September 21, 2019 – Galilee, Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the small town of Galilee, Rhode Island.  Galilee is located in Point Judith, in the larger town of Naragansett.  It is an authentic fishing town that includes:  a hotel, and several shops and restaurants.  It was named for the historic Bible town of Galilee.  Galilee is especially popular in summer months as it is the location for the Block Island Ferry.

We had a steamy Adventure to the town of Galilee.  I was excited to visit Galilee as I had read about it online, and had quite a wonderful vision floating in my mind.  However, these expectations led to a bit of a let down as I had imagined a beautiful, quiet town away from the hustle and bustle of life.  Instead the town was very crowded, had a tourist feel, and overall was not very scenic.  We of course did not let this information sway our pleasure in exploring a new New England town, and continued on our Adventure.

As expected, Galilee was extremely small.  We wandered around and on the docks, and read various signs about the town along the way.  I especially loved the numerous boats throughout the Harbor, and the sign identifying the many fish of Galilee.  There were several shops and restaurants.  I was quite tempted to get some food (outdoor ordering available for all the dog parents), yet somehow managed to resist the delicious aroma’s as we strolled past.  We were pleased to find some water bowls which Shadow and Wilma sipped in synchronized fashion.  It was fun to visit this little town, and reminded me of my interest in visiting Block Island.  We will definitely have to get some fried seafood the next time we visit the little town of Galilee (Rating:  3).


September 21, 2019 – Rose Nulman Park and Point Judith Lighthouse – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Rose Nulman Park and the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  The Rose Nulman Park is a public park with benches, and coastal views.  It is a popular spot for surfers.  Abutting the Park is the Point Judith Lighthouse, an active Lighthouse located on the Coast Guard grounds.  The Point Judith Lighthouse was originally build in 1810, although has been reconstructed several time since.

We had a coastal Adventure to the Rose Nulman Park and Point Judith Lighthouse.  Upon arrival I was quite disappointed that the Point Judith Lighthouse was surrounded by tall metal fencing, making it difficult to fully discern, and therefore photograph.  I had known that it was on the Coast Guard grounds but failed to realize that it was inaccessible to the public.  We attempted to wander as close as possible.

After finishing our attempts in viewing the Lighthouse we wandered over to Rose Nulman Park, an area that visually was popular for surfers, and motorcyclists.  We immediately ventured to the edge of the park, high above a steep cliff to the shore.  We noted that there were people relaxing in chairs along this border, many appreciating the show of the numerous surfers.  We then headed down to the end of the Park, eager to find a path to the shore.  Along the way we located some benches, and a memorial.  After strolling through a small, open field we were quite thrilled to find a path to the shore.  The shoreline was steep, and full of rocks, leading to challenging footing.  Shadow was very hopeful to dive into the water, but quite disappointed to find the rocky shore.  Luckily there was a large wave or two to help cool him down a bit, but swimming was unfortunately not an option.  Wilma enjoyed perching on a large rock, viewing the sea.  We attempted to sit for a bit, but the ground was not too cooperative so we soon ventured back up to the land above.  There we found a flat spot in the grass to relax, and roll.  The waves sang their crashing noises, and the coastal scene was quite  gorgeous.  Pleased to visit the Rose Nulman Park and Point Judith Lighthouse today (Rating:  3)




September 21, 2019 – Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  Aunt Carrie’s serves dinner, ice cream, and has a gift shop, parts of which are opened seasonally.  The restaurant was built in 1920 and has been family owned since opening.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream.  I was quit thrilled to easily locate an ice cream stand for a snack, and a cool-down on this hot day.  Shadow and Wilma were quite warm so they both enjoyed laying down in the shade of the counter while I ordered our goodies.  I chose coffee ice cream with whip cream, while Shadow and Wilma ordered vanilla (haha).  After receiving our ice cream we found a shady table to sit and devour our treats.  We appreciated the shade and our delicious ice cream, and Shadow of course partook in a happy roll as we departed.  We were all quite happy to locate Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream for our Adventure today (Rating:  3.5).









September 21, 2019 – Slater Mill Historic Site – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  The Slater Mill Historic Site is the birthplace of the American industry, and celebrates the people of the industrial revolution.  The Site includes:  the Slater Mill, the Sylvanus Brown House, the Wilkinson Mill, and a waterwheel.  It also has several gardens, highlighting agriculture of the era.  The Slater Mill Historic Site has a museum, educational center, and also hosts special events including concerts.  It is located on the Blackstone River.

We had a unique Adventure to the Slater Mill Historic Site on an unusually warm September day.  I was eager to visit a Mill as Mills can be quite picturesque, and often include scenic water features.  We arrived to free parking, and an almost empty lot.  We began our journey walking past the entrance to the park on the opposite side of the Site.  I was surprised to find people sleeping, quite a bit of trash, and a popular location for what appeared to be the city’s homeless population.  However, I attempted to appear unphased and headed over to the beautiful brick path, paralleled along and above the Blackstone River.  The sun was shining bright,adding a glare in some photographs, however I attempted to capture the scene.  There was a bridge on one side of the River, and a dam on the other.  We did not spend much time in this open area, and soon wandered to the museum building.

