Throwback Adventure – Honeymoon Island State Park – Florida

In remembering our Shadow I decided to re-post some of our favorite Adventures on our “Throwback Adventure” Thursdays.  Shadow had amazing solo Adventures, Adventures with Buster, and Adventures with Wilma.  He was one lucky boy!  The post today was of Shadow and Buster’s Adventures at Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida.  This was a beach we visited regularly during our years in Tampa, and brings back special memories.  Please see below for my original post.

 

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!

Shadow, Buster, and I had regular Adventures to Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida.  As suggested Honeymoon Island State Park is a Florida State Park located on Honeymoon Island.  The Park is 385 acres and has four miles of beaches and many more acres submerged.   There are trails to walk and a variety of beaches, one being dog friendly.  The Island is popular for swimming, hiking, biking, and shelling.

We had just about weekly Adventures to Honeymoon Island State Park, which quickly became our favorite dog friendly beach, and really one of our favorite spots in general.  I think every person that came to visit us in Florida had at least one visit to this gorgeous beach.  We even took Christmas photographs there one year, our New England friends and family noting it looked like we were posing in the snow.  Beautiful white sand, perfect water temperature, and of course warm and sunny Florida weather.  Definitely a perfect tropical retreat!  I termed one of the other beaches on the Island as the “shell” beach, which we quickly stopped visiting with Shadow and Buster joined our world.  However, a wonderful stop for those in search of the perfect shell, or a scenic swinging bench.

Our typical visit to Honeymoon Island included walking along the beach, swimming, resting in the sand, digging, and of course energetic play sessions.  Shadow and Buster used to playfully argue over the holes they dug both thrilled, and energized by this entertaining game.  Such a fun memory of our lives in Florida.  The only downside was an encounter with a rattlesnake one visit, and an occasional burr on the path to the beach, however even these moments come together to create a spectacular Adventure.  If you are ever in the Tampa area, I encourage you to visit this magnificent Park.  It will always be special in our hearts, and hope that some day we will be back.

 

 

October 20, 2018 – Lincoln Woods – New Hampshire

In remembering our Shadow I decided to re-post some of our favorite Adventures on our “Throwback Adventure” Thursdays.  Shadow had amazing solo Adventures, Adventures with Buster, and Adventures with Wilma.  He was one lucky boy!  The post today is from one of my favorite places to Adventure – Lincoln Woods. I discovered this gorgeous hiking location with Shadow and Buster, and had numerous trips with Shadow and Wilma. Special memories flow through my mind from Lincoln Woods. Please see below for my original post including photographs and videos.

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Lincoln Woods a location in Lincoln, New Hampshire, along the Kancamangus Highway. We have been there before with Buster, and with My Mom. Lincoln Woods is a scenic area with many trails that enter the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountains. It is one of the first stops on the East side of the Kancamangus Highway.

Shadow, Wilma, and I had a refreshing Adventure to the Lincoln Woods trail. We have been there in just about every season, and it is one of the most extraordinary trails I have found, maybe even my favorite location for an Adventure. The area is absolutely gorgeous, beginning with a suspended bridge, to trails along the Pemigewasset River to streams along the way, to splendid mountain views, to scenic trails throughout. I would guess I have been there about five times and each time am awed by the beauty.

On today’s hike I was overjoyed to find another bridge across the River, as on our last visit Shadow almost did not make it across the suspended bridge. He appeared quite unstable with the swinging of the bridge and completely froze about halfway across. Therefore, I was extra pleased to find an alternate route. This alternate route also provided us a new and scenic angle of the River and suspended bridge. After crossing the bridge and enjoying the views we headed on our hike. Highlights of today’s Adventure included: time at the River’s edge, for some digging, and rock climbing, some sips from the streams along the way, colorful fall foliage, and and magnificent mountain views along the trail. It was a very cool day, but our hiking kept us warm and enthused. Although crowded this time of year the many trails helped mask the numerous number of tourists. One of those Adventures that I really cannot put into words, as you MUST Adventure this incredible location. As you might guess I would recommend a Fall visit in the colorful foliage of New England. I will include photographs from various trips we have taken and may add some on the future (Rating: 5).

