October 19, 2019 – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park – New Hampshire

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.

One of our Adventures on the way was the the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park in Cornish, New Hampshire.  This is the second time we have been to this location as Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to this Park back in October of 2015. We were thrilled on our recent visit to have My Parents join us!  The Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park is the former home, gardens, and studios of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Much of his artwork is displayed in the gallery and on the grounds. The Site also includes: nature trails, tours, various statues, and gardens.  The Park also sponsors summer concerts, and workshops.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park.  Although I had blogged about it in one of my Thursday throwback segments, I could not resist writing about it again.  Shadow, Wilma, and I arrived about an hour previous to meeting My Parents so we could explore the trails, before returning to tour the main grounds.  I was quite pleased to quickly locate the Ravine Trail, which contained a waterfall we had discovered on our past visit.  The trail was packed with colorful leaves, and sloped quickly into the ravine before turning and following the brook, scattered with fall foliage.  It was a crisp Fall day, but just perfect for an energetic hike.  The trail was not too clear, but I followed it by memory, and also spotted several informational displays, and a bridge on the path.  I was quite thrilled to find the waterfall again, simple, but lovely.  We continued through the trail before hiking up the ravine, and ending in the field on the opposite side of the property.

After traversing the Ravine Trail we wandered around the property checking on the buildings, statues, gardens, and spectacular mountain views.  I tried not to miss a detail snapping numerous photographs throughout.  It was not long after then that My Parents arrived.  Having been there previously, and in refreshing my memory of the site before their arrival, I was pleased to provide an informal tour.  We wandered around viewing the various features throughout.  Shadow engaged in continual enthusiastic rolls, causing me to ponder, did he know he was on vacation?!  Wilma was a bit overzealous, but how could you blame her having her Grandparents in tow!  We picnicked with a view, enjoyed the wonderful company, and created memories.   I really do love the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park, and can just imagine the indoor exhibits are quite fantastic as well.  So glad we were able to spend a family afternoon at this beautiful Park, definitely a special National Park in New England (Rating:  4.5).

Please see below for photographs from both of our Adventures.  You can also read about our first Adventure by typing in “Saint-Gaudens” in the “search box” (to the right side of the page on a computer and on the bottom of the page on a phone)

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October 19, 2019 – Cornish-Windsor Bridge – New Hampshire

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.

One of our Adventures on the way was the Cornish-Windsor Bridge in Cornish, New Hampshire.  The Bridge was built in 1866, and is one of the longest in the country.  It crosses the Connecticut River, connecting New Hampshire and Vermont.

This was the second time that we had Adventured to the Cornish-Windsor bridge as Shadow, Buster, and I visited back in October 2015.  Surprisingly it appears that I did not photograph the pups at our initial visit.  On this trip we were thrilled that My parents were joining us!  Our Adventure to the Cornish-Windsor bridge was incredibly panoramic.  We located two spots to view this spectacular bridge, one of which was close-up and well trafficked, the second more distant, and dog friendly.  The Cornish-Windsor bridge was quite stunning, grey in color, beautiful in style, and magnificent in length.  We captured the bridge from both locations, and enjoyed the scenery.   So glad we could view the Cornish-Windsor bridge again today (Rating 4.5).

 

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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 photograph of Shadow at one of the smaller waterfalls on the hike that leads to Arethusa Falls.  We were thrilled to find several smaller falls along our trek to the the main feature.  Shadow was able to dip in the water, drinking from the cold, fresh Beavis Brook.  This was definitely one of the most amazing Adventure I have gone on, and it is a day I will always cherish.  You can read more about our hike by typing in “Arethusa Falls” in the “search box”.  Enjoy this photo from one of the smaller highlights of the day.

 

Arethusa falls Shadow

Throwback Adventure – Miller State Park – 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 May of 2015 Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to Miller State Park in Petersborough, New Hampshire.  Miller State is the oldest state run park in New Hampshire, and is situated on the summit and side of Pack Monadnock.  It is popular for hiking and snow-shoeing.

Shadow, Buster, and I had an energizing Adventure to Miller State Park.  There were pretty pink flowers along the path, lots of pine trees, and scenic mountains views.  The boys were quite tired from our hike so we were pleased to find a nice little spot for a shady nap along the way.  As New Englanders we are lucky to have such a vast variety of state parks to explore.  So glad we were able to visit Miller State Park (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

Heading Home After a wonderful day of hiking, my smiling boys:

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August 19, 2019 – Lost Pond Trail – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Lost Pond Trail in Goreham, New Hampshire.  The Lost Pond Trail beings at the AMC Visitor Center, and is officially part of the Appalachian Mountain Trail.  It follows the Ellis River and ends at Lost Pond, providing distant views of Mount Washington.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Lost Pond Trail on a warm summer morning.  We headed out early, planning this as our feature Adventure on a day full of many. The Lost Pond Trail began across the street from the AMC Visitor Center. It was marked with a sign, before beginning down a boardwalk, and across a marsh. Immediately there were spectacular, jaw-dropping views. This reminded me exactly why we journey on long drives for day trips to the White Mountains, like Lost Pond.

