Throwback Adventure – Cranberry Island – August 2015

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 August 2015 Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I Adventured to Little Cranberry Island in Maine.  Little Cranberry Island is one of five island in the Town of Cranberry Isles.  It is just 200 acres in size and is popular for its’ museums, gift shops, and lovely rocky shores.

We had a spontaneous Adventure to Little Cranberry Island on a summer trip to Maine.  It was a foggy, warm and humid-curly hair kind of day.  We purchased our boat ticket and set sail to the Island.  The captain narrated the trip pointing out various landmarks, and even some seals along the way.  Poor Shadow was a little stressed on the boat, however he appeared to still enjoy the view and ocean breeze.  On the other hand, Buster was quite relaxed, napping below at our feet.

Upon arrival Shadow was quite relieved.  He almost immediately dived in onto the grass for an energetic roll.  We were instantly drawn to the flower boxes and baskets adorning the shops on the pier, and the pleasing coastal shore.  We walked around finding some lobster traps, and a garden.  We spent some time on the water’s edge, the boys of course enjoying some dips in the sea.  Shadow, Buster and I also relaxed in the grass while Mom wandered in the shops and searched for shells along the shore.  It was a short stop, but especially relaxing and peaceful.  Wonderful memories of our Adventure to Little Cranberry Island (Rating:  4).





January 12, 2019 – Colt State Park – Rhode Island

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Colt State Park is a 464 acre Park along the Narragansett Bay.  It includes:  trails, playing fields, a museum, a dock for fishing, a boat launch, and an outdoor concert area.

We had a frigid Adventure to Colt State Park yesterday spending almost three hours on the trails.  This was our second visit to this Park as Shadow, Buster, and I had visited in August of 2015, on a warm summer day.  Yesterday was a quiet day for visitors, with a few dedicated walkers, runners, and of course our fellow dog lovers.   We began our afternoon walking on a paved path that weaved through fields, and tree-filled areas.  There were picnic benches throughout and views of a marsh-like areas.  The trail looped around before arriving at Narragansett Bay.

We spotted the Bay ahead before arriving at a scenic bridge.  After spending time exploring the shore beside the bridge, we headed across and over to the Bay side of the trail.  The Bay’s shore was rock filled, many of the covered with ice.  The bright blue water shimmered in the sun, while the wind adding nature’s texture.  We strolled over and down the dock to check out another view  before continuing along the Bay.  The path eventually brought us to a rocky, shell-filled beach-like area.  We spent some time exploring this area and relaxing from our steady walk.  Wilma enjoyed hopping on the rocks and chewing on some sticks, while Shadow seemed quite pleased just being at the “beach”.  We located a large wooden pole stating “Bristol”, causing great intrigue.  A little too cold to sit and relax on this chilly day, however, lovely memories flooded my heart of a laying on the “beach” area with Shadow and Buster.  A special moment on that summer day almost four years ago.

After enjoying this “beach” location we headed back to the car, the wind quite arctic on our faces.  We took a slightly different route back, stopping to view a statue along the way.  Poor Wilma did not appreciate this dedication, but of course added some humor to our day.  It was one of those days I would probably not have ventured out if I was not motivated by the amazing Shadow and Wilma.  So glad to enjoy an Adventure on this chilly winter day.  I have included a collage mixed with photos from both of our trips as well as several videos below (Rating:  3).











January 6, 2019 – Fort Sewall – Massachusetts

Today we Adventured to Fort Sewall in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Fort Sewall is located in Gale’s Head. It was first established in 1644 and utilized for defense in several different wars, being expanded throughout the years. The Fort was turned over to the town in 1922 and is now a public park.

We were lucky to have three little Adventures in Marblehead today. Fort Sewall was one of our stops. It was the second time we have been to Fort Sewall as we had been there two years ago with Shadow and my Mom. We were lucky to choose yet another sunny, and breezy winter day, clouds perfectly aligned in the bright blue sky. The sun was shining on the water, creating a marvelous view across the Harbor. This was a popular spot on this lovely, and unusually warm January day.

The Fort is located in the middle of a paved path that winds over and around the Fort, while displaying views of the Marblehead Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. You can even see the Marblehead Lighthouse, far across the waters. We walked above the Fort marveling at this magnificent seaside location. We took several detours to explore the areas along the rocks. There were many benches along the way to sit and relax.

After looping around we went down to the Fort to peak into the doors and windows. I was humored watching Shadow and Wilma as they seemed curious about what was behind the walls. We then sauntered through the grass taking some time for some dog rolls and stretching. A simple location but another quite picturesque spot in Marblehead. So glad we could enjoy some time at Fort Sewall today (Rating: 4).

I am continuing to have challenges downloading videos but if and when it appears I will add it to this post.

January 6, 2019 – Castle Rock – Massachusetts

Today we Adventured to Castle Rock in Marblehead, Massachusetts. This Park is located on Marblehead Neck, and is less then 2 acres in size. The area was previously known as “Great Head”. It is popular for sailing, fishing, and scenic viewing.

