December 26, 2019 – Long Sand Beach – Maine

Yesterday Shadow and I took an Adventure to Long Sand Beach in York, Maine.  Long Sand Beach is a less then two mile sandy shoreline that includes some rocky areas and tidal pools. The beach is located along Route 1A.  It is a popular tourist spot in the summer months.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Long Sand Beach in York, Maine.  I decided to take a solo Adventure with Shadow.  Wilma sometime struggles with off-leash locations as she does not appreciate being  charged by off-leash dogs, while on leash.   I often am disappointed to find that the majority of the off-leash dogs we encounter are not under voice control, and as you might guess this can be unpredictable.  And although I might be an overprotective dog Mom, I do not feel Wilma is quite ready to be off-leash, still young and quite driven by her adorable hound nose.  So…having some extra days off I felt this would be a good opportunity to take Shadow on a journey of his own, my beach-loving, extra-well behaved boy.  Although feeling a bit guilty I decided to head off to Long Sand Beach with Shadow.

We arrived at Long Sand Beach finding it just below the main road.  There were other visitors scattered throughout the beach, many dogs in tow.  Shadow was absolutely thrilled to be at the beach.  We headed straight to the water and began walking along the shore, appreciating the sun, and the sounds of the surf.  I spotted Nubble Lighthouse off in the distance, although a bit too far off to photograph with my cell phone.  Shadow was excited to meet all dogs in sight, quickly making best buds with an adorable Vizsla.  I often heard comments about how “big” Shadow was but fellow walkers quickly noted his calm and friendly demeanor.  It was so fun to see him in this environment as we have not recently encountered new friends.  Shadow enjoyed smelling, finding some lobster traps, shells, and numerous smells unknown to my eyes.  Shadow loved wading in the water often trotting enthusiastically.  It was clear that the tide was going out the beach growing quickly as we strolled along.  It was a gorgeous afternoon filled with many smiles.  And although the beach was simple, and somewhat unappealing the memories and moments were absolutely perfect.  So glad we could enjoy a relaxing beach Adventure today (Rating:  Beach:  3, Adventure:  Priceless)

November 3, 2019 – Dexter Grist Mill – Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Dexter Grist Mill in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  The Dexter Grist Mill is a historic landmark in Sandwich, part of Cape Cod Massachusetts.  The Dexter Grist Mill was built in the 1600s and was later restored.  It continues to be is a working Mill, and sells freshly ground cornmeal.  It is open for admission seasonally.

We had a refreshing Adventure to the Dexter Grist Mill.  I was enlivened to visit the Mill as I had read about it in the past, and finally had it scheduled on our list of Adventures.  Upon arrival we walked around the neighborhood before returning to the Mill for our unofficial tour.  The Mill property was much more compact then I had imagined, but quite picturesque.  We headed over the bridge seeing the water flowing from above.  To the left we located the Shawme Pond while to the right the centerpiece of the Mill.  There was a rock fence, bright green grass, and a red tree adding great texture and color to the scene.  We spent some time posing in front of the Mill, relaxing in the grass, and wandering around to check out the pond view.  Such a pleasant and unique location.  So glad we could visit the Dexter Grist Mill (Rating:   4).


October 28, 2019 – Doe Orchards – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Doe Orchards in Harvard, Massachusetts. Doe Orchards is a family owned business encompassing approximately twenty five acres of apple orchards, 10 acres of Christmas trees, and two acres of berries. As expected Doe Orchard is popular for fruit picking. There is also a small farm stand where you can purchase fresh fruit.

We had a fun Adventure to Doe Orchards. I had been thinking about apple picking for some time, and we finally fit it in to our schedule. This was our first visit to Doe Orchards, and as you might expect we were thrilled to find a local dog friendly apple orchard. We began at the stand getting the information, and choosing our apple bag(s). There was a map of the apple trees, and kind people to answer our questions.

