February 7, 2021 – Trapp Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Trapp Falls in Willard Brook State Park, in Ashby, Massachusetts. Trapp Falls is a three tiered waterfall that plunges into a shallow pool filled with boulders. The waterfall is just over ten feet in height. The Falls are located in small section of the Park, and has picnic tables, a bridge crossing the brook, and bathrooms.

We had a magical Adventure to Trapp Falls as the snow storm was upon us. I have been to Trapp Falls numerous times with Shadow, Buster, but I believe this was Wilma’s first visit. Although I blogged about Willard Brook State Park once, I have never blogged specifically about Trapp Falls so today is the day.

I have always found the setting of Trapp Falls to be beautiful with a flowing babbling brook and a short, woodsy hike that leads to the Falls. Today was a winter wonderland adding splendor to the visit. We headed straight to the Falls, and I was surprised that we could get reasonably close. There was someone photographing the falls from underneath, so we would later return for our close-up views. I was shocked at how gorgeous the cascades were, as Trapp Falls is a waterfall I always found quite simple, maybe due to the endless waterfalls we have visited. However, I was pleased to be captivated today. Trapp Falls was iced over with just one side melting and water and icicles crashing through. It was just gorgeous, and even with the small amount of flow, was singing peacefully. We continually explored the area and returned to the Falls on and off. I could not get enough of this beautiful scene!

The Brook also added to the lovely winter scene. It had icicles, and although mostly covered with snow had oddly shaped holes with flowing water. As you may expect I loved the wooden bridge, which had several adorable tiny snowman on the edge. Although I pushed it a little with the weather (oops!) so glad we could visit Trapp Falls on our Adventure today. Below you will see a mix of some of our past visits and today’s snow covered Adventure (unfortunately some of the photographs are fuzzy – still working with wordpress to resolve the problem). A beautiful and serene location (Rating: 4).

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December 27, 2020 – Gunn Brook Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Gunn Brook Falls in Sunderland, Massachusetts. Gunn Brook Falls is located in the UMass Mt. Toby Forest. It consists of an upper and lower Falls.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to Gunn Brook Falls. We found Gunn Brook Falls on the side of the road, down a unnamed dirt road off of Falls Road. We parked and were quite pleased to have the location entirely to ourselves. I did not have high expectations but was thrilled to be mistaken. We began our trek at the top of the Falls and carefully made our way down the side. I was surprised that I managed to stay on my feet with all the leaves and the steep path, but I managed to stay upright. Wilma appeared quite eager to explore, and led the way enthusiastically.

We first explored the upper Falls. There were icicles on the side as well as in various spots along the stream. It was so pretty, and mystical. The Falls were roaring peacefully. I made sure we explored all angles before heading farther down the stream. I did not actually realize at the time that there was a lower falls, smaller, but still beautiful! It took some time to figure out how to get down to this Falls but we eventually found a route to get up close. The lower area was framed with large boulders, covered with moss. It was so scenic, and serene! I absolutely loved Gunn Brook Falls. The combination of a spectacular falls, the location being away from the world, and the experience exceeding my expectations added additional joy to the Adventure! Wilma loved hopping on the rocks, and appeared to be always looking around, making we curious of what wildlife might be nearby. She was a little unsure of the strong rushing water of the waterfalls, but that did not slow her down in exploring. Such a beautiful way to start our day trip today (Rating: 4.5).

September 19, 2020 – Bash Bish Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma, I, and a friend of ours Adventured to Bash Bish Falls. Bash Bish Falls is located right on the border of Massachusetts, and New York, and is the highest waterfall in Massachusetts.  The Falls include a series of cascades that are approximately 200 feet tall.  The final cascade is 80 feet tall, split into two, by a large protruding boulder.  Bash Bish Falls begins in a spring on Mount Washington, although is technically located on Bash Bish Mountain.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Bash Bish Falls. I was excited to return to Bash Bish Falls and to show our friend this fabulous location. It was also Wilma’s first visit to this Falls. I have wonderful memories of my first visit with Shadow, and my Aunt and Uncle. I was quite pleased to begin this Adventure in the cool autumn air. We started up the short trail to the Falls. The trail was scattered with rocks and sloped up slowly. Even though it was far from challenging it provided a good heart pumping walk. The River parralleled the trail , and gradually became further away as we ascended to the Falls.

