Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Doubling Point Lighthouse in Arrowsic, Maine. Doubling Point Lighthouse is located on the Kennebec River at the end of a small pier. The Lighthouse was built in 1898. It is located on private property but it is open for visitors.
We had a fun Adventure to the Doubling Point Lighthouse. We had attempted to visit this Lighthouse on one occasion but it was closed. Therefore I was especially excited to visit today. Upon arrival we found a group of visitors at the Lighthouse, so began our Adventure exploring on the side. We located a little path through the tall colored grass and down to the River’s edge. I loved this secretive little spot with varying colors of grass, and a large coastal tree branch. It was simple yet uniquely beautiful. Once the visitors on the boardwalk departed we headed over to see the Lighthouse.
It took me a minute to figure out how to open the gate at the beginning of the boardwalk and before I could open it Wilma jumped through the triangular hole causing a nice laugh as I figured how to untangle her and go through myself. Never a dull moment with this enthusiastic girl. We then headed down the pier, my favorite aspect of this Lighthouse. We walked down and around the Lighthouse, back and forth, enjoying the scenery around us and this peaceful location. Thankfully we had some time to appreciate this Lighthouse before the next visitors arrived. Before departing we checked out the Lighthouse from the opposite side. Being that the Lighthouse was on private property it was not a place we felt appropriate to sit and relax. However, we were quite thankful that these kind property owners allowed visitors. So glad we could Adventure to Doubling Point Lighthouse today (Rating: 4).
Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. The Goat Island Lighthouse was initially built in 1823 but later renovated. The grounds of the Lighthouse are open to the public, but not the Lighthouse itself. As expected the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse is located in Newport Harbor.
We had a nautical Adventure to the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse. There are few Lighthouses left within a day trip of us, so we were quite excited to visit this Lighthouse. I was not sure what to expect as I had read that Lighthouse was located behind Gurneys Newport Resort, and seen several reviews indicating you could walk through the lobby. I was pleased to find available parking and decided to first attempt to walk around this lovely resort, and after a short walk we arrived at the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse.
The grounds of the Resort were quite busy with sunbathers and guests, but we appeared to be the only visitors after a view of the Lighthouse. As we got close we noticed the platform to the Lighthouse was blocked off but we were able to get near this fabulous, modern structure. It was simple, but yet perfectly shaped. There were views of boats from the shore, and the water shimmered beneath them. We did not spend a huge amount of time at this Lighthouse as there was just one angle for viewing, and not much else to see. So glad we were able to see the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse today (Rating: 4).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Nauset Lighthouse (also referred to as the Nauset Beach Lighthouse) in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. I actually have blogged about this Lighthouse in my “Throwback” blog but decided to highlight it again as I took minimal photos on the first visit, as well as Wilma had not visited this memorable Lighthouse. Shadow, My Mom, and I originally visited three years ago.
The Nauset Lighthouse was restored and relocated back in 1923. The Nauset Light Preservation Society currently maintains the Lighthouse and through private donations funded the restoration and relocation of the lighthouse. The Lighthouse has benches nearby and is located adjacent to the Nauset Light Beach.
I was excited to Adventure to the Nauset Lighthouse a second time as it is unusually colorful and absolutely scenic. We parked at the nearby beach and made the short trek over to the Lighthouse. Wilma was eager to explore, anticipating the enthusiasm in my steps. We found a scenic path to the side of the Lighthouse that led us to the top of the small hill and directly to the Lighthouse. The scenery was brown, yet had character. There were benches near the Lighthouse, and several educational kiosks. The roar from the ocean was fantastic, one of my favorite sounds of nature. We lingered around the area, making several rounds. On our way back I noticed several overgrown paths to the beach, so we ventured over to observe the scene. I was shocked to find us high above the beach, almost a large dune, yet we were in a wooded-like area. The site was just spectacular, and the sounds magnificent. I do not remember if we visited this beach on our initial visit, but definitely will be adding it to a future Adventure. One of my favorite photographs from today came at the Nauset Lighthouse of Wilma in the brown landscaping with the Nauset Lighthouse in the background. So glad both Shadow and Wilma were able to Adventure to the Nauset Lighthouse. I will include the photographs from our initial visit below at the bottom, but you also can search for the Nauset Lighthouse in my search box to read more about our first visit in April 2017. Definitely one of the beautiful Lighthouses in New England (Rating: 4).
Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a nine acre Park that tells the history of the residents of Salem, interpreting maritime history and connections to the world. It includes twelve historic structures, replica ships, the Derby Lighthouse, as well as a downtown visitor Center. It was established in 1938 and was the first National Historic Site in the United States.
We had blue-sky filled Adventure to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Although we have been to the area on at least one occasion this was the first time we thoroughly explored the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. I studied the online map ahead of time, and peaked on my phone throughout our visit. We began at the waterfront exploring the open greenery before heading down the Wharf toward the Lighthouse. There were beautiful clouds floating in the bright blue sky, the sun streaming through. We eagerly headed down the Wharf, soon passing the Pedrick Store House and the Friendship of Salem ship. There were chairs to the left overlooking the beach area. The pathway was scattered with goose poop (yuck!), shells, and was mostly consistent of rocks, and gravel. We took our time wandering to the end of the Wharf, exploring all the smells along the way.
Upon arriving at the Derby Lighthouse there were few people in sight, and we soon had this scenic view to ourselves. We spent a good amount of time wandering around the Lighthouse, and taking photographs. It was peaceful, and beautiful. I had been to this Lighthouse once before with Shadow and was pleased to visit again. We remained at the Lighthouse for awhile before other guests arrived and we headed back down the Wharf.
We then wandered to explore the historic homes. They were lovely, well-labeled and most separated in a small area which appeared to have fancy walkways, highlighted by white fencing. We stopped at all the various buildings reading the historic signs and information, as available. After making sure to stop at all landmarks listed on the map we wandered around the town of Salem for awhile, making sure to get a long walk. Not the cleanest of places, but definitely unique. Below you will see a collage of our photographs from the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Glad we could visit the Salem Maritime National Historic Site today (blog will not be rated as only the outdoors of the property was explored).
Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. Castle Hill Lighthouse was built in 1898, and is made of granite. It is located in the Narragansett Bay and continues to be an active lighthouse.
We had a perfect Adventure to the Castle Hill Lighthouse. We were pleased that the rain subsided, cooling down the air, and providing us the perfect opportunity for a new Adventure. I had done some research online about the Castle Hill Lighthouse but contacted the Castle Hill Inn to ensure that we could park at the Inn and visit the “private property”. I was thrilled to have that information confirmed so we hit the road. Upon arrival the Valet at the Castle Hill Inn informed us that they were not busy so we were able to park in the main parking lot, immediately next to the trail. The Lighthouse trail was not labeled so I was pleased to get these directions.
We were immediately drawn to the gorgeous views of the Narragansett Bay. It was absolutely breathtaking! The shores were rocky and we were able to check out the scene from high above. We took in the scenery, Shadow celebrating our arrival with a joyful roll! After appreciating the sites we headed down the trail. The path was simple, but perfect. There were wildflowers, and it was closed in at points with gorgeous greenery, almost magical. It really was just lovely. I was excited, eagerly awaiting the view of the Bay, and the Castle Hill Lighthouse. It did not take long for us to arrive at the Castle Hill Lighthouse. It was absolutely spectacular, quite unique in style. Pleased to have the area to ourselves we walked down the steps to the bottom of the Lighthouse, before heading back up and viewing each and every angle. It was a gorgeous location. We spent some time at this spot, snapping many photographs.
After taking in the scene we headed back to the trail to wander farther. We met several visitors along the way, which delighted energetic Wilma, who took in every bit of love. We walked for a couple minutes, and soon found a bench leading to the spectacular rocky shore. The rocks were uniquely shaped, and almost silver in color. I have been to many rocky shore but have never seen such stunning rocks. I did my best to find a smooth walk for Shadow and I, while Wilma jumped athletically from rock to rock. We soon found a perfect spot to sit, and relax, watching the fisherman, and appreciating the coastal breeze. Shadow enjoyed some rain water left in the rocks, and took a seat next to me, while Wilma focused her attention on the birds. Everything about this Adventure was just perfect. We will definitely have to visit the Castle Hill Lighthouse again (Rating: 5)
Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The Watch Hill Lighthouse in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The Watch Hill Lighthouse is located on a peninsula in Southern Rhode Island. It can be accessed by foot via a private road, while the museum is open during scheduled times. It is managed by the Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association.