From the boardwalk the trail veered toward the right following the white and blue blazes. The trail paralleled the Ellis River, often from high above. On several occasions we headed over and through the River, cooling down in the clear River water. There were yellow wildflowers, bright mushrooms, and berries along the trail. Some sections of the trail that had boardwalks and small bridges, and there were continual rocks throughout. At one point I thought I had taken a wrong turn as the trail started gaining elevation, but soon after this gain we spotted Lost Pond from the distance.

Upon arrival at Lost Pond Shadow and Wilma posed on a rock as they checked out the views. From there we traversed down the side of the Pond, lots of large rocks, making for an interesting hike. The views were beyond picturesque the pond scattered with rocks, lilies, and breathtaking mountain views. Shadow loved his swims, and water-sitting, while Wilma continually hopped on rocks. She sometimes threw me off-balance with her athletic, and unexpected jumps. This place was so absolutely beautiful words really cannot explain. I loved that the trail followed the River, providing opportunities to wade, and lead to the beautiful Lost Pond with glorious views. The trail was very quiet, and on several occasions I thought I heard some animal voices in the distance. The only downfall was that a good portion of the trail was close to the main road, providing sounds of vehicles zooming bye. However, I can definitely say this was one of my favorite White Mountain hikes. So glad we took the trip to the Lost Pond Trail (Rating: 4.5)

August 19, 2019 – Crystal Cascades – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Crystal Cascade in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This was our second Adventure to the Crystal Cascades as Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I had visited back in October 2016.  Crystal Cascade is a gorgeous waterfall that has a 100 foot drop into the Ellis River.  There is just a short walk to the Falls that begins at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.  The Cascade is along one of the popular routes to Mount Washington.

We had a musical Adventure to the Crystal Cascades.  I decided to blog about the Crystal Cascades again as it really is a beautiful cascade with gorgeous mountain views.  We began our walk to the Cascades after enjoying our feature Adventure at a nearby trail.  The path was short, and had several spots along the way to walk over for a dip, and/or a river view.  Almost immediately we could hear the water’s sound, increasing my anticipation of the Cascades.  The Cascade was lovely, and from afar I could see a remodeled, rustic bridge over the falls.  When we arrived at the Cascades I noticed the path to the bottom of the Falls was no longer available.  This made me ponder if some flooding had occurred, leading to renovations.  We actually had tried to visit last summer, and the trail was closed due to flooding.  It was disappointing to not get too close, however precious memories of our visit with Buster, Shadow, and My Mom will always be dear to my heart.

I attempted to get several views of the Cascades between the trees and then we walked up over and above on the beautiful new bridge.  We sauntered across several times and took in the sounds, and scene.  There were cascades from either sounds adding quite the therapeutic sounds.  I decided to add in a couple photographs from our first visit and mix them with our photographs from today.  However if you want to read more about our first visit, and see all of the photograph summary you can search for “Crystal Cascades” in the search box.  Wonderful memories at a special place (Rating:  4).

August 19, 2019 – Trails End Ice Cream Shop – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Trails End Ice Cream Shop in Intervale, New Hampshire.  The Shop includes homemade ice cream, soft serve, shakes, sundaes and much more.  They even provide free sprinkles to their customers!

We had a delicious Adventure to the Trails End Ice Cream Shop, on a day of numerous Adventures.  We had just spent several hours hiking, so it was especially the perfect treat.  The Trails End Ice Cream Shop was located on a busy road, and did not provide any shady seating, however did provide lovely mountain views from afar.  I ordered a creamsicle shake, and the pups had a dog ice cream, soft serve adorned with treats.  After ordering I decided to drive across the street to a “scenic” area where we could enjoy these refreshments.  Shadow and Wilma very quickly ate their ice cream with mountain views framing each lick.  Shadow finished his ice cream with a celebration roll, while Wilma barked hello to a distant dog friend.  I sat for a couple minutes before we headed out on our next Adventure.  You really cannot go wrong with any kind of ice cream on a warm summer day (Rating:  4).