January 9, 2020 – Scituate, Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Scituate, Massachusetts. Scituate is a coastal town in Southern Massachusetts. It is a small town known for the beaches, history, restaurants, shops, and the fishing community.

We had a walking-filled Adventure to Scituate on a beautiful winter day. Although we have been to many of the locations we visited today, I have only blogged about the Scituate Lighthouse, so decided to do a blog about the town. Today we explored: Scituate Harbor, the Harborwalk, the shopping district, Lawson Tower, Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, and the Scituate Lighthouse. We walked and walked, and enjoyed the spectacular sun on this winter day.

The most beautiful stop in Scituate today was definitely the Scituate Lighthouse. It is one of the most gorgeous Lighthouses in New England with several breakwaters, and rocky beaches surrounding. One of the special features about the Scituate Lighthouse is you can get up-close to view this spectacular structure. While at the Lighthouse Wilma especially loved exploring the beach, covered with rounded beautifully colored rocks, and hoping along the breakwater rocks. We have been to the Scituate Lighthouse numerous times, and it never disappoints.

We also stopped at Lawson Tower, which we had not been to before. This was a grandly tall structure, surrounded by gating, but yet a unique and unusual Tower. I initially was planning on just blogging about this Tower but decided to share the summary of our time in Scituate due to our numerous other stops, and time spent exploring.

Throughout the day Wilma enjoyed charming those around us, rolling in the grass, walking, and exploring the coastal smells. I was planning on a half day trip today but between Scituate and our previous stop we walked the day away! So glad we could visit Scituate today (Rating: 4)

August 30, 2020 – New Bedford, Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to New Bedford, Massachusetts. New Bedford is a city located in Southern  Massachusetts. It is one of the bigger cities in the state. It if often referred to as “The Whaling City” as in the 19th Century it was one of the most important whaling ports in the world.

We had an exercise filled Adventure to New Bedford walking approximately five hours during our day trip.  Our Adventures today included:  Clarks Point Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Fort Taber Park, Palmer Island, Palmer Island Lighthouse, Harborwalk, Covewalk, East Beach, Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail, and downtown New Bedford.  I have been to almost all of these locations before but I was eager to return and especially excited to see Palmer Lighthouse.  Although unfortunately New Bedford is far from the cleanest place, it is less crowded then many others, and it houses a variety of attractions.

I was quite pleased to start a full day of Adventures, as having returned to work last Monday we were ready for a long day of Adventures.  The sky was spectacular, and the weather was reasonable, even finding a strong breeze in some locations.  Our Adventures centered around the bike trail and walkways, with the majority of our stops along these routes.  The walkways were wonderful, unique in their own way, and provided consistent views over the water, including views of Clarks Cove, New Bedford Harbor, and Buzzards Bay.  It is always energizing going on a long walk when you have coastal views.  We stopped at several beaches along the route, including East Beach and other sandy areas with no name.  We walked along the breakwaters and I encouraged Wilma to “swim” although was pleased when she decided to wade.  Wilma briefly enjoyed some digging and we sat in the sand for a short time, savoring the atmosphere.  The beaches were packed with shells, actually deep in some areas.  There were no sign indicating that dogs were not allowed so we assumed they were permitted.

We of course loved Fort Taber Park, definitely one of our favorite Forts in New England.  Due to COVID only New Bedford residents are allowed to park at the Fort, but we were lucky to find parking, although some distance away.  The Fort is grand, and has paved trails weaving around it.  There are other historic ruins nearby that you can climb and view the Fort from other angles.  I think I have been there three times and it never gets old.

As you may be aware, New Bedford is home to three lighthouses.  Butler Flats Lighthouse is far off the shore, so was not easy to capture as I do not have a complex zoom.  However it does not seem as far as you are walking.  An unusual lighthouse is the Clarks Point Lighthouse which is found on top of the Fort.  The first time I went there I do not even think I realized that was the case.  Again hard to capture being so high above.  The last lighthouse we visited was the Palmer Lighthouse, my favorite one in New Bedford.  Visiting Palmer Lighthouse is also an Adventure as you must time it with the low tide so you can walk to Palmer Island.  And we did!!  We walked over to the Island and explored the entire Island, including the spectacular Palmer Island Lighthouse.  I still was a little worried about the tide so I did not spend quite as much time as preferred, however I still tried to be relaxed and allow Wilma to take in the smells, and enjoy some wading.

Our last stop was the downtown area and the fisher’s coast.  Much of the downtown area has cobblestone, adding quite the charm.  One thing I appreciate about New Bedford is the arts and culture, highlighted by many murals throughout the city.  And of course who does not like boats, scenic, and colorful.  These last stops were definitely a good way to end our day.  Below you will find a photograph collage summarizing our day.  So glad to have a long day filled of walking (Rating:  4).

