June 1, 2019 – Crescent Ridge Dairy – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Crescent Ridge Dairy in Sharon, Massachusetts.  Crescent Ridge Dairy is a Farm that includes a shop, farm animals to view, and an ice cream stand.  They specialize in local produce, and homemade products.

We had a mouthwatering Adventure to Crescent Ridge Dairy after our nearby hike at The Bradley Estate.  It was great to arrive at this ice cream stand to find no lines!  I checked out the menu and quickly decided to choose cookie doe ice cream with whip cream, and of course a dog ice cream for my two best friends.  Once our order was ready we headed over to a shady area to gobble up our ice cream.  So tasty!  I was actually unable to finish my ice cream, however packed it up for a future treat.  We walked around the property and found some benches in the back, and farm animals on the side.  Wilma was thrilled to see the goats, and it appeared as if she wanted to play with them.  It definitely brought a smile to my face.  Shadow was more interested in trying to find leftovers under the tables, my always hopeful boy!  We were quite happy to visit Crescent Ridge Dairy today (Rating:  4, Dog Ice Cream:  5)

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January 26, 2019 -Borderland State Park – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Borderland State Park in the towns of Easton and Sharon Massachusetts.  Borderland State Park is a 1843 acre Park known for its history and recreation.  The Park has over 20 miles of trails and is popular for hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, boating, and disk golf.  It also includes the Ames Mansion built in 1910, and owned by Oakes and Blanche Ames who created a nature preserve.  The State of Massachusetts later acquired the property and opened it as a state park.

We had an ice-filled Winter Adventure to the Borderland State Park.  This was our second, or possibly third visit to Borderland State Park.  We spent about three hours at this magnificent Park, starting at the Ames Mansion.  We walked around the lovely structure checking out the unique architecture, and the landscaped property.  Memories of previous visits with Buster, and my Mom flashed into my mind on a much colder and snowy day.  A simple, but lovely mansion.

From there we headed to the Pond Walk Trail, map in hand.  We soon arrived at the Swamp Trail, and although not quite swampy on this Winter day, there was mud filled ice along the way, and several boardwalk bridges, many plastered with ice.  I was thankful to keep my balance, and to have worn my waterproof boots.  We soon arrived at the Pond Edge Trail, before following various trails along the way.  One of the features I love on a hike is a water view, so that often guided our turns.  The trails were lovely, many parallel to the water, through the fields, and often lined by trees and boulders.  We found several bridges, and even a mini-waterfall along the way.  There were many dog walkers out enjoying the trailers.

Highlights on today’s Adventure included:  Wilma playing and digging in the ice, Shadow rolling in the grass, lots of new smells, muddy ice, fun little bridges and of course enjoying some exercise in the great outdoors.  We also enjoyed the continual water views, the Ames mansion, and the little waterfall along the way.   Definitely a Park we will return to in the future, hopefully sooner then later (Rating:  4).

 

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