Dog friendly hikes and exploring, mostly around New England. Our Adventures includes: waterfalls, the beach, conservation land, lighthouses, state parks, the woods, the mountains, statues, and castles.
Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. Coast Guard Beach is the start of twenty miles of sandy beaches. It received its name from the old coast guard building which sits above the dunes. It is a popular swimming destination, and in-season only allows parking for local residents, however provides shuttle services from nearby parking.
We had a magnificent Adventure to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts. Since our family is celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday this year I decided it would be a good day to visit the Cape. I was surprised to arrive to a crowded scene at Coast Guard Beach. We found some trails high above the tunes that we explored a bit before heading down to the shore.
There were many people wandering onto the beach, but I was relieved that once on the shore everyone was spread out. Dogs are required to be on leash, but to be expected not all followed these guidelines. The ocean was beautiful in color, crashing and singing into shore. The sky was bright blue and the dunes lined the shore, just gorgeous. We walked and walked enjoy the serenity. It was Gus’ first true beach experience. He loved finding crab shells, crab legs, shells, and digging with big sister Wilma. Wilma loved her regular, chaotic digs and continually wanted to play with Gus. The Beach had an endless variety of rocks formed in unique shapes, colors, and texture. We explored and trotted along, not wanting the Adventure to end. It was a perfect day! So glad we could visit Coast Guard Beach (Rating: 5).
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).
Today Wilma, and I Adventured to the Eastham Windmill in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. The Eastham Windmill is the oldest working Windmill in Cape Cod. The Windmill was built in 1680 in Plymouth, and moved numerous times before arriving at the current location. As expected the Windmill has been restored over the years. It currently is open to the public in summer months providing tours of the operation. The Eastham Windmill also fresh-ground cornmeal which is sold to the community.
We had a special Adventure to the Eastham Windmill as this was our first ever Adventure to a Windmill! The Windmill was the centerpiece of the Town Center, located in a small park. It was surrounded by rustic fencing, and many benches around the border. We began exploring at the official sign of the Windmill, at the forefront of the Park. The nearby fencing was lined with gorgeous, bright white and yellow daffodils, sending my mind to thoughts of Dutch culture. After appreciating these pretty spring flowers we found another opening and headed straight to the Eastham Windmill. The Windmill was quite picturesque, and very tall. We viewed it from all angles, even discovering small Christmas lights on the turbines. Such a marvelous, and distinctive structure.
After snapping endless photographs, as per our usual custom we sauntered past the Windmill over to a small gazebo, and a radiant “Memorial Buoy Tree”. These Memorial was devoted to a local resident who had passed. Such a beautiful tribute that clearly has been treasured by his dedicated communicated.
I am not sure if you are thrilled to learn but we might have a new theme for our future Adventures. Well, not really theme, don’t you worry, but we do look forward to visiting other Windmills in the future. So delighted we could discover the Eastham Windmill today (Rating: 3.5)
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Three Sisters Lighthouses in Eastham, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod. These three fifteen foot towers were built in 1836, The Nauset Lights. They later became referred to as The Three Sisters as they were said to appear as woman who were wearing white dresses and black hats. The Three Sisters fell into the sea, and were replaced by twenty foot towers. They eventually were decommissioned and purchased and restored by the National Park Service. The National Park Service provides regular tours are available.
We had a fun Adventure to the Three Sisters Lighthouses on a warm and sunny April day. I was excited to locate these lighthouses, as there are few left in Massachusetts that I have not yet discovered. I spotted them as we drove by but it appeared the parking was closed so we parked at the nearby beach, soon locating the path labeled “Three Sisters Lighthouses. We walked down a nice paved path, past several homes before arriving at the Three Sisters Lighthouses. The Lighthouses were simple, yet unique, and pretty in their own way. They were located near one another, standing out well from the bright green grass. We visited each lighthouse checking out the details, each very similar to one another. My little hound Wilma was quite overtaken by smells in the area, and enjoyed quite the nasal sensory experience (haha). We had this location to ourselves, and took our time exploring. There were several picnic tables, some beautiful bright yellow forsythias and an educational kiosk. So glad we discovered the Three Sisters Lighthouses today, quite a unique trio (Rating: 3.5)
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).