 

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August 10, 2020 – Eastern Point Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The Eastern Point Lighthouse was built in the 1880s and is currently an active lighthouse.  On the property you will also find:  the oil house, radio beacon, fog horn building, and Dog Bar Breakwater.  Access inside the fence is forbidden, however there are good views of the light station from the exterior.  There is a $10 parking fee for parking.

We had a tranquil Adventure to the Eastern Point Lighthouse.  We began our day with a long walk in Gloucester before heading over to Eastern Point Lighthouse.  I have been interested in the Eastern Point Lighthouse for some time, and finally did some more extensive research which indicated that attendance is permitted.  Upon arrival we found ourselves the only car in the parking lot, with two walkers just exiting.  We immediately walked over to the rocky shore filled with colorful seaweed and the harbor scattered with bobbing boats.  It was beautiful!  We took our time appreciating the peace and beauty of our surroundings.

From there we wandered over to the breakwater.  It did not seem as though we could get to there from the beach at first, but I soon realized that was the pathway.  We viewed the Lighthouse from different angles as we headed over to the breakwater.  The breakwater was very long, and provided easy footing, although not something I would recommend for those unsteady on their feet.  We walked along and I continually peered back to see various viewpoints of the Lighthouse.  The sun was quite shiny for photographs but I still snapped away.  As we got further we noticed the breakwater was clearly owned by the seagulls but to be expected at a quiet coastal oasis.  It was funny to hear them warning their peers of the deer-like creature heading onto their grounds.  Wilma was eager to stare them down and loved all the new smells from the sea.  At the end we found what I believe is the structure for the electric fog signal, almost a little lighthouse.  A fun little aspect on the breakwater.

We then returned down the breakwater appreciating the ocean, boats, and view of the lighthouse from afar.  Such a lovely location!  And of course we ended the Adventure with some fun on the beach.  Wilma enjoyed some digging, and attempted running energized by the coast.  She rubbed her adorable face in the seaweed and waded in the water, continually sticking her nose in, quite entertaining to watch.  I am glad Wilma finally recognizes that water can provide a cooling effect.  Such a spectacular Adventure to the Eastern Point Lighthouse (Rating:  4.5).

June 26, 2020 – Fort Williams – Maine

Yesterday Wilma, My Mom and I visited Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Fort Williams Park is a 90 acres Park located in the Casco Bay. It includes: the Portland Head Lighthouse and museum, the Goddard Mansion, beautiful coastal views, and historic ruins. It was formerly a United States Army Fort, but in 1979 became designated as Fort Williams State Park.

We had a perfect Adventure to Fort Williams Park.  My last blog on this location was two years ago with Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I so I thought it was good timing to blog again.  We began our Adventure by visiting some ruins, and then heading down to the coastal Trail.  The coast was lined with flowers, framing the Lighthouse.  After walking for a bit and appreciating the colorful flowers we ventured to the Lighthouse.  The amazing thing about thing about the Portland Head Lighthouse is that you can walk up to it and around.  It is just immense, and so picturesque.  As you walk around you can also see gorgeous water views, with the waves crashing into the shores.  Just a special location in all ways!

From there we wandered to another coastal Trail viewing the Lighthouse from the opposite side.  Wilma made some friends with some visitors which is always a smiling moment.  After walking and exploring we decided to have a Gelato.  This is something we were thinking about on our last summer visit, but it closed before we had planned on stopping back.  The Gelato was a drippy, sticky, yet refreshing.  I was disappointed that there was no dog ice cream, however Wilma did get at couple spoons of an acceptable alternative.  After this savoring snack we decided to find a spot in the shade to sit, relax, and enjoy the coastal view.  Although this location was much cooler then the last, it was still a steamy day.  We chatted away, relaxed and cooled down before heading off to our next location in the Park.

We then decided to explore some more of the coastal Trail, and of course yet another view of Portland Head.  The Trails were lovely.  From afar we could see the Ram Lighthouse, the closest view from the shore.  We walked and walked, I really could not get enough.  At one point I decided to take a steep walk with Wilma down to the rocks.  I left my camera with Mom so she could snap a couple photographs from afar.  See if you can find this photograph below??!!  Wilma sipped from a tidal pool and absolutely loved some rock hopping!  I only took one video on this Adventure, which took place from this location.  It was so peaceful, the sounds of the crashing so therapeutic.  Such a serene and scenic moment.

