September 26, 2020 – Lake Quannapowitt Trail – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Lake Quannapowitt Trail in Wakefield, Massachusetts. This Trail is an approximately 3.6 mile loop around Lake Quannapowitt. Swimming and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Lake. As expected the Trail is popular for runners, walkers, and bikers.

We had a mysterious Adventure to the Lake Quannapowitt Trail. I had actually located this path accidentally while driving by and finally today was the day we returned to walk. We found parking easily and off we went. The path was busy with guests, and was small in width. It was mostly paved and generally ran along a busy road although occasionally passed through a park or green space. I loved the wild flowers, and appreciated the growing signs of Autumn. Sadly the water appeared green in some locations so I did not allow Wilma to venture in close proximity.

Approximately half way around the “loop” the Trail vanished! I knew it was a loop so I searched and searched and did not find the Trail. I did my best to locate the remainder of the “trail” but eventually I discovered that a large portion of the loop was just a walk down a main road, unlike the first half which paralleled the Lake. Part of this I figured out by following a large number of people exercising, who unlike me received this memo (haha). Quite mysterious to me that it was continually defined as a”loop trail” however maybe it technically fits the “loop” definition. Thankfully our journey eventually returned us to where we started so my attempt to follow the Lake from afar worked out just fine.

Throughout our Adventure I enjoyed the community feel of this location, even passing the local Farmers Market along the Trail. I was surprised to find myself quite mesmerized by the beautiful graveyards including the Old Burying Ground, just spectacular. I also loved the unique and gorgeous gazebo we found in the park. I was especially proud of Wilma today as she often is reactive on leash. We saw many dogs and she responded to the training 100% definitely making me smile. Wilma enjoyed her regular rolls and the new smells of Wakefield. So glad we could traverse the Lake Quannapowitt Trail today (Rating: 3.5).

September 19, 2020 – Bash Bish Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, I, and a friend of ours Adventured to Bash Bish Falls. Bash Bish Falls is located right on the border of Massachusetts, and New York, and is the highest waterfall in Massachusetts.  The Falls include a series of cascades that are approximately 200 feet tall.  The final cascade is 80 feet tall, split into two, by a large protruding boulder.  Bash Bish Falls begins in a spring on Mount Washington, although is technically located on Bash Bish Mountain.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Bash Bish Falls. I was excited to return to Bash Bish Falls and to show our friend this fabulous location. It was also Wilma’s first visit to this Falls. I have wonderful memories of my first visit with Shadow, and my Aunt and Uncle. I was quite pleased to begin this Adventure in the cool autumn air. We started up the short trail to the Falls. The trail was scattered with rocks and sloped up slowly. Even though it was far from challenging it provided a good heart pumping walk. The River parralleled the trail , and gradually became further away as we ascended to the Falls.

It did not take long for us to arrive at Bash Bish Falls. The Falls was tall, roaring and dramatically scenic. Although the water flow was less then our initial visit the massive size of Bash Bish still made the Falls spectacular. We checked out the Falls from the rails above before heading down closer, viewing the Falls from various angles. There were many visitors, creating numerous photobombs, however I did my best to capture this lovely natural Falls. We appreciated the scene for some time before heading back. So glad we could Adventure to Bash Bish Falls today (Rating: 4)

A selection of photographs from my first visit with Shadow, My Aunt and Uncle – May 2017

Throwback Adventure – Kennedy Pond Loop Trail – 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 August 2017 Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to the Kennedy Pond Loop Trail in Westford, Massachusetts. The Kennedy Pond Loop Trail is a portion of the Nashoba Brook Watershed which is part of the Westford Conservation Land. The Trail is approximately 1.6 miles and loops around Kennedy Pond. It is popular for walking, running, and horseback riding.

We had a peaceful Adventure to the Kennedy Pond Loop Trail. We parked in a small gravel lot in a neighborhood, definitely a location that would be hard to find without planning. Our walk began down a small trail that was a bit overgrown and dull. It did not take us long to arrive at Kennedy Pond, a beautiful little Pond. Shadow quickly headed into the water and enjoyed endless swimming on this Adventure. We traversed the Trail around the Pond and stopped at every little spot with an opening. I recall being quite disappointed by the excessive horse poop. This might have just become one of our favorite secret spots if that was not the case. However I still have fond memories of the Kennedy Pond Loop Trail. We sure do miss our water obsessed Shadow (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

September 12, 2020 – Drummer Boy Park – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Drummer Boy Park in Brewster, Massachusetts. Drummer Boy Park includes “Windmill Village”, Higgins Farm Windmill, several short trails, and a playground. “Windmill Village” is part of the Brewster Historical Society. Tours of the Windmill are available, however the Brewster Historical Society’s 2020 season has been cancelled.

We had a fun Adventure to Drummer Boy Park. I was drawn to this Park by the Higgins Farm Windmill, and decided to explore the entire area. We spent the majority of our Adventure checking out the Windmill, and made sure to traverse every trail we could find. Wilma found a gigantic rock to hop on and check out the view from above. We found the Park to be popular for families with young children, and visitors photographing the Windmill. A simple Adventure, but we loved the Higgins Farm Windmill. So glad we could Adventure to Drummer Boy Park today (Rating: 3.5).

August 22, 2020 – Nathaniel Allen Recreation Area (NARA Park) – Massachusetts

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Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Nathaniel Allen Recreation Area (NARA Park) in Acton, Massachusetts.  NARA Park is located on a pond, and is popular for fishing, swimming, and picnicking.  The Park has an amphitheater for summer concerts.  The walking trail intersects with the Bruce Freeman Trail.