Yesterday, October 20, 2018

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Throwback Adventure – Arethusa Falls – New Hampshire

In remembering our Shadow I decided to re-post some of our favorite Adventures on our “Throwback Adventure” Thursdays.  Shadow had amazing solo Adventures, Adventures with Buster, and Adventures with Wilma.  He was one lucky boy!  The post today was our Adventure to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains.  This was a gorgeous Falls, and in addition we discovered a side trail that allowed us to view smaller Falls, as well as some fresh water sips and dips for Shadow.  Forever precious memories!  Please see below for my original post including photographs and a video.

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 some cases you will also see journeys that occurred before our little lady Wilma became part of our family, as in our Throwback Adventure today.

In June 2017 Shadow and I had a breathtaking Adventure to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Arethusa Falls, sometimes referred to as Tuckerman Falls, is sourced by the Bemis Brook.  It is almost 200 feet in height and is one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire.  The trail to Arethusa Falls is approximately a three mils round-trip hike.  Part of the Trail is paralleled by the Bemis Brook Trail while following the Bemis Brook, and leading you past the Bemis Brook Falls and Coliseum Falls.  It is a popular area for hiking, and ice climbing in the winter months.

One of the most amazing Adventures I have ever taken was this hike I took with Shadow to Arethusa Falls.  I remember the trail to the Falls was clearly labeled, filled with rocks, a bridge or two, and other hikers along the way.  The main trail was not very inspiring, but the elevation gain was definitely a good work-out.  I was super impressed with my rockstar Shadow, (nine at this time) as unlike me, he did not miss a beat!

Upon arrival at the Falls we were immediately drawn to the massive height at the Falls.  It was thin in depth,and musical in sound, as misty water streamed over the rocks.  We hoped from rock to rock finding a nice place to rest, enjoy the waterfall, and eat a little snack.  It was definitely one of the most impressive waterfalls I have seen, and the experience of an exhausting hike made the Adventure even better.  We relaxed and enjoyed the Falls for awhile before heading back on the main trail.

On our return trip we cut over to  the Bemis Brook Trail.  The Trail over to the Bemis Brook Trail was quite steep.  I actually remember sitting down and scooting to make sure I did not fall.  Upon arrival at the bottom we were pleased at the site of a lovely waterfall, before following the Brook and spotting at least one other waterfall along this trail.  There were places for Shadow to swim and drink from the brook.  The mountain water was pure in color, gorgeous, and magical in sound.  It was so fun to find this side trail as I believe I did not know about these other lovely waterfalls before heading on this journey.  This lovely trail completed a day of  absolute Perfection!  I would highly encourage you to visit the magnificent Arethusa Falls and the Bemis Brook Trail.  I will forever remember this special Adventure with my Shadow.  Please see a quick video and some photographs below.  (I am hoping at a future date I will be able to get the longer video to download) (Rating:  5)

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Lonesome Lake – July 2017

In remembering our Shadow I decided to re-post some of our favorite Adventures on our “Throwback Adventure” Thursdays.  Shadow had amazing solo Adventures, Adventures with Buster, and Adventures with Wilma.  He was one lucky boy!  The post today was our Adventure to Lonesome Lake, probably my favorite solo Adventure with Shadow.  The hike was challenging, and arriving at the Lake was spectacular.  I remember being so impressed how I could not keep up with my nine-year-old Shadow.  We enjoyed walking around the Lake and appreciating the spectacular scenery.  Upon completing this journey Shadow celebrated with a happy roll.  Forever precious memories!  Please see below for my original post and photographs (three photographs have been added on this re-posted blog):

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.

