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).

 

May 23, 2020 – Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, also referred to as the Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside.  This Area is a small state park at just 13 acres that features the Wilde Brook, a trail, and a rocky gorge with waterfalls.  There are picnic tables and a visitor center that is open in season.

We had a water-rushing Adventure to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area.  This was the second time I had been there as Shadow, Buster, and I visited almost five years ago.   Due to this visit being so long ago I decided to blog about this Nature Area again today.  We began down the trail and took every opportunity to go down to the water’s edge.  Wilma was quite pleased to find many rocks, and has continued to be more comfortable with the water, eager to wade and drink.  We took our time finding all the little spots along the way, often veering off on the side trails.

Throughout the Trail we found three bridges, of different lengths, adding some character to the Nature Area.  Overall landscape was very brown, however the rushing water brightened the location through sound.  The highlight, as you may expect, was the water running through the Chesterfield Gorge creating a cascade waterfall.  The main viewing area was blocked by some tacky fencing to add to safety of visitors.  There were numerous drops of cascades, creating a tall cascade.  It was simple compared to our recent waterfall Adventures, but yet still pretty.  It appeared as someone had carved some benches out of trees, adding a sitting area in this spot.

So although I would describe the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area as far from spectacular we still enjoyed our visit.  Amazingly we spent about an hour and a half walking on the trail, relaxing near the water, exploring, and taking photographs.  We did not see many people but did meet a group of people that Wilma was quite thrilled about, even running circles around me.  It was just so funny to see, like they were long last friends.  If you live locally or are in the area I would definitely recommend a visit to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area (Rating:  4).

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May 2, 2020 – Texas Falls Recreation Area – Vermont

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Texas Falls Recreation Area in Hancock, Vermont.  The Texas Falls Recreation Area is part of the Green Mountain National Forest. The Recreation Area has a 1.2 mile trail highlighted by the Texas Falls. Texas Falls is a series of cascading Falls that are approximately thirty five feet in height. The location also contains a picnic areas, pavilions, and restrooms.

We had a spectacular Adventure to the Texas Falls Recreation Area.  I had been wanting to visit this Falls for some time, and finally decided to take the long drive.  I thought of Shadow often on this Adventure, as it was my first waterfall visit since loosing our Shadow.  So glad he has numerous waterfall Adventures.

We arrived at the Texas Falls Recreation Area following my GPS and clearly marked signs.  There were some cars in the parking lot, but not overly busy.  With great anticipation we crossed the street searching for the direct path to the Falls.  I soon located a lovely bridge across the Texas Brook.  While traversing this bridge we located the Falls to the left, and to the right the Brook continued, rushing through the gorge.  We relished the sites, and planned to return again after our walk.

Our journey continued across the bridge where we immediately found the sign for the “Nature Trail”.  We turned right and began on our hike, soon spotting a sign for the Lower viewing area, which provided an additional view of the waterfall, and close-up views of the gorge.  So beautiful, roaring thunderously!  After spending time on this landing we then returned back to our hike.

The “Nature Trail” ran high above and parallel to the brook before winding up into the woods.  Part of the trail was a slight work-out as it slowly ascended up.  The trail crossed a variety of bridges, little cascades down the rocks, and varied in trees, and natural landscaping.  There were few others on the trail, and through much of the walk we could hear the sounds of running water.  I really loved this trail, flashing me back to my many special Adventures with Shadow to the White Mountains.

Upon completion of the Trail we strolled over to check out the picnic areas, and a new aspect of the river from the bridge on the road.  I then decided to grabbed my lunch and we headed to a huge boulder as I ate and Wilma watched everyone who sauntered within her sight.  So peaceful!  After eating we spent time revisiting the various views of the Falls and locating rocks in quiet areas to sit and soak in the entire sensory experience.  We spent almost three hours at the Recreation Area, and did not want to leave.  The Texas Falls Recreation Area is definitely a special place that I would highly recommend to all my friends, and followers.  Please see below for many photographs, and videos (Rating:  5).

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January 5, 2019 – Thundering Falls – Vermont

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Thundering Falls in Killington, Vermont.  Thundering Falls is approximately 125 feet in length, and is estimated to be the sixth tallest waterfall in Vermont.  As expected this waterfall is sourced from the Thundering Brook.  The waterfall is located on the Appalachian Trail and is a less then a mile walk, most of which occurs on a boardwalk.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Thundering Falls.  The waterfall was located on River Road, a kiosk marking the parking lot.  Quite pleased to be the only visitors we parked and began our journey.  I was instantly exciting seeing the snow covered boardwalk heading into the marsh, surrounded by mountain views.  It was distinctly gorgeous.  The boardwalk trail weaved back and forth and we could soon hear the roaring waterfall, increasing our anticipation.

After the boardwalk ended we veered to the right and quickly located a sign for the Falls. The trail led us to a viewing deck providing a magnificent view of Thundering Falls.  The Falls was scattered with snow and ice creating a unique and picturesque scene.  I enjoyed standing in front of the falls taking in the full sensory experience.  Of course many photographs and several videos were snapped to capture the encounter.  I was initially thinking of walking up above the Falls but was a bit unclear if there was a trail (due to the snow) and even with my ice cleats the slope with snow was very icy.  I therefore found it a bit dangerous and after scratching my hand on a brief slide down, I decided otherwise.  We then began our walk back to the car, appreciating each and every part of the Trail.

Thundering Falls was absolutely lovely, and definitely one of the nicest waterfalls that we have viewed.  We might just have to return to see the waterfall in different seasons (Rating:  4.5).

PS-I decided to organize my photographs in a larger format so let me know what you think.  Not sure yet if I find it better, or too many to scroll through (as I often have them in a collage).

