Throwback Adventure – Fraconia Falls – New Hampshire

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 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fraconia Falls in the town of Lincoln, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The Falls is a series of cascades that is sourced from Fraconia Brook.  Fraconia Falls is a popular area for swimming and sliding down the Falls.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Fraconia Falls on a gorgeous Fall day.  The hike to Fraconia Falls begins at Lincoln Woods, one of my favorite hikes of the White Mountains.  We were excited to journey on an extra long hike, all the way to the Falls.  The trail turned left when we arrived at a scenic wooden bridge, right about where we noticed the sign leading us to Fraconia Falls.  We decided to first traverse this bridge and view the Brook before turning around and heading on the trail to the Falls.  We then began hiking along the trail which paralleled the Brook.  We soon located a scenic area to stop, relax, and have a snack, such a peaceful oasis along the shore.  After a restful break we continued on to the Falls.  The Falls was simple, and unique in its own way.  We posed for some photographs, standing on the rocky platform, and viewing the area off to the right.  I actually wondered if it was the true Falls as I was expecting a much larger, and more elaborate natural creation.  I still sometimes ponder this question but we did follow the sign and arrived at this Falls, so how could we be mistaken??

The Falls was our last stop before turning around to return to our car.  We had spent the day wandering the trails of Lincoln Woods and exploring various spots along the way.  Another perfect day in the White Mountains (Rating:  Lincoln Woods:  5, Fraconia Falls:  3).

Below please enjoy some pictures from the Falls, the trail from the bridge, and one from right before the Falls trail.  If you would like to read more and see photos about Lincoln Woods search for Lincoln Woods in the “search box” for more information.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

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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 video from a wonderful Adventure that Shadow, Wilma, and I took in Lincoln Woods in the White Mountain of New Hampshire.  This is absolutely one of my favorite places to hike!  It starts with an amazing bridge over the Pemigewasett River and follows the River for much of the hike, opening up at various spots for extra-ordinary views.  The Fall, of course, is my favorite season to visit this spectacular location.  Please search for Lincoln Woods in the “search box” for more information on our many visits to Lincoln Woods.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

Hope you can make a visit of your own!  Enjoy!

 

June 2, 2019 – Garwin Falls – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Garwin Falls in Wilton, New Hampshire.  Garwin Falls is approximately forty feet tall and is part of the Wilton Reservoir.  There is a short walk to get to the Falls that passes some smaller cascades and a dam.  The parking lot for the Falls only has several spots, and there is no cost to park.  Garwin Falls is located on private property, however remains open to the public.

We had a jaw-dropping Adventure to Garwin Falls.  Amazingly this Falls is only about forty five minutes from my house yet I only recently discovered it online.  I was thrilled to find a local waterfall and could not have been more impressed at the beautiful site.  We began our walk parking at a very small parking lot, luckily, not arriving at a busy time.  We traversed the simple and wide trail for a short time before arriving at several cascades.  The cascades were small but lovely.  We walked along the brook and found some sandy areas.  Shadow and Wilma enjoyed some drinks of fresh water, and of course Shadow made sure to take a quick dip in the stream!  We took our time exploring this simple spot, walking until we could see the dam up ahead.  We then returned to the main trail to continue on our journey.

We walked for another short walk before arriving at the massive Garwin Falls.  I could not believe the size of the Falls as I was not expecting to be impressed.  The Falls was thunderously singing a sweet song as we wandered over to the edge of the Falls.  We were able to walk right up to the edge, and of course I took numerous photographs.  I was absolutely stunned at this magnificent creation, wide in size, tall in height, and perfect in melody.  We stared for some time, before talking along the edge of the brook.  Agile Wilma jumping along, while Shadow a bit unsteady on the uneven surface.  I attempted to balance across on a log, but was not able to get Shadow to follow so Wilma and I crossed to take a couple photographs before balancing back across.  We took are time at this breathtaking location, pleased to only see several visitors who were all leaving when we had arrived.