In July 2017 me and Shadow journeyed to Lonesome Lake in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  (Wilma had not yet joined our world).  Lonesome Lake had been on my “must explore” adventure list, and we found a perfect day to venture on this hike.  Lonesome Lake is a body of water that is located in Franconia Notch in the White Mountains, just south of Cannon Mountain.  You can only reach this Lake by a hike, which creates a magical journey.  There was some reconstruction on the trail, so we were directed toward an alternative route.  The trail was a tough trail for me, but it seemed to be quite effortless for Shadow.  He was nine at the time (now ten) and did not miss a beat.  Upon arrival we hiked around the Lake, and Shadow enjoyed cooling down with numerous dips in the Lake.  It was very crowded at the Lake, but yet there was little traffic on the trail around the lake.  There was an AMC hut located at the Lake which provided snacks, bathroom breaks, and even lodging.  This hut was not dog friendly, but we were able to wander around and check out the area.  Heading back from the Lake, was of course a breeze.  My only disappointment in this hike was I imagined a more accessible beachfront where you could relax and enjoy sitting by the Lake.  However, it was very crowded, no sandy shores, and hard to find little outlets to the Lake.  Luckily this was not a barrier for Shadow who was able to sneak in many swims.  I absolutely love a hike that leads to a landmark that cannot be reached otherwise.  Definitely a memorable day of hiking, and adventures.  (Rating:  5)

 

 

Relaxing and Rolling after an amazing day:

September 2, 2019 – Farmer’s Market – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I met my Mom at a local Farmer’s Market for an afternoon Adventure.  Farmer’s Markets are generally very dog friendly, and are great locations to purchase  fresh produce, home made products, and many other items.  This Fair was a bit smaller then I hoped yet it was fun to add some variety to the week.  We purchased some strawberries, dog ice cream (of course!) and  some Samos for dinner.  We even found a vendor that had dog toys to share, a full water bowl, and gave Shadow and Wilma plenty of love.  Shadow and Wilma received lots of attention  and curious questions from other visitors.  We enjoyed our visit the the Farmers Market.

Throwback Adventure – Provincetown – 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 April 2015 and in April 2017 we Adventured to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Provincetown is located on the very tip of northern Cape Cod. It is the historic landing of the Mayflower, and has a monument called the Pilgrim Monument to memorialize this important event. Provincetown is well known for its beaches, art galleries, shops, and restaurants.

We had two beach-filled trips to Provincetown, Massachusetts. On our first Adventure we traveled with Shadow, Buster, my Mom and I for I believe just a couple hours. On this journey we drove through the town, stopped for some shopping, and checked out some memorable spots including: the Pilgrim Monument, the beaches, and my favorite landmark, the buoy bench. I remember being awed at the sand dunes, and unique landscape, and disappointed that we did not have more time.

On our second trip Shadow, My Mom, and I spent a long weekend in Provincetown. I booked the perfect apartment right on the beach. We walked the beach every morning, often playing ball.  Shadow was even able to join us indoors at the main building for breakfast!  We spent time in the shops with Shadow by our side, and of course he was spoiled with many treats, including a lobster shaped treat (see picture below). We delighted in visiting various beaches and even made a stop at the local dog park. It was so nice for Shadow to have a vacation at his favorite spot – the beach.

Little did we know Wilma was born just several weeks before this second trip. We look forward to returning in the future with this little lady. I really appreciated Provincetown being so dog-friendly. You can see a mixture of photographs from our two vacations below, as well as two videos of Shadow on the beach. If you have not been to Provincetown it is definitely worth a visit (Rating: Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Oakledge 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 October of 2015 Buster, Shadow, and I Adventured to Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vermont.  Oakledge Park is located on Lake Champlain and it includes:  a treehouse, bike path, walking trails, and a swimming beach.  It is also home of the “Earth Clock” a modern compass, calendar, and clock.

We had a pleasant Adventure to Oakledge Park on a foggy Fall day.  As it was long ago my memory has faded a bit.  However I recall walking along Lake Champlain, checking out the “Earth Clock”, and wandering up to the treehouse.  I remember especially appreciating a simple bridge, adorned with colorful fall leaves.  We were glad we could visit Oakledge Park on a weekend filled with Adventures.  (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

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 photograph of Buster from Echo Lake in October 2016. Shadow, Buster, My Mom and I had an AMAZING Fall getaway in the White Mountains. Little did we know Buster would pass away less then a week later. Although he had been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition we had no idea that he would leave us so quickly. This long weekend of Adventures was PERFECT and he seemed to be healthy and enjoy EVERY moment. This special trip will always bring back precious memories. I love this photo of my Buster, looking regal as always. We sure do miss him! So glad he was able to experience many special trips in his seven years of life.