It did not take long for us to arrive at Bash Bish Falls. The Falls was tall, roaring and dramatically scenic. Although the water flow was less then our initial visit the massive size of Bash Bish still made the Falls spectacular. We checked out the Falls from the rails above before heading down closer, viewing the Falls from various angles. There were many visitors, creating numerous photobombs, however I did my best to capture this lovely natural Falls. We appreciated the scene for some time before heading back. So glad we could Adventure to Bash Bish Falls today (Rating: 4)

A selection of photographs from my first visit with Shadow, My Aunt and Uncle – May 2017

September 4, 2020 – The Waterfalls of Moultonborough- New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the seven waterfalls of Moultonborough, New Hampshire. We found them along the “Brook Walk” which starts to the right of the Cafe at Castle in the Clouds. In addition you can Park near the Fall of Song, when the access road is open. It was not open today so we actually walked all the way down it backwards before returning to Castle in the Clouds where we began on “Brook Way”. Not the “normal” way to do it but double the exercise. We visited Fall of Songs twice which is by far the best of the seven. These Falls are sourced from the Shannon Brook and range from 5-40 feet however the water was low due to recent drought like conditions.

“Brook Way” paralleled the brook so often you could hear the water singing. The trail was easy, and somewhat dull, however it was fun searching for the next falls, all labeled clearly. On the way back I was surprised to find the trail somewhat challenging, uphill with many rocks to climb. I am hoping this was because this was the last hike of our over four hours of hiking, versus that I am not the hiker I dreamed (haha!). Wilma loved hiking and waded in the water. As often is the case I found these falls were generally hard to photograph but I included a video or two of each. See these seven below, in no particular order.

Roaring Falls

Fall of Song

Bridle Veil Falls

Twin Falls

The Cascades

Whittier Falls

Emerald Pool Falls

Rating of the Waterfalls of Moultonborough – 3.5

Weekly Video/Photo

I have decided to return to the “normal” Weekly Video/Photo section of my blog.  As you likely know we lost Shadow about two months ago and I have been focusing this section on Shadow.  However, I have peace knowing I will continue to highlight favorite photographs including Shadow and Buster.  The plan will still be to still 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.

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.  We were recently devastated to loose Shadow on April 3, 2020.  It is so painful to know Shadow and Buster are both gone, but they will be in our hearts forever!

My feature today is a scenic photograph of Shadow at Bash Bish Falls.  Although I have blogged about Bash Bish Falls in the Throwback section of my blog, this particular photograph somehow got lost in my archives.  I will be adding it to my original blog, but for those of you who have already read it, or not yet seen it, I wanted to share it today.  I absolutely love this photograph of my gentle giant, and have special memories of this Adventure to Bash Bish Falls.  I am so glad I was able to capture so many moments on Adventures with Shadow.  We miss him so much but it helps bring me peace knowing he had a long, and fun-filled life.  It is quite a long day trip, but I look forward to returning to Bash Bish Falls in the future.

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August 7, 2020 – The White Mountains – New Hampshire

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The White Mountains are a mountain range that cover a large part of New Hampshire, and also a portion of western Maine. The White Mountains include 48 peaks at over 4,000 feet. The White Mountains are popular for skiing, hiking, and ATVing.

We had a spectacular Adventure to the White Mountains.  I set my alarm for 3am (yikes!) to get an early start on our day-trip.  We visited some of our favorite spots, and enjoyed every minute!  We did some hiking, waterfall chasing, and relaxed at some of our preferred scenic spots.  It was our first time in the Mountains since we lost Shadow which made me very sad.  So glad we had so many Adventures with both Buster and Shadow in the endless beauty of the White Mountains.  Furever precious memories! ❤️

Since we have Adventured to and blogged about all of these locations previously I decided to write my blog differently today.  Below you will see each location with photos and videos, and two or three sentences about each.  I have placed the waterfalls in their own category as many of my visitors are waterfall fanatics.  In addition I will add the link to my original post so you can click on that if you are interested in reading more.  Feel free to ask any questions about these Adventures through the contact form or in the comments.  The White Mountains are definitely one the most beautiful spots in New England!

The Basin/Pemi Trail
The Basin/Pemi Trail is a gorgeous location filled with cascades and waterfalls.  It can be crowded during the summer months as is a magnificent place to cool down and relax.  I discovered this location with Buster, Shadow, and My Mom and it quickly became one of my favorites.

Links from previous blogs on the Basin/Pemi Trail:
https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/7860

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/710

 

Ammonoosuc Lake Trail
Ammonoosuc Lake Trail is one of my favorites, although short it is quiet, and gorgeous!  I first discovered this Trail when working weekends in the White Mountains with Shadow and Wilma.  Not easy to get a kayak there but that sure would be magical!

Link from previous blog On the Ammonoosuc Trail:  https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/987

 

The Basin-Cascades Trail
The Basin-Cascades Trail can be found at the Basin, and eventually connects to other trails including Lonesome Lake.  It is filled with waterfalls, and cascades, and has gorgeous mountain views.  I discovered the Trail with Shadow and just love it!


Links from Previous blogs on the Basin-Cascades Trail
https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/710

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/7860

 

Kinsman Falls
Kinsman Falls is located on the Basin-Cascades Trail.  I especially love Kinsman Falls as it is unique, you can get close with a climb, and I discovered it by accident.  It is generally a quiet location, and is very peaceful.

