May 31, 2020 – Glendale Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Glendale Falls in Middlefield, Massachusetts.  Glendale Falls in sourced by the Glendale Brook and is considered one of the longest waterfalls in Massachusetts.  The trail to Glendale Falls is only about a quarter of a mile in length.  The Property is managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

We had a water-rushing Adventure to Glendale Falls.  This was a waterfall I had been curious about for some time so was pleased to fit it in to today’s Adventures!  We located the Falls on a long country road and were disappointed to find it so crowded.  However we were able to obtain the last spot and headed down the trail.  We were quickly distracted by some rocks and what appeared to be the top of the Falls so headed off the trail to explore.   There were some small cascades and a beautiful view although the complete Falls was not yet in sight.  I had a brief flash of several on my White Mountain view’s but definitely not quite as spectacular.

We then headed back to the trail.  The trail was short but somewhat steep at locations. Certain spots actually had steps which helped with balance. We appreciated many boulders, some unusual in shape.  Upon arrival to the bottom we found it very crowded, and took some time trying to navigate our route while adhering to social distancing. We soon found some perfect rocks to enjoy the sounds of rushing water.  The Falls was a bit difficult to capture on camera as it was cascades from far above, however I did my best to capture this beautiful Falls.

We were quite upset to have a little incident when a dog jumped the Brook and bounded high up to the rocks we were standing on and charged Wilma.  I was so disappointed to see the lack of quick response from the owners let alone letting this incident occur in an on-leash location (maybe due to COVID but clearly listed as a rule).  However they eventually made their way to us to retrieve their dog and apologized continually. However this dampened the mood for a bit before we regrouped.  I then decided not to explore farther down the brook as they had headed in that direction but yet was thankful we had seen the complete Falls.

We headed back up the trail taking numerous opportunities to head to various rocky parts of the cascades.  We definitely had to be careful watching our step especially with rock jumping Wilma at the wheel (haha).  Upon arrival at the top we found an area busy with visitors, perfect for dipping.  We actually chatted with several guests and Wilma was quite thrilled to get some belly rubs and lots of attention.  One guest actually mentioned that she had seen the incident with the dog and was impressed at how I handled it.  This made me feel a bit better as everything happened so fast, and although I was not at all happy I did not say a negative word to the owners.  As I think about it Wilma recovered quite quickly it was more myself that was rattled, and frustrated.  I debated mentioning this incident but it did play a big impact in the day.  However, we loved finding a new waterfall, quite unique to the other ones we have located in Massachusetts.  Beautiful rocks, cascades, and a view down the Falls.  So glad we could visit Glendale Falls today (Rating:  4).

 

Throwback Adventure – Fort River 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 January 2016 Shadow, Buster, and I met my Aunt and Uncle at the Fort River Trail in the Conte Refuge in Hadley, Massachusetts.  The Fort River Trail is 1.2 miles and consists of boardwalks, and flat surfaces, providing handicap accessible access.  The trail is popular for bird watching, walking, and cross country skiing.

We had a fun Adventure to the Fort River Trail, filled with fantastic company.  I am very lucky to have a special Aunt and Uncle in my life.  They are supportive, loving, and always encouraging.  It is always nice when they can join us on an Adventure.

The Fort River Trail was a short boardwalk, but as you may know, I absolutely love boardwalks!!  The boardwalk was covered with snow, adding color to a dark winter day. The boys posed at a look-out area with beautiful mountain views.  We enjoyed catching up with one another and appreciated a refreshing walk.  And although I did not take many photographs, you still can get a good visual of this special little Trail.  So glad we could visit the Fort River Trail (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated.)

 

 

April 25, 2020 – Three Sisters Lighthouses – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Three Sisters Lighthouses in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  These three fifteen foot towers were built in 1836, The Nauset Lights.  They later became referred to as The Three Sisters as they were said to appear as woman who were wearing white dresses and black hats.  The Three Sisters fell into the sea, and were replaced by twenty foot towers.  They eventually were decommissioned and purchased and restored by the National Park Service.  The National Park Service provides regular tours are available.

We had a fun Adventure to the Three Sisters Lighthouses on a warm and sunny April day.  I was excited to locate these lighthouses, as there are few left in Massachusetts that I have not yet discovered.  I spotted them as we drove by but it appeared the parking was closed so we parked at the nearby beach, soon locating the path labeled “Three Sisters Lighthouses.  We walked down a nice paved path, past several homes before arriving at the Three Sisters Lighthouses.  The Lighthouses were simple, yet unique, and pretty in their own way.  They were located near one another, standing out well from the bright green grass.  We visited each lighthouse checking out the details, each very similar to one another.  My little hound Wilma was quite overtaken by smells in the area, and enjoyed quite the nasal sensory experience (haha).  We had this location to ourselves, and took our time exploring.  There were several picnic tables, some beautiful bright yellow forsythias and an educational kiosk.  So glad we discovered the Three Sisters Lighthouses today, quite a unique trio (Rating:  3.5)

 

April 25, 2020 – Craigville Beach – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Craigville Beach in Barnstable, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  Craigville Beach is a public beach located on Nantucket Sound.  There is a daily parking fee required in-season.  As expected Craigville Beach is popular for swimming, sunbathing, walking and socializing.

We had a colorful Adventure to Craigville Beach as we arrived bright and early to admire the sunrise.  I was relieved upon arrival to find an empty beach, although several visitors were noted to be sitting in cars.  Immediately we headed to the water’s edge, and heard sounds of birds, and the waves, a peaceful oasis.  Wilma was absolutely thrilled to be at the beach, often darting back and forth trying to run.  We walked along the shore, peaked at shells, and appreciated the full sensory experience.  Wilma participated in some chaotic digging, and appeared quite brave entering the water, seeming to understand the term “go swimming” meant to head toward the water.  I thought about our beach bum Shadow trotting by our side, he would have been so happy to enjoy a beach morning.  Glad he had so many Adventures to the beach.  We spent about an hour at the beach, as we relished some coastal therapy.  Such a peaceful morning at Craigsville Beach (Rating:  3.5)

 

 

 

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).