Wilma and I had a surprising Adventure to NARA Park, locating it completely by accident.  We were walking on the Bruce Freeman Trail and were traversing a part just past where we had walked before and suddenly there was NARA Park.  Such a pleasant surprise!  Upon arrival we found the beautiful NARA pond, with gorgeous reflections of the clouds shimmering on the water.  We began wandering down a trail finding children fishing.  Soon we located an area with lovely water lilies, quite entertained by the frog panic as we explored the shore.  Wilma found a log to climb, savored the smells, and was energized by the hopping frogs.  From there we headed on the boardwalk and around the path.  There were beautiful wild flowers, and numerous locations to enter the water.  We soon walked by the beach, and guests picnicking before arriving at the main building.  We met several people working at this location.  They were so friendly and we enjoyed chatting for awhile, Wilma cherishing every bit of attention and a long belly rub.  From there we continued on the path before returning to Bruce Freeman Trail.  Since we found this lovely location by chance we did not have a map, but I believe we explored the majority of this location.  It has been a long time since we found something accidentally and it is these simple days that make my day.  Such a wonderful Adventure to the lovely NARA 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).

 

August 17, 2020 – Cape Cod – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Cape Cod is a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern corner of Massachusetts. It is a popular summer destination known for the laid-back lifestyle. Cape Cod draws tourists for its beaches, lighthouses, ponds, villages, and the seafood shacks and restaurants.

We had a relaxing Adventure to Cape Cod today.  We were able to visit:  the Green Briar Nature Center, Highfield Hall and Gardens, Nobska Lighthouse, and Nobska Beach.  We have visited all of these locations previously, although it was Wilma’s first for several.  These locations included:  gardens, a fabulous lighthouse, and a lovely beach.  Unfortunately the Lighthouse was under some construction, but we still enjoyed our visit.  I decided to do a photo collage of all of these four stops combined all in one!  If you have any questions about the photographs, or locations feel free to contact me on the contact form, or in the comments.  A beautiful day with wonderful company (Rating:  4).

 

August 5, 2020 – Brookline Reservoir Park – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Brookline Reservoir Park in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Brookline Reservoir Park has a trail around the Brookline Reservoir of approximately one mile in length.  Brookline Reservoir is a water supply for Boston.  The Park is popular for walking, jogging and fishing.

We had a nice Adventure to the Brookline Reservoir Park.  I was planning a trip to Rhode Island but with the last minute changes to COVID travel guidelines we changed to this back up plan.  I had been curious about the Brookline Reservoir Park for some time, so was pleased to finally visit.  The Park has been under construction and re-opened in June.   I was thankful to find available parking as we started our Adventure late arriving at 9:30.

As I had read in my research the “trail” requested a one-way traffic pattern.  I appreciated this for several reasons, including the COVID precautions.  We began on our walk around the Reservoir, surprised to find few visitors.  There was not much to see, but we still enjoyed our walk.  The path had numerous benches, and besides endless geese poop it was quite clean.  We took our time as Wilma appeared quite warm in the sun.  Wilma engaged in a humorous, random roll in the middle of the walking path, and laid down to rest as needed.  She loved smelling the trees and often smiled at me as we trotted, my sweet girl.  Although the path was a bit unappealing a good change of pace on this warm day.  So glad we could Adventure to the Brookline Reservoir Park today (Rating:  3.5).

 

 

July 29, 2020 – Jamaica Pond – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I adventured to Jamaica Pond in Boston, Massachusetts.  It is part of the Emerald Necklace Parks which were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. Jamaica Pond is a kettle pond with a 1.5 mile loop path.  The Pond also contains the Jamaica Pond Boat House which proves opportunities for rowing and sailing.  As expected Jamaica Pond is popular for running, walking, dog walkers, and boating.

We had a blue sky-filled adventure to Jamaica Pond.  I was excited to check out Jamaica Pond, our second adventure to an Emerald Necklace Park.  We arrived bright and early and were pleased to find a parking spot on Pond Street.  I was surprised to find it so crowded at this early time but yet thankful for people wearing masks.

We began around the loop, the sky bright blue, and the Pond sparkling.  The loop was paved and almost continually provided views across the pond, a beautiful sight.  I found most of the visitors were quite intensely focused on their workout routine, while our walk was more a bit more suburban in style (haha).  We found several spots to take photos near the water, but unclear of the water’s purity, I decided not to let Wilma wade. We enjoyed our trot around the Pond, and checking out the boathouse with the colorful boats floating on the Pond.  We did see several dogs off leash, leading  us to take a slight detour to avoid the chaotic scene.  Unfortunately we had one brief incident where an off leash dog charged at us, quite disappointing.  Overall we found that guests adhered to the leash laws.

There were few squirrel sightings but Wilma still enjoyed our walk and exploring a new environment.  We really did love our visit to Jamaica Pond.  It is a pretty setting, a great place to exercise, and provided endless benches to sit and relax.  Obviously this location is far from a secret per the crowds.  So glad we could visit Jamaica Pond today.  We look forward to exploring more of the Emerald Necklace Parks (Rating:  3.5)

 

Throwback Adventure -Wompatuck 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 April 2018 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, Massachusetts.  Wompatuck State Park is a 3500 acre Park that is popular for camping, biking, snowmobiling, boating, and hiking.  It includes 40 miles of forest trails that run by streams, ponds and a reservoir.

We had a fun Adventure to Wompatuck State Park.  We had a full day of Adventures, and this was one of the many we enjoyed.  We especially appreciated  the boardwalk trails through the woods, and the water perfect for a swim.  Wilma found some tasty sticks, while Shadow was often looking for the next water entrance.  Wilma tried hard to keep up with Shadow on her hike, her best bud.  I am not sure which body of water we found, but there are many in the Park.  It was bright blue and quite scenic, especially next to the dry, brown spring grass.  We will definitely have to visit Wompatuck State Park again in the future, a wonderful Park to explore (Rating:  Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).