We located some canal-like holes and found it quite odd to find them empty, leaving no possibility of fueling the waterwheel.  This discovery was a bit disappointing as I was hoping to see the waterwheel spinning in action.  However we re-focused our attention on the lovely mill buildings, and the House, beautifully contrasted in color, and gorgeous in style.  We sauntered back and forth ensuring not to miss a building, or landmark.  After viewing the buildings we ventured to the garden, somewhat out of season, but still spotted some brilliant colors along the way. There were several employees watering, and working hard to ensure the garden was in good care.  This area was small but a nice touch admidst the buildings.  Shadow and Wilma appeared to be quickly warm with the heat, but participated in their regular rolls, and sniffing.  Glad we could Adventure to the Slater Mill Historic Site today (This blog will not be rated as only the grounds were explored).


September 7, 2019 – Roger Williams Park – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.  This was Shadow and Wilma’s first visit to Roger Williams Park.  Roger Williams Park was created in 1871 when Betsey William donated 102 acres of land to the city.  Some of this land was owned by her great, great, great grandfather Roger Williams who founded Providence, and was one of the founder’s of the state.  It has since grown, now consisting of over 435 acres of land.  The park includes:  walking trails, a carousel, ponds, gardens, sports fields, and the Roger Williams Park Zoo.  It also contains several historic buildings including:  the Botanical Center, the Museum of Natural History, the Casino, and Temple to Music.

We had an enjoyable Adventure to the Roger Williams Park.  Initially I had planned to walk the white diamond trail, a 3.2 mile trail, so this is where we began.  We commenced at the carousel, and found the white diamond trail in front of the boathouse.  The trail soon headed over the road and paralleled the Lake.  We quickly found ourselves alone on a peaceful trail, away from the bustle of a busy Park.  I was disappointed to see some glass along the trail, but luckily the pups did not get any cuts or scratches.  The pond views were lovely, but the algae filled pond slightly skewing the scene.  However, we tried to concentrate on the visual experience, and an energizing walk, eagerly awaiting what might be around the corner.

Upon arrival at the Temple to Music we veered off the trail to view this magnificent structure from all angles.  The Temple to Music is utilized for concerts, and I believe it was constructed of marble.  It quite grand in size, and regally spectacular, just beautiful.  I was disappointed to see goose poop all over the lawn, so we did not stay long, and sauntered over to the sidewalk.  From here I changed my plan to walking around, and exploring the landmarks, and other hot spots throughout the park, versus concentrating on merely one trail.  There were some signs identifying locations, lots of sidewalks to follow, and many statues.

Throughout our visit we especially enjoyed wandering through the Japanese gardens and rose gardens, finding some unique bridges, watching the swan boats float by, and viewing the Bandstand from across Roosevelt Lake.  I loved watching the activities throughout the Park, and appreciated the diversity of the visitors.  Shadow enjoyed his usual rolls although was thoroughly disappointed that swimming was not permitted.  Wilma found some squirrels to chase, her favorite pastime at home.  Rogers William Park is a unique location, with many things to explore.  So glad we could explore Rogers William Park today (Rating:  3.5).



July 23, 2019 – Castle Hill Lighthouse – Rhode Island

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.  Castle Hill Lighthouse was built in 1898, and is made of granite.  It is located in the Narragansett Bay and continues to be an active lighthouse.

We had a perfect Adventure to the Castle Hill Lighthouse.  We were pleased that the rain subsided, cooling down the air, and providing us the perfect opportunity for a new Adventure.  I had done some research online about the Castle Hill Lighthouse but contacted the Castle Hill Inn to ensure that we could park at the Inn and visit the “private property”.  I was thrilled to have that information confirmed so we hit the road.  Upon arrival the Valet at the Castle Hill Inn informed us that they were not busy so we were able to park in the main parking lot, immediately next to the trail.  The Lighthouse trail was not labeled so I was pleased to get these directions.

We were immediately drawn to the gorgeous views of the Narragansett Bay.   It was absolutely breathtaking!  The shores were rocky and we were able to check out the scene from high above.  We took in the scenery, Shadow celebrating our arrival with a joyful roll!  After appreciating the sites we headed down the trail.  The path was simple, but perfect.  There were wildflowers, and it was closed in at points with gorgeous greenery, almost magical.  It really was just lovely.  I was excited, eagerly awaiting the view of the Bay, and the Castle Hill Lighthouse.  It did not take long for us to arrive at the Castle Hill Lighthouse.  It was absolutely  spectacular, quite unique in style.  Pleased to have the area to ourselves we walked down the steps to the bottom of the Lighthouse, before heading back up and viewing each and every angle.  It was a gorgeous location.  We spent some time at this spot, snapping many photographs.

