I loved their unique architecture, and the often scenic placement amidst the fields.  And although I have not stopped coughing since this Adventure, I could not be more happier that we had a long walk on the Battle Trail.  We will definitely be visiting the other half of the Battle Trail in the near future.  A unique way to combine exercise, the outdoors, and history (Rating:  4).

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Fort Phoenix State Reservation – 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 January 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to Fort Phoenix State Reservation in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.  Fort Phoenix Reservation is one of the smallest State Parks in Massachusetts.  It is a historic site and has opportunities for recreational activities including swimming.  Fort Phoenix dates back to the American Revolutionary War.  It was originally built in 1775 but later reconstructed after being destroyed by the British.

We had a historic Adventure to Fort Phoenix State Reservation back on a dark winter day.  I remember Shadow rolling almost immediately, obviously thrilled to explore a historic Fort (haha).  We walked around touring the Fort ruins, viewing the canons, and enjoying views across the Atlantic Ocean.  We even spotted a lighthouse from afar.  We appreciated the history and our Adventure to yet another New England Fort.  And although I thought we may have been there on one other occasion, I have yet to locate those photographs.  So glad we were able to Adventure to the Fort Pheonix State Reservation (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

 

September 14, 2019 – Old York Historical Society Buildings – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Old York Museum Center and surrounding historical buildings in York, Maine.  This early English settlement was one of the first colonies.  The buildings are open to the public and include lovely architecture, artwork, and artifacts.  There are tours, programs and events, and nine historic buildings to explore.

We had a simple Adventure to the Old York Historical Society Buildings on a dreary, dark day.  I debated writing and posting this blog as dogs were not allowed inside the building, which only provided a limited visit.  However, it a great historic location which others may not know about so here I go….

We began our Adventure at the Museum Center.  From the door of the Center we began our journey hopping from building to building.  The structures appeared historic, yet modern and unique.  Without a map we walked from building to building attempting not to miss one.  We also spotted a graveyard in the middle of our walk around the property.  Our Adventure to the Old Historical Society Buildings was short as we could only walk around and near them, and besides the actual buildings there were very few outdoor artifacts.  Still Glad we were able to explore this location, something many might not expect to find in coastal Maine (This location will not be rated as the site was not thoroughly explored).

 

 

 

July 6, 2019 – Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts. Frederick Law Olmsted is known as the founder of American landscape architecture. He titled his estate “Fairsted”, where he established the first full-scale landscape architecture office. He famously designed thousands of landscapes around North America. The property includes outdoor quarters, ranger led tours, and an indoor museum of the estate. There is no cost to visit this Historic Site, but donations are appreciated.

We had a steamy Adventure to the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. Our journey began bright and early, as I was hoping to avoid a predicted hot and humid day. We quickly found parking, which was clearly marked by signs. We began walking down the street, and headed through a scenic awning, marking the entrance of the Site. We soon arrived at the main building where we found a descriptive brochure, and began ambling throughout the property. I for some reason expected a large manor, however it was very compact. We therefore wandered down every little path, and spot we could find. There were bright flowers, including lilies, and roses. The residence was simple, but picturesque, with green ivy-like leaves adorning the sides of the building. In several spots we were able to peer in seeing some of the museum displays. I was quite surprised how hot it was at this location, Shadow often tried to dive under a bush, while Wilma quickly was laying down and panting herself. I guess it worked out being a tiny estate, leading to a short visit.

As you would expect the buildings were not dog friendly, so we were not able to see the entire site, but enjoyed our outdoor tour. I debated blogging today, but figured it might be of interest to some visitors, especially those found of landscape architecture, and its’ history. Quite a simple Adventure today, but always pleased to visit a new location (Rating: Decided not to rate this location as we were only able to explore half of the Site.)

Throwback Adventure – Yorktown Battlefield – Virginia

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 June 2009 Shadow, Buster, My Parents, My Brother, and I Adventured to Yorktown Battlefield in Yorktown, Virginia.  Yorktown Battlefield was the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War.  This Battle occurred in 1781 when the British Army surrendered to the French, and American forces.  This Battle officially ended the War for Independence.  Yorktown Battlefield is part of the Colonial National Historic Park.

We had a historic Adventure to the Yorktown Battlefield on a sunny Virginia day.  This was one of many weekend Adventures we had on our family vacation.  My parents and brother drove from Massachusetts, while Shadow, Buster and I drove up from our home in Tampa and we met in Virginia.  This was also the first time my family met Buster, about seven months at the time, making it quite a special memory for all.

So as you probably are aware, my Throwback memory is far from clear.  However I remember enjoying our Adventure to the Yorktown Battlefield.  The Park was very dog friendly, with bright green grass, and lots of history to appreciate.  As expected, dogs were not allowed in the buildings, but we found many shady spots to relax while our family could explore the historic buildings from the inside out.  It was really a vacation where we built many cherished family memories.  So glad we were able to Adventure to the Yorktown Battlefield.