Throwback Adventure – Mount Wachusett – August 2014

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 August 2014 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Mount Wachusett located in the towns of Westminster and Princeton, Massachusetts.  Mount Wachusett is popular for skiing, hiking, and biking.  It is part of Wachusett Mountain State Reservation which includes 3,000 acres, and a Mountain peak of 2,006 feet.  The Mountain is one of the highest points in Massachusetts.

We had a great workout on our Adventure to Wachusett Mountain.  I recall many rocky paths, grass for resting, picnic benches, and great views.  We have not often climbed many mountains, so it was fun to visit the well-known Mount Wachusett for a hike.  I did my best to gather some photographs from our Adventure to Mount Wachusett.  A fun day for all!  (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

January 26, 2020 – Stacy Esplanade/The Lucy Brown Davis Pathway – Massachusetts

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).

 

 

January 25, 2020 – Sea Flower/Sea Urchin – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Sea Flower/ Sea Urchin in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  The Sea Flower is an abstract sculpture of a sea urchin, designed from wood and steal materials. The sculpture was installed in 1978 by artist James Suris.  It was quite controversial for many years, as many did not feel it was appropriate choice for a town known for its whaling history.

We had a fun Adventure to the Sea Flower, located in front of the Federal building in the downtown area of New Bedford.  We spent much of the day exploring New Bedford, and the Sea Flower was the only new location that I had not yet blogged about, so here I go….

I was excited to find this original, and unique sculpture.  We discovered it where expected but yet in what seemed an odd location for this creative artwork.  After parking we wandered over to the Sea Flower to snap some photographs and see this handiwork.  There was not much to it but definitely unique, and innovative.  My Mom was quite unenthused with the Sea Flower, but I however enjoyed this unusual landmark.  Glad to we could locate the Sea Flower for some entertaining posing today (Rating:  3).

 

Throwback Adventure – Upton State Forest – 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 November 2014 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the Upton State Forest in Upton, Massachusetts.  Upton State Forest is a 2,660 acre, publicly owned forest that encompasses the towns of Upton, Hopkington, and Westborough.  It is popular for skiing, mountain biking and hiking.

We had a brisk Fall Adventure to Upton State Park.  As you may often “hear” if you follow my blog, I do not always remember details of our Throwback Adventure.  However I do recall enjoying a nice walk, finding some boulders, and appreciating the end of the Fall foliage season.  Since Upton State Forest is such an expansive forest, we of course could only cover a portion of the property on this Adventure.  We will definitely have to visit the Upton State Park again in the future (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

January 11, 2020 – Canalside Rail Trail – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Canalside Rail Trail in Turner Falls, Massachusetts.  The Canalside Rail Trail is a Connecticut River Greenway State Park, part of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The Trail is an approximate 3.7 miles beginning in Deerfield and ending in Montague.  The Trail provides views of the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers.  It is a popular Trail for biking, walking, and rollerblading.

We had an icy Adventure to the Canalside Rail Trail.  We parked at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner Falls, and then followed the signs directing us to the Rail Trail.  I was quite disheartened to see the ice rink the Trail had become and even more disappointed that I had neglected to pack my ice cleats.  However, we carried on slipping and sliding in our attempt to begin our Adventure.  After some time I decided that we could succeed on a walk, so we shuffled along slowly but surely toward the Trail.

Our walk began at the merging of the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers. We traversed a pedestrian bridge, the water rushing below, appearing almost dangerously close. We appreciated the views above the Rivers before carefully heading back to the Trail. The gate in the direction of the Connecticut River was closed so we headed the opposite direction toward the town of Deerfield. Along the way we saw many trestle bridges, pedestrian bridges, old rail tracks, and mill-like buildings.  The Trail was peaceful, with few others battling the ice.  We walked and exploring enjoying the unique views of the River and diverse scenery.  I was eager to round each turn locating numerous bridges and continued variety.  The Trail was lined with various fencing which I definitely was thankful for with the treacherous conditions. It was fun to locate a new Trail with distinct features. We definitely will be back for a walk on the Canalside Rail Trail(Rating:  4).

 

January 1, 2020 – Minuteman Bikeway – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway in Lexington, Massachusetts.  The Minuteman Bikeway was built between 1992-1993 along an inactive railroad corridor and runs from Cambridge to Bedford.  The Bikeway is a paved trail and is 10 miles in length.

We had a blue-sky Adventure to the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway on our first Adventure of the New Year.  My plan initially was to take a day-trip to Connecticut but after injuring my back yesterday, I thought a local, and predictable walk would be best.  I am grateful that Shadow and Wilma are great walkers and I could still take them out with shooting back pain.  So off we went on our Adventure….

I located the Minuteman Bikeway on route to a different location, and thought it would be a good path to explore.  We walked and walked, of course taking some time to sniff all the new smells.    We were careful to stay on the right side as we walked, bicycles often flying by dangerously.  There were runners, dog walkers, and families out enjoying this gorgeous New Years day.  The pathway ran adjacent to the Center of Lexington, at one point opening up so we could see Buckman Tavern, a scenic historic building.  The pathway passed behind backyards, at some time closer then others.  The bikeway was simple and unappealing, but obviously built as a commuter route for bicyclists, therefore quite a convenient for those traveling by bike.  So although the Minuteman Bikeway is nothing exciting for those on a walk, still a great place to get some exercise.  Hope everyone had a wonderful New Years (Rating:  The Minuteman Bikeway will not be rated as it is a location created for bicycle commuters)

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).