We were lucky to have three little Adventures in Marblehead today. Castle Rock was one of our stops. It was the second time we have been to Castle Rock as we had been there two years ago with Shadow and my Mom. We were lucky to choose yet another sunny, and breezy winter day, clouds perfectly aligned in the bright blue sky. We were pleased to arrive at this little spot with very few other little visitors. We strolled along taking in the coastal smells, and spectacular scenic views. Wilma startled me a bit by jumping up on the rock fence, although I should know better to expect her jumps! She enjoyed walking along while Shadow and I followed below. We wandered over the the beach area checking out the tidal pools. The rocks we a bit sharp and uneven we we did not wander too far out. We walked around and headed past the large Rock enjoying a beautiful horizon view. We really could not have picked a better day for a coastal sky. A wonderful stop on our Marblehead Adventure (Rating: 4).

Today, January 6, 2019

I have not been able to download the video I was planning but will add it at a later date if it cooperates 🙂

February 2017

December 31, 2018 – Manchaug Falls – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Manchaug Falls in Sutton, Massachusetts. The Manchaug Falls is located in the village in Manchaug, part of the town of Sutton. It feeds the Mumford River.

So our Adventure today took a detour when we arrived at our planned destination to see signs of hunting in the area. I was extremely disappointed to find this, but felt it was best to not venture on the trails but to return in a safer season. Soooo I was pleased to find the Manchaug Falls not to far from our original destination.

We began our Adventure to the Manchaug Falls by parking near where I had read it was located. We soon were able to locate the Falls by following roaring sound of the water, guiding us to the Mumford River Trail. The Trail was a short with benches along the path, over the River. We strolled along enjoying the sounds of the rushing water, before arriving at the Falls. The Falls was wide in length, but short in height, flowing with steady, even water. The thunderous music was quite spectacular to our ears. Overall the area was brown and dull, but the Falls itself was quite lovely. A simple, but pleasant detour on our Adventure today (Rating: 3)

December 23, 2018 – Marginal Way – Maine

Yesterday we Adventured to Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. This was at least our third trip to Marginal Way as we have also been there with Buster and my Mom. Marginal Way is a well known, coastal, cliff walk along the Atlantic Ocean. The path is approximately 1.25 miles in length, looping along the coast. It is lined with benches, lovely landscaping, and has beach areas along the way. It is dog friendly from October 1 – March 31.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to Marginal Way. We picked an exceptionally breezy, and sun-filled winter day. We were pleased to find very few visitors, leaving us to especially enjoy the tranquility of this magnificent trail. The water was crashing along the rocks, creating a lovely song, and quite a picturesque scene. We walked along the trail, taking time to climb a bit on the rocks, and of course snap some photographs along the way. Unlike most of our previous visits the tide was in, leaving no sandy beach to play, or spots to sun bath in the warm sun. However, we did wander down to one of the beach areas, filled with perfectly rounded rocks. Fond memories of Buster and Shadow playing on the beach filled my heart as we enjoyed this spot. We did not stay long in this area, as the rocks were a bit unsteady.

We then headed up the stairs from the beach, continuing on the trail. Approximately halfway down the path we arrived at the little wreath adorned lighthouse adding quite the scenic touch on this coastal stroll. We of course took some photographs of this lighthouse, before returning to our walk. Although we often walked at a good pace, we did not miss a moment to enjoy the full sensory experience.

After finishing the trail, we wandered through the vacant, holiday adorned town, before heading over to Ogunquit Beach. We were disappointed to see that dogs were not allowed, so walked nearby viewing the vast blue colors of the sea. We soon headed back to the Marginal Way finding the “footpath”, an area of the path that is separate from the main trail. We then returned to the main sidewalk back to stroll along the cliff-lined trail. Although the brown Winter time of year, the beauty of the Ocean, rock covered cliffs, and symphony of the crashing shore makes this location a one of a kind experience. Definitely one of the best coastal strolls you will find in New England. I cannot even imagine how beautiful it must become in seasons of bloom. Below you will find a collage of our different visits, all together. If you are ever in the area do not miss this fabulous location (Rating: 5)

Throwback Adventure – Crescent Beach – February 2018

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 February 2018 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Crescent Beach. Crescent Beach is a beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is one mile long beach with a gentle surf, popular for swimming, boating, and fishing.

Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I had a tranquil visit to Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Our luck was great with bearable temperatures, deep into the New England Winter. We stayed in the area so spent sunset, sunrise, and may times during the day on this pristine beach. We walked, walked, and walked up and down the beach. The colors of the water, and sunset were absolutely magnificent. Shells covered the beach, patterns of ice shaped the tidal pools, while clouds perfectly filled the sky. Shadow enjoyed his freedom off leash, while Wilma found herself obsessed with shells, and digging in the sand. Wilma and Shadow played often, melting my heart. It was so lovely and so invigorating, I really could not get enough. We were extra pleased to almost always have the beach to ourselves. This was without a doubt one of the Adventures that will have special place in my heart forever. Definitely a Beach we plan to return to in the future(Rating: 5)