Echo Lake 5 Oct 2016

July 14, 2019 – Village of Watch Hill – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Village of Watch Hill in Rhode Island.  We visited Watch Hill after journeying to The Watch Hill Lighthouse (see previous blog).  Watch Hill is an affluent coastal village in the Town of Westerly.  It is home of the famous Ocean House hotel, and one of Taylor Swift’s mansions.  It is a popular area for beach-goers, and is plentiful of shops, and restaurants.  It is also home to a well-known, and historic carousel.

We had a warm Adventure to Watch Hill after a lovely visit to The Watch Hill Lighthouse.  We were fortunate to arrive early as after returning from the Lighthouse I quickly realized how crowded the Village becomes.  We luckily did not need more then the two-hour allowed parking time as parking past this time limit was quite pricey.  We began our stroll along the water’s edge, the beautiful blue ocean highlighted by many boats, included several that appeared wooden, and likely historic.  We strolled along, enjoying the sites, beautiful flowers, and the vacation atmosphere.  There were numerous people headed to the beach, I almost wondered how they would all fit as the shoreline appeared so minuscule.

Overall I did not find Watch Hill to be too dog friendly, as the beaches, and other coastal parks did not permit dogs.  However we were quite pleased to find numerous dog bowls filled with water for some sipping.  Both Shadow and Wilma were quite tired from the heat so they relaxed a bit in the shade, and enjoyed many visitors who stopped to greet them.  We saw very few dogs, likely as most of the visitors were headed to the beach.  I enjoyed peaking in the stores to see all the lovely items for sale.  Many of the shops had colorful flowers displayed in window boxes, or surrounding locations.  Watch Hill was definitely a lovely spot, and may just be the perfect location to return in the off-season when it is much cooler for a walk.  So glad we could visit this adorable coastal village today (Rating:  4).

 

 

July 10, 2019 – Boston Public Garden – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Boston Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Boston Public Garden is a large park in Boston, Massachusetts.  It was the first public botanical garden in the United States.  The Friends of the Public Garden and Common works to preserve the Garden, and also various other locations in the city.

We had a metropolitan Adventure to the Boston Public Garden.  Today was a unique Adventure for Wilma as she was solo, without big brother Shadow.  Wilma had an early morning appointment, while Shadow was relaxing at the Grandma and Grandpa spa we figured it was a good opportunity for some training, and an energetic walk.  I also did not feel Shadow would have enjoyed this Adventure due to the heat so we felt it would be a good day for both.

We began our Adventure to the Boston Public Gardens with some challenges with parking, however eventually decided to go for the Charles Avenue parking garage.  Valet parking seemed a bit affluent for me, however it appeared to be the best option, and really the only possibility.  The walk to the Garden followed a small side walk lined with many shops, restaurants, and businesses.  I found this to be a great urban training experience for Wilma as she took in all the new smells, sounds, and sites.

It did not take a long to arrive at the entrance to the Garden.  I was excited to visit the Garden, a place I had been thinking about visiting for a couple of weeks.  Although I have been to the nearby Boston Commons, I do not remember ever having visited the Garden.  The Garden was well manicure, with flowers, historic statues, and was centered by the scenic Lagoon. We made sure to walk around the entire Garden, not wanting to miss a thing.  We often took breaks, sitting in the shade, and hydrating on this extra-warm early afternoon.

Wilma’s highlights of the Adventure included:  chasing pigeons, relaxing in the shade, and the hunt of the overly-friendly city squirrels. She also appeared keen on walking on the cement around the Lagoon, peering at the swan boats, and watching the ducks.  Wilma was very curious about her new environment, however appeared quite content. My favorite parts included:  the Make Way for Ducklings Statue, the gorgeous flowers, the Lagoon and surrounding scenery, and watching Wilma experience a new environment.  We were grateful for a new Adventure, natural shade, and time to train.  The Boston Public Garden is definitely a fun place to explore (Rating:  3.5).