On the way back to the car we wandered off the trail several times to explore the brook and upper cascades.  We viewed the dam from below and atop, quite grotesquely plastered with graphity.  Not what you expect to find in such a serene and natural environment, however we did not let this deter us from a fantastic visit to the Falls.

Garwin Falls was definitely one of the most picturesque waterfalls I have ever seen.  We will be back again to visit this spectacular site (Rating:  Waterfall:  5).

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Rye Beach – New Hampshire

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 April 2015 Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to Rye, New Hampshire to explore a dog friendly Beach.  Although I am not sure specifically which beach this is I know it was in Rye, New Hampshire, somewhere along 1A.  (I do not believe it was labeled when we visited).  Rye New Hampshire is a coastal town in southern New Hampshire.  It is home to the largest coastline in New Hampshire.

We had a sunny Adventure to the Beach in Rye, back on April 12, 2015.  The beach was very rocky, with tidal areas to explore.  We were able to find some sand areas to sun-bathe and enjoy the day.  It was our last stop on a busy day and we were happy to relax and enjoy the breeze.  It was fun looking at photographs from this outing reminiscing about yet another Adventure we had with Buster.  So glad he was able to have lots of travels!  We will definitely have to visit Rye again in the future.

 

 

 

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.

So today’s feature is a scenic photograph from a summer weekend in the White Mountains.  Shadow, Wilma, and I had the amazing opportunity to work at an Inn on weekends last summer.  We explored, explored, explored!  This photograph was taken in an area near the AMC Highland Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.  The flowers were gorgeous and the background scenic.  One of my favorite spots in New England is the White Mountains, and this photo captures one of our many special memories.

Other short hikes I have blogged about that started at the AMC Higland Center include:  the Ammonoosuc Lake Trail and the Red Bench Trail, Beecher and Pearl Cascades, and the Lake Saco Trail.  These are especially great hikes if you are new to hiking or hike alone.  You can search for these blogs by typing the name in on my “search box”.  On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.  You might see it in the midst of some outside advertisements.  The AMC is a great resource and has NUMEROUS other hikes that you can explore.

Enjoy the flowers!

White Mountains Shadow and Wilma July 2018

Throwback Adventure – Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area- New Hampshire

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!

Back in October of 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, also referred to as the Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside.  This Area is a small state park at just 13 acres that features the Wilde Brook, a trail, and a rocky gorge with waterfalls.  There are picnic tables and a visitor center that is open in season.

We had a fun Adventure to the Chesterfield Gorge.  As you may have heard my Throwback memory is not as detailed as I would hope.  However, I remember finding the location almost to ourselves.  We began following a trail along the River, and ended up finding us to a scenic little bridge, where I was able to take one of my many, all-time favorite photos of Shadow and Buster.  The Gorge was simple, but tall, fenced off in several areas, and although I guess this was for safety, it really  interfered with the true nature experience.  I believe the trail looped around in almost a “u” shape with some up and down climbing alone the way.  It was a short walk but we certainly took our time enjoying the great outdoors.  We found different spots to sit and relax, the boys enjoying many sips and dips in the River.  Definitely a wonderful Fall day at the Chesterfield Gorge.  I have include a quite amateur sideways video at the bottom, but it gives you a good visual of the main gorge-waterfall.  I do hope to be back to visit the Chesterfield Gorge.

 

 

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.

So today I will be featuring a photograph from West Rattlesnake Mountain, a mountain hike in Holderness, New Hampshire.  This was an Adventure Shadow, Wilma, and I took back in May of 2018.  It was a short, uphill hike to an absolutely stunning view of Squam Lake and the surrounding areas.  I was awed at the scenic spot, and we spent quite a bit of time at the top of the Mountain relaxing and enjoying the view.  Please search for West Rattlesnake Mountain in the “search box” for more information on this wonderful journey.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

Enjoy the view!

 

Rattlesnake one