Links from previous blogs:  (Kinsman Falls was not blogged about individually in these blogs but included in the location)

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/710

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/7860

 

Baby Flume
Baby Flume is located in the Basin on the Pemi Trail.  The water flow is great although it is a short cascade.  Again, it is not one I would declare a waterfall, it is listed as so!

Links from previous blogs: (Baby Flume was not blogged about individually in these blogs but included in the location)

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/7860

https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/710

 

Boise Rock
Boise Rock is not overly appealing, but if you are into rocks and geology it definitely is your place.  I have special memories posing with Buster there, on a trip we had knowing he would not live long due to a terminal diagnosis.  The area around Boise Rock provides lovely views of the Mountains, especially in the fall.

Link from previous blog on Boise Rock:  https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/5042

 

Wiley Pond
I first discovered Wiley Pond with Shadow, Buster, and My Mom, and have one of my Mom’s brilliant photographs framed from this location.  It is scenic spot that has a short trail, and has other trail beginnings.  This especially is great for those who want to appreciate the gorgeous scenery and are not able to hike.

Link from previous blog on Wiley Pond:  https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/3920

 

Saco Lake Trail

This Trail is located right on the road across from AMC Lodge on Route 302.  It is very short, but provides some fun walkways above the Trail.  We love it as it is unique, and picturesque.

**I took a video but it did not seem to take – darn!

Link from previous blog on the Saco Lake Trail:  https://wordpress.com/post/adventuresofshadowandwilma.com/734

 

August 7, 2020 – Silver Cascade – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Silver Cascade in the Harts Location of Crawford Notch State Park.  Crawford Notch State Park is part of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Silver Cascade is approximately 250 feet tall that is made up of connecting cascades.  Silver Cascade can be found on the side of the road on Route 302 and is a popular swimming hole.

Wilma and I had a quiet Adventure to Silver Cascade.  We had actually stopped there before in the past, but did not see much to explore and were only there briefly.  I was surprised to find very few visitors were at the Falls as I had read that it was a popular location.  We crossed the busy Route 302 from the parking lot and began wandering closer.  The Falls was tall, with varying cascades, almost easier to view. We arrived to find one family, and a talented painter.  I snapped some photographs and enjoyed the sight.  Although the Falls was very tall I found it somewhat unappealing.  Wilma was excited to see the kids playing, hoping for some love from afar, and I dreamed about joining them as they cooled off in the Falls.  We peered at the Falls for a bit before heading back to the car.  Definitely challenging to photograph, and really nothing to exciting, but still glad we could finally Adventure to Silver Falls (Rating:  3).

 

 

 

May 31, 2020 – Glendale Falls – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Glendale Falls in Middlefield, Massachusetts.  Glendale Falls in sourced by the Glendale Brook and is considered one of the longest waterfalls in Massachusetts.  The trail to Glendale Falls is only about a quarter of a mile in length.  The Property is managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

We had a water-rushing Adventure to Glendale Falls.  This was a waterfall I had been curious about for some time so was pleased to fit it in to today’s Adventures!  We located the Falls on a long country road and were disappointed to find it so crowded.  However we were able to obtain the last spot and headed down the trail.  We were quickly distracted by some rocks and what appeared to be the top of the Falls so headed off the trail to explore.   There were some small cascades and a beautiful view although the complete Falls was not yet in sight.  I had a brief flash of several on my White Mountain view’s but definitely not quite as spectacular.

We then headed back to the trail.  The trail was short but somewhat steep at locations. Certain spots actually had steps which helped with balance. We appreciated many boulders, some unusual in shape.  Upon arrival to the bottom we found it very crowded, and took some time trying to navigate our route while adhering to social distancing. We soon found some perfect rocks to enjoy the sounds of rushing water.  The Falls was a bit difficult to capture on camera as it was cascades from far above, however I did my best to capture this beautiful Falls.

We were quite upset to have a little incident when a dog jumped the Brook and bounded high up to the rocks we were standing on and charged Wilma.  I was so disappointed to see the lack of quick response from the owners let alone letting this incident occur in an on-leash location (maybe due to COVID but clearly listed as a rule).  However they eventually made their way to us to retrieve their dog and apologized continually. However this dampened the mood for a bit before we regrouped.  I then decided not to explore farther down the brook as they had headed in that direction but yet was thankful we had seen the complete Falls.