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Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog, and the weekly/video photo I would recommend skipping on to paragraph three, specific to this week’s video/photo.  I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.

Today’s feature is a video from Campton Falls, also known as Beebe Falls in Campton, New Hampshire.  Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to this falls back in July of 2018.  It was a gorgeous, singing Falls, surrounded with spectacular colored rocks.  It was a little challenging venturing to the bottom of the Falls, but we managed to get there.  Such a lovely Falls!  You can read more by typing in Campton/Beede Falls in the search box, but please enjoy this video as a summary of this picturesque Adventure.

 

 

October 21, 2019 – Moss Glen Falls – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will continue our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Moss Glen Falls in Stowe, Vermont.  Moss Glenn Falls is approximately 125 feet in height,  making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Vermont.  The Falls is sourced from Moss Glen Brook.  It is located next to the Putnam State Forest.

We had a breathtaking Adventure to Moss Glen Falls.  I was beyond thrilled to visit the Moss Glen Falls, a Falls I had read about for some time.  We started out on an early foggy morning, locating the Falls on Moss Glen Falls Road.  The walk started on a narrow trail, which soon had some pieces of uneven boards, crossing through the mud.  Immediately the sound of the Brook was upon us, babbling in song, and increasing our anticipation of this waterfall.  The trail was short, and we soon arrived at the Brook.  We sauntered alongside the water taking in the smells of fall, and the harmony of nature.  We soon arrived at a more open area where there were some small cascades, and the entrance to the gorge.  There were colorful leaves floating in the water, and large boulders.  So serene and, simple, yet quite beautiful.

We began our ascent up the gorge, following the sounds of the Falls.  The hike was steep, and footing often uneven from numerous roots, and rocks.  We took our time, and attempted to peak over the edge, whenever possible, before locating the one spot with the glorious view of Moss Glenn Falls.  The Falls was absolutely stunning, more spectacular then I could have ever imagined.  The water was rushing, crashing through the gorge.  We stayed at this spot for some time, taking photographs, and just staring in awe at this find.  From there we hiked up further being very careful at the dangerous, and abrupt cliffside.  The Falls overall was hard to view as there were many rocks, and hazardous spots.  We hiked as far as we felt we could go, hoping to see additional views of the Falls, but soon realized we had already found the best view.  Both Shadow and Wilma appeared overly attentive, likely sensing my cautiousness of this cliffside trail.

From there we headed back slowly down the mountainous trail.  As per our usual Adventure we took or time at this location.  Moss Glen Falls is definitely one of the most amazing Falls I have ever seen, unquestionably in the top five.  Besides being a dark day, I can promise you that my photographs of this Falls do not give it the justice it deserves.  I therefore hope you too can Adventure to the Falls (Rating:  5)

 

 

October 20, 2019 – Bingham Falls – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will begin our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Bingham Falls located in the Mount Mansfield State Forest in Stowe Vermont.  Bingham Falls is a cascade falls of approximately twenty five feet in height.  It is sourced from the Waterbury River.  The hike to Bingham Falls is only about a half mile round trip.  It is a popular swimming hole in summer months.

We had a stunning Adventure to Bingham Falls.  Shadow, Wilma, and I headed out early in search of this waterfall.  It was challenging finding the Falls, although in hindsight I am not sure why I found it so difficult.  However, we drove by the parking area numerous times before finding the green sign for the Falls (heading toward Mt. Mansfield from Stowe), tucked under the leaves to the right.  I was quite relieved to find this trailhead at Bingham Falls was high on my list of “must-see” Adventures on our weekend away in Stowe.

We began along the trail on yet another perfect Fall day.  The orange leaves covered the trail in abundance.  Our anticipation was high, an enthused bounce in our step.  The  trail shortly landed at a gorge-like area, a perfect geological feature far below the landing.  The rocks were carved out magically by the water, uniquely shaped.  I was careful not to get too close to the edge, as it appeared as if danger was not far.  From the lookout spot  we headed to the right following a sign indicating a “steep trail” to the Falls.  There was a vertical decline of rock steps, some slippery and wet, while others a bit unbalanced.  I am sure it was quite the scene watching my rock jumping, bouncing Wilma, with my balancing self in between, followed by Shadow’s cautious rock-climbing moves.  We journeyed at Shadow’s speed and somehow managed not to fall, slip, or crash.  There were several streams coming down the rocks, adding quite the picturesque water features.  Unquestionably a true trail for an Adventure.

Upon arrival at the bottom of the trail I was pleased to see Bingham Falls.  The bottom location of the steps was a bit treacherous, but yet I was able to peer over to see the full view of the Falls, a deluge of water cascading down into a massive pool.  It was dramatic, and of course cheerfully singing the sounds of nature.  Due to the footing, and steep and rocky edges I decided it best not to pose Shadow, and Wilma, which I of course had hoped to accomplish, but instead we stood for awhile admiring the Falls, truly picturesque.

After viewing the Falls we trudged back up the stairs back to the gorge, and from there headed to the opposite side following the River trail, just slightly above the water’s banks.  We strolled along the River’s edge, Shadow and Wilma wading into the water for some sips.  Although I was not sure if we were actually on a trail I knew the River would be our guide.  Our walk was peaceful, and tranquil at one with nature.  Our journey ended when I thought I saw a bear ahead and we quickly turned around heading back to the car.  We could not have a better Adventure to the Bingham Falls.  Not only was there an impressive Falls, it included a remarkable gorge, and a scenic walk along the River.  So hard to capture a waterfall, and the rush of water on camera, but I assure you that Bingham Falls is a “must see” waterfall in Vermont (Rating:  4).

 

 

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).

 

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).