We had a scenic Adventure to The Watch Hill Lighthouse. I was glad to have done some research ahead of time as I may have never found this hidden gem without it. We parked in the town of Watch Hill, in one of the two-hour parking spots and then headed up the hill to the private road. My attention was drawn to a red sign on the street which appeared to be the private road to the Lighthouse (although not indicating that specifically). I was a bit humored by the sign stating “NO DOGS, unless leashed”, and of course relieved that they were permitted as expected. Maybe a savvy way to ensure visitors followed the rules, or maybe something only I would notice?? From this sign we began our journey down this affluent area, gorgeous mansions lining the street with elegant landscaping. The street was very small so we were careful to watch for cars. It was not far when we spotted the Lighthouse from afar. It was quite the scene with the Atlantic Ocean on both sides, flowers scattered throughout and a large lawn immediately before it. Just a lovely journey leading to the final destination.
We soon arrived at the official entrance. There were few visitors, and many of those whom we observed were fishing. We headed toward the Lighthouse but quickly made a detour over to the rocky shore. Shadow, as expected, was eager for a swim, so I figured we would head through the rocks to the waters edge. Probably not the wisest decision as the rocks were extra slippery. I myself fell, and both Shadow and Wilma were surprisingly challenged by this footing. However we managed to make it to the Ocean therefore making Shadow’s day. I sat for a minute while Shadow could enjoy his moment. He seemed pleased, even though he could not wade in due to the excessive rocks. We only stayed briefly before stumbling back through the rocks.
After returning to stable footing we slowly weaved our way to the Lighthouse. It was a warm morning so we took time to sit in the grass and drink some water. Once we arrived at the Lighthouse I were disappointed to see it was a private entrance but took several photos at the gate. We then checked out the fisherman quarters and headed back. Of course we took some more time relaxing in the grass, appreciating the atmosphere and treasuring the journey. Shadow and Wilma showed their cheer with continual rolls and were clearly quite satisfied with their coastal Adventure. Our Adventure to the Lighthouse came to an end when we spotted Taylor Swift’s lovely mansion, and then strolled back down the road of dreams. Definitely what the doctor ordered as our coastal Adventure to The Watch Hill Lighthouse was just right. I may just have to start working on my singing career (Rating: 4.5)
Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Plum Island Lighthouse in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This Lighthouse is also referred to as the Newburyport Harbor Lighthouse. This Lighthouse was established in 1788, but later rebuilt in 1898. The tower is made out of wood, and is approximately 35 feet in height. The Lighthouse is now owned by the City of Newburyport, and managed by the Friends of Plum Island Light. It is open for scheduled tours.
We had a coastal Adventure to the Plum Island Lighthouse. We began our morning with a long walk at one of our favorite local parks before heading to the Lighthouse. As we got closer the drive became very scenic with bright blue water, framed by brilliant green grass. It was absolutely gorgeous, and beautifully completed by a perfectly blue sky. We drove to the end of Northern Boulevard and located the Lighthouse on the left. Parking was a bit unclear, but I had emailed to get additional information, and it appeared to match the parking description. After parking we meandered over to the Lighthouse. It was tall, and a crisp white color. The location was simple, the lawn somewhat overgrown, but the Lighthouse structure was flawless in form. We spent some time walking around the area and Shadow and Wilma enjoyed a nap under the shady bushes, and their expected happy, enthusiastic rolls. Although I knew ahead of time the beaches were not dog friendly, I was still a bit disappointed. However, so glad we were able to visit the Plum Island Lighthouse. We will have to return in the off-season when we can romp on the beach as well. A beautiful sunny day exploring the Plum Island Lighthouse (Rating: 3).