We headed back up the trail taking numerous opportunities to head to various rocky parts of the cascades.  We definitely had to be careful watching our step especially with rock jumping Wilma at the wheel (haha).  Upon arrival at the top we found an area busy with visitors, perfect for dipping.  We actually chatted with several guests and Wilma was quite thrilled to get some belly rubs and lots of attention.  One guest actually mentioned that she had seen the incident with the dog and was impressed at how I handled it.  This made me feel a bit better as everything happened so fast, and although I was not at all happy I did not say a negative word to the owners.  As I think about it Wilma recovered quite quickly it was more myself that was rattled, and frustrated.  I debated mentioning this incident but it did play a big impact in the day.  However, we loved finding a new waterfall, quite unique to the other ones we have located in Massachusetts.  Beautiful rocks, cascades, and a view down the Falls.  So glad we could visit Glendale Falls today (Rating:  4).

 

May 23, 2020 – Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area – New Hampshire

Today Wilma 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 water-rushing Adventure to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area.  This was the second time I had been there as Shadow, Buster, and I visited almost five years ago.   Due to this visit being so long ago I decided to blog about this Nature Area again today.  We began down the trail and took every opportunity to go down to the water’s edge.  Wilma was quite pleased to find many rocks, and has continued to be more comfortable with the water, eager to wade and drink.  We took our time finding all the little spots along the way, often veering off on the side trails.

Throughout the Trail we found three bridges, of different lengths, adding some character to the Nature Area.  Overall landscape was very brown, however the rushing water brightened the location through sound.  The highlight, as you may expect, was the water running through the Chesterfield Gorge creating a cascade waterfall.  The main viewing area was blocked by some tacky fencing to add to safety of visitors.  There were numerous drops of cascades, creating a tall cascade.  It was simple compared to our recent waterfall Adventures, but yet still pretty.  It appeared as someone had carved some benches out of trees, adding a sitting area in this spot.

So although I would describe the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area as far from spectacular we still enjoyed our visit.  Amazingly we spent about an hour and a half walking on the trail, relaxing near the water, exploring, and taking photographs.  We did not see many people but did meet a group of people that Wilma was quite thrilled about, even running circles around me.  It was just so funny to see, like they were long last friends.  If you live locally or are in the area I would definitely recommend a visit to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area (Rating:  4).

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May 16, 2020 – Welton Falls – New Hampshire

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Welton Falls in Alexandria, New Hampshire.  Welton Falls is located in Welton Falls State Forest.  It can be found after an almost three mile round trip hike.  Welton Falls is in the middle of a gorge, and is approximately 30 feet in height.  It is sourced from the Fowler River.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Welton Falls.  We parked at the AMC Lodge and located a brown sign to the right for the Falls.  We followed the trail in and soon merged onto the Manning Trail, a yellow blaze.  The trail weaves through the woods and crossed the lower trail.  It did not take long for us to hear the music of the Fowler River.  We were parallel to the River high above until soon descending and becoming closer and closer to the River.  The River was just beautiful, full of power.  Much of the trail was muddy and water filled, covered with rocks and roots.  We did not find it challenging but were careful to watch our step.

It did not take us long to arrive at the part of the trail that crosses the River.  I thought this may be challenging but I soon realized it was much more complicated then I thought.  I tried to encourage Wilma in, and although she followed she had no interest in getting too deep.  My mind raced pondering a solution.  We soon began following the Rivers edge, sometimes bushwalking through to find that perfect spot.  The water was high and rushing creating a current and minimal exposed rocks to cross all the way.  We did manage to cross over where the River split but could not find a way over the other side.  This was very frustrating and discouraging.  I felt disappointed in myself being so annoyed, so decided to find a rock to relax and appreciate the gorgeous River.

After taking a little rest we continued on and eventually found a spot to cross, a combination of a log and rocks.  I was quite grateful that my balance skills appeared intact and of course lucky that  Wilma is always quick on her feet!  We finally made it!!

We continued on the Manning Trail on the other side of the River.  It did not take long before we arrived at the top of the Falls and then headed down to the gorge.  I worked hard to get photos but the Falls was challenging to capture and the footing was slippery and sometimes dangerous.  The Falls was immense with rushing water through the gorge.  It twisted through the rocks before ending in a pool, then continued down the gorge.  Welton Falls was beautiful and well worth the effort!!

In addition to viewing the waterfall we loved the gorge.  There was not a sole around as if we had a canyon of our own. Wilma enjoyed some chaotic digging, stick chewing and of course rock jumping.  Our  peaceful oasis!  Eventually I decided it was time to head back.

We we’re lucky to find the same place to cross and blessed again with good balance!  I was surprised to find myself quite tired, but the trail back ascended continually.  In addition to my labor bushwalking I actually slipped and fell numerous times, adding too my exhaustion.  However all put together the features of a true and rewarding hike.  We spent over four hours hiking and enjoying the waterfall.  So glad we were determined to complete our Adventure.  Welton Falls was absolutely spectacular, a waterfall I would definitely recommend (Rating:  Trail – 4, Falls 5).