Our next part of the day was visiting the little beach.  It was at this point of the we were transitioning to this stop that there was a quick downpour, mostly occurring when we were in the car.  It appeared to briefly cool down the air, and made for quite the raging sky.  The rocks on the beach were round, and abundant, quite dramatically framing the beach.  Wilma and I walked through the rocks and to the small sandy shore.  Wilma entered the water as requested, but would rush out when the small raves came racing toward her.  It was fun to watch her, not seeming to realized this was  a continual occurrence.

Our last part of the day was visiting more of the ruins, and the Goddard mansion, quite a unique addition to this coastal park.  I love ruins, especially when you can climb on, explore, and check out spectacular views from atop.  We appreciated these locations, and took many photographs, as per the usual.

We spent about four hours cherishing this magnificent Park!  I did not want to leave!  We definitely will be back to Fort Williams Park in the future (Rating:  4.5)

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April 25, 2020 – Nauset Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Nauset Lighthouse (also referred to as the Nauset Beach Lighthouse) in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  I actually have blogged about this Lighthouse in my “Throwback” blog but decided to highlight it again as I took minimal photos on the first visit, as well as Wilma had not visited this memorable Lighthouse.  Shadow, My Mom, and I originally visited three years ago.

The Nauset Lighthouse was restored and relocated back in 1923.  The Nauset Light Preservation Society currently maintains the Lighthouse and through private donations funded the restoration and relocation of the lighthouse.  The Lighthouse has benches nearby and is located adjacent to the Nauset Light Beach.

I was excited to Adventure to the Nauset Lighthouse a second time as it is unusually colorful and absolutely scenic.  We parked at the nearby beach and made the short trek over to the Lighthouse.  Wilma was eager to explore, anticipating the enthusiasm in my steps.  We found a scenic path to the side of the Lighthouse that led us to the top of the small hill and directly to the Lighthouse.  The scenery was brown, yet had character.  There were benches near the Lighthouse, and several educational kiosks.  The roar from the ocean was fantastic, one of my favorite sounds of nature. We lingered around the area, making several rounds.  On our way back I noticed several overgrown paths to the beach, so we ventured over to observe the scene.  I was shocked to find us high above the beach, almost a large dune, yet we were in a wooded-like area.  The site was just spectacular, and the sounds magnificent.  I do not remember if we visited this beach on our initial visit, but definitely will be adding it to a future Adventure.  One of my favorite photographs from today came at the Nauset Lighthouse of Wilma in the brown landscaping with the Nauset Lighthouse in the background.  So glad both Shadow and Wilma were able to Adventure to the Nauset Lighthouse.  I will include the photographs from our initial visit below at the bottom, but you also can search for the Nauset Lighthouse in my search box to read more about our first visit in April 2017.  Definitely one of the beautiful Lighthouses in New England (Rating:  4).

April 2017 Visit

Throwback Adventure – Derby Wharf Light Station – 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!

Shadow and I Adventured to Derby Wharf Light back in January 2012.  The Derby Wharf Light Station is a historic lighthouse located in Salem, Massachusetts.  It was built in 1871 and is approximately 20 feet in height.  The lighthouse is located at the end of Derby Wharf and continues to aid boat navigation.

We had a fun, blue-sky Adventure to the Derby Wharf Light Station.  Our day was filled with many Adventures, and the Derby Wharf Light was one of our stops.  We walked out to the end of the Derby Wharf to check out this structure.  It was fun find the lighthouse at the end of the wharf.  Derby Light was unique in shape and location.  The area was busy with other guests but we were able to snap a couple photographs before others joined us.  So glad we could visit the Derby Wharf Light Station (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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Throwback Adventure – Nauset Lighthouse/Nauset Beach Lighthouse – 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 of 2017 Shadow, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Nauset Lighthouse (also referred to as the Nauset Beach Lighthouse) in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  The Nauset Lighthouse was restored and relocated back in 1923.  The Nauset Light Preservation Society currently maintains the Lighthouse and through private donations funded the restoration and relocation of the lighthouse.  The Lighthouse has benches nearby and is located adjacent to the Nauset Light Beach.

We had a dark spring-day Adventure to the Nauset Lighthouse, one of the many stops on a getaway to Cape Cod.  I always am pleased to find a Lighthouse with unique features, and the Nauset Lighthouse definitely did not disappoint.  We wandered up to the Lighthouse and around, glad to find the spot all to ourselves.  It was a brown spring day but the bright red on the Lighthouse added the perfect touch.  We located a photo frame nearby of which you could pose with the Lighthouse, a fun little feature for tourists and Adventurists like ourselves.  A delightful visit to the Nauset Lighthouse (Rating:  4).