After gathering our necessary information we headed off into the orchard to pick some apples. I was excited to participate in this Fall New England past time. I am far from an expert on apples, but was excited about the process, and anticipation of some apple filled baked goods. We weaved in and out of the trees, simple, but scenic. The trees were marked by color, which were then labeled on stands throughout. Definitely a very organized and clearly marked farm. It appeared some of the varieties were well picked, but I was quite pleased with the choices, the company, and the experience. There were few other visitors on this grey Monday evening.

The dogs appeared quite pleased to have a weekend evening out on the town.  Shadow enjoyed some rests in the grass, while Wilma watched our every move. My Mom and I chatted, and took some time wandering before we filled our bag(s). So glad we discovered the wonderful Doe Orchards. And just to add for those local dog followers, dogs are not permitted during their berry picking, but thankfully are welcome during apple picking (Rating: 4).

October 5, 2019 – Goose Rock Beach – Maine

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Goose Rock Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Goose Rock Beach is located in a neighborhood area, which is especially populated in summer months.  Goose Rock Beach has approximately three miles of shoreline, provides views of several islands, and is bordered by tidal rivers.  There is limited parking spots, and passes are required seasonally.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Goose Rock Beach.  I decided to get up at four o’clock in the morning to explore a new beach and to appreciate the sunrise.  Goose Rock Beach sure did not disappoint!  We parked in front of several homes, the beach area bordered by greenery.  I immediately heard the waves, and soon found a path to the gorgeous sandy beach.  It was just lovely, sunrise in process, and few people in sight.  Immediately we were energized, Shadow running, Wilma bounding.  We walked down the beach exploring the tidal areas, found some lovely shells, and of course waded into the sea.  We went to the end of one side where we found the tidal River entering the ocean, before turning around and exploring in the opposite direction.  We caught a glimpse of an island, observed several boats floating in the water, and noted some kayaks and chairs scattered on the beach.  The beach was pristine, peaceful, and quite therapeutic.

We spent about two hours walking, running, digging, and dipping.  Shadow went deep into the ocean, the water quite shallow while Wilma especially enjoyed some chaotic digging.  Both Shadow and Wilma took turns engaging the other in energetic play, just so sweet!  As time went on we saw more people, most with furry friends.  It was great to see that almost all of them had their dogs under control, and many quite friendly.  I am guessing most were locals, appreciating this serene locale.  The perfect, extra-early morning Adventure today (Rating:  4).





Throwback Adventure – Middle Covered Bridge – Vermont

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 February of 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to the Middle Covered Bridge in Woodstock, Vermont. The Middle Covered Bridge was built in 1969, replacing a previous bridge.  It crosses the Ottaquechee River.

We had a dark, winter Adventure to the Middle Covered Bridge. We found the Bridge near the shops and restaurants, in the middle of a busy street. Shadow posed, as I snapped this memory from this Adventure. Our visit to the Bridge was brief and I only took a photo or two.  Although a dreary day for photographs I still love this photograph of Shadow, taken in one of my favorite Vermont towns. We definitely will be back to the Middle Covered Bridge in the future (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).


woodstock briddge

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 selfie of Wilma and I at Kinsman Falls in the White Mountains.  This is definitely one of my favorite selfies with Wilma, and was taken at one of my favorite trails (although a much better one of Wilma and I then the actual Falls).  Kinsman Falls is a gorgeous waterfall, which I have hiked to on two separate occasions, twice with Shadow, and once with Shadow and Wilma.  You can read more about this Adventure by searching “White Mountains” or “The Basin Cascades Trail” as I have included this spectacular waterfall in two blogs.  We sure do LOVE the White Mountains!


Kinsman Falls

Throwback Adventure – Waterfront Park – Vermont

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 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont. Waterfront Park is a local, waterfront park on the shorelines of Lake Champlain. It includes a boardwalk and is popular for biking, and walking. There are also boat rentals available.

We had a picturesque, sunset Adventure to the Waterfront Park. I remember strolling down the boardwalk, enjoying the spectacular sunset, and appreciating the waterfront scene.  There were many many boats parked along the docks, a lovely scene.  You really cannot go wrong with a sunset along the shore.  We were so glad we could visit the Waterfront Park (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).