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:

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

Throwback Adventure – Boise Rock – New Hampshire

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 2016 Buster, Shadow, My Mom, and I Adventured to Boise Rock in the Fraconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains.  Boise Rock is a glacial erratic, which has lovely surrounding views of the Canon Cliff.  It was named for Thomas Boise who took shelter under the rock after being caught up in a snow storm.

We had a memorable Adventure to Boise Rock on a lovely Fall Day.  As you may know if you follow our blog that during this time we knew Buster would not be with us much longer, facing a terminal tumor.  Therefore we took every moment on this special trip to create memories, photos, and fun times.  So why not climb a large rock with an almost 95 pounds large dog?!  That is exactly what we did, as Shadow and Mom watched from below.  It was a fun and unique experience as unlike Wilma Shadow is not, and Buster was not rock boys.  We somehow managed to get up on the rock and climbed higher and higher.  It was an interesting photo shoot that I will remember forever.  A beautiful Fall day in the Mountains with my boys, and My Mom.

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Echo Lake (Fraconia Notch State Park)

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.

Echo Lake is a beautiful lake in Fraconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  It is 38.2 acres and sits at 1,931 feet elevation.  It is on the northern side of the Fraconia Notch and offers breathtaking views of the Lafayette and Cannon Mountains.  The water of the lake flows toward the Connecticut River.  There is a swimming beach, and a trail around the Lake.

We have frequented Echo Lake many times over the years.  It is an absolutely gorgeous location, especially in Fall.  Often we have stopped just to relax and take photos, while on one journey my Mom enjoyed some time painting, while Shadow, Wilma, and I traversed the Lake trail.  We mostly have visited the Lake during Fall, but just this past Winter we traveled to view the scenery.  A much duller scene in the Winter, but yet I was humored as the Lake appeared no where in site, covered in snow.   It is quite magical to view the changes of season, unique to our beautiful New England.  I would highly recommend exploring Echo Lake.  I will include photos from three of our adventures below (Rating:  5).

 

October 2016:

 

 

I had to include this amazing photo that my Mother took of Shadow, Buster, and I.  It is one I will treasure ALWAYS!  Little did I know that less then a week later Buster would leave our word, at just seven years old.  He was an amazing love in our life, and I miss him so much!  A wonderful memory forever graved in our hearts!

 

Buster card 2

 

October 2017:

Echo Lake Oct 2017 4

 

 

 

March 2018:

 

Throwback Adventure – Lonesome Lake – July 2017

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)