September 14, 2019 – Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Cape Neddick “Nubble”.  Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse is located in Cape Neddick, York, Maine.  It is on Nubble Island off of Cape Neddick point.  It was initially put into use in 1879, and continues to be a working lighthouse.  The area is popular for visitors, and even has a small gift shop and restrooms (available in season).

We had a perfect Adventure to the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse.  We have been to the Nubble Lighthouse many times previously, but it really is quite spectacular, so I decided to blog about it again.  We arrived to find huge gust of winds, an incoming tide, and an abundance of crashing waves, a gorgeous scene.  Upon wandering around, we soon found some scuba divers performing a practice exercise.  Wilma was quite intrigued by the divers, unsure of the scene.  We observed for a bit before moving on, climbing on the rocks, and loving every moment.  There were flowers between the rocks, and in the grass, bright yellows, pinks, and whites, just lovely.  We explored, and explored, cherishing the full coastal experience.  Shadow especially loved his rolls, and often searched for a tidal pool, hoping for a sip and dip.  Wilma was quite wild at this location, energized by the rocks, and guest attention.  Thankfully I manged to stay on my feet in Wilma’s exuberance.  After wandering around for awhile we sat in the grass to relax and savor our wonderful afternoon.

Before we left Nubble Lighthouse I decided to check out the food at Fox’s Lobster House, located on the property.  I was quite thankful to see an outdoor window.  The menu appeared a bit pricey so a good excuse to order myself an ice cream, and a “puppy pop” for Shadow and Wilma.  Although there was a seating area the location was very busy with guests so I felt it ideal to find a rock and a grassy spot to savor our treats.  Our timing was not ideal as it began pouring!  Shadow quickly began eating his “pop” while Wilma wanted nothing to do with the rain.  So I attempted to eat my ice cream, and next thing I knew Shadow’s had vanished.  I searched the crannies of the nearby rocks and was unable to locate the “pop”.  Shadow decided to go for seconds, grabbing Wilma’s bowl.  I somehow was able to rescue it for Wilma and we scurried back to the car.  I felt badly I could not locate Shadow’s dish, and thought for a quick moment – did he eat that too?!  Wilma was able to eat her “pop” in the car but seemed to have lost interest.

The Nubble Lighthouse is a special place.  The only downfall is the large tourist draw, buses even arriving and dropping off guests.  However, we had a magnificent visit to the Nubble Lighthouse, a quintessential New England landmark  (Rating:  4.5)

Please see below for photos and videos from today’s visit, and at the bottom I included several from previous visits, including with our love Buster

 

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July 23, 2019 – Castle Hill Lighthouse – Rhode Island

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.  Castle Hill Lighthouse was built in 1898, and is made of granite.  It is located in the Narragansett Bay and continues to be an active lighthouse.

We had a perfect Adventure to the Castle Hill Lighthouse.  We were pleased that the rain subsided, cooling down the air, and providing us the perfect opportunity for a new Adventure.  I had done some research online about the Castle Hill Lighthouse but contacted the Castle Hill Inn to ensure that we could park at the Inn and visit the “private property”.  I was thrilled to have that information confirmed so we hit the road.  Upon arrival the Valet at the Castle Hill Inn informed us that they were not busy so we were able to park in the main parking lot, immediately next to the trail.  The Lighthouse trail was not labeled so I was pleased to get these directions.

We were immediately drawn to the gorgeous views of the Narragansett Bay.   It was absolutely breathtaking!  The shores were rocky and we were able to check out the scene from high above.  We took in the scenery, Shadow celebrating our arrival with a joyful roll!  After appreciating the sites we headed down the trail.  The path was simple, but perfect.  There were wildflowers, and it was closed in at points with gorgeous greenery, almost magical.  It really was just lovely.  I was excited, eagerly awaiting the view of the Bay, and the Castle Hill Lighthouse.  It did not take long for us to arrive at the Castle Hill Lighthouse.  It was absolutely  spectacular, quite unique in style.  Pleased to have the area to ourselves we walked down the steps to the bottom of the Lighthouse, before heading back up and viewing each and every angle.  It was a gorgeous location.  We spent some time at this spot, snapping many photographs.

After taking in the scene we headed back to the trail to wander farther.  We met several visitors along the way, which delighted energetic Wilma, who took in every bit of love.  We walked for a couple minutes, and soon found a bench leading to the spectacular rocky shore.  The rocks were uniquely shaped, and almost silver in color.  I have been to many rocky shore but have never seen such stunning rocks.  I did my best to find a smooth walk for Shadow and I, while Wilma jumped athletically from rock to rock.  We soon found a perfect spot to sit, and relax, watching the fisherman, and appreciating the coastal breeze.  Shadow enjoyed some rain water left in the rocks, and took a seat next to me, while Wilma focused her attention on the birds.  Everything about this Adventure was just perfect.  We will definitely have to visit the Castle Hill Lighthouse again (Rating:  5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Palmer Island 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 January 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to the Palmer Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  The Palmer Lighthouse is located in the Acushnet River at the entrance to New Bedford Harbor.  It was built in 1849.  The Lighthouse is twenty four feet high and is made out of stone rubble.  It can be reached by foot at low tide through the hurricane wall in New Bedford Harbor.  The Palmer Lighthouse is no longer a working lighthouse.

