December 14, 2019 -Gloucester Harborwalk – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Gloucester Harborwalk in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The Harborwalk is a walkway and walking tour along Gloucester’s waterfront and historic district.  The Harborwalk is a 1.2 mile path that has an additional 1.6 miles of an “extended walk”.  It follows 42 granite “Story Posts”, and has an option for “smart phone” informational connections at the marked “postcard” locations.

We had a foggy Adventure to the Gloucester Harborwalk, on an unusually warm December day.  Although we have been to Gloucester numerous times this was the first time we followed the official Harborwalk (and extended walks) throughout the town.  We were pleased to find free parking and began our walk along the waterfront.  I loved seeing the scenic boats, and numerous lobster traps, a genuine coastal experience.  The path followed the water, weaved in and out of various areas, and often followed the main roads, passing local shops, restaurants and landmarks.  It was a bit challenging to stay on track as I continually had to pull out my phone to view the online map, which was not largely detailed.  Throughout our Adventure I enjoyed watching Shadow and Wilma take in the new smells, they almost look like tourists at some points staring off into the water to experience the sounds and sights.  Surprisingly Wilma seemed a bit uneasy at some of the coastal smells, even though we have had many previous coastal Adventures.

My favorite parts included:  the famous Gloucester’s Fisherman Memorial, the coastal sites, walking adjacent to the water, and the holiday decorations throughout the town.  Along our travels we located someone decorating a Christmas tree with buoys, just perfect!  I loved seeing lights on the trees, the holiday wreaths, and other various decorations in sight.  One of my favorite photographs was one of Wilma peering at the statue of Fitz Henry Lane statue, quite humorous.  If I only knew what goes through her curious, little mind.  Overall I did not find the Harborwalk too interesting, but of course we enjoyed a long, often fast-paced walk, and another new Adventure.  Just as I often say “Don’t let the rain stop you”!  (Rating:  3).

 

 

 

November 3, 2019 – West Dennis Beach – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to West Dennis Beach in Dennis, Massachusetts.  West Dennis Beach is a beach in Cape Cod that runs approximately three miles.  It contains a playground, and is popular for windsurfing, swimming, and kite flying.

We had a relaxing Adventure to West Dennis Beach.  I was delighted to find a beach on our Adventure to Cape Cod, although not necessarily a difficult task, something I had not studied ahead of time.  Upon arrival we found many visitors walking in the parking lot, parallel to the beach.  This appeared to leave the shoreline quite empty.   We found a quiet spot, and began strolling, and exploring.  There were plenty of empty horseshoe shells, various colors of seaweed, and numerous shells of all shapes and sizes.  The beach was pristine, the sun shining, and the water leading as far as the eye could see.  Wilma was extra-energetic, often attempting to run, dig and play, while Shadow remained calm.  Both pups enjoyed the new smells, and this serene oasis.

Before we left we met some kind visitors who gave the pups lots of attention, and kindly offered to take our photograph.  The perfect way to end our visit to the West Dennis Beach (Rating:  4).

 

Throwback Adventure – Plymouth, 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 May 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the town of Plymouth in Massachusetts.  Plymouth is a coastal town in Southern Massachusetts.  It is famous for the site of the first Pilgrim settlement and contains famous landmarks including:  Plymouth Rock, and the Mayflower.

We had a fun Adventure to Plymouth back on a cool May morning.  We explored the Harbor area, including parts of Brewster Garden, and of course checked out the Plymouth Rock.  The Plymouth Rock was much smaller then expected, but it was still nice to view this important landmark of history.  We wandered around for awhile checking out the boats, and taking a nice long walk.  It was challenging locating old photographs, but I found several below which are a good summary of our visit.  We definitely will be back to explore more thoroughly, and share a more detailed account of our visit (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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Throwback Adventure – Green Briar Nature Center

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 April 2014 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Green Briar Nature Center in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  The Green Briar Nature Center is located adjacent to the well known Briar Patch of Thornton Burgess’s stories.  As you may know Burgess was a native of Sandwich, and is famous for his books, including Peter the Rabbit.  The Center is located along Smiling Pond, and includes interpretive trails and a wildflower garden.  The Center also offer nature programs, and contains a “jam kitchen”.

We had an enjoyable Adventure to the Green Briar Nature Center.  We were visiting in off-season, so had the entire Center to ourselves.  It was brown time of year in New England, but we spotted several tulips, and purple flowers on our walk.  I especially recall relaxing on the dock, and the boys enjoying a dip in the water, almost sending me right off the dock.  We relaxed and wandered around the premises, and found ourselves a bit disappointed that the jam kitchen was closed for the season.  I can imagine that this Center must be quite stunning when the wildflower gardens are in bloom, so we might just have to visit again.  Glad we were able to explore the Green Briar Nature Center (Throwback Adventures  will not always be rated).

 

Throwback Adventure – Hopkington 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!

Hopkington State Park is a Park located in Hopkington, Massachusetts.  It is located on the Hopkington Reservoir, no longer a water source.  The Park encompasses 1500 acres of forest and is a popular area for boating, swimming, and hiking.  There is a fee to enter the Park in-season but Massachusetts State Park passes are also accepted.

