February 21, 2021 – Moore State Park – Massachusetts

Today we Adventured to Moore State Park in Paxton, Massachusetts.  Moore State Park is approximately 400 acres, and was a former home to grist and saw mills.  Portions of the park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It has a pond, trails, and various “Mill Village Features” on the grounds.

We had a snow-filled Adventure to Moore State Park. I first discovered this park with Buster and Shadow, visited once with Wilma and Shadow and this past Fall rediscovered it with Wilma. Since our initial blog was close to three years ago I thought it would be a good time to blog about it again, including photographs from various visits and seasons. I really have grown to love Moore State Park. The scenery is beautiful, including: fields of wildflowers, waterfalls, a pond, a scenic old mill, and an array of trails. Currently the covered bridge is under construction, which usually frames another small waterfall. I have always found the dog owners to be responsible at Moore State Park so that all dogs can appreciate this special location. We have enjoyed the trails, and the scenery in all seasons. I even took some of Wilma’s Christmas photos there this year. Below you will see a collage of photographs from our various visits including many from our snowy hike today. We look forward to many more visits at Moore State Park (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – Rutland State Park – Massachusetts

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 July of 2013 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Rutland State Park in Rutland, Massachusetts.  Rutland State Park is a 300 acre Park that includes numerous trails and Whitehall Pond.  As expected the Park is popular for:  swimming, boating, picnicking, biking, and hiking.

We had a fun Adventure to Rutland State Park, many years ago.  I remember enjoying walking with the boys on the nicely groomed trails, and also watching them enjoy a swim.  It was a quiet location, and one that I have always thought I should to back, but have still yet to return.  Another wonderful memory of an Adventure with my boys which I will treasure forever (Throwback Blogs will not always be rated).


February 22, 2020 – Fall River Heritage State Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fall River Heritage State Park in Fall River, Massachusetts.  Fall River Heritage State Park is a historic public park that is located along the Taunton River.  The Park includes:  a large carousel, a visitor center, a boardwalk, and views of the battleships of Battleship Cove – America’s Fleet Museum.  Fall River Heritage State Park is popular for sailing, walking, educational programs, and summer activities.

We had a scenic Adventure to the Fall River Heritage State Park.  Upon arrival, I was immediately awed by the World War II battleships docked at neighboring Battleship Cove.  They were gigantic, and absolutely fascinating.  We immediately wandered toward these ships, but did not enter the actual Battleship Cove, unlikely to be dog friendly.  We explored the minimal grounds finding several propellers, a 9-1-1 Memorial, and various other artifacts.

After wandering around the Battleship Cove grounds we headed toward the Visitor Center.  I almost neglected to locate the carousel as we passed by, closed for the season.  Our entrance began as we traversed a wooden bridge leading us to the doorsteps of the Visitor Center.  We headed up to and around the Center, making sure not to miss sight of the River.  Over to the left were the ships and the impressive Baga Bridge, while to the right the boardwalk resumed.  Our journey continued down the boardwalk, parallel to the River.  Along this boardwalk we passed a small park with benches, and what appeared to be a building for sailing ventures.  We spent about two hours in the Park mostly walking along the boardwalk, while also stopping to take photographs and explore various sites.  Throughout the Park we located small kiosks identifying our location, which eventually ended, leading me to the conclusion that we ventured far past the Park’s border.  We walked and walked until we arrived at a World War II Memorial.  We visited the various statues, and memorials before heading back to the Park.

Throughout our visit to the Heritage River State Park I especially was drawn to the spectacular Battleships, and the scenic boardwalk along the River.  The Park unfortunately was quite dirty, and was scattered with geese poop.  However, we did our best to avoid these unpleasantries, and enjoyed our brisk walk.  As per our usual Adventure, it was filled with cheerful rolls, lots of posing, and enthusiasm for a new Adventure.  I worked on some training with Wilma during today’s Adventure, and was quite proud of her work, a wonderful role model by her side.  It was nice to see the sun out, and a slight increase in temperature for our New England Winter.  Definitely glad we could explore the Fall River Heritage Park today (Rating:  3).



Throwback Adventure – Pearl Hill State Park – 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 July 2011 Buster, Shadow, My Mom, and I Adventured to Pearl Hill State Park in Townsend, Massachusetts.  Pearl Hill State Park is a 1000 acre Park that is popular for camping, biking, hiking, and swimming.  There is a seasonal fee to enter the park.

We had a green-filled Adventure to Pearl Hill State Park on a sunny summer day.  I believe we may have visited the Park on one other occasion but this is the only one that I was able to locate photographs.  We enjoyed the trails, found a pond, snapped many family photographs and enjoyed catching up and exploring.  In the majority of my years in Florida I worked in a school district so would drive up in the summer with Shadow and Buster to visit family.  We were glad we could Adventure to Pearl Hill State Park (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).