After taking in the scene we headed back to the trail to wander farther.  We met several visitors along the way, which delighted energetic Wilma, who took in every bit of love.  We walked for a couple minutes, and soon found a bench leading to the spectacular rocky shore.  The rocks were uniquely shaped, and almost silver in color.  I have been to many rocky shore but have never seen such stunning rocks.  I did my best to find a smooth walk for Shadow and I, while Wilma jumped athletically from rock to rock.  We soon found a perfect spot to sit, and relax, watching the fisherman, and appreciating the coastal breeze.  Shadow enjoyed some rain water left in the rocks, and took a seat next to me, while Wilma focused her attention on the birds.  Everything about this Adventure was just perfect.  We will definitely have to visit the Castle Hill Lighthouse again (Rating:  5)







July 14, 2019 – Village of Watch Hill – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Village of Watch Hill in Rhode Island.  We visited Watch Hill after journeying to The Watch Hill Lighthouse (see previous blog).  Watch Hill is an affluent coastal village in the Town of Westerly.  It is home of the famous Ocean House hotel, and one of Taylor Swift’s mansions.  It is a popular area for beach-goers, and is plentiful of shops, and restaurants.  It is also home to a well-known, and historic carousel.

We had a warm Adventure to Watch Hill after a lovely visit to The Watch Hill Lighthouse.  We were fortunate to arrive early as after returning from the Lighthouse I quickly realized how crowded the Village becomes.  We luckily did not need more then the two-hour allowed parking time as parking past this time limit was quite pricey.  We began our stroll along the water’s edge, the beautiful blue ocean highlighted by many boats, included several that appeared wooden, and likely historic.  We strolled along, enjoying the sites, beautiful flowers, and the vacation atmosphere.  There were numerous people headed to the beach, I almost wondered how they would all fit as the shoreline appeared so minuscule.

Overall I did not find Watch Hill to be too dog friendly, as the beaches, and other coastal parks did not permit dogs.  However we were quite pleased to find numerous dog bowls filled with water for some sipping.  Both Shadow and Wilma were quite tired from the heat so they relaxed a bit in the shade, and enjoyed many visitors who stopped to greet them.  We saw very few dogs, likely as most of the visitors were headed to the beach.  I enjoyed peaking in the stores to see all the lovely items for sale.  Many of the shops had colorful flowers displayed in window boxes, or surrounding locations.  Watch Hill was definitely a lovely spot, and may just be the perfect location to return in the off-season when it is much cooler for a walk.  So glad we could visit this adorable coastal village today (Rating:  4).



June 15, 2019 – Swamp Meadow Bridge – Rhode Island

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Swamp Meadow Bridge in Foster, Rhode Island.  Swamp Meadow Bridge crosses the Hemlock Brook, and is approximately thirty six feet in length.  It is the only covered bridge on a public road in Rhode Island.

We had a fun Adventure to the Swamp Meadow Bridge.  We found this bridge in the middle of a country road.  Upon parking we could hear the babbling Hemlock Brook below.  The bridge was simple, but yet appealing.  There were diamond windows in the structure, highly placed.  The location was bright green, with few other colors in site.  We strolled through the bridge several times, pleased to find little traffic. It appeared that the more we wandered, the more I was drawn in by the charm of this little bridge.  We were delighted to visit the Swamp Meadow covered bridge (Rating:  4)





Throwback Adventure – April 2015 – Cliff Walk

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 April 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I journeyed to Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed.  Cliff walk is a 3.5 mile trail that borders the shoreline.  It is a National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District.  Cliff Walk runs behind some of the mansions in the area, and includes:  tunnels, paved paths, rocky shoreline, and beach areas.

We decided to choose one of the first spring weather days to journey to Cliff Walk.  It was still a “winter-dark” kind of day, yet spring was in the air.  We enjoyed walking on this picturesque trail, on the paved trail, through the tunnels, and onto the shore.  It was neat to see such unique structures, and architecture on our walk, combining with the gorgeous rocky shoreline.  We even found a nice, quiet area to picnic on the rocks.  I am sure the walk is even more beautiful when the green color, and flowers are out in the spring in summer.  However, it was nice to avoid the tourists, crowds, and to relax enjoy this gorgeous location.  I think I will plan a visit again in the future (Rating:  4).










Throwback Adventure – Beavertail State Park (Includes the Beavertail Lighthouse) – August 2016

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Flashback 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 August 2016, Shadow, Buster, and I journeyed to the Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, RI.  As many of you know Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed.

Beavertail State Park is a Rhode Island State Park that encompasses 153 acres.  It is located at the Southern end of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, and is well known for its beautiful, scenic coastline.  On the site you can view the Beavertail Lighthouse, a 64 foot lighthouse, built in 1856.  There even is a museum and a gift shop at the site.

We visited Beavertail State Park on a warm summer day.  Our time included:  a hike along the coastline, wandering around the lighthouse, naps on the rocks, and dips in the ocean.  We spent a large amount of time lounging along the shore, taking in the sounds of the crashing waves.  In addition, we especially appreciated the uniquely structured lighthouse.  Definitely a relaxing, coastal day in Jamestown.  (Rating:  4).