Shadow, Buster, and I had numerous Adventures to Hopkington State Park, and on some visits My Mom joined us, while on one occasion my cousin and her pup joined us as well.  We have always gone in phases with local Parks, and for several years this was one of our favorites.  Although dogs were not allowed on the public beach (in-season), we always found side areas to swim.  Over time we found favorite spots away from the hustle and bustle of a popular beach location.  The Reservoir was beautiful, framed by colorful kayaks, and docks.  I loved the view of the circular island not too far out from shore.  We mostly visited Hopkington State Park to swim, but on one occasion I went kayaking, while several times enjoyed some of the trails.  We really have loved our Adventures to Hopkington State Park, and will definitely have to take Wilma to check out the scene.  I gathered some photos from various visits, and although I am sure I have more, I think it is a good representation of our time spent at Hopkington State Park.  We definitely will be back for a future Adventure  (Rating:  4).

 

 

September 28, 2019 – The Wayside Inn Historic District – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The Wayside Inn Historic District in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  The Wayside Inn is said to be the oldest, continually operating Inn in the country.  The Historic District has nine buildings, including:  The Wayside Inn, The Grist Mill, The Martha Mary Chapel, and The Schoolhouse.  The property encompasses 100 acres of property including these buildings, trails, field, and gardens.  The area is popular for weddings, visitors, and photography.

We had an interesting Adventure to The Wayside Inn Historic District.  Upon arrival I was shocked to see crowds, and crowds of people soon discovering it was due to the Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfes and Drums Event.  This led to quite the complicated parking situation, however, we eventually found a parking spot and began our journey.  I had planned to walk the Innkeeper Loop, however never located the trail, so decided to wander where our eyes, and noses (haha) guided.  We explored The outdoor landmarks, including:  The Grist Mill, The Martha Chapel, and the Schoolhouse, and wandered along several trails in the vacinity.  We chatted with guests and appreciated the unique Fyfe music.  I was impressed that Wilma was hardly phased by the loud drums from various directions, and although Shadow had a couple nervous moments, he overall was quite relaxed.

The day was a warm one so we did not do any strenuous walking, but more exploring.  Wilma loved greeting all guests possible, participated in excessive roles, and  almost literally knocked me off my feet jumping on a gigantic boulder along the trail.  Shadow loved his “normal “Adventure rolls, and was quite satisfied with his dip in the brook.  I loved the Fyfe music along the way, and appreciated the unique atmosphere and location.  There were scenic little spots along the pond, pretty paths along the brook, and a couple simple bridges throughout.   I was quite ecstatic to see many signs of fall, with colorful leaves along the way, and piles of leaves along the trails.  Our favorite time of year has just about arrived!!  And although the sun was not too cooperative for photographs I still posted a variety below.  So glad we could visit the Wayside Inn Historic District today (Rating:  3).

 

August 7, 2019 – Amesbury Riverwalk – Massachusetts

On August 7, 2019 Wilma and I Adventured to the Amesbury Riverwalk while Shadow spent the morning with my parents.  The Amesbury Riverwalk is a 1.3 mile paved, rail trail located in Amesbury, Massachusetts.  The Riverwalk follows the Powow River  which is distantly visible through the trees on several occasions.  The Amesbury Riverwalk connects downtown Amesbury and the Carriagetwon Marketplace.  It is a popular walk for bikers, joggers, and dog walkers.

We had a steady paced Adventure to the Amesbury Riverwalk.  Shadow was thrilled to spend the morning at Grandma and Grandpa’s spa, so I decided to take an extra long walk with Wilma, and work on some on-leash training.  We had a little bit of difficulty locating the trail, walking around the area a bit before finding what appeared to be the beginning of the trail.  The entrance was not labeled but we began walking and soon spotted a mile marker noting we were officially on the Amesbury Riverwalk.  The trail started in the parking lot before heading into the woods, and bordering many homes, an apartment complex, and then became a little farther away from the residences.  The trail was simple, full of many walkers, families, and our furry best friends.  There were benches along the route, wildflowers, and very distant views of the River.  Often you could hear the sounds of the highway, and children playing.  Wilma took several breaks to nap, but overall we had an energetic walk, enjoying a new experience. We turned around at Elm Street as I was a little unclear if the trail was merging into another, or if it was about to officially end.  I did not want to push Wilma too much in the heat, and we were past the 1.2 mile mark, so it is possible that we missed the last .1 mile.

The Amesbury Riverwalk was not a very scenic walk, but yet always nice to experience a new location.  Wilma did extra-ordinary in her training, ending our walk with a very proud mama.  We missed our Shadow today, but know he would not have appreciated an extra-long walk in the heat, with no swimming opportunities.  A good excuse to say thank you to my amazing parents!   (Rating:  3).

I have begun reading more about Rail Trails so you may see more Adventures to Rail Trails in the future.  I would love to hear if you have any favorites of your own??