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

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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 selfie of Wilma and I at Kinsman Falls in the White Mountains.  This is definitely one of my favorite selfies with Wilma, and was taken at one of my favorite trails (although a much better one of Wilma and I then the actual Falls).  Kinsman Falls is a gorgeous waterfall, which I have hiked to on two separate occasions, twice with Shadow, and once with Shadow and Wilma.  You can read more about this Adventure by searching “White Mountains” or “The Basin Cascades Trail” as I have included this spectacular waterfall in two blogs.  We sure do LOVE the White Mountains!

 

Kinsman Falls

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).

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 Buster from Echo Lake in October 2016. Shadow, Buster, My Mom and I had an AMAZING Fall getaway in the White Mountains. Little did we know Buster would pass away less then a week later. Although he had been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition we had no idea that he would leave us so quickly. This long weekend of Adventures was PERFECT and he seemed to be healthy and enjoy EVERY moment. This special trip will always bring back precious memories. I love this photo of my Buster, looking regal as always. We sure do miss him! So glad he was able to experience many special trips in his seven years of life.

Echo Lake 5 Oct 2016

June 24, 2019 – White Mountains – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  The White Mountains cover one quarter of the state of New Hampshire, and actually run into a small part of Maine.  The mountains are popular for hiking, skiing, and Fall foliage seekers.

So I usually do not post about locations I have blogged about previously, however I could not resist sharing today’s Adventure in the White Mountains, one of my absolute FAVORITE spots to explore.  Today our Adventure involved locations we have ventured to before, including:  The Basin, The Basin-Cascades Trail, the Pemi Trail, and Echo Lake.  Although we have been to these spots previously they NEVER disappoint.  From the fresh-clean-clear water, to the waterfalls, to the rushing Brook, to lakes surrounded by spectacular mountain views, it is a genuinely natural experience.

We began today’s Adventure noticing that one of the trails was closed, quite disappointing.  We took the time to explore different paths, leading us in and out the gorgeous River and cascades.  We walked around for awhile before finding a sandy spot to sit in the sun and relax.  From there I figured I would try one more direction to locate the Basin-Cascade Trail, and I was thrilled to find a pathway to this Trail, one of my favorites.  The Basin Cascades Trail, slowly ascends with lots of roots and mud along the path.  Throughout this trail there are many spots to walk over to the Cascade Brook, whether it be an official waterfall, or just gorgeous water flowing with spectacular views.  Many of the time you could choose to climb up the rocks along the water before veering back to the trail.  We found a cave like area after walking through the water and hung out for awhile, just perfect.

There were lots of water features to explore along the way and we did our best to visit every one.  My favorite one was Kinsman Falls, a taller falls then many of the others along this trail.  We made a steep hike down to get a bit closer for of course some selfies, pictures, and rock climbing.  Shadow seemed a bit disappointed that he could not climb up-high, but enjoyed some sips while I got a little closer with Wilma.  Just a spectacular site.  We cautiously climbed back up to the Trail above the falls before continuing along the trail.  Much of our time today was spent on the Basin-Cascade Trail.  So beautiful and peaceful.

After spending almost four hours at this first location we drove to Echo Lake to make sure Shadow could get in an official mountain-lake swim before heading back home.

Some of my most memorable moments of the day included:  watching Shadow enjoy constant fresh water swims, hearing the sounds of rushing water, finding a little cave area to relax, walking through the rushing water to get to desired locations, and the visual beauty of these special locations.  I continually am impressed at eleven-year-old Shadow’s endurance, and appreciated seeing my recent training work with two-year-old Wilma in action today.  I cannot put into words what these two amazing pups mean to me!  The best company I could ask for!

If you would like to read more about our past visits to Echo Lake (Fraconia Notch State Park) and The Basin please search for them in the “search box” for more information on this Adventure.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

A beautiful Adventure today in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, not a doubt we will be back (Rating:  5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Adventure – Fraconia Falls – 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 October 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fraconia Falls in the town of Lincoln, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The Falls is a series of cascades that is sourced from Fraconia Brook.  Fraconia Falls is a popular area for swimming and sliding down the Falls.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Fraconia Falls on a gorgeous Fall day.  The hike to Fraconia Falls begins at Lincoln Woods, one of my favorite hikes of the White Mountains.  We were excited to journey on an extra long hike, all the way to the Falls.  The trail turned left when we arrived at a scenic wooden bridge, right about where we noticed the sign leading us to Fraconia Falls.  We decided to first traverse this bridge and view the Brook before turning around and heading on the trail to the Falls.  We then began hiking along the trail which paralleled the Brook.  We soon located a scenic area to stop, relax, and have a snack, such a peaceful oasis along the shore.  After a restful break we continued on to the Falls.  The Falls was simple, and unique in its own way.  We posed for some photographs, standing on the rocky platform, and viewing the area off to the right.  I actually wondered if it was the true Falls as I was expecting a much larger, and more elaborate natural creation.  I still sometimes ponder this question but we did follow the sign and arrived at this Falls, so how could we be mistaken??

The Falls was our last stop before turning around to return to our car.  We had spent the day wandering the trails of Lincoln Woods and exploring various spots along the way.  Another perfect day in the White Mountains (Rating:  Lincoln Woods:  5, Fraconia Falls:  3).

Below please enjoy some pictures from the Falls, the trail from the bridge, and one from right before the Falls trail.  If you would like to read more and see photos about Lincoln Woods search for Lincoln Woods in the “search box” for more information.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)