January 20, 2020 – The National Monument to the Forefathers – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to The National Monument to the Forefathers (also referred to as the Plymouth Monument) in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The National Monument to the Forefathers was dedicated in 1889 and honors the Mayflower Pilgrims.  This granite Monument is approximately 81 feet in height and is suspected to be the largest solid granite monument.  It is managed by the Department of Conservation.

We had a grand Adventure to the National Monument of the Forefathers.  I was quite impressed upon arrival, the Statue towering from atop a small hill, the sun streaming down.  The entrance gate was closed so we parked on the side of the road and sauntered in.  We began by walking the road around the statue before heading up close to view it.  I was impressed at the size, almost too large to visualize the details from below.  It was just spectacular, and definitely one of the larger sculptures I have seen.  It was a little difficult to photograph with the sun brightly shining, however I did my best, even enjoying some snapshots with the timer.  There was little else to the area besides the Monument but definitely worth the visit.  So glad we could see the National Monument of the Forefathers (Rating:  4).

Throwback Adventure – Plymouth, 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!

In May 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the town of Plymouth in Massachusetts.  Plymouth is a coastal town in Southern Massachusetts.  It is famous for the site of the first Pilgrim settlement and contains famous landmarks including:  Plymouth Rock, and the Mayflower.

We had a fun Adventure to Plymouth back on a cool May morning.  We explored the Harbor area, including parts of Brewster Garden, and of course checked out the Plymouth Rock.  The Plymouth Rock was much smaller then expected, but it was still nice to view this important landmark of history.  We wandered around for awhile checking out the boats, and taking a nice long walk.  It was challenging locating old photographs, but I found several below which are a good summary of our visit.  We definitely will be back to explore more thoroughly, and share a more detailed account of our visit (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

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April 13, 2019 – Holmes Reservation – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Holmes Reservation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, a property of the Trustees of Reservations. This conservation area is an open grassy area with no official trails or paths. It is known for views, the abandoned tracks of the Old Colony Railroad, and a beach. It was part of the “Muster Ground” for the Plymouth militia during the American Revolution.

We had a rainy, and short Adventure to Holmes Reservation, a stop on the way to our main destination. Our visit began with a stroll along the along the railroad trail, a paved trail perfect for a bike ride or a run. We quickly became waterlogged, but carried on determined to explore this new destination. We quickly located a trail to the beach and veered off in that direction. The beach was beautiful, covered with rocks, and providing lovely views. There was even a lighthouse off in the distance. We walked around the beach for a bit, the scenery helping to mask the dreary weather.

After spending some time on the beach we headed back over to the open field and wandered around the property. The grass was bright green, and scattered with various birds including seagulls and Canada geese. Wilma had a couple head turns with the sites and sounds, creating a humorous moment. We walked around a bit making sure we could stretch our legs before heading on our journey.

Glad to visit Holmes Reservation, and although a short visit we seemed to cover the entire property. If you may be wondering, I located the Old Town Hill through the Trustees of Reservations which I have been learning about in the last several months.  I would encourage you to check out the Trustees of Reservations, as you can search for properties in your area.  Many of the land, trails, and properties are absolutely lovely, and the Trustees of Reservations does wonderful work to preserve the land and history throughout Massachusetts. It is unlikely we will be back, but gad we visited Holmes Reservation today (Rating: 3).

 

 

 

 

Throwback Adventures – Myles Standish State Forest – 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!

In March of 2015 my parents, Shadow, Buster and I Adventured to Myles Standish State Forest which is in the towns of Carver and Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Myles Standish State Forest is a 26 square mile forest with sixteen ponds, and many miles of trails.  It is a popular area for swimming, hiking, hunting, equestrian riding, fishing, and boating.

We had a Family filled Adventure to Myles Standish State Forest on a lovely Winter day.  We were so excited to have both my parents on for this wonderful hike.  We hiked along a pond trail, with numbers guiding our direction.  The boys were excited to find a new trail with water views, many trees, and their amazing Grandparents by their side.  My Dad was our tour guide making sure we followed the trail and did not get lost along the way.  It was a special family day enjoying the great outdoors.  Definitely a place we hope to explore again in the future (Rating:  4, Company: Absolutely Perfect!)

 

 

July 13, 2018 – New Hampshire – Smith Covered Bridge

Yesterday we visited the Smith Covered Bridge in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  This is a bridge we have been to several times before.  The Smith Bridge was built in 1850, but was destroyed by fire in 1993, and later rebuilt as a covered bridge.  It is a long truss bridge with added arches, and crosses the Baker River.

We had a nice visit to the Smith Covered Bridge.  The Bridge has a beach like area below, along the Baker River.  This allowed for some Shadow swimming, which is always great on a warm summer day.  Wilma mostly enjoyed chasing butterflies, which I find quite entertaining.  The water was not rushing, but we did see people arriving with inner tubes, likely for some River fun.  We walked around for a bit, and then sauntered across the bridge.  The bridge has a hallway-like area on one side, allowing pedestrian crossing.  I definitely appreciate this feature in a covered bridge, as I do not enjoy dodging cars.  Not a lot of color, or any landscaped features, but I still relished taking some photographs before we headed off to our next destination (Rating:  3).

 

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July 13, 2018 – New Hampshire – Frosty Scoops

Yesterday we made a stop at Frosty Scoops in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  Frosty Scoops is an adorable little ice cream stand on Main Street that sells homemade ice cream.  They are connected to the Common Man Inn and Spa, a well known Inn, Spa and restaurant in the area.

We were very happy to find an ice cream shop with a window to get a treat to cool down on a nice warm day.  I was pleased, and surprised to see the dog ice cream was free, and although just a tiny little scoop, Shadow and Wilma sure did not complain.  I myself decided to order a frappe.  We then found a nice corner, shaded area to sit, sip, and devour.  The set-up for this outdoor area was perfect, with fun music blasting, a sandbox for the kids to play, picnic tables, outdoor games, and benches for guests.  There was even a retro truck on display.  Definitely a fun atmosphere to enjoy some ice cream on a summer day (Rating:  4, Dog Ice Cream:  3).

July 13, 2018 – New Hampshire – Rainbow Falls

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I went to Rainbow Falls in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  Rainbow Falls is located in the Walter-Newton Natural Area.  It is a source of Glove Hollow Brook, and is 25 feet in height.  There are benches at the base of the waterfall to sit, relax, and enjoy the view.

The parking lot for Rainbow Falls was not marked, however, our research did us well, being able to locate the parking lot, and the trail.  The parking lot is a dirt lot located on Cummings Road.  We walked up the road a bit to the trail on the left, where the kiosk was located.  One aspect of this trail I appreciated was that there were maps available to take, as well as a trail map posted at the kiosk.

We began our hike to the Fall from the kiosk.   The trail was well marked, but I found it somewhat dull, and a little buggier then our “normal” adventure locations.  We did find several spots where the brook was flowing, but overall the water was pretty dried out.  There were little bridges along the way, some of which appeared oddly placed.  Upon arrival to the falls we were quite disappointed, as there was barely a drop flowing from above.  I guess we missed the prime time for the Rainbow Falls.   We wandered around for a bit, before heading back.  A disappointing stop, but we still enjoyed a good walk, and some time exploring (Rating:  2).