June 30, 2019 – Vandenberg Esplanade – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Vandenberg Esplanade in Lowell, Massachusetts.  The Vandenberg Esplanade is a paved trail along the Merrimack River that is approximately one mile in length.  I believe it may be part of the Lowell Heritage State Park.

We had a nice Adventure to the Vandenbert Esplanade.  If you ready my last blog you are already aware that my weekend started out quite frustrating with car issues cancelling our weekend Adventures.  However, we visited the Heritage Ice Cream and Restaurant, a somewhat local spot, and accidentally discovered the Vandenberg Esplanade across the street.  Although a simple, urban park I was thrilled to find an area to explore, knowing my car was in rough shape.

I decided to drive to the parking lot, versus crossing the very busy Pawtucket Road.  It took some time to find a spot where u-turns were permitted, but once we did we quickly located the parking lot.  We strolled along the paved path, Shadow and Wilma enjoying the city smells, and exploring a new site.  The River view was scenic, benches aligning the path, and bright green trees throughout.  There was a storm heading in from afar, making for quite the picturesque sky, and even a brilliant lightning strike across the River.  There were many people walking, some socializing on benches, and of course some dog walkers.  Two visitors asked me some questions about Shadow and Wilma, commenting about Wilma:  “she is still stubborn isn’t she”? which actually brought a smile to my face as I often think that to myself.  Although she did not do anything in particular to bring on the comment, I still found it humorous.  We are continuing to work on training, but there is no doubt that she is our PAWFECT pup!  Admittedly I often get compliments on how well my dogs are behaved!  100% PAWFECT pups!

Although it was not too hot on our Adventure today, Shadow appeared a bit warm so we only walked for about thirty minutes or so, attempting to keep at a continual and steady pace.  Shadow attempted several times to head down the stairs into the water, but there was alot of trash in the River, so I decided otherwise.  Poor guy!  (PS – Don’t worry he got a neighborhood swim in this morning 🙂 )  We had a pleasant walk along at the Vandenberg Esplanade, a nice surprise find (Rating:  3)


June 30, 2019 – Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Heritage Farm has homemade ice cream, burgers, and sandwiches.  It was established in 1976 by the current owners, however previous to that date it was an ice cream shop as well.  Heritage Farms is known for sponsoring free entertainment, for their Classic Car show, and for being a contributing member of the community.

We had a refreshing Adventure to the Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant.  I started the weekend feeling quite frustrated, again having car issues which forced me to cancel our weekend Adventures.  However, I decided to risk a somewhat local stop providing some variety to our daily neighborhood walks and backyard fun.

We definitely appreciated our visit to Heritage Farms, which had a vintage, and patriotic vibe. I quickly ordered two dog ice creams, and decided on an orange sherbert cooler for me.  Only one size available for my cooler creating an extra-large experience, but of course I did not have any problem sipping it down.  The Farm was very quiet, so we were able to sit for a bit and enjoy our tasty treats.  There was a cute little merry go around for the little ones, and some mechanical cars for riding.  The “Farm” was nicely decorated, with white petunias, american flags, and colors preparing for this July 4th week.  I would have preferred the “Farm” to be away from the main drag, however, a bit unrealistic in an urban setting like Lowell.  A unique stop, and although the ice cream was quite pricey, the taste was well worth the cost.  If we are ever in the area again, we might just visit have round to at Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant (Rating:  Ice cream: 5, Outdoor Restaurant:  4, Location:  3).


November 17, 2018 – Lowell National Historic Park – Massachusetts

Today, Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Lowell National Historic Park to explore the Lowell Waterways. The Lowell National Historic Park was established in 1978 and includes a group of different sites in and around the city of Lowell. These sites are related to the era of manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution. They include a visitor center, the Lowell Waterways, the Boot Mills, the Patrick J Morgan Cultural Center and much more.

We were happy to find a local Adventure with our visit to the Lowell National Historic Park. Obviously we were only able to explore the outdoor aspects of the Park, however we did our best to get a feel of the Park. Upon arrival we parked at the visitor parking and were able to speak with the ranger to get a map and some additional details. We headed on our journey, soon realizing that the Waterways were quite unclear, and not marked. However, I felt it best to not look like an obvious tourist in the city, so decided not to continually pull out an overly detailed map, but instead wander on our own.

It was a dull day, leftover snow and brown leaves covering the ground. We were pleased to find some grass, between the city side walks, and some paths along the canal. We walked about an hour and a half, experiencing the sounds, viewing landmarks, and appreciating the diversity of the city. Along the way we found signs noting we were on the “Canalway” and finding various information and historic signs to educate us on our journey. Although I was excited to enjoy a new Adventure, I was disappointed with the Park. However, it was fun to provide Shadow and Wilma with a city Adventure, something we do not do often (Rating: 2).