Throwback Adventure – Jamaica State Park – Vermont

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 September of 2015 Shadow, Buster, My Aunt, My Uncle, and I Adventured to Jamaica State Park in Jamaica, Vermont.  Jamaica State Park is an almost 800 acre state park, that encompasses the West River. Jamaica State Park is popular for fishing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and winter sports. It also includes Hamilton Falls which is approximately 125 feet tall and sourced from the Cobb River.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Jamaica State Park.  We were so excited to meet my Aunt and Uncle for this day of hiking, and exploring.  Upon arrival we found the Park to be packed full of visitors, soon to realize that there was an official white water event.  Apparently several times a year the dam is opened for this popular event.  This added some excitement to our day with this bonus attraction. 

We began our hike on the trail looking down on the West River.  We were able to see the kayakers from high above, on quite the rapid filled river.  It was really a fun scene we were able to take-in while catching up and enjoying this mid-September day.  Every so often we had to move off the trail to allow for the eager truck full of boaters heading out to the beginning of the dam.  Quite a special environment of which we thoroughly enjoyed.

We were on the trail along the River for a bit before veering off on a slope to our right.  This was a tiring trail, mostly uphill so we took or time traversing this mountain-like path.  I am trying to pull-out my long term memory and believe I knew there was a waterfall and was hopeful, and driven by the desire to locate this natural feature.  I was quite pleased to finally spot the Hamilton Falls and we traversed down another trail to get to the Falls edge.  I found the Hamilton Falls somewhat humorous as there was little water-flow, although I guess September is really not the ideal time for waterfalls.  However the Falls was quite unique, gorge-like with two separate spouts.  We took some photographs before continuing up the trail.  We arrived at the top of the Falls, finding a large pool.  We actually spotted a latter entering the pool, apparently needed for those who might fall in to this pothole feature.  Nearby we found a perfect area for a picnic, relaxing from a strenuous hike.  Jamaica State Park is definitely a unique location.  We were so glad to enjoy his special Adventure with wonderful company (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

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July 29, 2019 – Waits River Falls – Vermont

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Waits River Falls in Bradford, Vermont.  Waits River Falls has an open and lower falls. and totals approximately forty five feet in length.  It is sourced from the Waits River.

We had a misty Adventure to the Waits River Falls.  We were quite pleased to find the Falls effortlessly, located directly on Route 5.  There was a park located in front of the Falls, which notified us of our arrival.  The park had benches, was scattered with wildflowers and provided a great view of the Falls.  We got as near as we could, careful not to get too close to an immediate drop-off.  Although the Falls was quite far from us,the scene was spectacular.  It was fun to feel the mist, adding the perfect touch to the moment.

After enjoying the Falls, we followed a short trail up a hill to a shaded area.  There was some rushing water, a bench to sit, and a rock-like wall.  Shadow was quite thrilled to find some water, and soon was adorably lying down in the water.  So cute, I really just could not get enough (see video below).  Wilma preferred to pose on the rocks, often checking on My Mom, our protective girl.  We enjoyed this cool oasis while until Shadow finished his cool-down in the water.

From there we then headed over to the bridge from above the River to take some more photographs before heading off to our next Adventure.  So glad we could visit the Waits Falls River today (Rating:  3).

 

June 2, 2019 – Garwin Falls – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Garwin Falls in Wilton, New Hampshire.  Garwin Falls is approximately forty feet tall and is part of the Wilton Reservoir.  There is a short walk to get to the Falls that passes some smaller cascades and a dam.  The parking lot for the Falls only has several spots, and there is no cost to park.  Garwin Falls is located on private property, however remains open to the public.

We had a jaw-dropping Adventure to Garwin Falls.  Amazingly this Falls is only about forty five minutes from my house yet I only recently discovered it online.  I was thrilled to find a local waterfall and could not have been more impressed at the beautiful site.  We began our walk parking at a very small parking lot, luckily, not arriving at a busy time.  We traversed the simple and wide trail for a short time before arriving at several cascades.  The cascades were small but lovely.  We walked along the brook and found some sandy areas.  Shadow and Wilma enjoyed some drinks of fresh water, and of course Shadow made sure to take a quick dip in the stream!  We took our time exploring this simple spot, walking until we could see the dam up ahead.  We then returned to the main trail to continue on our journey.

We walked for another short walk before arriving at the massive Garwin Falls.  I could not believe the size of the Falls as I was not expecting to be impressed.  The Falls was thunderously singing a sweet song as we wandered over to the edge of the Falls.  We were able to walk right up to the edge, and of course I took numerous photographs.  I was absolutely stunned at this magnificent creation, wide in size, tall in height, and perfect in melody.  We stared for some time, before talking along the edge of the brook.  Agile Wilma jumping along, while Shadow a bit unsteady on the uneven surface.  I attempted to balance across on a log, but was not able to get Shadow to follow so Wilma and I crossed to take a couple photographs before balancing back across.  We took are time at this breathtaking location, pleased to only see several visitors who were all leaving when we had arrived.

On the way back to the car we wandered off the trail several times to explore the brook and upper cascades.  We viewed the dam from below and atop, quite grotesquely plastered with graphity.  Not what you expect to find in such a serene and natural environment, however we did not let this deter us from a fantastic visit to the Falls.

Garwin Falls was definitely one of the most picturesque waterfalls I have ever seen.  We will be back again to visit this spectacular site (Rating:  Waterfall:  5).

 

 

 

August 4, 2018 – Jackson Falls – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Jackson Falls in Jackson, New Hampshire.  Jackson Falls is a Falls with cascades and plunges that is sourced from the Wildcat Brook.  It is especially popular in the summer when visitors can be found swimming in the pools.

Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I had visited this Bridge previously, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from that trip (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).

Due to the rainy weather we were completely drenched by the end of our adventure to Jackson Falls. However, we could not resist exploring so we carried on through the rain.  There is no hike to Jackson Falls, as it is on the roadside, however there are mini trails with chairs and benches along the Falls.  We walked around, checking out the area, and luckily avoided any and all slips and falls on the wet rocks.  Even on a rainy day Shadow was eager to get in a dip on the water, while Wilma enjoyed posing on the bench.  We walked up to the top of the Falls to check out a unique bridge from afar.  I am assuming the Falls was higher then normal due to the overnight rainfall, and of course the summer season.  A simple stop, but yet we appreciated our adventure (Rating:  3).