We had a wild Adventure to the Palmer Ligthouse on a cool winter day.  We had many Adventures in New Bedford on this day, and the Palmer Lighthouse was one of our most scenic stops.  I do not remember doing much research but found that we could make our way to the Lighthouse as the tide was low.  Having no idea what the tidal patterns were we decided to journey to the Lighthouse, closely watching the water.  We met a nice family along the way that adored Shadow, while also ran into some teenagers in the appearing to be up to some trouble.  I was quite disappointed at all the trash in the area, I guess left behind from the tide.  However we carried on, sometimes on rocky footing, but soon arrived at the Palmer Lighthouse.  The Lighthouse was quite stunning, bright white and uniquely stone.  There was a stone-like pathway directly to the Lighthouse so we were able to climb to the door to check out this beautiful Lighthouse.  We really lucked out finding low tide on this visit, but did not stay long unsure what to expect upon our return.  A fun, and memorable Adventure to the Palmer Lighthouse (Rating:  3).

 

 

April 29, 2019 – Owls Head State Park and Owls Head Light – Maine

Although my goal is to post our Adventures  the same day, or following day, I failed to reach that goal for this blog.  However, I still am excited to share this Adventure.

On Monday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Owls Head State Park, which hosts the Owls Head Lighthouse in Owls Head, Maine.  The Lighthouse was built in 1825 is located high above the Penobscot Bay.   There are two beaches in the Park, one with views of the Bay, and the other with views of Rockland.

We had a scenic Adventure to Owls Head State Park and the Owls Head Lighthouse on a beautiful sunny day.  This was our last official Adventure of our weekend in Maine.  Upon arrival we wandered over to the picnic area to find lovely views framed by a narrow beach.  We decided to wander down the path to the right to the Owls Head Lighthouse.  It was a tranquil spot, with several look-outs along the way.  It did not take long to arrive at the Lighthouse.  We were delighted to have the area all to ourselves slowly weaving up the ramp, and stairs to arrive directly underneath the Lighthouse.  Owls Lighthouse is a unique lighthouse area providing sweeping views.  After spending some time enjoy the picturesque location we headed back to the picnic area.

From there we ventured down the trail to the left, not quite sure what to expect.  Another short trail which ended at a small beach.  The beach was quite rocky, but provided some sand areas in between the numerous rocks.  There were small cliff-like rocks adorned with evergreens.  After exploring for a bit we sat and enjoyed the ocean breeze, Shadow rolling, and napping, while Wilma took part in some digging fun.  A wonderful place to relax on a gorgeous day.

Our last stop at the Park was the Beach area, immediately adjacent to the parking lot.  Yet another rocky beach making for some unpredictable footing.  However that did not stop us from strolling around briefly to survey the area, and snap some photographs.  Such a lovely Park, and Lighthouse in Owls Head.  We are so glad we could explore this special area on our Adventure (Rating:  4).

Other Tidbits, Fun, and News

Earlier this week I decided to add a “Lighthouses” category to my blog, which you can find under the “Menu”.  We have been on so many amazing Adventures, and sometimes they can get lost within the blog as they were posted as long as one year ago.  This will also provide those looking for lighthouses in New England more detailed information about our Adventures which may become your Adventures.  I am excited to add this feature to my blog, and am planning on adding other categories in the future.  Summer is a popular season for New England lighthouses.  Hope you will find one or more that you can enjoy as well!  Happy Adventures!

April 13, 2019 – Highland Lighthouse – Massachusetts

Today we Adventured to the Highland Lighthouse in North Truro, Massachusetts, part of Cape Cod.  The Highland Lighthouse, which is also referred to as Cape Cod Light, is an active lighthouse and is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Cape Cod. It was initially built in 1797, however was built again in 1831 and 1857. In season there are tours available and a gift shop.

We had a magnificent Adventure to the Highland Lighthouse on a dreary spring day.  This Lighthouse does not disappoint as the view is almost immediately stunning!  We had visited previously about three years ago with Shadow, Buster, and my Mom.  Today’s Adventure began by walking down the path toward the Lighthouse.  It was raining and we were pleased to see few other visitors.  We arrived at the Lighthouse to take in the view, and then looped around and past checking out the other side.  The path ended at a deck-like area with views of the ocean.  Both Shadow and Wilma enjoyed some rolls in the grass and appeared pleased with this special location.  We took our time, noticing the little details, including some budding branches along the path.  The interesting twist to the Highland Lighthouse is that it is surrounded by a golf course requiring that you stay only on the assigned trail.  We were glad that there were no golf balls flying over our heads, so that we could concentrate on the Lighthouse.  The Highland Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful Lighthouses I have ever seen.  Definitely do not miss it if you are in Cape Cod (Rating:  5).

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Throwback Adventure – Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse – Maine

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, My Mom, and I visited the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in August of 2015.  The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is a Lighthouse located in the Acadia National Park in Tremont, Maine.  It was built in 1858, is 56 feet in height, and is made of brick.  It is currently an active lighthouse.

We had a misty Adventure to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, on a hair-curling kind of day.  It was humid and foggy, the apparent theme of this Maine adventure.  Upon arrival we started on the left side path that appeared to go into the tree canopy.  We followed the disney-like stairway into the beautiful cliffside below.  The rocks and views of the Blue Hill Bay were spectacular, even revealing a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse from afar.  After enjoying some posing and great spots along the rocks we headed back up the stairs to the Lighthouse trail.

We arrived to the Lighthouse with a crowd of others, causing us to spend some time waiting for some tourist free photography.  The shoreline was rocky, perfectly brown in color.  I do not recall all the little details of the spot, but definitely a special visit with the perfect company.  I think it is likely that we will should visit again in the future.  Maybe the sun will make an appearance next time!