March 20, 2022 – Lynn Heritage State Park/Harbor Walk – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, Gus, and I Adventured to Lynn Heritage State Park and the Harbor Walk in Lynn, Massachusetts. Lynn Heritage State Park is an almost five acre waterfront park. It includes paved paths, a boardwalk along the Harbor, and connects to the nearby Harbor Walk. The visitor center is in the area, and celebrates the history of the city.

We had a simple Adventure to the Lynn Heritage State Park, and nearby Harbor Walk. We had just walked for two hours in Gloucester before heading over the check out this Park. The sun was out and the weather just right. We parked at the Harbor Walk and explored this area before heading over to Lynn Heritage State Park. I knew it was small but was surprised to find it even smaller than I imaged. The area was near a busy road, but we saw few other visitors. My favorite part of our visit was the cool lounge chairs along the Harbor Walk. Wilma loved some rolls, while Gus enjoyed every stick he could find. So glad we could check out the Lynn Heritage State Park and Harbor Walk today (this blog will not be rated).

Throwback Adventure – Hopkington State Park – 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!

Hopkington State Park is a Park located in Hopkington, Massachusetts.  It is located on the Hopkington Reservoir, no longer a water source.  The Park encompasses 1500 acres of forest and is a popular area for boating, swimming, and hiking.  There is a fee to enter the Park in-season but Massachusetts State Park passes are also accepted.

Shadow, Buster, and I had numerous Adventures to Hopkington State Park, and on some visits My Mom joined us, while on one occasion my cousin and her pup joined us as well.  We have always gone in phases with local Parks, and for several years this was one of our favorites.  Although dogs were not allowed on the public beach (in-season), we always found side areas to swim.  Over time we found favorite spots away from the hustle and bustle of a popular beach location.  The Reservoir was beautiful, framed by colorful kayaks, and docks.  I loved the view of the circular island not too far out from shore.  We mostly visited Hopkington State Park to swim, but on one occasion I went kayaking, while several times enjoyed some of the trails.  We really have loved our Adventures to Hopkington State Park, and will definitely have to take Wilma to check out the scene.  I gathered some photos from various visits, and although I am sure I have more, I think it is a good representation of our time spent at Hopkington State Park.  We definitely will be back for a future Adventure  (Rating:  4).

 

 

March 23, 2019 – Dunn State Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Dunn State Park in Gardner, Massachusetts.  Dunn State Park is a 132 acre park that surrounds a 20 acre pond.  It is popular for swimming, hiking, fishing, and boating.  There is a 1.3 loop trail around the pond, and other trails throughout.

We had a short Adventure to Dunn State Park on our way to a family day out in Western Massachusetts.  We have been to Dunn State Park numerous times in the past, although I believe this was Wilma’s first trip to the Park.  Dunn State Park is simple, but lovely, and often vacant in the off seasons.  Today we enjoyed part of the trail around the Pond, our favorite activity, while on past trips we have often enjoyed the beach and some swimming.  The wind was blowing the snow that covered the ice on the pond, creating a mystical scene, while the snow gorgeously covered the trees.  In some spots the water was flowing, while others it was still frozen.  The trail included beautiful steps, bridges, benches along the way, and many scenic spots to stop and view the pond.  A lovely Park to walk, and relax, not a visitor in site on this snowy morning.  I have attached a collage from our past visits that started back in 2012, so glad to also have memories with our Buster as well (Rating:  4).

 

October 14, 2018 – Bradley Palmer State Park – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, Massachusetts. This was Shadow, and my second visit to Bradley Palmer State Park as we had been to the Park with Buster in February of 2016. Bradley Palmer State Park is a 736 acre Park on the Ipswich River. It is a former estate of noted attorney Bradley Palmer. Bradley Palmer State Park is popular for hiking, horseback riding, bicycles, canoeing, skiing, and the Willowdale Estate.

We had a wonderful Fall hike at Bradley Palmer State Park on another gorgeous Fall day. I did not remember that we had been there before, but as soon as we drove into the Park, I immediately had memories of my visit with Shadow and Buster. We started our Adventure heading over to the former estate of Bradley Palmer, a pristine building often utilized for private events. I snapped some photographs and then headed over to the nearby boardwalk trail. The boardwalk was covered with colorful Fall leaves, surrounded by the River and varying display of Fall foliage. As you may have observed, boardwalks are one of the many features I find myself drawn to, and this was no exception. I even took a little video, which you can view below.

After leaving the boardwalk we headed over to the River to check out the water’s edge. The River was simple, but the reflection vivid. We spent some time near the water before heading back to the trail. These areas gave me flashbacks of my previous visit with Shadow and Buster, as we too spent some time at this area. Back on the trail we noted that it wove through the Forest, and along the River, however we chose a path off to the right and up to a sunny trail. Shadow and Wilma appeared enthused by the sun, both enjoying some rolls in the the field, before we turned around to head back to the trail. There were no labels on the trails so we did not venture far, but returned to the boardwalk to again delight in this picturesque spot.

Next we decided to try another location of trails. On the way to this trail we encountered some small, attractive horses getting prepped from their day out on the trail. I definitely would not describe myself as a “horse person”, but was quite drawn to their majestic frame and distinct colors. After stopping for a bit we continued to the trail. This particular trail was between two areas of shallow water, and appropriate for bicycles as well as hikers and other visitors. Another gorgeous Fall scene with leaves scattered along the path. There were ducks in the water, lily pads, and lovely Fall colors. We hiked for a bit before turning around. Although I had a complex map in hand, I did not see any labels on the trails. However, it did not bother us as we chose to visit different areas for shorter spells, versus a long official hike.

It warmed my heart that all three pups were able to visit this stop on our Adventures, even if it could not be commonly. A lovely Fall day at Bradley Palmer State Park (Rating: 4).

February 2016

May 26, 2018 – Massachusetts – Ashland State Park

Today we visited Ashland State Park, located in Ashland, Massachusetts.  Ashland State Park is a 470 Acre Park with a 157 Acre Reservoir.  The Park has a dam, a spillway, and several beaches for guests.  The Park was initially created when the Reservoir was built in 1895.  Ashland State Park has several fun facts, with a movie partly partially being filmed there in August 2014 (“Sea of Trees”), and even a helicopter crash in August 2016.

We spent almost four hours at this amazingly beautiful park, mostly traversing the trail around the Reservoir.  We arrived bright and early, leading us to meet many, many other dog friends.  I choose Ashland State Park today, as I knew it would be a hot day, and thought it was a perfect way for the dogs to cool down.  Although Wilma is not a swimmer, she waded and sipped some water along the way. Shadow continually swam, and often enjoyed just sitting in the Reservoir.  We enjoyed many stops for these water moments, and also spent some time at the dam, where Wilma even found a little turtle!  We saw a beaver dam along the trail, crossed some unique bridges, found some good sticks for chewing, and some round rocks for climbing.  This was really a great find, and as usual I took plenty of photographs along the way.  Definitely a perfect location for a hot New England day (Rating:  5)

 

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